Adrian Williams began his career converting many established metal designs for
the new filmsetting devices in 1969; an era when Other
Equipment Manufacturers offered their devices, each with its own kind of
unit system for the operating program. During the 70s he became involved
with converting typefaces to digitised systems and is responsible for many
original designs which he redrew, working with each Manufacturer to
make fonts for their unique formats. This led to the production of custom
made fonts, designs for Corporate Identity and Branding commissions.|
CLUB TYPE was founded in 1985 and established to offer a range of exclusive typefaces arising from a demand for quality typefaces on dedicated typesetting systems created prior to the emergence of PostScript. Members received the entire annual design output as fonts meeting their specific machine requirements, with four colour specimen books imprinted for Members' distribution. Between 1986 and 1990, nine families were converted from the original drawings which began the Club Type Collection which continues to grow. Advances in technology have made the Club Type Collection widely available for many popular electronic publishing systems' formats. Club Type offers its products direct to Users and also world-wide through distribution agreements with FontShops, Monotype, FontWorks, Faces and Linographic.
The Collection continued to offer further original typeface designs of relevance. To achieve more awareness, in 1994 a specimen book was produced aimed at Typographers, Creative Directors, Advertising Agencies and Design Groups . . .the specifiers of type. The Club Type Collection was included in the Monotype Typeface Library CD-ROM from v4.0 upwards 'Type Designers of the World' section and the later 'Creative Alliance' CD-ROM, making it more accessible world-wide. Newly released typefaces and special offers update the Collection.
During 1995, the FONTfitter software was developed in response to a growing number of Users making their own fonts. From May 1996 Club Type products were being offered on the Internet.