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Date: 1985

Designer:
Zuzanna Licko

Foundry:
Emigré

Location:
California, USA

Current equivalent:
Emigré Lo-Res Nine

See also:
Emigré Lo-Res Collection; Emperor, Universal, Emigré and Oakland

Technologies:
Postscript

Famous for:
First grid-based design for a postscript typeface.

Applications: Onscreen and Multimedia

Ubiquity:
Average use

Category:
Sans Serif Bitmap

Stress: Vertical
Serifs: Sans Serif

Design history:
One of the earliest Émigré 'Lo-Res' styles, and now known as Lo-Res Nine, Oakland is based on a 72 pixel per inch grid. This was the same resolution as the early Apple Macintosh screen. Licko went on to design thirty six typefaces and win numerous awards. Named for a district of San Francisco, this font found immediate success with the new wave design that propelled postmodernism in America, largely as a result of Émigré's determination to provide a platform for debate in their eponymous magazine. Oakland has a two pixel stem to two pixel counter ratio and is available in four different 'sizes'; six, eight, ten and fifteen-pixel capital heights.

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picture: Emigré website