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Akzidenz Grotesk origins

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Xurxo Insua's picture
Joined: 26 Mar 2004 - 4:02pm
Akzidenz Grotesk origins

I find very interesting that Akzidenz Grotesk, a truly seminal typeface for the development of sanserif, has no known author.

Berthold released it in 1896 (or 1898?-the date varies depending on the source, any ideas why?)

What was the context in which it appeared? Robert Bringhurst in The Elements of Typographic Style relates it to the Realist movement in art, do you know of any book or article in which this is further discussed?

Another question for typophiles: Is the g of AG one of the firts in having a tail instead of a ring? What is the origin of that transformation?

Thanks a lot

Andreas Seidel's picture
Joined: 8 Mar 2002 - 3:44am

The Roots of Akzidenz Grotesk

Ferdinand Theinhardt (1820-1909) and owner of his foundry “Ferd. Theinhardt Schriftgiesserei Berlin”, designed the ROYAL GRETESK round about 1880. His foundry was soled to to Berhold AG in 1908. After the end of the Germany monarchy (1918) Berthold renamed it to “Akzidenz-Grotesk (AG mager)”.

source: http://www.typolexikon.de/t/theinhardt-ferdinand.html

Héctor Muñoz Huerta's picture
Joined: 21 Feb 2003 - 11:00am

Italic and blackletter g