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About the Trilogy collection
The printed ephemera of the early to mid-nineteenth century is visually rich and mixes together a range of diverse type styles. In an article on 'Type mixtures' [Typography 3, Shenval Press, 1937], Jan Tschichold advocates the mixing of type styles as a means of enhancing typographic layout. I could see parallels with the printed ephemera of 100 years earlier, but now through the skilled eyes of Tschichold as a modernist. The early nineteenth century saw the emergence of the Fatface, Egyptian and Sans serif type styles. These three styles formed the base of the Trilogy type designs and allow me to explore what a trilogy in type could mean.
At the start of the design process I focused on what I wanted the basic type variants to be. Three contrasting type families which could be used individually or, by sharing some general proportions and details, work together to produce a wide choice of typographic styles.
I'd worked on sans serif type families before. But this time I wanted to work with a sans in a different way. Work on Shaker had already allowed me some scope to explore the sans serif structure across a range of proportions in a modulated humanist style. Now I wanted to further explore this structural range, but this time, to get away from the humanist forms and work within the grotesque idiom.
From early on I knew the typeface was going to be a big family. It was also going to be monoline in emphasis, with only subtle modulation. Experience here helps a good deal. I've seen my fonts used in many ways; some designers use a light weight, some only the heavy weights, some just the regular and bold. Some ask for new weights to be created. So I decided that the range of weights would be from Thin to Heavy, offering a much wider range to choose from than my other types.
Information about this typeface
The PDF files show the character set together with a variety of language settings. Trilogy Sans and Trilogy Egyptian are style-linked as follows; the italics are style-linked to their romans. Trilogy Fatface is an italic font only.
Fonts from the Trilogy collection can be licensed as individual packs. Each pack of Trilogy Sans and Trilogy Egyptian includes the associated italic fonts. Fonts can also be licensed in family packs and special Type Mix packs.
Trilogy Sans™, Trilogy Egyptian™, and Trilogy Fatface™ are trademarks of JT Types Ltd.