Acon, a typeface for booktypography

— Holger Königsdörfer

Type Design Prize


Acon, a typeface for booktypography (Type Design)
I started Acon during my studies in the Type and Media Master programme at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. While developing the proposal for my final project, I noticed that the majority of text typefaces used for contemporary book design are based on the translation contrast (broad nib). With Acon I wanted to create a typeface based on the vertical orientation of the expansion contrast (pointed pen) and optimised especially for book typography.
This vertical orientation of the contrast gives Acon an elegant tone while its sharp features lend the texture a crispness that complements the openness of the proportions. The Italic with its strong angle reflects this crispness and provides a lively, appropriate companion to the Regular style. Acon is still a work in progress but at the moment it consists of four weights: Regular, Book, Bold and Black in Roman and Italic all styles include Small Caps.

Holger Königsdörfer
Holger Königsdörfer (*1983) studied Communication Design at the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany and the Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche (ISIA) in Urbino, Italy. After his graduation in Augsburg and working as a freelance typographer, he decided to attend the Type and Media MA programme at the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK) in The Hague, The Netherlands from where he graduated in 2009. Currently, he is living and working in Munich, Germany.