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Date: 1984

Designer:
Susan Kare

Foundry:
Apple Computer

Location:
Cupertino, California, USA

Current equivalent:
Chicago

See also:
Charcoal, Espy Sans

Technologies:
Bitmap / Postscript

Famous for:
First system font for Apple Computer.

Applications: Onscreen and Multimedia

Ubiquity:
Very widely used

Category:
Sans Serif Bitmap

Stress: Vertical
Serifs: Sans

Design History:
Chicago was integral to the success of Apple's revolutionary graphic user interface (GUI) launched in 1984. Pre-loaded with the system software in five sizes (8, 10, 12, 14, 24), it was superceded by David Berlow's Charcoal in version 8 of the Apple Macintosh Operating System. Designed to be both recognizable and easily readable in dialogue boxes and drop-down menus, Chicago also re-defined the terminology of typefounding; with the introduction of 'font' as a term defining all sizes of a typeface installed on a computer, it should be noted that Chicago is a screen font - it only exists on the screen as a bitmap and prints via a smoothing routine built into the printer firmware. In other words it does not exist as a printer-definable outline.

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