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Adrian Frutiger


We have all seen his work – usually unknowingly but almost on a daily basis. Adrian Frutiger is a legendary figure amongst typographers, printers and designers. His most famous creation, the “Frutiger” font, was produced in 1975. He also designed the family of “Univers” fonts and finally the “Astra Frutiger”, the typeface used on all traffic signs in Switzerland.

Born in 1928 in Interlaken, Frutiger undertook an apprenticeship as a compositor there, attended the school of applied arts in Zurich and went to Paris in 1952. He finally returned to Switzerland – after a highly successful career – to Bremgarten near Berne. He died there in September at the age of 87.