Avenir Font

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Last checked: 9th June 2024

Avenir Overview

I've always admired the elegance, versatility, and timelessness of typefaces that manage to capture the essence of modernity whilst still retaining a classic charm and Avenir does it all so nicely.

Avenir is a geometric sans-serif typeface designed by Adrian Frutiger in 1987 with the aim of combining the best aspects of Futura and his earlier creation, Univers. Avenir is named after the French word for "future" reflecting the typeface's forward-looking and innovative design.

Whilst Avenir retains the geometric foundation of Futura, it introduced humanist elements that makes it warmer and more approachable.


Avenir is characterized by its clean, simple shapes, and slightly tapered terminals, which lend a gentle and friendly appearance.

The letterforms are slightly more open than Futura's, which contributes to the typeface's overall legibility.


Avenir is available in six weights (from Light to Heavy) with corresponding oblique styles, resulting in a total of 12 fonts in the family.

This variety allows designers to use Avenir in a wide range of applications, including branding, editorial design, signage, as well as user interfaces.


Avenir is a true testament to Adrian Frutiger's experience in type design. It embodies the spirit of the future while maintaining a connection to its geometric roots. With its enduring elegance, versatility, and exceptional legibility, Avenir makes for an excellent choice for designers looking to convey a sense of sophistication with a modern touch.

Avenir is a registered trademark of Monotype GmbH.

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