Matthew Carter gave the 2016 Lieberman lecture: “Genuine imitations: a type designer’s view of revivals”
The American Printing History Association (APHA) and Museum of Printing presented a free lecture by famed type designer Matthew Carter at the Museum of Printing on Saturday, December 3.
A number of Carter’s designs have been based on historical type fonts and handwriting manuals. In his talk he explained his debt to the historical legacy and described how historically-based designs have been adapted to the needs of contemporary clients.
Carter was trained as a punch cutter in the Netherlands, was a designer at Mergenthaler Linotype and co-founded Bitstream, the first independent digital type foundry. He has designed over 60 typeface families and over 250 individual fonts in a large array of styles.
Mr. Carter treated the capacity crowd to personal reminiscences and discussed the considerations that went into the creation of such typefaces as Snell Roundhand and Mantinia, with a fascinating study of ligatures both practical and fanciful. He discussed the need to interpret and adapt historical models and participated in a lengthy Q&A session with an enraptured audience. When asked to comment on emojis he quipped, “You’re a tough crowd.”Top ↑