Fresh news from Linotype with Frutiger Serif:
“Adrian Frutiger has earned great respect over many years as one of the world’s most prominent and talented typeface designers,” said Frank Wildenberg, managing director of Linotype GmbH. “It’s an honor to add Frutiger Serif to the family of Linotype typefaces that bears his name.”
“While Frutiger has designed some of the most widely used and aesthetically pleasing typefaces, his philosophy has never changed – that type should always be legible and pragmatic. These characteristics are evident in his abstract style that is timeless yet contemporary,” said Allan Haley, director of words and letters at Monotype Imaging. “Few type designers are able to achieve this balance the way Frutiger has succeeded.”
The Frutiger Serif design is based on the Meridien® typeface, one of Frutiger’s first, released in 1957. Some of the earliest letterpress specimens of the original Meridien design still exist, which served as inspiration for the Frutiger Serif project. “I have a deep appreciation for the metal version of Meriden, which is quite different than the digital version,” said Kobayashi, who with the support of Frutiger redrew and expanded the Meridien design to create Frutiger Serif. “The spirit of Meridien is still evident in Frutiger Serif, which incorporates elegant serifs, gentle curves and arcs. We added weights, widths and styles that not only come closer to Frutiger’s original Meridien but also harmonize with several of Frutiger’s sans serif faces.”
The Frutiger Serif typeface family is available in five weights ranging from light to heavy, and all weights are available in both regular and condensed versions. Each has a corresponding italic, in addition to a condensed italic. The Frutiger Serif fonts support 48 western, central and eastern European languages, including Baltic and Turkish. The fonts are available in the OpenType® cross-platform format and include OpenType features such as ligatures, small caps and several numerical figures.