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Matthew Carter

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Born: United Kingdom, 1937.

Son of Harry Carter, Royal Designer for Industry, contemporary British type designer and ultimate craftsman, trained as a punchcutter at Enschedé by Paul Rädisch, responsible for Crosfield’s typographic program in the early 1960s, Mergenthaler Linotype’s house designer 1965–1981.

Carter is a prolific designer who has produced many successful and significant faces in his career such as Olympian, Bell Centennial, Galliard, Charter and Miller (in chronological order).

He has in recent years designed Verdana, Tahoma and Georgia for Microsoft; these fonts are tuned to be extremely legible even at very small sizes on the screen.

Carter co-founded Bitstream with Mike Parker in 1981. In 1991 he left Bitstream to form Carter & Cone with Cherie Cone.

Carter is a Royal Designer for Industry, a member of AGI, chairman of the type designers’ committee of ATypI, and a Senior Critic on Yale’s Graphic Design faculty. He has received the Frederic W. Goudy Award for outstanding contribution to the printing industry, the Middleton Award from the American Center for Design, a Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, and medals from the AIGA and the Type Directors Club. He holds the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.

Additional Articles:
British Council Design Museum: Matthew Carter