Yale School of Art
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New Haven, Connecticut, 06520-8339
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Matthew Carter, Type Designer

Mr. Carter began his career by studying punch cutting at the Enschedé printing house in Holland. After working as a lettering designer in London, he moved to New York City in 1965 to join the Mergenthaler Linotype Company as staff type designer. There he designed several typefaces including Cascade, Snell Roundhand, Helvetica Compressed, and Olympian, and faces for the Greek and Korean scripts. In 1971 Mr. Carter returned to London to work in continued association with the Linotype companies on faces for Hebrew and Devanagari, and on ITC Galliard, a series of classical romans and italics in four weights released in 1982. He designed Bell Centennial, the typeface currently used for telephone directories. He worked for ten years at Bitstream, Inc., the digital typefoundry of which he was one of the founders, where he designed Bitstream Charter. He is now a principal of Carter & Cone Type, Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a company that produces new typeface designs. Among those typefaces is Yale, designed for use in the University’s print and Web publications. Mr. Carter is a Royal Designer for Industry. He has received a Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design and medals from AIGA and the Type Directors Club. He has been senior critic at Yale since 1976.

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