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July 8, 2013 Stefan Willerstorfer Slanted Acorde, Germany, Karlsruhe, Magma Brand Design, Niggli, Slanted, Sulgen, Switzerland, Yearbook, Yearbook of Type

Yearbook of Type No. 1 presents Acorde

The Yearbook of Type No. 1 is an independent compendium of high quality typefaces published by the renowned Swiss publishing house Niggli. It presents a selection of more than 180 of the best contemporary type families on more than 450 pages.

The selected typefaces come from all over the world and were released during the last three years. The type family Acorde is one of the selected typefaces. Due to its name (starting with an A) the double page spread presenting Acorde appears in the front part of the book.

The cover of the first issue of Slanted’s Yearbook of Type. Various impressions of the first Yearbook of Type.
February 12, 2013 Stefan Willerstorfer Stefan Willerstorfer Acorde, Austria, Design Austria, Schriften österreichischer DesignerInnen, Stefan Willerstorfer, Typefaces by Austrian Designers, Vienna

Typefaces by Austrian Designers – No. 22: Acorde

Design Austria is the only professional association and service organisation in Austria representing the interests of designers from all creative disciplines. Among many other activities Design Austria publishes a popular series of type specimens called Schriften österreichischer DesignerInnen (Typefaces by Austrian Designers).

Issue No. 22 showcases the type family Acorde, presents all of its styles in various sizes (from small to large), its huge character set as well as the large number of supported OpenType features.

The cover of the 22nd issue of Design Austria’s popular series of type specimens. Various impressions of the publication showcasing the type family Acorde.
December 5, 2012 Stefan Willerstorfer Stefan Willerstorfer Acorde, Acorde in Use, Austria, Erich Monitzer, Exhibition, Germany, Most beautiful books of 2011, Schönste Bücher 2011, Switzerland, tga, The Netherlands, Typographic Society Austria, Typographische Gesellschaft Austria, Vienna

Acorde presents the most beautiful books of A/D/CH/NL

Like every year the Typographic Society Austria (tga – Typographische Gesellschaft Austria) shows the most beautiful books of Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands in cooperation with the Vienna Public Libraries and the Association of Austrian Book Trade.

The most beautiful books of 2011 can be seen in the Central Library in Vienna from December 5, 2012 to February 4, 2013. Once again (since its introduction last year) the exhibition design is entirely set in the type family Acorde. Since Acorde is used for small text (labels, signs, flyers) as well as for large headlines, the exhibition design is a good example of Acorde’s suitability for all different sizes.

The flyer promoting the exhibition was designed by Austrian designer Erich Monitzer.
November 28, 2012 Stefan Willerstorfer Stefan Willerstorfer Acorde, Acorde in Use, Architecture, Austria, Book, Book Design, Josef Frank, Metroverlag, Peter Duniecki, Publishing house, Vienna

Josef Frank’s writings set in Acorde

The bilingual book Josef Frank: Writings is a complete collection of all published writings of Austrian architect Josef Frank, one of the main protagonists of Classical Modernism. It comes in two volumes and consists of nearly 900 pages in total. Since the whole publication is entirely set in Acorde, it is probably amongst the publications where Acorde’s workhorse qualities can be judged most easily.

Both covers of the two-volume book show the enlarged signature of Josef Frank.


The two-volume book was designed by Austrian book designer Peter Duniecki who explains his choice of Acorde as follows. »Die verwendete Schrift spiegelt die Zeit der Wiener Moderne. Modern, klar, nicht so hart, runder, eben wienerischer als die Internationale Moderne. Ihre hervorragende Lesbarkeit würde Josef Frank zu schätzen wissen.« (The chosen typeface reflects the era of Viennese Modernism. Modern, pure, not so hard, rounder, just more Viennese than the International Modernism. Josef Frank would appreciate its outstanding legibility.)

Various impressions of the publication on Josef Frank’s writings, designed by Peter Duniecki.
November 19, 2012 Stefan Willerstorfer Stefan Willerstorfer Acorde, Acorde in Use, Austria, Book, facultas.wuv, Martin Tiefenthaler, Publishing house, Vienna

Publishing house facultas.wuv features Acorde

The Viennese publishing house facultas.wuv uses two italic styles of Acorde as the main dynamic visual element on the cover of one of their newest publications, a reference book of political science. The publication, entitled Theoriearbeit in der Politikwissenschaft (Academic Writing in Political Science) addresses the demands of students in political science doing their master’s studies. The book cover was designed by Austrian designer Martin Tiefenthaler.

Cover of the book Theoriearbeit in der Politikwissenschaft (Academic Writing in Political Science). The italic styles of Acorde establish a dynamic contrast to the static photograph.
September 10, 2012 Stefan Willerstorfer Stefan Willerstorfer Acorde, Germany, Karlsruhe, Magazine, Magma Brand Design, Slanted, Super families

Slanted #19 – Acorde is one of the super families

The current issue of the quarterly magazine Slanted – Typografie & Grafik Design deals with large type families, so-called super families. Due to their wide range of different styles (various weights, as well as widths or optical sizes) they are able to perform a great variety of different tasks and provide the typographer with a huge set of tools to choose from.

Acorde is one of the selected super families. It offers a large amount of different weights and was designed to be perfectly suited to all different sizes, from small continuous text to large headlines and big signage. Next to the presentation of the selected super families, the magazine also shows a large amount of family photographs taking the term super family literally. Pictures of families from various places as well as portraits of royal families.

Cover of the current issue of the magazine Slanted focusing on super families. Royal family meets super family: Queen Victoria holds Acorde in her hands.