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Monotype Imaging is a leading provider of advanced font products specializing in font technologies, type design, multilingual font development & licensing and software development for mobile phones. The Monotype Imaging team is renowned for its TrueType and OpenType font expertise, and can tune fonts for on-screen legibility in Microsoft Windows as well as Digital TV, Set Top Boxes, Mobile Phones, Game Consoles, Embedded Systems, Consumer Electronics and other devices.

Secrets to designing smartphone fonts

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

CNET featured a wonderful interview with Steve Matteson, Monotype Imaging's Creative Type Director, on the many User Interface (UI) fonts he has designed in his career. This includes fonts for the Xbox and Xbox 360, Zune, Windows, Windows Phone, Android and Chrome OS. Quite an impressive and diverse palette of UI fonts! Read the article at CNET

(Credit: Josh Miller/CNET)

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Webcast by Steve Matteson: Branding Through Custom Typography

Monday, August 15, 2011

Please join us Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 4:00 p.m. eastern time for a presentation from renowned type designer Steve Matteson. Steve serves as our creative type director and may be best known for typefaces he has designed for Microsoft and Google.
Typefaces are a critical tool for creating a brand voice. Used properly, type will maintain a positive connection between a product and a user – particularly in an interactive setting. Steve will discuss why type is important, the type design process and challenges faced in creating typefaces for electronic media.

Steve had the honor to give this presentation at the recent InHouse Managers Conference in Chicago, and has been asked by HOW to deliver an encore.

The presentation will begin at 4:00 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Register at HOW DesignCasts.

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What's old is new again

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the Target retail store chain has teamed up with the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum for its new "Vintage Varsity" collection of back-to-school clothing.

This is great news for fans of wood type - and for the Twin Rivers, Wisconsin based museum. It is a wonderful institution dedicated to the preservation of wood type. At TypeCon in New Orleans this past weekend we saw an inspiring video from the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum on their efforts to capture the stories and knowledge from the craftspeople who worked their for years, and to save this information for future generations.