The typography world says goodbye –
an obituary for Mike Parker

Mike Parker, long-time Director for Font Development at Mergenthaler Linotype (USA), died in February of this year.

Born in England in 1929, he began his typographic career at the age of 30. He worked under Jackson Burke as an assistant at Linotype, sorting letters of various fonts. Over the years, he worked himself upwards to the post of Director for Font Development. Thanks to him, fonts like Helvetica and Snell Roundhand found their way to Linotype; in this way, he helped the company establish itself as an international leader in fonts.

At 52, Parker and Matthew Carter founded the company Bitstream, the first company in the world to specialize exclusively in the digital sale of fonts.

With his sense for fonts, Parker was a pioneer in the font world until the very end. He was a font designer, consultant and historian even at 85 years of age.

Parker leaves behind a great legacy, which the international community of typography fans will remember for a long time.

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