TYPOGRAPHY: CompuGraphic 1960-1988

Spotted this old (circa 1970) typography poster recently, and though it would be a great intro to my typography posts.

The Poster looks to be printed by CompuGraphic, a company founded by William Garth in 1960. Under Garth, this company changed the world of photo composing with low cost typesetters. In the late 1980s CompuGraphic developed FAIS, a scalable font format to compete with Type 1 and TrueType font formats; it continues to be used inside Hewlett-Packard laser printers. In 1988 the company was wholly acquired by AGFA, which had held a majority stake since 1982. It was shortly Defunct thereafter.

Garth was also principal of the Photon phototypesetting company, prior to his CompuGraphic years. In the 1950s, 60s and 70s, Photon, under Garth, built a large and rambling library of low quality typefaces, original in nothing but script fonts.


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3 thoughts on “TYPOGRAPHY: CompuGraphic 1960-1988

    • hahaa.. yes of course, how could I forget. well Tocaya, I decided to start posting some things in the realm of Typography, including photos of old signage and type based logos, etc… should be fun researching and posting.

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