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Tom Quinn's picture
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Matthew Carter Font Designer
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I'm trying to solve a mystery regarding the origin of the bitmap font that later became Tahoma. Does anyone know how to reach Matthew Carter, the man who designed Tahoma, Bell Centennial, Verdana and many other fonts? If so, please forward him my email address or send me his contact information. Thank you. Sincerely, Tom Quinn

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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Although Carter is the accessible type, what you're looking for is well-documented. He drew the bitmaps first (from scratch) then wrapped outlines around them. What "mystery" have you encountered?

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I ran across several documents dated in the late 1980's that appear to be drafted using the Tahoma font which was not officially released until 1994. Several older attorneys have told me that they purchased a software package for their Mac SE and early PC's that contained templates using Tahoma or its identical twin. I'm trying to solve this mystery for a client.

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It's probably just something similar.

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If it is the same documents you've requested help on prior to this in other forums, please post something more than the word "Quinn". People who are trying to identify a font would love to see, for instance, lowercase letters such as a, e, g, k, r, y -- the more they have to work with the more likely it can be positively identified. Having a good amount of capital letters is also a big help. It also would be nice if it is a high-res scan (300 dpi) rather than a 72 dpi jpeg or smartphone camera shot -- small details can make a critical difference especially when dealing with sans serif faces. Last, but certainly not least, post it in the Type ID section -- not here.