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December 8, 2014 Stefan Willerstorfer Stefan Willerstorfer Release, Sindelar, Stefan Willerstorfer, Typeface, Type Family Sindelar, Type Family, Willerstorfer Font Foundry

Sindelar, a news and media text face, is now available

I am pleased to announce that after a long period of elaborate development, my second type family, Sindelar, is now available. It is the ideal text face choice for newspapers and magazines, comes in 18 styles and was designed between 2009 and 2014. Sindelar is published by Willerstorfer Font Foundry and is available for purchase here.

Sindelar, a news and media text face, is now available.


About Sindelar
Sindelar is a capable, contemporary text face addressing today’s news design requirements. Its large x-height, low contrast and robust serifs grant a high legibility in small sizes. The balanced, well chosen proportions make the typeface economic (i.e. space saving) without giving it a too narrow appearance. These characteristics make it the ideal choice for extensive text setting in newspapers and magazines – on paper and on screen (webfonts available soon).

Named after famous Austrian football (soccer) player Matthias Sindelar (1903–1939), one of the best players of his time, the typeface shares two major qualities with its namesake: their technical brilliance and their way of performing aesthetically to the last detail. The football player’s nickname Der Papierene (the Paper-man) elegantly refers to the media too.

Although optimised for small sizes, Sindelar’s low contrast and robust serifs give the typeface a strong impact and an unmistakable personality in larger sizes. Sindelar’s calligraphic influences can be noticed in the Italics best. The italic letters are inclined by slightly different angles, respecting the letters’ shapes and proportions and resulting in a balanced, yet vivid appearance. Sindelar comes in 18 styles – nine weights in Roman and Italic each. Each font is equipped with a huge character set of about 980 glyphs and various OpenType features.

Sindelar is the ideal text face choice for newspapers and magazines.


The comprehensive specimen PDF gives you an excellent overview of the type family Sindelar. It shows various samples of all styles, the full character set, and informs you of all supported OpenType features. Download the Sindelar Specimen PDF here.

Sindelar comes in 18 styles – nine weights in Roman and Italic each.
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.