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Date: 1995

Designer:
Zuzanna Licko

Foundry:
Emigré

Location:
California, USA

Current equivalent:
Emigré Base Nine, Emigré Base Twelve

See also:
Verdana, Tahoma, Georgia by Matthew Carter

Technologies:
Postscript

Famous for:
First typeface to address spacing problems between screen and print applications.

Applications: Onscreen and Multimedia

Ubiquity:
Average use

Category:
Sans Serif Bitmap

Stress: Vertical
Serifs: Sans Serif

Design history:
Zuzanna Licko addressed the problem of developing printable website content with this font, the first truly multimedia typeface. At first glance it looks like a rather awkward monospaced sans serif / serif hybrid, but her rationale behind the typeface is complex and ingenious. Licko developed harmonised screen and printer fonts with matching character widths for the Emigré website. Base Twelve is generated from the 12 point size of the screen bitmap, while Base Nine is from the 9 point size. The outline information of the printer fonts were then sized to match the screen fonts, producing a proportional-width font comprising 24 variants.

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picture: Emigre website