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Adrian Frutiger remembered

Adrian Frutiger passed this life on 10 September 2015. Read here for an obituary.

I previously wrote about Frutiger here.

In his Signs and Symbols he writes of the value of ‘interior and intermediary space’. Adrian Frutiger and interior spaceDesigners take especial note. ‘The beauty of a sign,’ he writes, ‘is often the result of a struggle between the resistance of the material and its conquest by the instrument…By contrast, the Oriental way of thought and expression…puts the creative act more into the mastery of a gesture with which the brush lays the sign on paper’. [Studio Editions, London, 1989, p.101.)

I did not know of Frutiger’s personal life so as a mental health social worker I find he lost two daughters to suicide prompting him and his partner to establish a foundation

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Typography poll – the results

Not highly scientific this, especially as the question ‘what do you consider the most influential typeface of the 20th century’ is somewhat vague. Define influential, one person commented.

For what it’s worth Helvetica and Univers topped the list,24 per cent each, while Futura put in an appearance among the also rans. Gill Sans notched up 10 per cent, and Times New Roman, Bodoni, Goudy and Caledonia brought in 5 per cent.

Comic Sans turned up too.

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Helvetica and Univers lead poll, so far

Surprisingly. Maybe not. I did say the most ‘influential’, so perhaps this is not so surprising. There is plenty of time to vote (closes end of month) and to make things more interesting it would be good to receive feedback as to why some of you consider these sans as being so influential. (A vague word which can be bent to many different meanings.)

I also plan to award a small prize/gift to the most INTERESTING response. This gift will be some goody from my typography collection, and sent post free anywhere in the world.

For those who dislike, even hate, helvetica do follow up on these links. It’s a face that certainly brings out the best and worst in typophiles!

there are many others, but those two give a flavour.

Where are the serif fans? Or was the late 20th century purely straight up and down?