Designed originally by Ernst Friz in 1965 and then expanded on by two more designers over the next 20 years, the Friz Quadrata™ font family is a serif typeface with an assertive tone and timeless look. It is a glyphic design with roots in stone carving and chiseling, and does not evoke the usual notes of pen or brush forms seen in many typefaces.
Friz Quadrata History
Different sources ascribe the original Friz Quadrata to Swiss designer Ernst Friz independently in the early 70s and Ernst in partnership with designer Ed Benguiat in the late 60s. While Benguiat would go on to design several more typefaces, including the Avant Garde Gothic™ font family, the Bauhaus® font family, the Benguiat® font family, the Bookman™ font family, the Caslon® font family, and the Korinna® font family, Friz does not seemed to have developed any more typefaces after Quadrata.
After the success of the release of Friz Quadrata’s original weight, Victor Caruso stepped in to add a bold weight to the font family. Italics were also added in 1992 by French designer Thierry Puyfoulhoux to the original and the bold Quadrata. Friz Quadrata’s classic look exudes an elevated and even authoritative aesthetic, and the font has been used by a range of institutions and companies in branding and logo design. It is most recognizable within the States as the typeface used in the New York City Police Department logo.
Friz Quadrata Usage
Given its authoritative look and tone, the font is particularly popular amongst government and civil institutions. Friz Quadrata is used by the Chilean government, the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and the New Mexico Democratic Party. It is also popular in the world of entertainment and has been used by such diverse performers as Black Flag and Mariah Carey.
Licenses for desktop fonts
A typical desktop font EULA will allow you to install the font on your computer for use with authoring tools including word processors, design tools and other applications that permit font selection. Fonts can also be used for creation of print documents, static images (JPEG, TIFF, PNG) and logos. The cost of a desktop font license is determined by the number of workstations on which the font is to be used.View the desktop EULA for this family
Licenses for Fonts.com Web Fonts subscriptions
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Licenses for mobile apps
A mobile app license permits the embedding of the font into the iOS, Android or Windows RT mobile platforms. Licenses are platform-specific meaning a separate license is required for each platform the font is embedded into. Licenses remain valid for the total operating life of the app and a new license is not required to cover free updates to the app.Learn more about licenses for mobile apps
Licenses for electronic publications (eBooks)
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Server licenses authorize the installation of a font on a server that is accessed by remote users or website visitors. These licenses are commonly used by Web-based businesses providing goods that are personalized by its users such as business cards, images with captions and personalized merchandise. Users are not allowed to download the font file and the font may not be used outside the server environment. The font may not be employed for a software as a service (SaaS) application in which the service is the actual product and not the means of providing the product. Server licenses cover a set number of CPU cores on production servers (development servers are not counted) on which the font is installed. The license is valid for 1 year.Learn more about server licenses