Matthew Carter

Matthew Carter came to CMU this week to give a lecture and gallery talk about his work. His exhibition over in the Miller Gallery is amazing. Almost forty years of type designs. It includes histories, sketches and production drawings from many of his most popular faces. The precision with which these elaborate drawings were executed is unbelievable. And in rubylith? Forget about it.

He gave a two and a half hour walkaround talk that elaborated on his career as a type designer for Linotype and Bitstream, and briefly discussed his work for Microsoft. The next day, he gave another lecture--this one less esoteric--about the selection of materials for design.

After the lecture, I had the chance to ask him about the design of typefaces for the new onscreen font-smoothing of MaxOSX and Windows XP. He said he had just switched over to OSX (since Fontographer runs best in System 8.1) but that he was impressed with the clarity of onscreen reading as provided by Microsoft's Cleartype technology. Guess that settles that argument.

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