Thursday, May 26, 2011

Matthew Carter... Timeless Cool Designer of Fonts

As you know, I love design.... all types of design. In this fast paced world of ours, some of the greatest designs and designers slip by us. Here is an example of great design, that is known to all, but do we know who the designer is?

British born Matthew Carter gave computers their fonts. He also designed typefaces for newspapers, (NY Times being one), phone books..some of his best known fonts are Verdana (my fav) and Georgia. Mr Carter will be the recipient of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum 2011 National Design Award for lifetime achievement. A well deserved award for his contribution of design in our computer world.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Designer(s)Matthew Carter
FoundryMicrosoft Corporation
Date released1996

Verdana is a humanist sans-serif typeface designed by Matthew Carter for Microsoft Corporation, with hand-hinting done by Thomas Rickner, then at Monotype. Demand for such a typeface was recognized by Virginia Howlett of Microsoft's typography group. The name "Verdana" is based on a portmanteau of verdant (something green), and Ana (the name of Howlett's eldest daughter).[1]

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