Pencil to Pixel

If you use more than just the standard Times New Roman, then you know and love Monotype. Of course, if you know Times New Roman, than you still know and love them. Monotype has been a leader in typeface design for more than 125 years and is home to some of the most widely used and beloved typefaces in the world. If all that weren’t enough, they are now bringing us Pencil to Pixel, an exhibition that celebrates the past, present and future of a unique typographic institution. Intrigued? Let us show you more.

“In an era when most people interact with type as a digital experience, Monotype’s unique collection of artifacts relating to type history — original concept artwork, examples of precision drafting, metal and film masters, photographs and tools — provide a chance for visitors to explore the very physical history of the typefaces they already know.”


“These artifacts are now simply for show, however. They are chosen and arranged so as to tell a story about how the design of typefaces is informed, constrained, and even enhanced by technology, whether it’s the technology of machine and molten lead or microprocessor and bitmap. That story of the relationship of technology to analog typography connects in an unbroken chain of development to the way Monotype creates typefaces and the means of using them today, 125 years after they started,” say Dan Rhatigan, Type Director, Monotype.


After a successful run in London last November Monotype has brought the exhibit to New York City, with the grand opening tonight. The event is free, but you must reserve a ticket to get in. Early reviews list the event as a must see for type nerds and designers alike. The show will run May 3-9.

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We’re excited to have worked with Monoytpe on the limited edition poster series that will be sold at the show. The posters were a smash at the preview event last night, which was attended by hundreds of designers. Designed by Lippincott, they were produced using Strathmore Premium, Mohawk Superfine and Mohawk Chromolux. We have 5 full sets of these limited posters, and we want to share them with you!

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Leave a note in the comments section describing your favorite Monotype typeface and what you make with it.

5 random winners will be selected on Monday, May 6th.

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Comments (3)

  1. Posted by Amie samuel on 05.3.13 at 1:11 pm

    Gill Sans quickly became my favorite Monotype typeface while I was taking graduate level typography classes at Academy of Art University. It’s high legibility and warm yet classic personality made it my go-to choice for type setting assignments, the ubiquitous typeface posters every design student does, and any other assignments that needed type. I love that its based on the London Underground, is a recently designed face, and gives the page an attractive rhythm while retaining legibility.

  2. Posted by Brian Allen on 05.3.13 at 5:53 pm

    My favorite is Centaur, which I use in hot metal for letterpress broadsides of poetry and prose. Used with my Arabesque ornaments, it perfectly evokes the Italian Renaissance. Printed on Zerkal paper with modest impression, it is luscious!

  3. Posted by Rachel Carmack on 05.6.13 at 8:09 am

    I like Helvetica; it’s very underrated. To me, it looks vintage and modern simultaneously. It has a doctor’s office quality to it. I like to play with it in ad copy and invitations, surprisingly. It’s simple, clean, and chic.

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