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 ...