Matthew carter is a British type designer who was born into the world of type design in London 1937 as the son of Harry Carter the type historian. And through his father he entered the business of type design rather then going to a university. Through his father, Carter arranged to hold an internship at the Joh. Enschedé type foundry in the Netherlands for a year. An extremely long-lasting company with a long history of printing. Carter had intended to get a degree in English at Oxford but he was advised to take a year off so he would be the same age as his contemporaries who had gone into National Service.
Carters career began in the early 1960’s and has bridged all three major technologies used in type design; physical type, phototypesetting and digital font design. He trained as a punchcutter by Paul Rädisch, responsible for Crosfield’s typographic program in the early 1960s. Carter is one of the last people in Europe formally trained in the technique as a living practice.
He is now a principal of Carter & Cone Type Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts, designers and producers of original typefaces. Carter & Cone have produced types on commission for Apple, Microsoft, Time magazine, Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, El País, the Walker Art Center and many more.
A 2005 New Yorker profile described him as ‘the most widely read man in the world’ by considering the amount of text set in his commonly used fonts. Carter’s most used fonts are the classic web fonts Verdana and Georgia and the Windows interface font Tahoma. Seven of Carter’s typefaces are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.