Rod McDonald FGDC, RGD


Rod’s career began in the ’70s as a lettering artist working for Toronto advertising agencies and design studios. He has created alphabets and photo fonts for headline setting and phototypesetters. One of the first lettering artists to switch to the Mac he soon began producing typefaces and logos for many of Canada’s leading magazines, including Applied Arts, Maclean’s andToronto Life. He has also developed many corporate and custom typefaces.

In addition to the Gibson family, Rod produced the first working version of Canada’s first Latin typeface, Carl Dair’s Cartier; Smart Sans, named after Canadian design pioneer Sam Smart; Laurentian, the first typeface to be commissioned by a Canadian magazine (Maclean’s); Slate and Egyptian Slate; ITC Handel Gothic and Classic Grotesque.

Rod is a member of the TDC, ATypI, SoTA, the Alcuin Society, RGD (The Registered Graphic Designers of Canada). He is a Fellow of the GDC (The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada) and a Monotype Type Design Fellow. In 2016 he received the Robert R. Reid lifetime achievement medal from the Alcuin Society. In 2017 he received the ico-D achievement award.