Ethan Allen Smith
Akzidenz-Grotesk was first published by H. Berthold Typefoundry in 1896. The design originates from the type used in Germany by job-setters and trade printers of earlier centuries. This early sans serif preceded Helvetica by more than 40 years.
In the 1950s Günter Gerhard Lange, then art director at H. Berthold, began a project to enlarge the typeface family. Lange added to the character set, but retained all of the idiosyncrasies of the 1898 face. Under his direction, H. Berthold added Medium Italic (1963), ExtraBold (1966), Italic (1967), ExtraBold Condensed & Italic (1968), and Super (1968).
In 2001 Lange helped Berthold complete the Akzidenz-Grotesk series with the additions of Super Italic, Light Italic, Condensed, Medium Condensed, Light Condensed, ExtraBold Italic, Extended Italic, Medium Extended Italic, Light Extended Italic.
In total, 31 font styles were added to the Akzidenz-Grotesk family under the direction of Günter Gerhard Lange. The complete set is known collectively as Akzidenz-Grotesk BQ.