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AG goes Greek and Cyrillic

Chicago, IL. - 26 March 2007

Akzidenz-Grotesk Goes Greek and Cyrillic


Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. (March 14, 2007) Berthold announces the release of Akzidenz-Grotesk Pro+ with Cyrillic and Greek support for all 30 fonts in the collection as well as language support for Central European, Baltic and Turkish. Akzidenz-Grotesk Pro+ is available in CFF PostScript flavored OpenType.

Akzidenz-Grotesk, the original sans and most influential grotesque, was first released by the Berthold type foundry in 1896 (as "Accidenz-Grotesk"). The design originates from Royal Grotesk light by Ferdinand Theinhardt who also supplied the regular, medium and bold weights. In Berthold’s specimen booklet (Schriftprobe) number 444 released in December of 1957 Akzidenz-Grotesk mager (light) was referenced as Royal-Grotesk in parenthesis.

Karl Gerstner said of Akzidenz-Grotesk, "It is the work of anonymous typecutters: craftsmen, specialists, whose professional background and experience meant they were familiar with the finest subtleties and principles, and not just those of Grotesque. They gave Akzidenz-Grotesk the ultimate accolade a typeface can have: a functional, formal rightness, transcending the whims of fashion."

Throughout the years, Berthold has expanded this extremely popular and versatile family. AG ExtraBold (1966) and AG Super (1968) were developed by Guenter Gerhard Lange and are excellent choices for headlines. Guenter Gerhard Lange added more weights for Berthold including Super Italic (2001) and ExtraBold Italic (2001). In 2006, Berthold first released Akzidenz-Grotesk in OpenType.

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 to provide an indispensable element in the continued development of the Berthold Exklusiv typefaces.

For more information about Akzidenz-Grotesk OpenType, visit

article posted 26 March 2007 and last updated 26 March 2007.

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