September 28th, 2010 | Uncategorized

Designers of Yale letters win ‘genius grants’

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Photo by Photo courtesy of Two Twelve / Photo courtesy of John Stevens Shop.

Just their type: Type designer Matthew Carter and stone carver Nicholas Benson are among the 23 recipients of the 2010 MacArthur Fellowships, $500,000 awards colloquially called “genius grants.”

But the two also have something else in common — they’ve both designed letters for Yale’s buildings. Carter created the official Yale typeface used on the blue plaques affixed to every University building, and Benson cut the slate inscription in front of the Yale University Art Gallery. If you’re so inclined, celebrate these “geniuses” by downloading the Yale typeface, available to anyone with a NetID for University projects.