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A Journey Through the

Univers


Introduction This booklet is to be used as a guide to take a brief walk through the typeface Univers. Use this handbook on Univers to learn about its history, view its variations, how it has been used in the past, and how it is still used today. See Univers’s potential and decide if it is the fitting font for you.

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Table of Contents 4......................................................About the Creator 5.......................................................................History 6-7....................................................Facts & Reviews 8-9.......................................................Font Variations 10...........................................................Popular Uses 11......................................................Typeface Pairing 12..............................................................See it Used 13.............................................................Works Cited

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The Creator of the

Univers Adrian Frutiger

Born in 1928, Adrian Frutiger was a Swiss graphic designer, typographer, and type designer associated with typefoundaries Deberny & Peignot, Bauer, and Linoype. In 1987 he was awarded the TDC Medal; an award from the Type Directors Club presented to those “who have made significant contributions to the life, art, and craft of typography.� In 2006, Frutiger was awarded the the Society of Typographic Aficionados Typography Award. univers 45 light 17 pt. univers 45 light 12 pt.

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When It All Began...

In 1954, Frutiger began working on Univers for Charles Peignot, director of the leading nineteenth century typefoundry, Deberny & Peignot. Like Helvetica, Univers is based on 1898’s Akzidenz-Grotesk. The typeface was meant to be harmonious. Frutiger accomplished this by determining the complete family range a part of the design process and by building the family within a strict modular framework. The font was later released in 1957.

univers 45 light 25 pt. univers 45 light 12 pt.

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“Versatile and distinctive without being obstrusive�

univers 65 bold oblique, 25 pt.

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“Univers is one of the greatest typographic achievements of the second half of the 20th century� 7


Aa Gg Nn Uu

Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz

47 Light Condensed, 17 pt

Aa Bb Cc Dd Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Ll Mm Nn Oo Qq Rr Ss Tt Vv Ww Xx Yy

Ee Kk Pp Uu Zz

65 Bold, 17 pt

Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu 57 Condensed, 17 pt. Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz Aa Bb Cc Dd Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Ll Mm Nn Oo Qq Rr Ss Tt Vv Ww Xx Yy 45 Light, 17 pt.

Ee 75 Black, 17 pt Kk Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Pp Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Uu Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Zz Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz 85 Extra Black, 17 pt

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Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz

Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz

53 Extended, 17 pt

73 Black Extended, 17 pt

Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz

Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz

63 Bold, 17 pt.

93 Extra Black Extended, 17 pt


The Variations of the

Univers

Classifications Univers is a neo-grotesque, realist sans-serif font. It’s family has currently grown to 44 different weights and styles. 16 uniquely numbered weight, width, position combinations. 20 faces have oblique positions. 8 faces support Central European character set. 8 faces support Cyrillic character set. univers 45 light 25 pt. univers 45 light 12 pt.

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How we See the

Univers

Uses Univers is one of the most prolific grotesque sans-seif typefaces ever made. It has been used in a variety of applications including corporate branding, signage, maps, and standardized testing. It is Germany‘s Frankfurt International Airport and the Montreal Metro System’s primary typeface and was at one time used on Apple’s laptop computer keyboards. univers 45 light 25 pt. univers 45 light 12 pt.

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Typefaces to Pair With Old Face Fonts: Janson Text, Meridien, Sabon, Wilke.

Slab serif fonts: Egyptienne F, Serifa.

Black letters: Duc de Berry, Grace, San Marco.

Modern Face Fonts: Linotype Centennial, Walbaum.

Script and brush fonts: Brush Script, Mistral, Ruling Script.

Other fonts: F2F OCRAlexczyk, Linotype Red Babe, Linotype Seven. univers 45 light, 25 pt. univers 65 bold oblique, 12 pt univers 45 light, 12 pt.

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The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. 39 Thin Ultra Condensed, 25pt

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. 49 Light Ultra Condensed, 25 pt

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. 59 Ultra Condensed, 25 pt

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. 47 Light Condensed Oblique, 25 pt

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. 57 Condensed Oblique, 25 pt

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. 67 Bold Condensed Oblique, 25 pt

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Works Cited Fonts Inc. 2014. Online typeface archive. Retrieved from: http://www.fonts.com/font/linotype/univers Monotype GmbH. 2014. Online typeface archive. Retrieved from: http://www.linotype.com/267/univers.html MyFonts Inc. 2014. Online typeface archive. Retrieved from: http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/univers/ Wikipedia. 2014. Online database. Retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Univers

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