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Thesis versus PMN Caecilia

An Egyptian fight! In this and this PDF file, Max Caflisch asks whether Lucas de Groot's slab serif called FF Thesis Serif (1994) is too close a copy of Matthias Noordzij's PMN Caecilia (1991, started in 1982): he says that without PMN Caecilia, FF Thesis Serif would not have existed. He and other experts agree that the skeletons of the glyphs are identical, but Spiekermann argues that both had the same background and the same teachers. Cynthia Hollandsworth proposes a legalistic solution (let the courts decide), while Adrian Frutiger largely agrees with Caflish's accusation. Noordzij is clearly upset, and the counteroffensive of de Groot is plainly acidic. He claims indirectly that there are equal or even more similarities in these pairs: (Foundry, Syntax), (Myriad, Frutiger), (Akzidenz Grotesk, Helvetica). He ends by claiming that PMN Caecilia is closer in fact to Frutiger's Serifa (1967) than to FF Thesis Serif. This wonderful polemic is in German.

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