The Vectora® font family is a sans-serif typeface created by the famous Swiss typographer Adrian Frutiger, released by Linotype in 1991. Its creation was a response to the need for a font which could be used in situations requiring very small – yet legible – type.
Adrian Frutiger, the designer of Vectora, believes firmly that the functionality of a font stands hand in hand with its aesthetic characteristics: without one, there cannot be the other. Born in Switzerland in 1928 and encouraged to go into the world of type from an early age by his high school teachers and father (rather than sculpture, which was seen as a much less reliable form of creative expression, at least financially), Frutiger has changed the world of typeface design from the inside out.
In his early work, Frutiger was employed to rekindle older, metal typefaces, bringing them out of the press and into the newer, graphic format. When it came time to create a “Grotesk” style typeface however, Frutiger had his own ideas. Consequently, the Univers® typeface was born and from it came various others, including the Glypha® and Serifa® font families.
Vectora was designed as a need arose to find a suitable contemporary sans-serif typeface for use in very tiny circumstances. With its open counterspaces, exaggerated x-heights and very balanced lines, Vectora fulfilled that purpose perfectly. It is still a humanist font face, however, having retained some calligraphically inspired styling, which can be seen on the glyphs and the adjoining strokes.
In any situation requiring small lettering, Vectora is an elegant, modern choice. It retains a certain character even at very little sizes, which is refreshing in an arena where choice of style is often restricted by the miniature nature of the work. In his creation of the font, Frutiger was inspired greatly by the early twentieth century typefaces designed by Morris Fuller Benton for American Type Founders, including Franklin Gothic and News Gothic.
Newspapers, magazines and certain books have all made very good use of Vectora for their layouts. But they are not the only ones: Vectora has progressively made its way into logotype as well. With its unusually tall quality, the font has a certain presence which at times lends itself well to corporate branding.
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
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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