After Hans Ed. Meier (July 2014) and Hermann Zapf in July 2015 we say goodbye to the most influential type designer from the 20th/early 21st cent. Within seconds the sad news got around the world.
On 18 September, the day after Frutiger’s funeral, Erich Alb sent this:
Adrian Frutiger passed away in the nursing home at Bremgarten/Berne (Switzerland) in the night of 10 September 2015, age 87 and 3 month. He was in poor health for some years.
Only one year after Hans Ed. Meier (the second important type artist in Switzerland), we’re losing with Adrian Frutiger a humble person, a genius.
Adrian wished no condolence cards and no announcements in the newspaper, and also a burial with only some family members. They have (incl. myself) stuck to that.
Three days later, on Saturday afternoon, a diligent person wrote to SDA Swiss News Berne, that Adrian Frutiger has passed away that day (which was the wrong date). Followed by Boulevard online paper Blick, Facebook and Twitter the news went around the planet within seconds, against the wishes of Frutiger’s family.
On Thursday 17 September the ceremony was held in the cemetary of Bremgarten/Berne.
Today Friday I can send this announcement to all our members and friends of Adrian on every corner of the world, where his Alphabets are in use, partly since 60 years. They will be in use for longer than that period …
Adrian was my hero for 50 years. We worked together, we have been laughing and in tiers, we’ve had a marvellous time together. I have learned a great amount of him and passing over this know how as long as I can.
I will never forget Adrian, neither his wife Simone. Requiescat in pace!