I always loved the iconic type specimens for Adrian Frutiger’s Univers typeface. They were created by Parisian type foundry Deberny et Peignot and released late 1950s (Univers was designed by Adrian Frutiger between 1954 and 1957).
They are a perfect way of showcasing Frutiger’s masterpiece – an almost scientific system of 21 weights and widths that could be combined perfectly (and a sublime solution to the many different sans serif faces at the time that very rarely complemented each other).
This year I created a Christmas poster referencing these type specimens – in the process I found out that Univers also has a nice range of asterisks.
More type specimens over at typechap.com.