Back to the roots. – May 4, 2005

The Linotype Matrix is back!

Bad Homburg, 4th May, 2005. Inspired by the wish to improve and enhance the channels of typographic communication and to provide a new platform for design discourse and typographic expression, Linotype Library will bring back to life the Linotype Matrix, a quarterly news sheet produced by Linotype and Machinery Ltd. from the 1930s through the 1960s. The Linotype Matrix
will return to circulation as of fall 2005.

The Linotype Matrix, a must-have magazine dedicated to all type-lovers, will be published twice a year and distributed internationally. The new format, with more pages and more color, showcases the typographically rich and varied Linotype collection, coupled with design related articles and news from across the globe.

The Linotype Matrix will deal primarily with type and typography, with various sections on type designers, font features, font technology, special cover articles, a non-Latin typography section, and all the latest Linotype news and events.

The magazine will also cover recent additions to the Linotype Library collection, with a section dedicated to the presentation of the Library’s new designs and undiscovered typefaces. It will also highlight new young designers and fresh talents and visions.

The first issue revolves around the theme of type and technology. Linotype’s Type Director, Akira Kobayashi, reports on the Suntory corporate project. The premiere font feature will be on Jean François Porchez’s Sabon™ Next, which will be used to typeset the issue.

Also featured: the expanded Compatil™ family, a review of Typotechnica 2005, a sneak preview of Palatino Sans, an interview with its designer Hermann Zapf, and a review of Richard Southall’s book, "Printer’s Type in the Twentieth Century".

Linotype GmbH, based in Bad Homburg, Germany and a member of the Heidelberg Group, looks back onto a history of 119 years. Building on its strong heritage, Linotype Library develops state-of-the-art font technology and offers more than 6,000 original fonts, 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 1,400 fonts in OpenTypeTM) are now also available for instant download at In addition to supplying digital fonts, Linotype Library also offers comprehensive and individual consultation and support services for font applications in worldwide (corporate) communication.

If you would like further information, please contact:

Linotype GmbH
Du-Pont-Straße 1
61352 Bad Homburg
Tel.: +49 (0) 61 72 - 484 - 24 60
Fax: +49 (0) 61 72 – 484 - 5 24 60
E-Mail: [email protected]
This press release is available as pdf file. Please download:
English version (144 kb)
German version (148 kb)