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Linotype – a company with a long tradition
The day Ottmar Mergenthaler demonstrated the first linecasting
machine to the New York Tribune in 1886, Whitelaw Reid, the editor,
was delighted: “Ottmar,” he said, “you’ve cast a line of type!” The
editor’s words formed the basis for the company label, and marked the
beginning of Linotype’s success story. Four years later, the ingenious
inventor founded the Mergenthaler Linotype Company. Little did he know
that after more than 100 years of successful business the Linotype, a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc., would be
following in his footsteps.
Today, Linotype has one of the world’s largest font libraries,
offering more than 10,500 high-quality typefaces.
Linotype’s goal is to be a partner for designers and
typographers, and to support a global transfer of know-how and an open
exchange of ideas and information in the field of typography. The
ambitious and qualified staff at Linotype are dedicated to meeting
this objective and making it reality.
We see the task of the Linotype in the production, marketing
and licensing of high quality fonts. Proven methods have to be kept
and continuously developed, while new ways have to be found and
tested. As a developer of the communication vehicle ‘font’ for all
visual media we see ourselves as a partner for both designers and
typographers. Together we wish to promote global transfer and open