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About Trois Mille

When Trois Mille was first introduced to the world as Marc Rouault’s TypeMedia thesis project in 2016, word got out quickly. In a field where innovation happens very slowly, this was something special, something truly new. Dynamic. Expansive. Distinctly French. Initially inspired by the great modern master Roger Excoffon, Trois Mille redefined its genre as it transcended it. The groundbreaking construction methodology of Trois Mille rippled out into the zeitgeist of contemporary typeface design and moved the needle of aesthetic culture. Now, after 5 years in the making, Trois Mille has grown into a masterfully executed family, spanning 7 weights in 21 widths of roman and italic styles.

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7 weights, 21 widths, 294 total fonts.

Trois Mille Construction

At the drawing board, Trois Mille began as a test to produce low contrast styles with a high contrast tool.  Rouault’s experimentation with calligraphy led him to a breakthrough: by always orienting the pen at either 0° for horizontal strokes or 90° for verticals, Marc created a system where hairlines only occur at the stroke intersections and some interior strokes and joins, while the rest remain thick.

Trois Mille Seperate Sketches

By utilizing nib-rotation to create monolinear outer strokes and only using the hairline value for stroke joins and some interior strokes and cross-bars, Marc’s kernel of original ideation laid the groundwork for an entirely new contrast methodology: a system we call internal contrast. The spark of this new and exciting visual style finds its most concentrated expression in the Black weights of Trois Mille. As the Trois Mille weight spectrum goes from Regular, to Black, this 90° rotational stroke modulation changes from including horizontal strokes throughout the letterforms to excluding central horizontal strokes in the Black weight.

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While the quintessential American Grotesks of the wood type era pioneered this technique of thin inner strokes to keep a uniform weight in the heavy outer strokes, Trois Mille formalized this method by applying it to characters like ‘E’ and ‘S’. In the darkest weights, a hierarchy of horizontal contrast values balances characters with multiple thick horizontal strokes that could have otherwise looked too dense.

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Echoes of Roger Excoffon’s signature style and sensibilities are found throughout this robust and innovative family. To designer Marc Rouault, Excoffon’s typefaces are simultaneously classic, yet charmingly weird and contemporary for the 20th century. The design of Excoffon’s minterasterpiece, Antique Olive, was guided by the results of a clinical study of the reading process conducted in the 1950s, which concluded that the top of the bouma (word shape) is the most integral to how the human eye processes Latin text into language. This conclusion informed Antique Olive’s distinctly top-heavy style. 

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Trois Mille is a typeface that claims its space. It’s designed to take up as much surface area as possible with measured constraint. Short ascenders and descenders, and tucked tails create an ultra-compact, attention-grabbing texture. Text and headlines are efficiently packed when condensed or expanded.

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In true Sharp fashion, Trois Mille is built out to an expansive range of numerically itemized widths, including 21 widths and 7 weights in roman and italic, for a total of 294 fonts. The family is massive — fast and full of energy. We are proud to present the debut typeface of this once-in-a-generation talent.

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Trois Mille Tile Graphic

Designed in 2020 by Marc Rouault


Version History
V.1 May 2020

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