of current periodicals, typographers, and users of computer
design and word processing programs have all come into
contact at one time or another with the work of Matthew
Carter. He has created many well-known typefaces in
frequent use today. Carter shares his expertise with
the University as a Senior Critic on the Graphic Design
faculty, Yale School of Art, where he has served for
more than thirty years.
Carter is a type designer with more than forty years’
experience of typographic technologies ranging from
handcut punches to computer fonts. After a long association
with the Linotype companies he was a co-founder in 1981
of Bitstream Inc., the digital type foundry, 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.
designs include ITC Galliard, Snell Roundhand and Shelley
scripts, Helvetica Compressed, Olympian (for newspaper
text), Bell Centennial (for the U.S. telephone directories),
ITC Charter, and faces for Greek, Hebrew, Cyrillic,
and Devanagari, an alphabet used in India. For Carter
& Cone he has designed Mantinia, Sophia, Elephant,
Big Caslon, Alisal, and Miller.
Cone have produced types on commission for Apple, Microsoft
(the screen fonts Verdana and Georgia), Time,
Newsweek, Wired, U.S. News &
World Report, Sports Illustrated, The
Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The
Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times,
BusinessWeek, and the Walker Art Center.
speaks frequently at conferences, colleges, and chapters
of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
a Royal Designer for Industry, a member of AGI, and
chairman of the type designers’ committee of ATypI.
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, the AIGA medal, and
the Type Directors Club medal. He holds the honorary
degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College
of Art and Design. In 2010 he was named a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.