Steve Matteson, the Creative Type Director for Monotype, manages the US design studio, is a type designer, historian and letterpress printer. He has designed over 80 typeface families including brand types for Toyota, Microsoft and Google and types for retail sales which include a dozen revivals of Frederic Goudy’s typefaces.
He attended the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Printing, at a time when letterpress and desktop-publishing were taught in adjacent labs. Steve was steeped in typography, calligraphy, design and fine printing, and learned a dedication to high quality craftsmanship.
In 1990 Steve worked with the team that made Microsoft’s first TrueType fonts and opened Monotype’s first office in California. A dedication to making best in class typefaces for digital environments has put his work in most eReader products, mobile handsets and very prominently on the web.
Steve is a board member of the Books Arts League in Lafayette, CO, an avid printer and user of metal type. Steve is also a musician, mountain biker and father of two artistic daughters.
The Goudys in Chicago
Fred and Bertha Goudy met each other and established themselves as a creative duo at a burgeoning time for the city of Chicago. As a growing center for trade, manufacturing, printing and advertising, the city proved to be fertile ground for these creative and ambitious individuals. From teaching illustrative lettering to the complete practice of producing books on a hand press, the Goudy’s short tenure in Chicago sparked a lifetime of world-recognized achievement.