21 asterisks of Christmas

I was very sad to hear of the passing of Adrian Frutiger this year. I always loved the iconic type specimens for his Univers typeface – a perfect way of showcasing Frutiger’s masterpiece – an almost scientific system of 21 weights and widths that could be combined perfectly (and a sublime solution to the many different sans serif faces at the time that very rarely complemented each other). They were created by Parisian type foundry Deberny et Peignot and released late 1950s (Univers was designed by Adrian Frutiger between 1954 and 1957).

So referencing these type specimens, I found out that Univers also has a nice range of snowy asterisks.

I’ll be printing some posters very soon!



And the original type specimen from Deberny and Peignot


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