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The Next Akzidenz

Chicago, IL. - 5 December 2006

Berthold Releases Akzidenz-Grotesk Next
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. (December 5, 2006) Berthold introduces a new interpretation of Akzidenz-Grotesk: the original sans and most influential grotesque typeface. Over 100 years after its original creation, Akzidenz-Grotesk has been redesigned in its entirety.

Berthold first published Akzidenz-Grotesk in 1896. The design originates from Royal Grotesk light by Ferdinand Theinhardt, who also designed the regular, medium and bold weights. The classic Akzidenz-Grotesk family has been compiled from several, formerly independent sources over the years. When H. Berthold AG was growing and buying smaller type foundries at the beginning of the 20th Century these types were unified into one family as the demand grew for a large sans serif family. This resulted in inconsistencies in the shape and weight steps throughout the original sans.

Akzidenz-Grotesk Next, designed by Bernd Moellenstaedt and Dieter Hofrichter, was conceived as a single family that uses the principal shape characteristics of the original Akzidenz-Grotesk, which now appear throughout all the weights. The x-height has been readjusted as well as the weights to obtain a more consistent design throughout the family from extralight to black.

Akzidenz-Grotesk Next is available in PostScript and TrueType flavors of OpenType with over 500 glyphs and extended language support for Central European, Baltic and Turkish as well as Welsh, archaic Danish and Esperanto.

About Berthold
Building on its strong heritage, Berthold Types, successor to the highly regarded H. Berthold type foundry, looks back onto a history of 148 years of distinguished type design. Lange, along with Bernd Moellenstaedt and Dieter Hofrichter, form the core of Berthold's Type Atelier located in Munich and Berlin to provide an indispensable element in the continued development of the Berthold Exklusiv typefaces.

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article posted 12 December 2006 and last updated 12 December 2006.

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