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Old 02-20-2009, 10:27 PM   #1
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Article about Matthew Carter in the Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...021803330.html

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Not a bad article for a major newspaper.

When I landed on the page, I got this Google ad:





   
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Thanks for posting about this Marlene...I meant to and forgot...

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From the title I thought this was about the film, Get Carter. The multi-story concrete car park in Gateshead that featured in the film has recently been pulled down, and film fans from all over visited it just before demolition.

   
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Article about Matthew Carter in the Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...021803330.html

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Hmmm. There was one bit that irked me, so I blogged about it:

http://www.thomasphinney.com/2009/02...arter-in-wapo/
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Old 02-24-2009, 08:21 AM   #6
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Hmmm. There was one bit that irked me, so I blogged about it …
Hah! Have to go see if it was what irked me. <g>

   
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Old 02-24-2009, 08:45 AM   #7
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Hah! Have to go see if it was what irked me. <g>
And so it was. Matthew Carter has at least arguably the most diverse range of designs of any type designer.

I hate to quote myself, but this is from a profile I wrote for Adobe Magazine in 1995 (which has been mysteriously deleted from the Adobe archive). It is now very out of date, of course; he has gone on as before, creating many different types for private clients and for sale to the public. Just to set the date, at the time of our interview he commented that he was thinking of working on a Scotch type!
“Carter notes that he doesn’t have a strong personal style — ‘It doesn’t say much for you that your work isn’t instantly recognizable, but type is not … so much a matter of self-expression — it’s a matter of making a functional business.’ The result is that he is remarkably adaptable, and his work encompasses a variety of styles and classes of type, ranging from scripts to extended text families to diverse display faces. It wouldn’t be fair to Carter, though, if we didn’t also recognize the quality of his designs, which tend to be well-crafted and often very beautiful. He seems to have a romantic streak that he keeps barely in check, combined usefully with a compulsive need to perfect the curves and lines of his types.”

   
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What irked TPh seemed to be the false conclusions the author of the article drew from what she thought was the striking difference between how a type design begins and how most people begin to recognize an unknown typeface. It strikes me that it would be surprising if a type designer didn't start with the h: it settles the ratio of the x-height to the height of the ascenders and the form of the arch that is common between the h, n, m, and (inverted) the u. I should guess that the Q is thouht about last. But that's only a type-outsider's impression.

   
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That's hilarious! Thank you for sharing.

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I meant to save that section of the Post, and forgot ... maybe I'll dig through the stack and look for it ...

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