Legendary Typographer Adrian Frutiger Has Died at 87

Typography legend Adrian Frutiger, best known for sans-serif design and for creating the typeface used in London’s street signs, died last week at the age of 87. Frutiger began his career at Paris’ Deberny & Peignot type foundry, where he designed and adapted fonts for phototypesetting machines. He later went on to create 30 different typefaces, including Univers, Avenir and his eponymous Frutiger—many of which have been used by Deutsche Bank, General Electric, Apple, Disney and CNN. He’s been hailed as “the best type designer of the 20th century.”