The day Ottmar Mergenthaler demonstrated the first linecasting machine to the New York Tribune in 1886, Whitelaw Reid, the editor-in-chief, 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 subsidiary of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, would be following in his footsteps. Today, Linotype has one of the world’s largest font libraries, offering more than 6,000 high-quality typefaces including the popular classics Frutiger, Optima, Helvetica, Univers, and Palatino. 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.