Akzidenz-Grotesk is a grotesque which is earlier named as sans-serif typeface originally released by the Berthold Type Foundry in 1896 under the name Accidenz-Grotesk. Akzidenz-Grotesk is one of the first sans-serif typefaces to be widely used, its design influence many later designs, especially many neo-grotesque typefaces released after 1950. The word Akzidenz means a ‘trade’ type for commercial use. It was sometimes sold as Standard or Basic Commercial in the USA.
The design concept of Akzidenz-Grotesk comes from Walbaum or Didot, as demonstrated by the similar font metrics when the serifs are removed. Whatever, Akzidenz-Grotesk’s hot metal type family included fonts made a range of foundries to slightly different designs, such as the c. 1880 typeface Royal Grotesk Light from the Berlin foundry Ferdinand Theinhardt Schriftgiesserei, designed by Ferdinand Theinhardt for the scientific publications of the Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin.
Akzidenz Grotesk Font
Akzidenz Grotesk is the famous typeface in 19th century and it has been the inspiration of the today’s so many popular fonts like Proxima Nova and Futura. Futura though the oldest font but still a popular font for design.