Last Updated on September 27, 2021
Most people, even travelers, tend to ignore signs. But they help guide us to where we need to go – be it in airports, train platforms, or road sides. And the fact that you can easily read them is all thanks to the Frutiger font.
How Frutiger Font Began
Crafted by Swiss designer, Adrian Frutiger, the sans serif was technically born out of one of Adrian’s earlier typefaces, Concorde. Commissioned to create a font for Roissy Airport, now more famously called Charles de Gaulle Airport, he proposed to modify Concorde and make it more legible. The result is a beautiful display type named Roissy that was released in 1972.
In 1974, he was approached by a typographical director from the Mergenthaler Linotype Company to turn Roissy into a print typeface. This is what we know today as Frutiger font family, consisting of letters and characters that have the cleanliness of Univers and the humanistic approach of Gill Sans. Frutiger was released by the Stempel type foundry in conjunction with Linotype.
Frutiger Font Uses
Because Frutiger is highly legible from any angle as well as from far distances, this sans serif classic is used not only in airport signs but also in pharmaceutical labels, magazine headers, book covers, and newspaper headlines. If you have a project that needs to be instantly recognizable, then this font will come in handy.
Frutiger Font Download
Several versions of Frutiger have appeared since its public release in 1976. Frutiger Linotype for instance, is the variant licensed to Microsoft and features old-style figures. ASTRA-Frutiger on the other hand, is used by the Swiss Federal Road Office, also called ASTRA (Amt für Strassen). Then there’s Frutiger Next, made available under Linotype in 2000 and includes Latin Extended characters and a true italic style.