Pragma is a sanserif typeface which forsakes the smoothness and modularity of most sanserif typefaces. Its letterforms derive from the trinity of elements in conventional old-face types with serifs: capital letters based on Roman inscriptional models; small letters derived from humanistic writing; and a truly cursive italic. Pragma is not based closely on any specific models: it follows the general ideas of proportion and calligraphic influence contained in classic text typefaces of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Pragma’s calligraphic features result in a lively rhythm suitable for a text typeface. With the inclusion of small capitals and non-lining numerals for all of its weights (and their respective italics), Pragma is fully equipped to make the subtle distinctions required in complex typesetting.