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Akzidenz Grotesk was created in the late 1800s by the H. Berthold type foundry. modern Akzidenz was based on the 19th century version, with a large increase of weights and styles. Helvetica was based on Akzidenz, Miedinger removed everything he felt was imperfect about Akzidenz. Adrian Frutigers Univers is also based on Akzidenz.

Versions have been released in the US under the name “standard series” and “Basic Commercial”. Akzidenz is the typeface used on the NYC subways. Is considered the first widely used Sans-Serif.

Akzidenz Grotesk
serifs:none
usage: is similar to helvetica with more personality
characteristics: inconsistent stroke weight, “rounder” then helvetica. strokes dont end with vertical or horizontal cuts.

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