Monotype Font Advances Design Beyond Borders

Monotype has launched Avenir Next World, a family of fonts that offers support for more than 150 global languages and scripts, including Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Georgian, Armenian and Thai. The family contains 10 weights, from UltraLight to Heavy, as well as two new styles: Avenir Next World Black and Avenir Next World Extra Bold, and enables a geometric sans pairing option for global brands looking to design consistently beyond borders in this digital era.


Avenir was originally designed by Adrian Frutiger in 1988 and is recognizable in the logos of Spotify, Girl Scouts and AOL. In 2002, Akira Kobayashi, Monotype’s Creative Type Director, worked alongside Frutiger to bring Avenir Next to life, modernizing the family and providing a technical standard that allowed it to be used successfully by brands in both print and on a growing set of digital screens. Nearly two decades later, brands are operating increasingly in new regions, and delivering a consistent identity on a global scale has never been more important. Akira’s familiarity with existing iterations of the Frutiger designs meant he was uniquely qualified to direct the addition of new languages to the family, alongside noted designers Yanek Iontef, Nadine Chahine, Toshi Omagari, Akaki Razmadze, Elena Papassissa, Anuthin Wongsunkakon and the Monotype Studio.


Comments Henning Krause, Sr. Monotype Library Product Manager: “With Avenir Next World, companies can now communicate in many different languages with perfectly coordinated typography. This impressively harmonious extension of Adrian Frutiger’s and Akira Kobayashi’s popular Avenir Next typeface family greatly simplifies its international use. What’s more, new weights have been added to allow for an even more finely-graded typeface appearance in all applications. I couldn’t be happier to see this type family released now.”