Back when we were in elementary school, our mothers would bake cupcakes and brownies for us to give to our classmates on our birthdays. This year, Adrian Frutiger has a present for the world on his birthday as well: his newest typeface family, Frutiger® Serif
Frutiger Serif is a re-envisioning of Meridien
, a typeface first released in Paris during the 1950s. Meridien has always been Adrian Frutiger’s favorite typeface, and it was the most successful of his serif designs. Working closely with Adrian Frutiger, Linotype’s Type Director Akira Kobayashi
expanded the original metal type version of Meridien into a new digital family of 20 variants. Renamed Frutiger Serif, this up-to-date Meridien now has weights, widths, and styles that correspond with those of Frutiger® Next
(Frutiger Serif even has Condensed Italic fonts, which Frutiger Next does not). This allows designers to finally mix Frutiger Next with a serif typeface whose weights and metrics are optimized for the task.