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New Frutiger Serif Typeface Family Debuts in the Linotype Library of Typefaces.

Adrian Frutiger and Akira Kobayashi Collaborate to Expand One of the World's Most Renowned Type Families

BAD HOMBURG, Germany, & WOBURN, Mass. -- Linotype GmbH, a typeface foundry and subsidiary of Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc., (Nasdaq: TYPE), a leading global provider of text imaging solutions, has introduced the Frutiger([R]) Serif typeface family. The new 20-font offering was designed by Akira Kobayashi, type director at Linotype, and Adrian Frutiger, whose original Frutiger sans serif design ranks among the best selling fonts of all time from the Linotype([R]) Library.

"Adrian Frutiger has earned great respect over many years as one of the world's most prominent and talented typeface designers," said Frank Wildenberg, managing director of Linotype GmbH. "It's an honor to add Frutiger Serif to the family of Linotype typefaces that bears his name."

"While Frutiger has designed some of the most widely used and aesthetically pleasing typefaces, his philosophy has never changed - that type should always be legible and pragmatic. These characteristics are evident in his abstract style that is timeless yet contemporary," said Allan Haley, director of words and letters at Monotype Imaging. "Few type designers are able to achieve this balance the way Frutiger has succeeded."

The Frutiger Serif design is based on the Meridien([R]) typeface, one of Frutiger's first, released in 1957. Some of the earliest letterpress specimens of the original Meridien design still exist, which served as inspiration for the Frutiger Serif project. "I have a deep appreciation for the metal version of Meriden, which is quite different than the digital version," said Kobayashi, who with the support of Frutiger redrew and expanded the Meridien design to create Frutiger Serif. "The spirit of Meridien is still evident in Frutiger Serif, which incorporates elegant serifs, gentle curves and arcs. We added weights, widths and styles that not only come closer to Frutiger's original Meridien but also harmonize with several of Frutiger's sans serif faces." The Frutiger Serif typeface family is available in five weights ranging from light to heavy, and all weights are available in both regular and condensed versions. Each has a corresponding italic, in addition to a condensed italic. The Frutiger Serif fonts support 48 western, central and eastern European languages, including Baltic and Turkish. The fonts are available in the OpenType([R]) cross-platform format and include OpenType features such as ligatures, small caps and several numerical figures.

Individual Frutiger fonts, selection packs and typeface families can be viewed, purchased and downloaded from, and Customers may contact Linotype at +49 (0) 6172 484-418, or Monotype Imaging in the U.S. toll-free at 800-424-8973, or in Europe at (+44 0)1737 765959, or 001781 970-6020, option 2. Customers from other parts of the world may dial 001 781 970-6020 (U.S.).

The initial Frutiger typeface was originally designed by Frutiger for the Charles-de-Gaulle Airport in Paris in the 1970s. In 1997, he completed the Frutiger Next family, developed for signage at the Alte Pinakothek in Munich and then becoming commercially available in 2000 as a Linotype typeface. Other variations available from the Linotype Library are the Frutiger Stones[TM] family, which incorporates the look of polished pebbles as the boundary; the Frutiger Symbols design, a family of symbol fonts; the Frutiger Capitalis design, a font containing ornamental glyphs; and Frutiger Arabic, designed by Nadine Chahine of Linotype and released last year.

Frutiger has designed other best-selling fonts from the Linotype Library, including the Univers([R]), Avenir([R]) and Vectora([R]) families. He has also created several other designs, including the Centennial([R]), Serifa([R]), Didot[TM] and the OCR-B font, an optical character recognition font used to create electronically editable text from typewritten, printed or handwritten documents.

About Linotype GmbH

Linotype GmbH, based in Bad Homburg, Germany and a wholly owned subsidiary of Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc., looks back onto a history of more than 120 years. Building on its strong heritage, Linotype develops state-of-the-art font technology and offers more than 10,000 typefaces, covering the whole typographic spectrum from antique to modern, from east to west, and from classical to experimental. All typefaces (in PostScript([R]) and TrueType([R]) format as well as more than 7,000 fonts in OpenType) are now also available for instant download at In addition to supplying digital fonts, Linotype also offers comprehensive and individual consultation and support services for font applications in worldwide (corporate) communication.

About Monotype Imaging

Monotype Imaging is a global provider of text imaging solutions for manufacturers and developers of consumer electronics devices including laser printers, copiers, mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes, digital cameras and software applications and operating systems. The company also provides printer drivers and color imaging technologies to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). Monotype Imaging technologies are combined with access to more than 10,000 typefaces from the Monotype, Linotype and ITC typeface libraries - home to some of the world's most widely used designs, including the Times New Roman([R]), Helvetica([R]) and ITC Franklin Gothic[TM] typefaces. Fonts are licensed to creative and business professionals through custom font design services, direct sales or e-commerce portals. Monotype Imaging offers fonts and industry-standard solutions that support all of the world's major languages. The company is based in Woburn, Mass., with regional offices in the U.K., Germany (Linotype), Mt. Prospect, Ill., Redwood City, Calif., Boulder, Colo., Japan and China. Information about Monotype Imaging and its products can be found at,,,,,,, and

Monotype is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Times New Roman is a trademark of The Monotype Corp. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. ITC is a trademark of International Typeface Corp. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. ITC Franklin Gothic is a trademark of International Typeface Corp. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Linotype and Avenir are trademarks of Linotype GmbH registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Frutiger, Meridien, Univers, Linotype Centennial and Helvetica are trademarks of Linotype Corp. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions in the name of Linotype Corp. Didot and Vectora are trademarks of Linotype Corp. and may be registered in some jurisdictions. Vectora is a trademark of Linotype GmbH and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Serifa is a registered trademark of Bauer Types SA. OpenType is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the U.S. and/or other countries. TrueType is a trademark of Apple Inc. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and other countries. PostScript is either a trademark or registered trademark of Adobe Systems Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. (c) Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. All rights reserved.

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