Monday, September 6, 2010
Univers "unique"? What is the Univers grid?
Univers was the first typeface in which the weights were classified with a numerical system (the Univers grid). Both Univers and Helvetica were released around the same time and were very similar, but Univers had a range of weights and Helvetica did not.
Frutiger's grid was first applied to the font family, Univers. Therefore giving us the Univers grid. It was a way to label type weights without the words bold, heavy, and light. It also tells the amount the type is condensed or extended.