Typographically Speaking: The Art of Matthew Carter

In a career that spanned more than forty years when this book was first published and now numbers over sixty years, Matthew Carter has designed many of the typefaces that we see every day in and on publications, books, signs, and screens. Carter’s celebrated typefaces include such stalwarts as Galliard, Mantinia, and Verdana. In 1975, he created the now-pervasive Bell Centennial specifically for use in phone books. (A phone book was a printed book that listed names addresses and phone numbers of every person and business in a community.) Publications including Sports Illustrated, the Daily News, Wired, and the New York Times, and Boston Globe, along with cultural institutions such as the Walker Arts Center and The Victoria & Albert Museum, have all commissioned Carter fonts. This is his story (circa 1937–2003). He’s still at it and down the street—which is how we got him to sign this copy.
  • Author: Margaret Re with essays by James Mosley and Johanna Drucker
  • Size: 9 × 12.5 inches
  • Pages: 88 + 24
  • Binding: Paperback with inserted pamphlet
  • Condition: Some bumps and bruises but it’s signed by Matthew and comes with an invitation to an AIGA reception for a related exhibition. This invitation has a tiny bit of handwriting by Inge Druckrey scribbled across the front. Like most copies of this poorly-bound book, the thick inserted pamphlet has made the back cover detach a little. Hit it with some glue and it’ll be fine. (And did we mention that it’s signed by Matthew?)
  • Publisher: Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, 2003