Letter Gothic
Designer(s)Roger Roberson
Date released1956

Letter Gothic is a monospaced sans-serif typeface. It was created between 1956 and 1962 by Roger Roberson for IBM in their Lexington, Kentucky, plant, and was inspired by the original drawings for Optima.[1] It was initially intended to be used in IBM's Selectric typewriters. It is readable and is recommended for technical documentation and for sheets including columnar data.

Gayaneh Bagdasaryan designed a proportional font called New Letter Gothic, based on Letter Gothic, for ParaType.[citation needed][importance?]

Letter Gothic was included in Windows 95. It was replaced by Andalé Mono in Windows 98 and in 2001, Windows XP replaced it with Lucida Console.


  1. ^ Clair, Kate (20 June 2012). A Typographic Workbook: A Primer to History, Techniques and Artistry (2 ed.). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons. p. 311. ISBN 978-0471696902. Retrieved 10 June 2020.