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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.

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Example from 1859 remade using the Trilogy fonts
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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.

Example from 1957 remade using the Trilogy fonts
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Trilogy Egyptian

With the Egyptian type I wanted to capture the fullness and vitality of the original forms from the nineteenth century. There was a wave of Egyptian revivals in the 1930s but I find these too rigid and monotonously geometric. Having observed though, the many idiosyncrasies typical of the nineteenth century examples, I was aware that I needed to introduce some modernity to my designs. I kept the strong colour and evenness of line found in the best original specimens, but used deep cuts at junction points to brighten forms and alleviate some of their inherent heavy awkwardness.

Egyptian development
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Trilogy Egyptian drawings
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Playing with the idea of the later nineteenth century slab serif Clarendon types being used as accompanying bolds for regular romans, I decided to make the Egyptian type a bold face only. The weights are Bold, ExtraBold and Heavy and these are played out in three widths; Normal, Wide and Expanded.

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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.