The top 100 most popular fonts of all time from Abadi to Wittenberger.

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Type and typography are a core part of the creative process – and to help celebrate Digit’s 100th issue, Monotype commissioned a special Top 100 type families collection and illustration that is exclusive to Digit.
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It shows the top 100 most popular fonts of all time, and you can read the fascinating history of Monotype in our timeline, below.
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<b>1887:</b> Lanston Monotype Machine Company founded in Washington DC, USA 
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<b>1896:</b> First typeface issued by the Lanston Monotype Machine Company 
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<b>1902:</b> Sol Hess employed as the first type designer 
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<b>1903:</b> First Irish font is produced – Gaelic 
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<b>1907:</b> First Cyrillic font is produced – Cushing (Russian) 
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<b>1909:</b> Egyptian font is designed 
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<b>1910:</b> First Greek font is produced – Greek Upright 
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<b>1910:</b> Reverse delivery mechanism for the Monotype Caster permits composition of the Semitic languages that read from left to right – notably Arabic and Hebrew 
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<b>1910:</b> Display Matrix Lending Library established in London by Monotype to hire fonts to printers. The cost was 15 shillings (75p) 
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<b>1928:</b> British Typographers Guild (now the Society of Typographic Designers) established by Vincent Steer, Alfred Vernon, Stanley Hayter, Edward Burrett, and others 
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<b>1929:</b> Gill Sans, designed by Eric Gill, is used 
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<b>1931:</b> Monotype floats on the stock market, now called Monotype Corporation Ltd 
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<b>1932:</b> Times New Roman, designed by Stanley Morison, first used in The Times newspaper on October 3 
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<b>1933:</b> Rockwell is designed 
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<b>1970:</b> Neographik is designed 
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<b>1976:</b> Monotype Lasercomp, the first commercially successful digital laser imagesetter is launched 
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<b>1983:</b> Monotype supplies IBM with digital fonts for its 600dpi 4250 printer 
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<b>1991:</b> Century Gothic is designed 
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<b>1994:</b> Monotype developed its first TrueType font for screen use, Andale 
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<b>1994:</b> Apple Computer and Microsoft license a range of Monotype fonts for use with their Windows, O/S2 and Macintosh products
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<b>1996:</b> Gill Facia, a revival, by Colin Banks, of a typeface originally designed by Eric Gill, is created for use by WHSmith 
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<b>1998:</b> Monotype designs a new corporate typeface for Barclays 
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<b>2002:</b> Monotype designs a new corporate typeface for Waitrose 
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<b>2003:</b> Monotype licenses font scaling engine iType initially implemented by Motorola 
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<b>2003:</b> Fontwise, the world’s first consultancy based font licence management solution is launched by Monotype to help combat the growing problem of unlicensed font usage and protect font designer’s intellectual property 
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<b>2004:</b> Monotype joins the Business Software Alliance to strengthen its fight against illegal font use 
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<b>2005:</b> The Monotype Foundation is established to help train and fund young typographers 
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<b>2005:</b> Monotype’s own corporate typeface, Gill Sans, is released in OpenType format 
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<b>2006:</b> The Monotype Library is launched in OpenType format. <BR>
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