For more than 50 years, print historian and industry leader Mike Parker has been shepherding the development of typography: from hot metal, to photocomposition, to digital.

As Director of Typography for Mergenthaler Linotype, he managed the production of more than a thousand typefaces. In 1981, he and Matthew Carter co-founded Bitstream, the first all-digital type company. And in 2000, Parker joined David Berlow and Roger Black at the Font Bureau as a consultant, type historian, and type designer.

In 2009, he released Starling, a new typeface series based on the 1904 proto-Times Roman designs of Starling Burgess.

The Type Directors Club conducted an interview with Parker, which can be viewed here.