Adrian Frutiger – Caractères: L'œuvre complète

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Heidrun Osterer, Philipp Stamm, Fondation Suisse Caractères et Typographie
Walter de Gruyter, Jan 1, 2009 - Architecture - 460 pages
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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. For the first time, 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 Hitherto unpublished types that were never realized and more than one hundred logos complete the picture.

 

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Contents

Documenta
218
Alphabet Facom
220
Alphabet Roissy
224
Alphabet Brancher
230
Iridium
234
Alphabet Métro
244
Alphabet Centre Georges Pompidou
248
Frutiger
250

ElementGrotesk
46
Federduktus
48
Ondine
50
Méridien
60
Caractères Lumitype
74
Univers
88
Egyptienne F
118
Opéra
130
Alphabet Orly
134
Apollo
138
Alphabet Entreprise Francis Bouygues
148
Concorde
150
SerifenGrotesk Gespannte Grotesk
156
Alphabet Algol
160
Serifa
162
OCRB
176
Univers IBM Composer
190
Alphabet EDFGDF
198
Katalog
202
Devanagari Tamil
206
Alpha BP
214
Glypha
268
Icone
276
Breughel
286
Dolmen
296
Tiemann
302
Versailles
308
Linotype Centennial
318
Avenir
330
Westside
346
Vectora
352
Linotype Didot
362
Herculanum
370
Shiseido
378
Frutiger Capitalis
380
Pompeijana
384
Rusticana
390
Frutiger Stones Frutiger Symbols
396
Frutiger Neonscript
400
Nami
402
Synopsis Caracteres de Frutiger
409
Annexes
423

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About the author (2009)

Heidrun Osterer, Berufsschule für Gestaltung, Zurich.

Philipp Stamm, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Basel.

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