In 1982 Bram de Does designed Trinité in response to a commission from Joh. Enschedé en Zonen. Initially the typeface was only made available for photocomposition on the (now obsolete) Autologic (analogue) phototypesetting system.

The Trinité family is remarkably extensive and complete. The main groups are differentiated by stem (ascender and descender) length. Versions 1 to 3 have different stem lengths (1 is short and 3 is long). The stems of Version 4 are the same length as version 3, but have swash stroke endings.

All characters without ascenders or descenders (capitals, and numberals for example ) are identical across all 4 versions. This makes it possible to switch effortlessly from Roman Wide 1 to Roman Wide 2 or Roman Wide 3 without reflowing the text. Also, the 'regular' fonts (Roman Wide, Roman Condensed and Italic) have the same width as the corresponding medium variants (Medium Wide, Medium Condensed and Medium Italic) thus making it possible to switch from regular to medium weight without the problem of reflow.