History of
Avenir

Avenir is a sans-serif typeface designed by Adrian Frutiger and released in 1988 by Linotype GmbH. The word avenir is French for “future”. As the name suggests, the family takes inspiration from the geometric style of sans-serif typeface developed in the 1920s that took the circle as a basis, such as Erbar and Futura. Frutiger intended Avenir to be a more organic interpretation of the geometric style, more even in colour and suitable for extended text, with details recalling more traditional typefaces such as the two-storey ‘a’ and ‘t’ with a curl at the bottom, and letters such as the ‘o’ that are not exact, perfect circles but optically corrected. Frutiger has described Avenir as his finest work. ‘The quality of the draughtsmanship – rather than the intellectual idea behind it – is my masterpiece. (...) It was the hardest typeface I have worked on in my life. Working on it, I always had human nature in mind. And what’s crucial is that I developed the typeface alone, in peace and quiet – no drafting assistants, no-one was there. My personality is stamped upon it. I’m proud that I was able to create Avenir.

Avenir
Fonts

Avenir Light - The quick brown fox.

Avenir Light Oblique - The quick brown fox.

Avenir Book - The quick brown fox.

Avenir Roman - The quick brown fox.

Avenir Book Oblique - The quick brown fox.

Avenir Oblique - The quick brown fox.

Avenir Medium - The quick brown fox.

Avenir Medium Oblique - The quick brown fox.

Avenir Black - The quick brown fox.

Avenir Black Oblique - The quick brown fox.

Avenir Heavy - The quick brown fox.

Avenir Heavy Oblique - The quick brown fox.

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