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Famous for:
Combination of humanist sans and slabserif for ultimate legibility.

Applications: Book Publishing & General Purpose Text Setting

Ubiquity:
Not widely used

Category:
Slab Serif

Stress: Vertical
Serifs: Slab Serif

Date: 1991

Designer:
Peter Matthias Noordzij

Foundry:
Linotype / Monotype

Location:
The Hague, Holland

Current equivalent:
PMN Caecilia

See also:
Linotype Serifa and Glypha by Adrian Frutiger

Technologies:
Postscript

Design history:
A monotone slab serif text face in a range of four weights, with matching italics, non-lining numerals and small caps, this type began as the graduation project of Peter Matthias Noordzij, now better known as proprietor of the Enschedé Type Foundry. Described by Robert Bringhurst as a neohumanist slab serif, its construction uses forms that originate with writing, (although the serif shape does not) and thus the face embodies the 'new Dutch' type design theories of Peter Matthias' father, Gerrit Noordzij, a noted calligrapher, teacher and writer. Caecilia is a rational and sturdy typeface that also works well at low resolutions, such as office laserprinters.

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