Matthew Carter gave the 2016 Lieberman lecture: “Genuine imitations: a type designer’s view of revivals”

Matthew CarterThe 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.”

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