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Spiekermann on Frutiger

Erik Spiekermann: Adrian Frutiger didn't design a family of typefaces for Charles de Gaulle airport, but just the one weight for signage. That airport opened in 1976 (not 1968) when it was still called Roissy. Linotype then went and made Frutiger into the (almost) complete family and released it in the early 80s. I designed a condensed version (with Linotype's license and Frutiger's blessing) for Berlin Transit in 1990, called FF Transit. If Frutiger Condensed had been available in digital form at the time, i wouldn't have bothered. We also did a "true" Italic (as opposed to a sloping Roman, which is what Frutiger himself always does), because we needed more distinction for a second level of information on our signs. Frutiger himself liked that Italic, but told me that he just didn't do those himself. The new version from Linotype, Frutiger Next, now has true Italics! It's nice to be right, now and again.

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