The history of sans serif typefaces – Grotesques – dates back to the mid 19th century. In 1898, company Berthold AG in Berlin offered Akzidenz typeface for manual metal typesetting. Along with Futura these typefaces became the representatives of the avant-garde in graphic design. In the 1950s, Akzidenz became a symbol of Swiss typography. Digitisation of the 1990s has not always been beneficial for this typeface. New typeface Aktion offers an extensive family of seven fonts of different stroke widths in the purest form of interconnected shapes of individual letters. Aktion is made especially for small scale typesetting, which is dependent on the maximum balance of an image so that the text is at its calmest state. Aktion also has new lower case numerals. In larger scales the typeface retains its punch and clarity of each letter’s drawing. Type Foundry Signature expects to expand the family to other versions as well, especially to condensed and narrow fonts.
Rostislav Vaněk, Roman Čenohous
Small Caps, Old Style Figures
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