CC Accidenz Commons was designed by Archetypo, a research and type design collective based in Germany and Chile. Archetypo designed the font under these basic premises:

To establish a quality framework for a typeface based on the original design of Akzidenz Grotesk
To improve the original canonic design that precedes Helvetica and optimize it for better Webfont visualizing
To design a versatile text weight to be used in CC’s identity and logo, as well as in headlines, presentations, and other text applications

“We wanted a new Akzidenz version with less contemporary expression,” Archetypo explained, “[while] trying to remain close with the original metal carving of the font.” This meant:

Re-drawing the original Akzidenz Grotesk font, using different wide and long proportions. In the process, we considered the use of low caps and relative weight for better visualization in text applications.

Including small openings in the blank space of a sign where elements connect, such as on top of the “n” and at the bottom of the “a.”
Re-drawing many of the curves, unifying lower and upper cases.

The end result was CC Accidenz Commons: a contemporary, versatile, and neutral version of Akzidenz Grotesk.

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