Mergenthaler Edition releases second issue of the new Linotype Matrix – May 16, 2006

Linotype Matrix 4.2 – the legend continues.

Bad Homburg, 16 May 2006. Following its highly successful relaunch of Linotype Matrix in magazine format last year, Linotype’s publishing label, Mergenthaler Edition, is now releasing the second issue of the classic typographic journal. Linotype Matrix Issue 4.2 takes an exciting and informative look at typography in history – with a thematic focus on the great 20th century type designer William Addison Dwiggins. Within the 64 pages of this richly illustrated issue readers will find articles contributed by some of the best talents working in typography today. For instance, writer and typographer John D. Berry explores the legacy of the Deberny & Peignot type foundry, while the article on Dwiggins’ life and work has been penned by type designer and scholar Paul Shaw, an established Dwiggins authority. Additionally, renowned type historian Sylvia Werfel takes a look at how type systems make designing texts easier.

2006 marks the 50th anniversary of W. A. Dwiggins’ death – an appropriate moment to look back at the contributions of one of the first truly significant type designers from the U.S. As Paul Shaw is currently working on a doctoral dissertation at Columbia University about Dwiggins, he is able to offer an indepth look at his prolific career as an illustrator, and tells us how, in his late forties, he began a second remarkable career in typeface design at Linotype. Dwiggins was, in fact, the first major type designer to work for the Mergenthaler Linotype Co. in New York and was responsible for creating many great designs, including Metro™ and Electra™, and his most enduring typeface, Caledonia™.

Of course, as a magazine devoted to typographical design, the pages of Linotype Matrix are as beautiful to look at as their content is informative. Shaw’s article is complemented with dozens of Dwiggins’ illustrations, drawings and examples of typefaces, while ornaments from Dwiggins’ Caravan™ Borders fonts decorate this issue’s cover, back and peripheral pages. A reprint is also included of the two-page remembrance of Dwiggins, written shortly after his death and appearing in the winter 1957 issue of the original Linotype Matrix.

Award-winning book designer John D. Berry takes us back to the early 19th century – to the origins of the legendary French type foundry, Deberny & Peignot, and shows us how many elements of the past persist in the present. Some of the 20th century’s most distinguished typefaces originated at Deberny & Peignot, and via a legacy of foundry acquisitions made over decades, they are now a part of the Linotype Library. From the Art Nouveau Auriol™ and A. M. Cassandre’s Peignot™ to the Univers™ type family, Matrix readers will recognize in these pages the timelessness of great typographic design.

Writer and type historian Sylvia Werfel offers a fascinating discourse on type systems. Extending the concept of type families, she explains how type systems consolidate a variety of styles that “get along together” well. Comprehensive type systems give designers a convenient way to create dynamic pages incorporating contrasting fonts, while at the same time maintaining harmony. Werfel shows us the historical evolution of type systems, from Univers – still considered by many to be the most systematic font family yet – to the development of numerous “true” type systems, beginning in the 1980s with Lucida®. In addition, ITC Stone™, ITC Officina®, Diverda™ and Linotype Syntax™ are featured, as well as the revolutionary Compatil™ type system which achieves the extraordinary feat of combining four distinct yet interchangeable styles to meet modern communications needs.

Also in the second issue of the new Linotype Matrix, Dan Reynolds takes readers on a fascinating and sumptuously illustrated tour of the library in the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany. After all, this corner of the world is where movable type was invented and is also near where the U.S. American type designer and aficionado Reynolds now lives and works. Intriguing about this article is how the historic blackletter types discussed are all models for Linotype fonts now available in digital format. And Brazilian graphic designer Claudio Rocha reveals the typography hidden in his own personal collection of pencils. These, plus other features, round out an issue that is sure to become a collector’s item for typography fans everywhere. Between the covers, and including the covers, this new edition of Linotype Matrix offers an exquisite window into typography’s presence in our lives. Linotype Matrix Issue 4.2 is available for purchase at www.linotype.com.


Linotype GmbH, based in Bad Homburg, Germany and a member of the Heidelberg Group, looks back onto a history of 120 years. Building on its strong heritage, Linotype develops state-of-the-art font technology and offers more than 6,500 original typefaces, covering the whole typographic spectrum from antique to modern, from east to west, and from classical to experimental. All typefaces (in PostScript™ and TrueType™ format as well as more than 2,500 fonts in OpenType™) are now also available for instant download at www.linotype.com. In addition to supplying digital fonts, Linotype also offers comprehensive and individual consultation and support services for font applications in worldwide (corporate) communication.

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Matrix Vol. 5 No. 2 sample pages
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