Martin Wait was born in 1942 at Forest Gate, East London, UK. He went to Lister Technical College, an art school that gave him a basic training in art. From there he worked in various studios around London where he was taught lettering.
He sent an idea for a typeface to Letraset; they rejected it but liked the lettering on his letterhead. He drew up a font based on that, which subsequently became Masquerade.
He went on to design and draw up about 30 typefaces for Letraset. He now lives and works at Horndon on the Hill, Essex, UK, with his wife and youngest son.
[Martin Wait, April 2002]