Designed by 2010 MacArthur Grant recipient, Matthew Carter, the Miller™ font family is one of the most popular fonts in the publishing industry. It was based on the Scotch Roman genre, which was in turn based on designs cut by English punchcutter Richard Austin in the 19th century.
In 1997, the Font Bureau decided to develop a font family based on the Scotch Roman class of typefaces. The Scotch Romans had been very popular in the UK and U.S. in the 19th century, but had fallen out of favor in recent decades.
Matthew Carter began developing the Miller font family along with Tobias Frere-Jones and Cyrus Highsmith. The team also relied on the cooperation of James Mosley of the St. Bride Library. Carter’s intent in designing Miller was to emulate Austin‘s Scotch Roman in the gestalt, focusing on the overall character of the Scotch Roman style, rather than on one particular typeface. Carter’s development of Miller helped to create a resurgence in the popularity of the forgotten Scotch Roman.
It bears some classic characteristics of the Scotch Roman types, including both roman and italic small caps and in the sturdy modeling of its design. It was repurposed for the modern age with Text and Display versions.
Since the development of the original Miller Text and Miller display, other designers as well as Carter have expanded the family to include new variants like Miller Banner for large point printing and Miller Globe, a commissioned design for The Boston Globe.
Miller is widely used in the newspaper publishing industry, especially in the States. Publications such as The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, and The San Jose Mercury News all employ Miller.
Although embodying a sturdy functionality, the typeface’s elegant details, like its upright lines, also make it useful for more delicate printing endeavors, such as invitations and announcements. Its most recent versions have facilitated its applications in large point banners and headlines.
Licenses for desktop fonts
A typical desktop font EULA will allow you to install the font on your computer for use with authoring tools including word processors, design tools and other applications that permit font selection. Fonts can also be used for creation of print documents, static images (JPEG, TIFF, PNG) and logos. The cost of a desktop font license is determined by the number of workstations on which the font is to be used.View the desktop EULA for this family
Licenses for Fonts.com Web Fonts subscriptions
The Fonts.com Web Fonts license provides access to a selection of fonts for use on websites for use with CSS@font-face. Font delivery from our global network is available through all subscriptions – even our free plan. Some plans include the option to self-host, access to desktop fonts, and use of our FontExplorer X font manager and Typecast design application. The price of a plan is determined by its pageview allowance and other features included.View the Fonts.com Web Fonts subscription license agreement
Licenses for mobile apps
A mobile app license permits the embedding of the font into the iOS, Android or Windows RT mobile platforms. Licenses are platform-specific meaning a separate license is required for each platform the font is embedded into. Licenses remain valid for the total operating life of the app and a new license is not required to cover free updates to the app.Learn more about licenses for mobile apps
Licenses for electronic publications (eBooks)
An electronic publication license can be used for the embedding of fonts into electronic documents including e-books, e-magazines and e-newspapers. A license covers only a single title but is valid for the full operating life of that title. Every issue of an e-magazine, e-newspaper or other form of e-periodical is considered a separate, new publication. Format variations do not count as separate publications. If a publication is updated and distributed to existing users, a new license is not required. However, updated versions issued to new customers are defined as new publications and require a separate license.Learn more about licenses for eBooks
Server licenses authorize the installation of a font on a server that is accessed by remote users or website visitors. These licenses are commonly used by Web-based businesses providing goods that are personalized by its users such as business cards, images with captions and personalized merchandise. Users are not allowed to download the font file and the font may not be used outside the server environment. The font may not be employed for a software as a service (SaaS) application in which the service is the actual product and not the means of providing the product. Server licenses cover a set number of CPU cores on production servers (development servers are not counted) on which the font is installed. The license is valid for 1 year.Learn more about server licenses