Trained in the Netherlands, Matthew Carter is responsible for some of the most famous modern typefaces, including Tahoma, Bell Centennial, Snell Roundhand, New Century Schoolbook, Georgia, and Verdana. (The latter two were commissioned by Microsoft specifically for viewing on screen.)
In 1981, Carter and his colleague Mike Parker created the digital type foundry Bitstream Inc., now currently one of the largest suppliers of type. He left Bitstream in 1991 to form the Carter & Cone type foundry with Cherie Cone and his focus is on improving many typefaces’ readability.
Carter’s clients include publications such as Time, The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Boston Globe, Wired, and Newsweek. He is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), is a senior critic for Yale’s Graphic design program, has served as chairman of ATypI, and is an ex officio member of the board of directors of the Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA).
Carter has won numerous awards for his significant contributions to typography and design, including an honoris causa Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Art Institute of Boston, an AIGA medal in 1995, and the 2005 SOTA Typography Award. A retrospective of his work, “Typographically Speaking, The Art of Matthew Carter,” was exhibited at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in December 2002.