Friz Quadrata

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Friz Quadrata
Category Serif
Classification Incised
Designer(s) Ernst Friz
Victor Caruso
Foundry ITC/Linotype
Date released 1965

Friz Quadrata is a glyphic serif typeface designed by Ernst Friz and Victor Caruso for Visual Graphics Corporation in 1965. VGC worked with the International Typeface Corporation to create an additional, bold weight.[1] It is currently available from the ITC and Linotype foundries. Because of its level of detail and graphic weight, it is often used as a display font, for short texts and headlines.


Friz Quadrata is highly recognizable, and its strong, classic look has been used by a range of institutions and entities; the regular version is used for all official logos of the Chilean government. It is the typeface for the Quebec wordmark and on the identifying signage of 1 Police Plaza, the headquarters of the New York City Police Department. The Computer Entertainment Rating Organization uses the bold font for its logo. The New Mexico Democratic Party uses the font for its logo, as did the now-defunct Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from 1996 until the party's dissolution in 2003.

Educational institutions and athletics: The logos of the University of Arizona, the University of Wisconsin - Madison, the SUNY Polytechnic Institute,[2] Bond University and Polish private university Wyższa Szkoła Zarządzania i Bankowości are in Friz Quadrata — along with Austin Community College in Austin, TX; the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND;[3] and King's College in Charlotte, NC. The University of Cincinnati uses Friz Quadrata for its sports teams, as (until 2015) did the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes of the NHL on the names on its uniforms. The italic version is used by the University of Cincinnati Bearcats on athletic uniforms and logos.

TV, motion pictures and music: Because of its actual usage by the New York City Police Department, Friz Quadrata appears in the titles and credits sequences of the TV series Law & Order and its numerous spin-offs. The font was also used in the end credits of most movies made by DreamWorks Animation, as well as serving as the credits of the 1983 film Scarface. For almost ten years it was used for the TV One logo in New Zealand. The font can also be seen in the logos of rock and punk bands The Offspring, Black Flag and Bad Religion; whilst singer Mariah Carey used the typeface on many album covers.[4]

Computers and games: The Dell Computer Company used Friz Quadrata for its first logo from 1984 to 1990. The font can be seen in Blizzard Entertainment's 2002 RTS Warcraft III and 2004 MMORPG World of Warcraft to display character names and item information, a modified version is in the video-game series Fate (video game). League of Legends, the action real-time strategy game. It was the primary typeface for Shadowrun role-playing game books from 1989 to 2013, except for the game's fourth edition in 2005, which employed Garamond Premier. It was the title font for Bungie's Pathways into Darkness and was the logo and heading font in the original printing of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition role-playing game.

Identifying Characteristics[edit]

  • Distinct open bowls of lowercase letters, "6", "9"
  • Short ascenders and descenders
  • Curved stroke endings


  1. ^ "Friz Quadrata Std". Adobe Systems Incorporated. 
  2. ^ "Branding". Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Typography (Fonts)". University of North Dakota. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Mariah Carey - Biography

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