Letter Gothic

Letter Gothic Letter Gothic
details about the font
Name Letter Gothic [wrong?]
Style Medium [wrong?]
category Serifenlose Linear-Antiqua [wrong?]
designer(s) Roger Roberson [wrong?]
foundry Adobe Type [wrong?]
date released 1956 [wrong?]
details about the photo
author bolsheep
date January 30, 2012 – 12:12
place Weddepoth 2,
44137 Dortmund,

more information about the font

Letter Gothic was designed by Roger Roberson for IBM sometime between 1956 and 1962.

Inspired by Optima, the typeface originally had flared stems.

A monospaced sans serif font designed for use on an IBM Selectric typewriter, Letter Gothic is a good choice for tabular material.




Letter Gothic
Category Sans-serif
Designer(s) Roger Roberson
Date released 1956
Letter Gothic is a monospaced font, specifically a sans-serif type. It was created between 1956 and 1962 by Roger Roberson for IBM in their Lexington plant. It is based on the Optima font. Originally, final letter parts were wide. It was initially thought to be used in the electric typewriters called Seletric. It is well readable and it is suggested for technical documentation and for sheets including data in columns. A proportional font called New Letter Gothic has been created based on Letter Gothic by Gayaneh Bagdasaryan for ParaType.

Letter Gothic was included in Windows 95. It was replaced by Andalé Mono in Windows 98 and in 2001, Windows XP replaced it with the slightly similar Lucida Console.

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