Univers

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This article is about a typeface; for information about similarly spelled topics, see Universe (disambiguation).


Univers is a neo-grotesque, sans serif typeface designed by Adrian Frutiger in 1956 and released by the type foundry Deberny & Peignot in 1957.

It is similar to Helvetica which was designed by Max Miedinger around the same time. These typefaces figure prominently in the Swiss International Style of graphic design.

Different weights and variations within the type family, which consists of twenty-one typefaces in all, are designated by the use of numbers rather than names, a system since adopted by Frutiger for other type designs.

Usage

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Keys featuring Univers from a PowerBook G4.
Univers enjoyed great popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, becoming the sans-serif typeface most favoured by designers at that time, and has been used by the new Swiss International Air Lines (Swissair, the predecessor of Swiss, used the typeface Futura), Deutsche Bank and for signage all over the world. Apple Computer uses this typeface as well as its italic variant for the keycaps on all their keyboards. It is known for its clear lines and legibility at great distances.

The Paris Metro also makes extensive use of the font.

Sample

The following paragraph is in Univers or its clone called Bitstream Zurich if one of them is installed on your machine. If not, a monospace font is used:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum. The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog. 这是一些汉字。 Zh sh y xiē Hnz. Example of IPA transcription: /ɪg'zɑːmpəl əv aɪpiː'eɪ tɹɑːn'skɹɪpʃən/. Greek: Ελληνικά. Cyrillic: Кириллица. Thai: ฟหกดึ้. Khmer: កខ. Arabic: العربية. Scandinavian characters: .

See also

External links

  • Univers type sample (http://www.adobe.com/type/browser/P/P_1272.jhtml?id=type-010) from Adobe

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