A typeface five years in the making, Google Noto spans more than 100 writing systems, 800 languages, and hundreds of thousands of characters for users worldwide
Responsible for Open Sans – a typeface with more page views than the notorious Gangnam Style – Steve Matteson has been designing fonts for almost three decades. He’s worked behind the scenes on versions of some of the most well-known typefaces in the world, and specializes in digital type design.
After graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Printing, Steve Matteson developed his interest in the technical side of type design, working extensively with hinting technology. In 1990 he joined Monotype to work on the core TrueType fonts for Windows including Arial, Times New Roman and Courier New. With a focus on exemplary digital design, Matteson has developed several fonts for on-screen use – including e-reading typefaces for Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and designs for Google’s Android operating system. He’s also completed several corporate branding projects, including work for Microsoft and Google, and oversaw the recent Eric Gill Series revival.
“Hand setting type is so fundamental to designing type, but even more so in the practice of using type. The notion of space is physical — not just visual.”