Originally designed by Howard Kettler for IBM, in the 1950s, Courier became the most popular typeface used on typewriters for 30 years. During that period, versions of Courier were available for almost every typewriter on the market. Kettler, himself, named the typeface and wrote a promo ad which said:
“A LETTER CAN BE JUST AN ORDINARY MESSENGER,
OR IT CAN BE THE COURIER WHICH RADIATES DIGNITY, PRESTIGE, AND STABILITY.”
Being a fixed pitch font, which means that every character has the same width and therefore requires no kerning, Courier did not require much memory and was desirable to be included on the first personal computers. Its inclusion also ensured that the new generation of typesetters would be able to replicate "Typewriter-looking" documents in order to allow for a smooth transition into the new technology. As it has now become a standard "system font" on most computers and printers, many typesetters of today sadly associate Courier with missing fonts and postscript errors. Perhaps these new versions of Courier with ragged edges will encourage designers to continue using Kettler’s marvelous design to help communicate ideas.
Courier Ragged is an attempt both to serve as a typeface which can recreate that "rough" typewriter feel of the past and also be used as a favourable contemporary face. The raggedness gives the characters a new flavour which is suitable today in a market seeking grunge and version faces.
Aside from the ragged edges, Howard Kettler's original design has been respected. Our versions of Courier ragged, however, are not fixed pitch, and have kerning pairs in order to improve the appearance of certain letter combinations. Kettler could not introduce these aspects into his own design because he was hired to create a typeface which would work on a typewriter, whose mechanisms could not accommodate kerned pairs.
(design modified from Howard Kettler's original typeface)
FOUNDRY--TypeArt Foundry Inc.
CREATION SOFTWARE--Fontographer 4.1
The official first version was completed in November of 1995, and released with the grand opening of this web site, in December 1995.
REGISTERED POSTSCRIPT ID NUMBERS
Lite Oblique: 5089497
Bold Oblique: 5089499
The font family name "Courier Ragged" is a trademark of the TypeArt Foundry Inc. "TypeArt" is a registered trademark of the TypeArt Foundry Inc.
© 1995-2002 TypeArt Foundry Inc.