Yes, I agree. I go to a dentist to receive professional dental treatment from a trained doctor. When the dentist's office looks more like a McDonald's playland than a high-tech medical office, I don't...
Leyral— You are right. My error—I confused the dates. It was Myriad that was introduced in 1992. Frutiger was released in about 1976, not long after being introduced in the signage for the Charles De Gaulle Airport.
Last job I did for a big ol' corporation that uses Klavika for identity, I ended up buying the whole family. Quite nice, though I feel the italics are under-used compared to the uprights.
I like the letter shapes for Klavika, but I agree with you about the italics being under-used. I'm not sure which existed first but Tiltium Text has similar shape, and pretty light weights. Though light weight is dreadful for screenprinting at small sizes, it looks like the screener sneezed and left a thin line where something else should have.
Have you ever used Itsadzoke? I haven't used it much design wise but the characters are lovely to look at.