Acorde - 'A' 'cor'porate 'de'sign typeface

I am happy to announce that after a long period of development, my type family Acorde is available for purchase at

About the typeface:
Acorde is a reliable workhorse for large, demanding design projects. It was designed to be perfectly suited to all different sizes, from small continuous text to large headlines and big signage. The typeface’s name is derived from ‘a’ ‘cor’porate ‘de’sign typeface, however Acorde is not only suitable for corporate design programmes but for information design and editorial design purposes as well.

Acorde’s inception was in early 2005 as Stefan Willerstorfer’s final project in the »Type and Media« course at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (NL). It is a humanist sans serif with noticeable diagonal contrast and shows clear influences of the broad nib pen, especially in the Italics. Acorde’s characterful details give it a distinctive appearance in large sizes and contribute to its high legibility in small sizes. It comes in 14 styles – seven weights in Roman and Italic each. While the proportions of the Regular style were chosen to guarantee optimal legibility without being too space consuming, the heavier the weight gets the more suitable it is for headline purposes. The heavy weights are relatively narrower than the lighter ones, which gives them a strong appearance.

The huge character set contains 925 glyphs per font and covers a vast range of latin-based languages. Various accented letters, small caps, eleven figure-sets, superscript and subscript are all included. OpenType features allow for a comfortable use of the large set.

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1996type's picture

It's great. I like the way details are shown at bigger sizes, without disturbing the legibillity at smaller sizes. Great job!

ill sans's picture

Very nice!

Igor Freiberger's picture

Congratulations. An outstanding release.

Stefan Willerstorfer's picture

Thank you all for your kind comments.

Stefan Willerstorfer's picture

John from ILT asked me to write about the making of Acorde:

eliason's picture

Congrats on the release!
Since you intended this to work at so many different sizes, I'm curious: did you feel like you were optimizing the spacing for a particular (range of) size(s)?

Stefan Willerstorfer's picture

Thanks Craig!

The spacing closely relates to the proportions of the letters (especially to the proportions of their counters). It follows the letters’ space saving (economical) qualities in the Regular styles. The heavier the weight gets the relatively narrower the letters are and so is the spacing.

All styles can be used without any tracking modification in text sizes. In headline sizes and on big signage some minus tracking gives all styles a stronger appearance and is therefore recommended.

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