AIGA BOSTON FELLOW AWARD, 2010 MACARTHUR FELLOW
Legendary typographer Matthew Carter — whose career in type design witnessed the shift from physical metal type to digital type — has had a big year, becoming the sixth recipient of the AIGA Boston Fellow Award and a 2010 MacArthur Fellow. The 72-year-old who created Microsoft's Verdana, Tahoma, Georgia and dozens of other fonts is the oldest MacArthur Fellow named this year. As part of the honor, he'll receive a $500,000 "genius grant" over five years. Carter, born in London and the son of a typographer, started designing on computers in the mid-'80s and was part of a small group of visionaries who left Linotype to found Bitstream in 1981 as the world's first independent digital type foundry. Now the principal of Carter & Cone Type in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Carter is widely considered one of the most well-read people around for all the fonts he has crafted in a career that spans more than five decades. Carter's work also was celebrated last month at a sell-out AIGA event at the Cambridge Public Library that featured type-related presentations, exhibits and a silent auction highlighted by posters of original letter designs by local design luminaries as well as some items from Carter's personal collection.