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Date: 31 March 2015
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Letraset Limited, pioneers in graphic arts products, was formed to exploit the invention of transfer sheet lettering in 1956. The company led this industry from their introduction of dry transfer lettering in 1961, until the rise of the Apple Macintosh and the wide availability of digital fonts brought about its inevitable decline.

Letraset has always run an adventurous letter design program, yielding a distinctive display library of varying quality. In the late 1970s Letraset started a digital type group, TSI, which was closed in 1983 after developing a number of typographic series using URWís Ikarus system. More recently, under Letrasetís new owners Esselte, a new digital program has produced the Fontek range of display fonts. Since Esselteís acquisition of ITC, the Letraset fonts are often marketed along with ITCís. Esselte Letraset's acquisition of International Typeface Corporation in 1985 ensured that Letraset's type designs would achieve an even wider audience through sub-licensing.

The Letraset studio was fortunate in attracting exceptionally gifted designers such as Colin Brignall and Fred Lambert and was able to make designs from its own studio the foundation for its commercially successful Letragraphica display type range. Brignall's designs were among the most successful, notably Aachen Bold (1969) Revue (1969) and the highly successful Compacta series of condensed display faces. His other faces for Letragraphica included Countdown, Premier Lightline and Premier Shaded. Letraset has a major library of great display and script faces-along with some beautiful, subtle body text faces.

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