Avenir Next Font

Avenir Next font

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Avenir Next Font is a sans serif family was designed by Adrian Frutiger in collaboration with linotype Director, Akira Kobayashi. It was an expanded reworking of the original font family (released as an open type font with both old-style and lining figures) and received considerable acclaim upon its publication by Linotype in 2004. The font was instantly successful in print and with its expanded range of characters and specific optimization, equally successful as an on-screen font

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While Adrian Frutiger has created such famous typefaces as Univers or Frutiger, another matter has remained very close to his heart – the design of his linear sans serif – the Avenir.

In 1988, the Swiss typeface designer, he said he felt an obligation to design a linear sans in the tradition of Erbar and Futura but to also make use of the experience and stylistic developments of the twentieth century. Frutiger’s explicit goal for Avenir Next was to carefully rework Avenir while also expanding the family with condensed weights, small capitals, and old-style figures, creating a highly flexible typographical system able to meet the toughest demands in modern communication scenarios, aware of the unique challenge he faced to establish an innovative sans serif font which could stand its own next to existing constructed sans serif icons like Paul Renner’s Futura or Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase’s Avant-Garde Gothic.

Considering the scope of the project, he was fortunate to be able to rely on the competent support of Akira Kobayashi, Type Director at Linotype Library. Frutiger was first presented Avenir to the public, which already at that time marked an excellent alternative to other well-known typefaces such as Avant-Garde or Futura. Compared to the mere metric construction of other typefaces, Avenir Next Font is not purely geometric, it has vertical strokes that are thicker than the horizontals, an »o« that is not a perfect circle, and shortened ascenders. It was convincing because of its optical construction which lent it a more humane appearance, as seen, for instance, in the classically drawn »a«.

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Frutiger and Kobayashi began their work on Avenir Next Font by redefining the scale of stem weights. The scale now encompasses six weights beginning with Ultralight and ranging from Regular, Medium, Demi and Bold to Heavy, thereby extending the original Avenir weights on both ends of the spectrum. The simultaneous rearrangement of in-between increments has created a new balance between stem weight harmony and contrast. Applied to the four typeface sets Regular, Italic, Condensed and Condensed Italic, the six weights create a new typographical matrix with a total of 24 fonts.

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Avenir was originally released with 6 weights for which Frutiger had carefully selected the increments in line thickness. In typographical practice, however, this proved to be a limiting factor, along with the missing bold weights. Hence, the true potential of Avenir as a contemporary typeface failed to be recognized.

Adrian Frutiger has completely reworked this typeface family in close cooperation with Akira Kobayashi, Type Director at Linotype. The result is the Avenir Next Font with harmoniously incremented weights and matching condensed versions.

Avenir Next Font comes in 4 typeface sets, Regular, Italic, Condensed, and Condensed Italic, each equipped with 6 different stem weights. All 24 weights include true small caps and old-style figures.

Avenir Next thereby now offers an optimal balance of harmony and contrast. With the addition of the condensed variants, It represents a full-fledged contemporary grotesque, providing professional graphic designers with the greatest degree of typographical flexibility and optimal legibility.

Thanks to systematically harmonized stem weights in various widths and degrees of boldness, Avenir Next Font is now perfectly suitable for complex design solutions, and highly convincing in everyday use with its attractive forms and easy legibility. 24 weights including true small caps provide a wide variety of individual application possibilities, while still ensuring a unified overall appearance.

Modern design demands a state of the art typography: a grand entrance for Avenir on sport-themed postal stamps.

Dutch design is often one step ahead of the rest of the world. The City of Amsterdam was the first metropolis to fully adopt Avenir, thereby winning the coveted Dutch Corporate Identity Prize in 2003.

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