# Showcase of beautiful typography done in TeX & friends

If you were asked to show examples of beautifully typeset documents in TeX & friends, what would you suggest? Preferably documents available online (I'm aware I could go to a bookstore and find many such documents called 'books'). Extra bonus for documents whose LaTeX source is available.

This is not an idle question. Seeing great examples of any craft is both educational and inspiring, let alone explaining why we prefer TeX to Word or other text editors.

For instance, I like how Philipp Lehman's Font Installation Guide looks. I don't know enough LaTeX to realize how much customization was done, but the ToC looks polished.

• Interestingly, the font installation guide probably doesn’t even have that many customizations, at least by the looks of it. Rather, the polished looks come from a very few choice adjustments. – Konrad Rudolph Aug 8 '10 at 8:53
• I really like the microtype manual PDF. Since it's nicely using PDF features like layers and such to create an appealing document. – Johannes Schaub - litb Aug 15 '10 at 14:46
• It seems to me that the font installation guide was set-up in a more elaborated way in previous versions. Am I missing something or confused with another document? – pluton Oct 1 '10 at 2:18
• I just want to come and vote this up! – Daniel Jul 9 '13 at 20:37
• Most of the links given in answers lead to 404! – xxx--- May 31 '17 at 6:34

I'm actually quite satisfied with how my Master thesis Synthesizing Software from a ForSyDe Model Targeting GPGPUs turned out.

Yes, another shameless plug...

EDIT: There have been requests on making the source code available. Since I don't want to release the full source, I've instead made a template available that you can then adapt to your own document. If you heavily base your own thesis report on this template I would appreciate if you made a small acknowledgement somewhere. Other than that - go nuts! =)

• Inspired by the Motion Mountain, were you? It looks appealing. – Harold Cavendish Mar 1 '12 at 0:27
• @HarroldCavendish: Nope, never heard about Motion Mountain before, but it does look similar. =) – gablin Mar 1 '12 at 8:57
• @henrique: How could I not - it's half the reason why the thesis looks the way it does. =) – gablin Mar 1 '12 at 8:58
• @gablin Siva Prasad Varma was asking in chat (chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/5802151#5802151) how you created your thesis, is there any chance of making the source available? – Torbjørn T. Aug 16 '12 at 13:13
• @TorbjørnT.: Not the entire source, but I'd be happy to share a template. I've updated my answer accordingly. – gablin Aug 17 '12 at 12:17

One of the most interesting books typeset with TeX that I know, is "Trees, Maps, and Theorems" by Jean-Luc Doumont. It offers beautiful typography down to details such that each paragraph is typeset as a perfect rectangle (which means a lot of textual rewriting, so whether this is a good idea I leave open).

I agree with this answer from Frank Mittelbach that this format is nice, but I was exhausted just thinking about the hard work to obtain only this "detail". Write carefully a book and then rewrite it just to fit in rectangular paragraphs? What a nightmare!

But LaTeX can make automatically rectangular paragrahs with no/minimal rewriting. With two columns, a simple \parfillskip=0pt and some reasonable tuning of microtype options make wonders. The trick is so simple that struck me not to have seen this solution anywhere. However, it was already explained in the egreg's long time ago in Is there a tool that makes paragraphs into rectangles?).

The solution is not always perfect, specially in one column. The badness concentrated in the last line of some paragraphs could be nicely scattered in the whole paragraph using \emergencystretch in many cases (explained also in the egreg's answer), but sometimes the best solution is still add or remove some words.

Nevertheless, even without \emergencystretch one can write the whole Lore Ipsum in two columns with \lipsum[1-150] (22 pages) and obtain 150 paragraphs nicely formatted. So, you can also impress to your readers without working hard:

• If I remember correctly, Trees, Maps, and Theorems does not use any hyphenation either. – Aditya Jun 18 '14 at 22:34
• @Aditya, Yes. Preventing the hyphenation, for example with \usepackage[none]{hyphenat}, certainly add much more badness but still the automatic format with this trick is decent for many paragraphs, al least for a document as the showed above. – Fran Jun 18 '14 at 23:10
• While impressive, I have to say that I'm not sure I entirely approve ;). What happens to allowing the author to concentrate on the content? Isn't the whole point that the content should not be deformed for the sake of formatting?! [Why do I think that I've said this to somebody before? If it is you, I do apologise.] – cfr Jan 3 '15 at 3:11
• @cfr I agree totally with you if the style is obtained "with a lot of textual rewritting", but the main point of the answer is that the author still can focus mainly on content with this simple trick. If the result worth is a separate issue, that IMHO depend of the type of document. Attract the reader's attention about the style could be a key objective or totally counterproductive. – Fran Jan 3 '15 at 4:38
• @Fran I really meant the original. – cfr Jan 3 '15 at 13:49

I know I'm late to the party, but I have to plug something I've just discovered a few days ago: a style that mimics the book for Dungeons And Dragons 5e.

There's an image of the result in Github, but I'll add it here too so it can be easily enjoyed:

If the author reads this, know that you made my day when I found it. Awesome job!

• One of the authors typing here - very happy to hear your like it :-) ! – Cathode Oct 8 '16 at 22:32
• @Cathode I really do! :-) Though it's so packed with LaTeX stuff that I don't understand (my fault, I'm quite a newbie), that it's taking me some time to grasp it all. It would be great if you could dissect it into elements that could be easily cut-and-paste-able for DYI RPG manuals. Or better yet, easy-to-use macros. With explanations. And examples. And an unicorn, while you're at it ;-) (note that it's been a while since I read the template, and some of this could be already done; specially the unicorn part) – rsuarez Oct 13 '16 at 10:27
• The example.tex should contain a number of useful examples though it could use some improvements. Maybe I'll find some time for that soon. If you have any specific questions feel free to contact me (github.com/anoderay)! – Cathode Oct 13 '16 at 12:01

I really like the documentation of Philipp Lehman. The Font Installation Guide was mentioned in the question, but I also think for a simpler article (rather than the book style) his package documentation is hard to beat aesthetically, e.g. biblatex's

In biblatex manual [was: Can I make a document that looks like this?], the author explains how to recreate this style (fonts and such).

I'm not sure this is exactly 'beautiful typography'. It is a TiKZ picture. However, somebody urged me to publish it a while ago and this is the first place I've seen where it might almost belong.

It originally began as a result of seeing Claudio Fiandrino's answer but Claudio is in no way responsible for my subsequent mangling!

I modified some code from https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/29154 and https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/41628, but the timeline is also based on ideas and techniques which I learnt from other questions and answers here. I am sorry that I cannot acknowledge everybody from whom I have learnt. If I have failed to acknowledge you, do let me know!

It isn't possible to post a very large image here without its being converted to JPG. However, PDF is available here and can be zoomed to inspect the details.

• Cool! In my opinion it is begging for a condensed sans-serif font, something like PTSansNarrow. – percusse Dec 3 '14 at 3:39
• @percusse I agree but it would throw everything out of place. That is, by the time I realised that, it was essentially too late. I'm not sure I have PTSansNarrow but I would have chosen something more appropriate if I'd realised how involved it was going to become! [It has to fit on A4, and the spacing is a little precise...] I was only really messing around to begin with... – cfr Dec 3 '14 at 3:42
• Well should you accumulate enough courage, it's on CTAN :) – percusse Dec 3 '14 at 3:45
• @ClaudioFiandrino I'm not sure what you mean about going for a package. percusse is suggesting I change the font, which would require using a (different) package, but would also require redoing a whole bunch of fine-tuning of spacing. I'm not sure I can face that! (And it takes a loooooooooong time to compile so testing is painful.) ;) – cfr Dec 3 '14 at 18:38
• @cfr: A package might provide the basic macros to draw blocks and connections in relation to the timeline. The scope is to allow any other user to potentially replicate the chart. – Claudio Fiandrino Dec 4 '14 at 7:23

I'd like to add our main project report, which was created the last semester at a 2-year technical college.

Main Report as pdf (OneDrive link)

Stripped-down example/template (needs XeLaTex)

(Note: This template bears some marks from being taken from a paper written under a constant time-pressure with multiple revisions, and was never meant to be shown off in public)

Here are some outtakes:

While writing it, I really liked my bachelor thesis Implementation of a Read Mapping Tool Based on the Pigeon-hole Principle, even though the margins (and some other things) were all wrong.

Looking back, I probably wouldn’t use such a heavy font again (Hoefler Text). But I still like the chapter headings a lot:

• The font for the equation numbers does not look good enough. – xport May 30 '11 at 13:18
• @xport Yup, that’s still using the Computer Modern font. – Konrad Rudolph May 30 '11 at 13:27
• They look nice, I'll create a memoir version of it for a later edition of my memoir chapter style showcase document – daleif Apr 20 '12 at 12:08
• @usr1234567 Thanks for pointing this out. I’ll try to find a copy of my thesis later and upload it somewhere else. Unfortunately my alma mater does not seem to archive undergrad theses (at least there’s nothing public facing). – Konrad Rudolph Feb 20 '17 at 10:27

There are two templates for theses at CTU (Czech Technical University in Prague) and CU (Charles University in Prague). These templates provide remarkable design which differs from standard theses created by LaTeX. The first mentioned template is called CTUStyle and the second is CUStyle. The title page of a bachelor's thesis created by CUStyle is shown here:

Charles University is an ancient school so there is its logo created as Kings seal on the ribbon.

There are full examples of student's work. First two are from CTU (in English) and the third is from CU. 480.pdf (or 480.pdf), 339.pdf (or 339.pdf), mirek-bakalarka. The third one is available including source code.

Both templates are based on OPmac. Notice that students are able to use pure plainTeX + OPmac (no LaTeX were used).

My two cents:

https://github.com/alexisflesch/nexus

It's a work in progress, but I'm quite satisfied with the result already. The little squares in the footers are clickable links to the corresponding chapters.

A big part of the code was borrowed to stackexchange contributors.

• I'd say, it's too much colorful. Reducing them a little may make it easier to read (which is the main purpose). – xxx--- May 31 '17 at 6:30
• I liked the title page very much. Could show me the necessary and sufficient codes for the title page only? – marya Jun 26 '17 at 11:11
• There is a titlepage.tex file on my GitHub ;) – Alexis Jun 26 '17 at 11:29
• The tabs on the bottom fail to work when loading the mhchem package – sab hoque Jun 23 '19 at 13:17

A Brief Introduction to Neural Networks is a beautiful one.

• When I just found this thread, I was thinking of that exact same document. I would have added it if you hadn't. It also looks interestingly un-TeX-like I think. – Christian Apr 20 '12 at 23:22
• Sure, this is really marvellous. Except that the ToC doesn't fit into the design imho (it's pretty default too). – jmc May 29 '12 at 19:41
• ...2 inch margins. Does that count as padding? – Nicholas Hamilton Jan 18 '13 at 15:35
• Nice document, but not that impressive. I see different figures using different font and font sizes (compare p.22 to p.38) and even font size larger font than that of the main text (p.22, p.63). Figures that overflow under the next column (p.40). Tables with rules that disappear around colored cells (p.41). Pages with 2-word widows (p.49). Paragraphs mixing - with -- where I would have used --- (p.59). – adl Jun 19 '14 at 5:58

Complete Source Code and Thesis

Since I've got four more exams on my plate there was no time to tidy up the code and the way the chapter headings are written, they prevent the use of tikzexternalize.

An image from my end-of-term-thesis and the .pdf above (sadly only two links can be posted as new user):

It is mostly reverse engineered wherever I needed a solution for my ideas, but could have more easily been accomplished with classic thesis, I assume.

The data sctructure is from Matthias Posspiech's thesis template, but seems to have a good amount of redundant code in it. The headings are customized personally, while the chapter titles are a version from the Grande Orange Book (spelled correctly?).

Sadly I didn't get the full width floats right ;(

• It would be interesting to have the .pdf and even the source code to such thesis. – Manuel Jul 4 '16 at 21:57
• All uploaded. Excuse the messy coding, but I had to get it out until my deadline. – Ritterbecks Jul 5 '16 at 13:35

I made an abstract book for a conference on this webpage, using LuaLaTeX and TikZ, and automating the process from a database: Abstract Book

• Could you please share a copy of the template to me? (mauramz /AT/ gmail.com) – Mauramz Nov 19 '15 at 23:46
• Sorry, I will try to organise the files and send it to you when I have some free time – PerroNoob Dec 2 '15 at 16:01
• Nice work, I'm curious about how you're accessing the database and the whole automation. Have you considered sharing a GitHub repository, please? – Harold Cavendish Apr 10 '16 at 18:43
• The access to the database is a long process, so it requires time to tidy up the files, maybe I will do that in the future. I created a repository with the LaTex style and how to generate the abstract book here github.com/davidcortesortuno/conference_style . Regards. – PerroNoob Apr 13 '16 at 22:53

Since there are very few "and friends" entries, let me point out to my PhD thesis Sequential decomposition of sequential dynamic teams: applications to real-time communication and networked control systems. It is, by no means, unique or beautifully typeset; but if one takes into consideration that I had to follows all the horrible typographic guidelines laid out by the university (margins, fonts, headings, interline spacing, and what not), I think that the result is rather pleasant.

The thesis is typeset using ConTeXt + LuaTeX (0.43). I think that it might be the first thesis typeset using LuaTeX. This was before ConTeXt was split into MkII and MkIV, and before LuaTeX had Opentype math font support.

I do use a rather unconventional style for typesetting multi-line equations with subscripts (see, for example, pages 27-29). Most of this was done manually (wrapped behind macros, of course). I also had to do some manual tweaking to get the bibliography just as I wanted it.

The ConTeXt source is available, although so much has changed in LuaTeX and ConTeXt MkIV in the last three years, that I doubt it will compile without some tweaks to the environment files.

I know two nice repositories (the last one has already been listed here):

1. Dario Taraborelli shows some of the elegant and beautiful features of LaTeX.
2. There is the TeX Showcase, edited by Gerben Wierda, which contains examples of what you can do with LaTeX. Most, if not all, of these examples are of exceptionally high quality.
• Tex Showcase! I saw, and was impressed by that years ago, and wanted to refer to it again some time ago and couldn't find it. +1, thanks. – Charles Stewart Oct 25 '10 at 11:40

I would like also to show something, which isn't that sophisticated but I believe it's a nice way to make simple but fancy covers with spine and flaps. I hope you find it usefull. What it's going to follow is some covers I made for my thesis using zwpagelayout package which can fe found here and pgfornaments which can be found here

The preable is the following

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{pgfornament}
\usepackage[english,greek]{babel}
\usepackage[iso-8859-7]{inputenc}
\usepackage{kerkis}
\usepackage[pdftex]{graphicx}
\pagestyle{empty}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{decorations.fractals}
\usepackage{multicol}
%^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
\usepackage[papersize={,297mm}, strictheight=false,topmargin=0mm, botmargin, flap=50mm, textwidth=209mm, spine=13mm, cropmarks, cropframe, croptitle=Εξώφυλλο Διπλωματικής]{zwpagelayout}
\usepackage{rotating}
%^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
\begin{document}
%There goes the code!
\end{document}


The following lines contain code for four covers as well as the output of each code. Each code is placed between begin{document} and end{document} in the aforementioned preamble.

First Cover

Code

\hbox to \textwidth{%
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropFlap \centering \textcolor{white}{Front Flap}
}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \UserWidth \vfill \leavevmode \textcolor{white}{ISBN+EAN}}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropSpine \vfill
\begin{sideways}\hspace{-10cm}Αθανάσιος Ν. Σταματόπουλος \hspace{5cm}{\Large Μελέτη     Ανιχνευτή \latintext{MicroMEGAS}}  \end{sideways}\vfill}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \UserWidth \vspace{1cm}
\setlength{\unitlength}{1cm}
\begin{picture}(20,27)

\put(0.7,1){\pgfornament[width=1cm]{25}}
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%-----------------------------------------------------------
\put(3.4,23){\includegraphics[width=3.3cm]{ntua-logo}}
\put(7.1,25.4) {{\Large Εθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο}}
\put(7.1,24.9) {{\Large Σχολή Εφαρμοσμένων Μαθηματικών\&Φυσικών Επιστημών}}
\put(7.1,24.4) {{\Large Τομέας Φυσικής}}
\put(7.1,23.9) {{\Large Εργαστήριο Πειραματικής Φυσικής Υψηλών Ενεργειών}}
\put(6,14){{\huge Μελέτη ανιχνευτή \latintext{MicroMEGAS}}}
\put(7.5,7.5){{\Large Σταματόπουλος Ν. Αθανάσιος}}
\put(9,1.5){{\Large Οκτώβριος 2012}}
\end{picture}}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropFlap \textcolor{white}{Back Flap}
}}


Output

Second Cover

Code

\hbox to \textwidth{%
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropFlap \centering
\textcolor{white}{Back flap}\vfill}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \UserWidth \vfill \leavevmode \textcolor{white}{ISBN+EAN}}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropSpine \vfill
\begin{sideways}\hspace{-10cm}Αθανάσιος Ν. Σταματόπουλος \hspace{5cm}{\Large Μελέτη     Ανιχνευτή \latintext{MicroMEGAS}}  \end{sideways}\vfill}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \UserWidth \vspace{1cm}
\setlength{\unitlength}{1cm}
\begin{picture}(20,27)

\put(0.7,1){\pgfornament[width=1cm]{25}}
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%-----------------------------------------------------------
\put(9.5,23){\includegraphics[width=3.3cm]{ntua-logo}}
\put(8,22) {{\Large Εθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο}}
\put(5,21.5) {{\Large Σχολή Εφαρμοσμένων Μαθηματικών\&Φυσικών Επιστημών}}
\put(9.5,21) {{\Large Τομέας Φυσικής}}
\put(5.5,20.5) {{\Large Εργαστήριο Πειραματικής Φυσικής Υψηλών Ενεργειών}}
\put(6,14){{\huge Μελέτη ανιχνευτή \latintext{MicroMEGAS}}}
\put(7.5,7.5){{\Large Σταματόπουλος Ν. Αθανάσιος}}
\put(9,1.5){{\Large Οκτώβριος 2012}}
\end{picture}}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropFlap \centering
\textcolor{white}{Front flap}\vfill}}


Output

Third Cover

Code

\hbox to \textwidth{%
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropFlap
\vspace{20.5cm} \begin{tikzpicture}\draw[color=gray!50,fill=gray!50] (0,0) rectangle     (5,-2);\end{tikzpicture}\vfill}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \UserWidth \vspace{20.5cm}     \begin{tikzpicture}\draw[color=gray!50,fill=gray!50] (-2,0) rectangle     (30,-2);\end{tikzpicture}}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropSpine \vfill
\begin{sideways}\hspace{-10cm}Αθανάσιος Ν. Σταματόπουλος  \hspace{5cm}{\Large Μελέτη     Ανιχνευτή \latintext{MicroMEGAS}}  \end{sideways}\vfill}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \UserWidth \vspace{1cm} \line(1,0){40}{} \Large Σταματόπουλος     Ν. Αθανάσιος \line(1,0){320}\\ \setlength{\unitlength}{1cm}\begin{picture}(27,17)
\put(1,7){\includegraphics[width=3.5cm]{ntua-logo}}
\put (5.5,9.5){\Large Εθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο}
\put (5.5,9){\Large Σχολή Εφαρμοσμένων Μαθηματικών\&Φυσικών Επιστημών}
\put (5.5,8.5) {\Large Τομέας Φυσικής}
\put (5.5,8) {\Large Εργαστήριο Πειραματικής Φυσικής Υψηλών Ενεργειών}
\put (1,1) {\huge Μελέτη ανιχνευτή \latintext{MicroMEGAS}}\end{picture}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw[color=white,opacity=1] (0,2) -- (10,2);
\draw[color=gray!50,fill=gray!50] (0,0) rectangle (25,-2);
\node at (3,-6) {\large Οκτώβριος 2012};
\end{tikzpicture}
}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropFlap \vspace{20.5cm}     \begin{tikzpicture}\draw[color=gray!50,fill=gray!50] (0,0) rectangle     (4.5,-2);\end{tikzpicture}\vfill}}


Output

Fourth Cover

Code

 \hbox to \textwidth{%
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropFlap
\vspace{20.5cm} \begin{tikzpicture}\draw[color=red,fill=red] (0,0) rectangle     (5,-2);\end{tikzpicture}\vfill}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \UserWidth \vspace{20.5cm}     \begin{tikzpicture}\draw[color=red,fill=red] (-2,0) rectangle     (30,-2);\end{tikzpicture}}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropSpine \vfill
\begin{sideways}\hspace{-10cm}\textcolor{blue}{Αθανάσιος Ν. Σταματόπουλος}  \hspace{5cm}    {\Large \textcolor{blue}{Μελέτη Ανιχνευτή \latintext{MicroMEGAS}}}      \end{sideways}\vfill}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \UserWidth \vspace{1cm} \begin{tikzpicture}\draw[red,very     thick] (0,0) --(3,0); \node at (6.3,0) {\Large Σταματόπουλος Ν. Αθανάσιος}; \draw[red,very     thick] (9.6,0) -- (20,0); \end{tikzpicture}\\ \setlength{\unitlength}{1cm}\begin{picture}    (27,17)
\put(1,7){\includegraphics[width=3.5cm]{ntua-logo}}
\put (5.5,9.5){\Large Εθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο}
\put (5.5,9){\Large Σχολή Εφαρμοσμένων Μαθηματικών\&Φυσικών Επιστημών}
\put (5.5,8.5) {\Large Τομέας Φυσικής}
\put (5.5,8) {\Large Εργαστήριο Πειραματικής Φυσικής Υψηλών Ενεργειών}
\put (1,1) {\huge Μελέτη ανιχνευτή \latintext{MicroMEGAS}}\end{picture}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw[color=white,opacity=1] (0,2) -- (10,2);
\draw[color=red,fill=red] (0,0.2) rectangle (25,-1.8);
\node at (3,-6) {\large Οκτώβριος 2012};
\end{tikzpicture}
}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropFlap \vspace{20.5cm}     \begin{tikzpicture}\draw[color=red,fill=red] (0,0) rectangle     (4.5,-2);\end{tikzpicture}\vfill}}


Output

• you should read about the \foreach command, it enables you to use for loops in an easy way (even outside a tikzpicture environment). See section 44 of the pgfmanual. – lvaneesbeeck Jan 28 '13 at 23:28

The articles from the online journal 'Semantics & Pragmatics' seem to come out very well.

• Nice example of Lucida fonts. – Lev Bishop Aug 15 '10 at 3:18

Perhaps a little off the track of beautiful document typography per se, but I often turn to the TikZ and PGF examples pages when I'm seeking inspiration or solutions re snazzy and relatively easy to produce vector graphics typography.

• I'm not sure I think there is such a thing as "vector graphics typography", but +1, I do agree that these examples are good: the intergration of PGF into Latex, like the integration of Metapost into Context, does help with the visual organisation of content, and can help typography. – Charles Stewart Aug 10 '10 at 7:24

Admittedly, you asked for LaTeX, not TeX, but the TeXbook is quite nice. Its source is freely available, but you are not allowed to compile it.

The source file, texbook.tex, starts with the following code.

% This manual is copyright (C) 1984 by the American Mathematical Society.
% All rights are reserved!
% The file is distributed only for people to see its examples of TeX input,
% not for use in the preparation of books like The TeXbook.
% Permission for any other use of this file must be obtained in writing
\loop\iftrue
\errmessage{This manual is copyrighted and should not be TeXed}\repeat

• What do you mean by 'not allowed to compile'? – xxx--- May 31 '17 at 6:28
• @pushpen.paul, I updated the answer to address your question. – TH. Jun 5 '17 at 18:15

My humble contribution, using Memoir and EB Garamond.

% !TeX program = xelatex
\let\counterwithout\relax
\let\counterwithin\relax
\documentclass[a6paper,12pt,final]{memoir}
\usepackage[top=0.4in,bottom=0.3in,right=0.78in,left=0.78in]{geometry}
\usepackage{pdflscape}
\setlength{\parindent}{0pt}

%dark red defined as \h{}
\usepackage[svgnames]{xcolor}
\newcommand{\h}[1]{\textcolor{FireBrick}{#1}}
\definecolor{bblue}{rgb}{0.74,0.80,0.84}
\usepackage{psvectorian,fancyhdr,lipsum,multido}

%to open PDFs in full H-Fit
\hypersetup{pdfstartview={XYZ null null 1.22}}
\usepackage{bbding}
\usepackage{lettrine}
\usepackage{fontspec}

\setmainfont[Ligatures={Required,Common,Contextual,Rare,Historic,TeX},Numbers=OldStyle,RawFeature={+ss05,+dlig,+hlig,+calt,+liga},ItalicFeatures={RawFeature={+cv04,+clig,+swsh,+calt,+liga,+hlig,+ss05},CharacterVariant=5:0}]{EB Garamond}

\usepackage{pgfornament}
\usepackage[final]{microtype}
\begin{document}
\pagecolor{bblue}
\thispagestyle{empty}
\topskip0.01pt
\large

\begin{center}\Large
color=Maroon]{102}} \textit{Epimenides}    \rput[l](0pt,3pt)
{\psvectorian[width=2em,mirror, color=Maroon]{102}}\\

\large
\end{center}
\vskip.25cm

\lettrine[loversize=0.3,
lines=3,
slope=-0.1em,
nindent=5pt,
lhang=0.35]{E}p\textsc{imenides} was a Cretan and a philosopher (600
\textsc{bc})

\begin{quote}
\emph{All Cretans are liars.''}
\end{quote}

but, Epimenides, was a Cretan and therefore, a liar. A statement by a liar, cannot be true and it meant, Cretans did \emph{not} lie, but spoke \emph{truth}.\\

Now, if, Epimenides speaks \emph{truth,} then by his own statement, he, a Cretan, is a liar. Does Epimenides \emph{speak truth} or \emph{lie?}\h{\pgfornament[width=17pt]{1}}\hfil\\

\begin{tiny}
\begin{center}
\textsc{typeset in latex by ajay kd}
\end{center}
\end{tiny}

\vspace*{\fill}

\end{document}


• The spacing around the ornaments could be a little wider, but otherwise, nice! I especially like the way the lettrine hangs out into the margin. – ChrisS Oct 26 '18 at 5:56
• Very nice. Would be much better if you showed the code you used to produce this :) – Phelype Oleinik Oct 26 '18 at 12:36

I think Lorenzo Pantieri's books and articles very nice. He uses his package ArsClassica and are written in italian.

At aprende matematicas (learn mathematics) you will find some mathematical books also written with LaTeX.

And at the Malaysian LaTeX User Group Blog there is a tutorial explaining how to design a not so boring book.

• The second link ends with an error. – xport May 30 '11 at 18:24
• @xport: It works for me. The link to the pdf is aprendematematicas.org.mx/obras/L15.pdf but you can also try through scribd at scribd.com/doc/17909256/LaTeX2e-en-15-Sesiones – Ignasi May 31 '11 at 7:00
• the book layout is very good. :) – xport May 31 '11 at 7:11
• does the english vesion exist for that book? – xport May 31 '11 at 7:13
• @xport, I don't know it. I don't think so, but you can ask to the author, it's email address is shown at the bottom of the web page. – Ignasi May 31 '11 at 10:10

If I may be so bold to also plug my own project, here are some documents created with my TeX macro package "DocScape" (Warning: sometimes large downloads!)

budget plan of german federal state

Lighting Product Catalogue

Tools Product Catalogue

Touristic Catalogue

Games Catalogue

While these may not all be highest quality by the typographic standards usually applied to TeX documents (after all, all of them are generated from data bases), they might be stretching a bit the imagination what one would consider to be the typical TeX document :-)

• So how many light years does it take to compile that Erco catalogue? :) – percusse Mar 30 '12 at 22:16
• LOL In fact they moved more or less entirely to LED technology by now, so their light has to be measured in decades rather than years (you won't believe how much product knowledge one picks up working on such a project ;-) – Stephan Lehmke Mar 30 '12 at 22:19
• I really like the Asia catalogue! Is it completely automatically generated? Wow! – Jake Mar 30 '12 at 22:51
• @jake Well there may be a couple of pages (intro & such) which are not based on database content which have been made by hand and included. But the country and region intros (with the maps) are generated. – Stephan Lehmke Mar 30 '12 at 23:09
• Most of the links give 404. Is it possible to fix the broken links? – Willem Van Onsem May 21 '15 at 18:30

The last document I opened that made me say "wow" was the elsarticle document class documentation.

The layout is highly nonstandard, and it wouldn't be suitable for most purposes, but it sure displays beautifully.

• It's a matter of taste. River valley obviously wants to show off their latex skills and make something that looks completely unlike people's preconceptions of a latex-produced document. Which is fine. But I personally find this a very over-the-top format, distracting and not at all easy to read, so it fails my definition for 'beautiful typography', which to my mind should mostly get out of the way and let you read the document. – Lev Bishop Aug 11 '10 at 2:35
• I agree with Lev. It is more like a poster. – Leo Liu Aug 11 '10 at 6:58
• While I agree with @Lev and @Leo that there are a lot of distracting elements (it’s (intentionally) more like a website than a print document), the main text body still has a very appealing format in my opinion. Also, I like everything that challenges preconceptions. – Konrad Rudolph Aug 17 '10 at 12:17

not really as beautiful, but more careful.

To be publsihed at Holborn Project soon!

• Where can I find this template above? – domi Feb 9 '19 at 18:15

Here's another shameless plug for one's own thesis: Narrowband CARS spectroscopy in the molecular fingerprint region

Here's some of the typographically relevant code I used, plus the code for the abstract page: http://pastebin.com/JWFjbZ1q

Shameless plug for my own thesis Learning from Samples Using Coherent Lower Previsions, done with memoir, biblatex, a host of smaller packages, and custom hacking too horrible to share (It’s the layout example that counts).

• Speaking of plugs, here's my own too, typesetted in XeTeX. – Hugo Sereno Ferreira Oct 1 '11 at 10:55
• I really like what you did with it, specially the arrow cues to look at recto/verso pages. Care to share how you did it? Or even better, the source code (I'm sure I've done worse things :) – Alberto Miranda Jul 31 '13 at 20:58
• I also like what you did! How did you flow the text around figures when they are too wide to be fully put in the margin, like on page 46 or 90? How did you position those images? – Marcel Korpel Dec 16 '14 at 23:53
• @MarcelKorpel Also with wrapfigure; it allows you to extend into the margin: \begin{wrapfigure}{o}[\headextend]{0pt}<content>\end{wrapfigure}, where \headextend is appropriately defined. I advise you to read the wrapfigure documentation (in the style file) and play with it a bit to get to know it. – equaeghe Dec 19 '14 at 15:06

I wrote both my PhD thesis and presentation in LaTeX. Most images were directly created in LaTeX, using tikz/pgfplots.

A particularity of my template is that it features one page turning animation on each side (hourglass on the left and a glider on the right). Both animations were also generated using LaTeX.

The source code is available at GitHub.

## Presentation

• Welcome and thank you for your contribution. – Johannes_B Jul 14 '16 at 8:52
• Your documents are very colourful. Some people are colourblind and might miss one of your points. Colorblind, links hard to see – Johannes_B Jul 14 '16 at 8:53
• Thank you for your comment, you are absolutely right. I did not think about that problem. However, since a lot of us print stuff black and white, I always tried to be redundant in the places colors are really important, e.g., the plots redundantly have colors and symbols to depict the same subjects. – nunopcardoso Jul 14 '16 at 9:28

The Latex Font Catalogue is a wonderful resource. For some reason it is missing the Zapfino font (as it is nonfree), which was packaged by Walter Schmidt.

• Zapfino is a commercial font: quite an expensive one at that. The package just provides support for the font assuming you have the font files. It doesn’t contain the font files. – frabjous Aug 8 '10 at 14:24

Some of you may be interested in Cours d’analyse although it is far from being as fancy as some of documents already mentioned. It is a bit too dense and comments are welcome. The final code is probably very nasty. Anyway.

• +1 for CC licensed. I also love the use of orange hues in the document. Really great. – Konrad Rudolph Sep 23 '10 at 7:58
• I do appreciate, even if I agree about the density of the text... et que cela ne me rappelle pas que des bons souvenirs de prépa ! Anyway, I'd like to know more about the way you achieve the rendering of Exercices or Lemmes blocks! – ebosi Jul 7 '16 at 12:18

I had to make a large poster for a conference and I used the style file baposter (link) to do it. Here's a preview:

The options look like:

\begin{poster}%
% Poster Options
{
% Show grid to help with alignment
grid=no,
% Column spacing
colspacing=1em,
% Color style
bgColorOne=lighteryellow,
bgColorTwo=lightestyellow,
borderColor=reddishyellow,
boxColorOne=lightyellow,
boxColorTwo=lighteryellow,
% Format of textbox
%textborder=roundedleft,
textborder =rounded,
%  textborder=rectangle,
eyecatcher=no,
background=plain,
linewidth=2pt
}


You place the boxes using relative coordinates such as below contribution (where contribution is the name of a box). Here's a example:
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%