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Adrian Frutiger

Adrian Frutiger

Information about the typeface designer Adrian Frutiger and his fonts.

Adrian Frutiger was born in 1928 at Unterseen near Interlaken, Switzerland. After an apprenticeship as a compositor, he continued his training in type and graphics at the Zurich School of Arts and Crafts (Kunstgewerbeschule) from 1949 to 1951, being taught by two renowned professors, Alfred Willimann and Walter Käch.

Frutiger went to Paris in 1952 and worked as typeface designer and artistic manager at Deberny & Peignot. His first typeface creations were Phoebus (1953), Ondine (1954) and Meridien (1955), and through the foundry's connections with Photon/Lumitype Frutiger created some of the earliest typefaces for photocomposition.

He established his international position as a typeface designer with his Univers sans-serif font, produced for metal and film in 1957. Together with Bruno Pfäffli and André Gürtler, he founded his own studio in Arcueil near Paris in 1961. He was also Professor for ten years at the Ecole Estienne and eight years at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

In addition to his typeface design, Frutiger has been a consultant to IBM and the Stempel typefoundry. He produced the typeface for Paris Charles de Gaulle airport during the early 1970s and Linotype subsequently released this in 1977 as Frutiger.

He has received several awards and honours: 1986, the Gutenberg Prize of the City of Mainz (Germany); 1987, Medal of the Type Directors Club of New York; 1993, Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Paris); 1993, Grand Prix National des Arts Graphiques (France).

In 2008 Frutiger collaborated on a reworked version of Meridien, which was released by Linotype as Frutiger Serif in honour of his 80th birthday.

(Photograph reproduced courtesy of fontblog.de.)

[SLC, DJD, July 2008]

Fonts designed by Adrian Frutiger (A-O):

  A-O  P-Z  

Apollo
Avenir
Avenir Black
Avenir Next
Avenir Next Condensed
Avenir Next Heavy
Avenir Next Heavy Condensed
Breughel
Linotype Centennial
Linotype Centennial Black
Linotype Centennial Bold
Courier New
Linotype Didot
Linotype Didot Bold
Linotype Didot Headline
URW Egyptienne
Egyptienne F
Egyptienne F Black
Frutiger
Frutiger Black
Frutiger Capitalis
Frutiger Capitalis Outline
Frutiger Condensed
Frutiger Next
Frutiger Next Heavy
Frutiger Next Heavy Condensed
Frutiger Serif
Frutiger Stones
Frutiger Symbols
Geometric Slabserif 712
Glypha
Glypha Black
Glypha Bold
Glypha Thin
Herculanum
Humanist 777
Humanist Slabserif 712
Icone
Icone Bold
Icone Bold Outline
Icone Extra Black
Icone Light
Iridium
Latin 725
Meridien
Meridien Bold
Nami
Neue Frutiger
Neue Frutiger Condensed
Neue Frutiger Condensed Extra Black
Neue Frutiger Extra Black
EF OCR-B
OCR-B
OCR-B (BT)
OCR-B Letterpress
Ondine
Ondine (URW)

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