Acropolis is the "Grecian” (bevelled) member of The Proteus Project, a collection of four interchangeable type families designed in different nineteenth century styles.
Every historical revival involves creating things that the original source lacks. In the case of Acropolis, the traditional grecian style has been outfitted with a crucial component which past typefounders neglected to provide: an italic. Lacking any historical precedent, Acropolis Italic attempts to be sympathetic to historical form while avoiding nostalgic clichés.
These fonts were designed in response to an age-old question: how can a fixed format be changed without resorting to a full redesign? The fonts in The Proteus Project were designed around a common set of proportions, allowing them to be substituted for one another almost invisibly. This offers editorial designers the ability to periodically refresh their formats, without having to anticipate any changes in copyfitting. For packaging designers, these related fonts offer a natural way for line extensions to refer back to the original product, without directly imitating its design.