LF TheAntiqua

Although the members of the Thesis family have proven to work well as text faces, nothing beats a medium-contrast oldstyle for comfortable immersive reading. Hence TheAntiqua, an all-purpose text face whose name refers to the traditional Dutch/German word for oldstyle.
TheAntiqua’s proportions are similar to those of the Thesis family members, but with increased contrast between thick and thin strokes, and wedge-shaped serifs. Its diagonal stress subtly refers to the stroke of the broad-nibbed pen.

For a neutral text face to be used alongside TheSans or TheMix, TheAntiquaB is the obvious choice. This family comes in a generous range of seven weights, from Light to Black. The new OpenType fonts have built-in SmallCaps and several styles of numerals, as well as an extensive set of swash initials and endings.

There are two more distinctly different variaties of TheAntiqua:

TheAntiquaSun was originally made as a corporate typeface for Sun Microsystems; it has sharper details and a simpler structure than other variants of TheAntiqua and is limited to two weights, Regular and Bold.

QuaText. A special newstext version of TheAntiqua was developed in close collaboration with the Berlin newspaper Tageszeitung (taz). Its sturdy forms were optimized for newspaper stock. This font family is currently being reworked and will be further developed with variable weights that can be adjusted to clients’ specifications.

Three typefaces based on one concept. Top to bottom:
TheAntiquaB,
TheAntiqua Sun
and QuaText.

TheAntiqua in use

The German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine uses TheAntiquaB as a headline and text face alongside TheSans and TheMix in its education supplement Hochschulanzeiger.

TheAntiqua Sun was originally developed as a text typeface for Sun® Microsystems’ Corporate Identity. The Sun sans-serif family was designed as companion display face.

QuaText is the new name of the newstext version originally called EAntiqua. It was developed for the Tageszeitung, which uses it to date.