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The Monotype Chronicles
1992– 1996



Monotype's 'plus' set of core fonts, originally released with Windows 3.1.

Monotype's 'ESQ' Plantin fonts in use in the Oxford English CD-ROM. (Courtesy of ©OUP 1992)

The Monotype Corporation Ltd. appointed Administrative Receivers on 5 March and four days later Monotype Typography Ltd. was established.

Columbus by Patricia Saunders.

Monotype Typography issued a CD ROM delivering over 1500 PostScript fonts for Windows and Gem Ventura users on the PC, as well as for Apple Macintosh users. It was the first font CD compatible with both the Mac and PC.

Monotype Typography issued digital versions of its much admired Arabesque and Rococo borders.

Apple Computer released the QuickDraw GX font technology providing, among other things, hanging punctuation, optical alignment, and character substitutions.

Microsoft Windows 3.1 shipped, including 13 Monotype TrueType fonts.

AGFA licensed Monotype typefaces for use within its USFT font scaling technology for printers.

Hewlett-Packard licensed Monotype TrueType typefaces for its LaserJet 4 printer.

Merrion Monotype Trust established to preserve the artifacts and machinery of Monotype hot-metal composition in the form of a Type Museum in London.

Cromas Holdings, an investment company based in Switzerland, bought the Monotype Corporation Ltd. and Monotype Inc. (excluding Monotype Typography) and five other direct subsidiary companies in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Singapore. Monotype Systems Ltd. was the adopted name for the new organization with Peter Purdy as Chairman.

Cromas Holdings reorganized its publishing interests with the formation of the International Publishing Asset Holding Ltd. effectively controlling Monotype Systems Ltd. QED Technology Ltd., and GB Techniques Ltd.

Monotype Systems Ltd. purchased Berthold Communications; the UK subsidiary of the German composing equipment supplier.

Sinclair Imaging Systems Ltd. sold by Monotype.

Monotype Typography Ltd. acquired on 16 February by the management team led by René Kerfante as Managing Director. A delay of nearly a year had occurred in consummating the deal because of continuing litigation with the International Typeface Corporation which Monotype successfully concluded. The transfer of undertaking included operations in the UK, USA, and China Type Designs in Hong Kong. Ira Mirochnick, Executive Vice President, was instrumental in finalizing arrangements in the USA.

Monotype CD ROM launched with over 2000 fonts, including Berthold Exklusiv designs, as well as the Adobe, ITC, and Monotype libraries.

Monotype Typography issued FontMixer software providing greater flexibility in the build up of character sets and of keyboard layouts.

Delima by Chong Wah.

Perrywood by John Birkenbach

Blueprint – an informal lettering-style typeface designed by Steve Matteson in Monotype’s California office.

Gill Sans Book and Heavy – additional weights of this popular sans family drawn in the Type Drawing Office.

Monotype Typography released BorderMaker software.

Monotype FunFonts Pack with 14 text, decorative, and script fonts, together with 11 ‘art’ fonts containing over 500 assorted signs. Supplied in PostScript and TrueType formats.


Brochure for Monotype's Rococo fonts.

quarter point, a new external house magazine under the editorship of Andrew Boag, first published by Monotype. It perpetuated the typographical emphasis and topicality of the forerunning Monotype Newsletter.

Monotype CD ROM type library upgraded to version 4.0 encompassing 3470 fonts, featuring for the first time a collection of fonts licensed from independent designers and foundries under the ‘Type Designers of the World’ title.

Initial release of Monotype non-Latin scripts in the PostScript format.

Ocean Sans – a multiple master typeface designed by Chong Wah – the first multiple master produced outside Adobe Systems.

Bulmer – redrawn for digital setting and family extended by Ron Carpenter.

Monotype developed its first TrueType font for screen use, Andalé.

Ira Mirochnick becomes president of Monotype Typography.

Apple Computer and Microsoft licensed a range of Monotype non-Latin scripts.

Lotus Development Corporation licensed a range of Monotype fonts for use with its Windows, O/S2, and Macintosh products.

Sassoon – a family of typefaces designed by Rosemary Sassoon and Adrian Williams for use in children’s books.

Strayhorn by Michael Harvey.

Plantin Headline Condensed – developed from Plantin by Robin Nicholas for use as a headline face in the Yorkshire Evening Post newspaper.

Monotype CD 5.0 released, offering over 4000 typefaces.

Windows 95 released containing Monotype fonts extended to cover central/eastern European, Cyrillic, and Greek languages.

Monotype received certification from the Chinese government for its simplified Chinese fonts, the first non-PRC company to receive such certification.

Monotype released GreetingCardMaker and CertificateMaker software titles as part of a new development initiative.

Pastonchi – a digital revival of a distinctive Italian design.

Albertina – redrawn for Monotype with an extended family by Frank Blokland.

Gill Sans small capitals and non-lining figures developed by Monotype.

Gill Facia – designed by Colin Banks, based on letters drawn by Eric Gill in 1906 for use by the stationers, W. H. Smith.

Monotype CD 6.0 released with 300 new additions to the Monotype, Adobe, and Type Designers of the World collections.

Sun Microsystems licensed a wide range of fonts from Monotype for its Solaris operating system.

Lexmark International bundled its Workshop CD with colour inkjet printers. The CD was developed by Monotype and contains three Monotype software titles.

Monotype begins licensing fonts through its world-wide-web site –

A number of TrueType typefaces are offered by Monotype in ‘Enhanced Screen Quality’ (ESQ) form for use by multimedia publishers. Many major developers and publishers have licensed fonts from this collection, including Oxford University Press, Dorling Kindersley, and Cambridge University Press.

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