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Adrian Frutiger – Typefaces

The Complete Works

Edited by: Schweizerische Stiftung Schrift und Typographie
Translated by: Susanne Dickel, Dylan Spiekermann, Erik Spiekermann, and Tim Danaher

The typeface canon of the Swiss designer

The international creation of typefaces after 1950 was decisively influenced by the Swiss type designer Adrian Frutiger. His Univers typeface and the machine-readable font OCR-B, which was adopted as an ISO standard, are milestones, as is his type for the Paris airports, which set new standards for signage types and evolved into the Frutiger typeface. With his corporate types, he helped to define the public profiles of companies such as the Japanese Shiseido line of cosmetics. In all he created some fifty types, including Ondine, Méridien, Avenir, and Vectora.
Based on conversations with Frutiger himself and on extensive research in France, England, Germany, and Switzerland, this publication provides a highly detailed and accurate account of the type designer’s artistic development. All of his types – from the design phase to the marketing stage – are illustrated and analyzed with reference to the technology and related types. Hitherto unpublished types that were never realized and more than one hundred logos complete the picture.
This second, revised and expanded study edition, which now has an index, makes Frutiger’s achievement even more accessible.

  • Now available as a study edition: the reference work on Adrian Frutiger
  • Extensive image material and detailed background information on the typeface canon of the Swiss designer.
  • New: the index makes Frutiger's achievements even more accessible.

Author Information

Adrian Frutiger, type designer; Heidrun Osterer and Philipp Stamm, teachers for typography.

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Edition: 2nd ed.
Audience: Typography instructors and students, visual designers, commercial graphic designers, cultural historians

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