The day Ottmar Mergenthaler demonstrated the first linecasting machine to the New York Tribune in 1886, Whitelaw Reid, the editor-in-chief, was delighted: ¡°Ottmar,¡± he said, ¡°you¡¯ve cast a line of type!¡± The editor¡¯s words formed the basis for the company label, and marked the beginning of Linotype¡¯s success story. Four years later, the ingenious inventor founded the Mergenthaler Linotype Company.
Little did he know that after more than 100 years of successful business the Linotype, a subsidiary of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, would be following in his footsteps. Today, Linotype has one of the world¡¯s largest font libraries, offering more than 6,000 high-quality typefaces including the popular classics Frutiger, Optima, Helvetica, Univers, and Palatino. Linotype¡¯s goal is to be a partner for designers and typographers, and to support a global transfer of know-how and an open exchange of ideas and information in the field of typography. The ambitious and qualified staff at Linotype are dedicated to meeting this objective and making it reality.
Linotype has made an enormous impact on the type industry for over a century, continuously producing high-quality, world-renowned fonts.
Part of the secret to the longevity of Linotype¡¯s success is the fact that the company has been under the leadership of some of the industry¡¯s most prominent figures. One such leader was Mike Parker, a trailblazer in type, who played a major part in turning type design into a digital medium. It was because of innovative thinkers like him that Linotype¡¯s Helvetica typeface became one of the world¡¯s most-used typefaces.
The library, which is also home to legendary fonts Frutiger and Univers, offers typefaces with universal appeal and exceptional quality whose styles span the typographic spectrum. With some of today¡¯s best sellers like the Avenir, Helvetica Neue, Trade Gothic and DIN Next typefaces in its collection, it¡¯s no wonder that Linotype¡¯s library has enjoyed an almost unparalleled longevity and revere in the type industry.
Linotype, Deberny & Peignot
Linotype, Adobe 1929
ITC, Linotype 1994
Adobe, Linotype 1992
Adobe, Linotype 1936
Adobe, Linotype, Stempel 1924
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