Font Designer – Rod McDonald
Rod’s typefaces include Cartier™ Book, his interpretation of Canada’s first
typeface, the Laurentian family, a highly successful magazine face originally developed for Maclean’s, Smart Sans™, named after Canadian design pioneer Sam Smart, his best selling Slate™ and Egyptian Slate™- families, ITC Handel Gothic™ and Gibson, a typeface he produced to honor John Gibson. Designed as an affordable font family for students, and to combat type piracy, all the proceeds from the sales of Gibson go to the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) Design Education Committee. He continues to design custom faces for a wide variety of clients.
Rod is a fellow of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC).
He is a member of RGD Ontario, the Type Directors Club (TDC) and the Association Typographique International (ATypI).
He is a founding member of the Type Club of Toronto and an ex-board member of The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SoTA).
In 2007 he was a judge at the Type Directors Club TDC2 show in New York.
In 2011 his typeface Egyptian Slate was recognized by ATypI Letter.2.
He writes a regular column on type for Applied Arts magazine.