Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Fred Goudy!

146 years ago today, Frederic W. Goudy, America’s most prolific type designer and champion of the art of typography and printing, was born in Bloomington, Illinois USA.

Last Fall Steve Matteson, Monotype Imaging’s Creative Type Director, had hopes of announcing completion of Goudy’s 1903 typeface “Village” for today. The attachment shows some of the progress. It's highly influenced by William Morris' private press type which had helped reinstate printing as an art form during the height of the Industrial Revolution.

Hopefully this typeface will see the light before Steve’s 146th birthday... here is a sample of the work in progress:


A tribute to two former bookkeepers who impacted American design and typography for all time.


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