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Bruce Rogers and his Centaur type

Matthew Carter

Saturday 15 September | 15:00 – 15:45
Location: Sallis Benney Theatre

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Bruce Rogers was an American designer of books and type who spent much of his working life in England. This year is the fiftieth anniversary of his death. He made his reputation with a series of limited-edition books for the Riverside Press, each designed in a typographic style that alluded to the historical origins of the text. Rogers' typeface went through three states: Montaigne (1902), foundry Centaur (1914), and Monotype Centaur (1929). The design was derived from the type of Nicholas Jenson of 1470, the same source of inspiration for William Morris' Golden Type, the Doves Press type, and many other Jenson revivals that continue to this day. The three states of Rogers' type followed a technical progression: from punchcutting by hand, to matrix-engraving by machine, to Monotype manufacture. As with the printing of his books Rogers stayed closely involved with the making of his type; he could never resist the opportunity for changes at the last minute. Rogers' interpretation of Jenson became less faithful as Centaur developed, which may well explain its success as a typeface still in everyday use.

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Matthew Carter Principal Carter & Cone Type Inc | USA

Matthew Carter is a type designer with fifty years' experience of typographic technologies ranging from hand-cut punches to computer fonts. He is a principal of Carter & Cone Type Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts, designers and producers of original typefaces.

His type designs include ITC Galliard, Snell Roundhand and Shelley scripts, Helvetica Compressed, Olympian (for newspaper text), Bell Centennial (for the US telephone directories), ITC Charter, Mantinia, Big Caslon, Fenway and Miller. For Microsoft he designed the screen fonts Verdana, Tahoma and Georgia. He has been a member of ATypI since 1963.

Matthew Carter is a Life Member of ATypI.

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