classicthesis is a template bundle which I developed for the typesetting system \(\rm\LaTeX\). The first version of the template was released in early 2006.

The main goal of the template is providing authors with a classic, high quality typographic style which is inspired by Robert Bringhurst’s “The Elements of Typographic Style”. For example, providing students with an easy-to-use template for their thesis.

This goal is achieved by using a highly modular document structure, splitting the data and the layout information into separate pieces which can be modified and used independently of each other. For example, this enables you to use just the nice layout style for other projects, such as your Curriculum Vitæ, letters, etc.

If you like the style, then I would appreciate a postcard: My address can be found in the manual. A collection of the many postcards I received so far is available online.

For further information, please refer to the template documentation or these articles: TUGboat Article :us: or DTK Artikel :de:.

Note: This software is released under the GNU General Public License.

The LyX port of classicthesis is maintained by Ivo Pletikosić. Thanks to Nick Mariette for the original port.

General feedback, suggestions for improvements, and bug reports via the issue tracking system are highly appreciated. Please check the manual, the wiki, and your own system’s configuration carefully before contacting me with questions. Thank you for understanding and respecting this.


I am a professor for computer science and business information systems at Saarland University of Applied Sciences (htw saar – Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft des Saarlandes), where I am heading the Systems Technology Lab (STL). Before joining htw saar, I worked in the banking sector as an IT and management consultant and received a PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in distributed systems from TU Darmstadt. My professional and private interests include (not necessarily in that order): business information systems, business process management, leadership, incentive systems, risk, persuasion, negotiation, and games of many types.

Stats & more

My Erdős number is: 3

  1. Paul Erdős co-authored with Richard K. Guy: Paul Erdős and Richard K. Guy: Distinct Distances between Lattice Points. Elemente der Mathematik, 25(6):121–123, November 1970.
  2. Richard K. Guy co-authored with Tobias Isenberg: Zainab AlMeraj, Brian Wyvill, Tobias Isenberg, Amy Gooch, and Richard K. Guy: Automatically Mimicking Unique Hand-Drawn Pencil Lines. Computers & Graphics, 33(4):496–508, August 2009.
  3. Tobias Isenberg co-authored with André Miede: Tobias Isenberg, André Miede, and Sheelagh Carpendale: A Buffer Framework for Supporting Responsive Interaction in Information Visualization Interfaces. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Creating, Connecting and Collaborating through Computing (C5 2006), pages 262–269. IEEE Computer Society.

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