The most important typography designer of our time, Matthew Carter (1937) is one of the few designers whose work is used by millions of people every day. Having devoted the first half of his career to typefaces for use in print, such as Miller and Bell Centennial, he then pioneered the design of fonts for use on screen, notably Verdana for Microsoft.
Matthew Carter is a type designer with more than forty years’ experience of typographic technologies ranging from hand-cut punches to computer fonts. After a long association with the Linotype companies he was a co-founder in 1981 of Bitstream Inc., the digital typefoundry, where he worked for ten years. He is now a principal of Carter & Cone Type Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts, designers and producers of original typefaces.
His type designs include ITC Galliard, Snell Roundhand, and Shelley scripts, Helvetica Compressed, Olympian (for newspaper text), Bell Centennial Address (for the US telephone directories), ITC Charter, and faces for Greek, Hebrew, Cyrillic, and Devanagari. For Carter & Cone he has designed Mantinia, Sophia, Elephant, Big Caslon, Alisal, and Miller.
Carter & Cone have produced types on commission for Apple, Microsoft (the screen fonts Verdana, Tahoma, and Georgia), Time magazine, Wired, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, El País, and the Walker Art Center.
Carter is a Royal Designer for Industry, a member of AGI, chairman of the type designers’ committee of ATypI, and a Senior Critic on Yale’s Graphic Design faculty. He has received the Frederic W. Goudy Award for outstanding contribution to the printing industry, the Middleton Award from the American Center for Design, a Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, and medals from the AIGA and the Type Directors Club. He holds the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.