Quay Sans, created by the London designer David Quay
in 1990, was a forerunner of the functionalist European sans-serifs that were to dominate new releases until the end of the millennium.
BILD: Inspiration 2, FontShop
It is composed of simple characters with very little contrast and minimally flared terminals, making it suitable for both body text and headings. Critics have occasionally found fault with its closed forms.
Re: “closed forms”: A comparison with Quay’s ancestor and model demonstrates why Adrian Frutiger’s typeface is the more readable one. The bowls of the lower case a, c and e are more rounded and the characters’ counters made as large as possible. This comes at the price of wider characters: Quay’s letters are narrower. More recent typefaces such as Myriad and Fago combine both benefits: open forms and narrower shapes.
Our jury member Stephen Coles offers a good comparison of Quay Sans and FF Fago