Thesaurus Display

Design Concept

Thesaurus blends particular features of the original metal types used by the Estienne family in Paris and Geneva with more contemporary characteristics such as a large x-height, narrower forms and increased modulation. The result is a versatile typeface with a rational flavour, with one foot in the past and one foot in the present.

Thesaurus is based on the types that Robert Estienne brought from Paris to Geneva, and in some way, serve as a bridge between France and Switzerland, between Catholicism and Protestantism, and now, through Thesaurus, between past and present.
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Optical Sizes

Unlike the original types that inspired it, Thesaurus comes in multiple weights and two optical sizes (Thesaurus Text, Thesaurus Display) making it a great choice for practical text typography, and editorial design.

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All weights of Thesaurus Display include ten different kinds of numerals. Proportional Lining figures come as default figures in Thesaurus Display. It also, however, includes Old-style figures, Tabular numerals (both lining and OsF), Small Caps numerals, superior, inferior, circled and circled inverted numerals (selectable via OpenType features).

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OpenType features

Like all Typotheque fonts, Thesaurus Display includes Small Caps in all styles. Additionally, Thesaurus includes a wealth of other advanced OpenType features. For more information please see the PDF instructions, or the Features section.

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Thesaurus typeface family was published in 2017, designed by Fermín Guerrero. In 2018, Thesaurus has received the Gold European Design Award for outstanding work in the communication design field. Thesaurus won also Gold award in the Type 4 : Typeface Design Competition by Graphis magazine, and Mention of Exellence at the Latin-American type design biennial by Tipos Latinos, and Gold Award and Best of Category, at the LAD - Latin Design Awards 2019.

Gold European Design Award for 2019