Happy #FontFriday! Originating in 19th-century Berlin, Akzidenz Grotesk was one of the first sans serif typeface widely used. It inspired many typographers and is considered the precursor of Helvetica. Like most sans-serifs, Akzidenz-Grotesk is 'monoline' in structure, with all strokes of the letter of similar width. This gives a sense of simplicity and an absence of adornment. Font Trivia: AG was also used for signage in our NYC subway system during the 70’s. It was replaced by Helvetica because Helvetica has a J that is easier to distinguish by passing commuters.