Designed by Bram de Does, 1979.
This type design came into being after Bram de Does was asked to recreate Romanée for photo-composition in the late 1970s. With reservations Bram responded that it would be better to design a new face instead, and so was asked if he would take to the task. Despite having never designed a face before, he accepted and set about creating what I can only describe as the stunning series of faces that is the Trinité type family. I love how its gently sloping, slightly ‘loose’ form looks on the page; engaging and vibrant without being distracting. I wish more books were set in this gorgeous face.
The specimen to the right is Trinité No.3 Wide with Trinité No.3 Italic.
A couple of fine examples from the shelves:
• BRAM DE DOES ‘ROMANÉE EN TRINITÉ’
Spectatorpers / De Buitenkant, 1991.
Designed by Bram de Does, with the letterpress section printed by him at Spectatorpers and the offset litho section printed at Drukkerij Jan de Jong, De Buitenkant’s in-house press, in an edition of 500 copies.
As Trinité was not made as a metal face, only a few items have been printed letterpress from it, via photopolymer plates. At present, most instances of it on my shelves, apart from one small book (Robert Bringhurst’s excellent What Is Reading For?) and two pieces of letterpress ephemera (a short quote and a poem card), are printed offset litho. This book is immaculately letterpress printed in Romanée for the first section and offset litho in Trinité for the last. Despite being a letterpress purist, I have to admit that the offset pages look superb.
• BRAM DE DOES ‘TRINITÉ AND LEXICON’
Spectatorpers / De Buitenkant, 2013.
Designed by Bram de Does and printed offset litho at Jan de Jong in an edition of 750 copies.
This exceptionally well designed book, printed and produced to a very high standard using high quality materials, comprehensively shows off Trinité to its best. The first half of it is actually an English translation of the text from the above Romanée en Trinité.
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