For new designers! Easy to obtain, high quality Frutiger compatible fonts

This article is especially for new designers who are just starting out.

Frutiger font is popular among designers.

The typeface has been loved by many designers since its birth and has become a typeface that we see all around us because of its legibility and universally beautiful typeface design.

If you want to purchase the Frutiger font from the online store of Linotype, the distributor, you will have to pay from 3,991 yen per weight. If you want to purchase a set of all 19 weights, it will cost you 34,093 yen. (Prices as of February 9, 2019.)

Linotype’s Frutiger sales page (click on the image to jump to the site)

The price is not expensive considering that the font can be used for a lifetime after purchase. However, for a novice designer, it may be difficult to afford it because of other equipment that needs to be prepared.

Here are some compatible fonts that you can use instead when you want to use Frutiger, which are easily available from applications, OS bundles, and free Google Fonts.

type sample

Frutiger

First, here is the original Frutiger as a reference; Frutiger is called the “humanist sans serif”. The image shows the Frutiger LT series purchased from Lynotype.

Myriad Pro

Attached to Adobe paid applications such as Illustrator, Photoshop, CC (Creative Cloud), etc.

Fonts that become available after installing Adobe’s paid software.

Myriad’s letterforms are quite similar to Frutiger. The font is as rich in weights as the original Frutiger, making it an easy-to-use typeface.

I often use it when I want to use a typeface that looks like Frutiger, but I want to make a change from the original.

Lucida Grande

Standardized in Mac OSX

This typeface was the standard font for Mac until OSX 10.10.

Named after the word “lucid,” which means “clear” and “easy to understand,” the font was designed for high visibility when printed in small sizes or displayed on low-resolution screens. The font is designed for high visibility when printed in small sizes or displayed on low-resolution screens.

The font is very easy to read, but note that there are only two weight developments, Regular and Bold.

Calibri

Comes standard with Windows; included with Microsoft Office

These fonts are created by Microsoft and come standard in Windows, and are also available on the Mac when Microsoft Office is installed.

The letter skeleton is quite similar to that of Futura, but Calibri has slightly more rounded corners, giving it a softer look.

Tahoma

Standard for both Mac and Windows

Tahoma is a standard font for both Mac and Windows, also developed by Microsoft, and is quite similar to Lucida Grande.

Like Lucida Grande, Tahoma is available in only two weights, Regular and Bold.

Open Sans

Google Fonts: Free download from the following URL
https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Open+Sans

The fonts are from Google Fonts, an open source font service provided by Google, and can be downloaded and used free of charge.

Although the shape of the “g” differs from that of the original Frutiger, the numbers and other basic features are similar.

Ten different weights are available, making it easy to use from body text to headlines and creating a unified design tone.

Many of the fonts provided by Google Fonts are recent in age when they were designed, so the fonts have a new look.

Fira Sans

Google Fonts: Free download from the following URL
https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Fira+Sans

This font is also provided by Google Fonts.

Font developed for the famous web browser “Mozilla Firefox” and Firefox OS.

The weight range is quite extensive, with 18 different weights.

The similarity with Frutiger is not that high among the fonts introduced in this issue, in terms of the solidity of the number’s expression and so on. However, it has a more futuristic atmosphere, so I use it when I want to use a font that looks like Frutiger, but with a newer atmosphere.

Hind

Google Fonts: Free download from the following URL
https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Hind

Fonts provided by Google Fonts.

This Hind looks quite a bit like Frutiger! The numbers, the shape of the “g”, etc., are all so similar that unless you are a serious Frutiger fan, you would probably mistake the two side-by-side.

The Frutiger compatibility is very high, but unfortunately there are no italics, and only orthographic weights are used. If you need italics, you may need to use italic effects in your application.


The Frutiger-compatible fonts introduced here are all of high quality, although the similarity to Frutiger is different. Please use these fonts to improve your designs.

And by all means, buy the original Frutiger!

By using the real thing, you will realize why Frutiger is loved by so many designers.

Related Books

Adrian Frutiger – Typefaces: The Complete Works


Macで過去に作ったZip圧縮ファイルがファイル破損による解凍エラーに

1年前に作ったパンフレットの内容を更新する仕事。

ZIP圧縮してあった過去データを解凍して作業をしようと思ったところ、、、、

なんと解凍エラー!

3種類くらいの解凍ソフトを試しても全てダメ。

Bandizipという有料のMac用zip圧縮・解凍ソフトでもダメでした。こちらのソフトには破損されたzipファイルを修復する機能がついているのですが、それを使用しても、肝心のInDesignファイルが復元できず、、、、

途方に暮れたのですが、ダメ元でTimeMachineのバックアップを見てみると、1年前の作業フォルダにアクセスができ、なんとか復元できました。

終わった仕事のデータを保存する際、なんとなくZip圧縮していたのですが、今後は圧縮せずに保存しようと思いました。

Header: J SによるPixabayからの画像

MacでWebP画像をJPGに一括変換するアプリ

Webサイトからダウンロードした画像がWebP形式だと、すぐに開けずにストレスが溜まりますよね。

一括で変換するツールが無いか調べたところ、こちらのMac Appで可能なことが分かりました。

WebPコンバーター-AnyWebP

WebPコンバーター-AnyWebP

登録したWebP画像を一括でJPGに変換してくれます。

10枚を超える画像を変換する場合は有償となりますが、それまでは無料で使用できるみたいです。

このソフトを導入してかなり便利になりました。

Macでファイル名に ? を入れてはいけない

Macでファイル名に ? を入れると、アプリによってはファイル名を認識してくれないのでやめた方が良いです。

私の場合、ファイル名に ? が入っていた画像ファイルをInDesignに配置していたのですが、パッケージの際にエラーが出てファイルを収集してもらえませんでした。

MacのOSをバージョンアップした

仕事で使っているMac Pro(Late2013)、MacBook Pro(Mid 2012)のOS、およびAdobeアプリのバージョンアップをしました。

MacOS 10.14 Mojave

AdobeCC2021

アップデート。

自分で使うだけなら旧バージョンでも良かったのですが、仕事によっては他の人にデータを渡す場合があるのと、学校で講師をしているという事もあり、ある程度は新しいバージョンを触っておく必要があるので上げました。

MacBook Pro(Mid 2012)はMojaveより上のバージョンには上げられないみたいなので、Adobeソフトが対応しなくなったら買い替えに迫られますね、、、、