Trixie was conceived when Just van Rossum and Erik van Blokland figured out a way to digitise rough, unsmooth shapes and put them in fonts. A beta version of PhotoShop, Fontographer, a 300 dpi SCSI scanner and Adobe Streamline. This happened during the height of the Bezier regime: letters were getting smoother all the time, there was a need to roughen the world of typography a bit. Trixie was taken from a typed sample from a typewriter owned by a friend in Berlin, Beatrix Günther, or Trixie for short.

The sample was digitised, and two weights were derived from the original scans. Then a lot of tweaking and editing: in those days printers would choke on fonts larger than 40K. The rough outlines consist of many points and it was necessary to take out a fair number of them, but leaving the impression of roughness in tact.

The original FontFont Trixie family consisted of Trixie-Plain, a quite heavy and detailed typeface, and then FontFont Trixie-Light, as if the ink in the ribbon had gone old. To please people with printers with small memories, Trixie Text was added to the family. It is basically the same design as Trixie-Plain, but with less points (so also less detail) on the outlines. Trixie-Cameo is a reversed version of Trixie-Text, providing interesting typographical possibilities.

High Definition

Video for the introducion of the HD version of Trixie, with soundtrack by Just van Rossum.

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