Walburn is an adaptation of a typeface by Erich Walbaum, c.1800. It was originally suggested as a headline face by newspaper designer Tony Sutton, and subsequently developed for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail. It has narrow serifs and sidebearings, for a tight fit; and a finely-detailed, stylized finish to add visual interest.
The faux finish discreetly mimics the look of letterpress typography; it is an effect that can be controlled, thanks to the variety of fonts. While the fonts are mainly intended for display usage, the Fine styles have smaller details, narrower serifs, and a tighter fit — for use at larger sizes.