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Zuzana

By embracing the computer and its challenges Zuzana Licko has changed and shaped the typography world.


“I can’t remember when I first encountered a type specimen that had been printed by letterpress, or even if this experience preceded my knowledge of phototype technology. However, I do remember vividly, being shocked by the great difference between letterpress type and phototype, especially when comparing specimens of what was supposedly the same typeface design.” Zuzana Licko

Lo-Res • Published Summer of 2001.

• Lo-Res font family replaced Emigre’s earlier resolution fonts. • The Lo-Res font offers technical improvements, including a more complete character set. • They are more consistent character shapes among styles and weights. • Improved alignment among the various resolutions.

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Mrs. Eaves This text was first published in 1996 in the type specimen booklet for Mrs Eaves.

• Zuzana Licko embraced the Macintosh Computer and started a designing a series of bitmap fonts.

• When designing Mrs. Eaves Zuzana Licko wanted to redesign a classic letterpress font.

• These typefaces were seen to be idiosyncratic, but later became obsolete with the arrival of high resolutions computer screens.

• Zuzana Licko fancied the type-designs and the hand of the writing master who was behind the design of Baskerville.

• Computer generated typefaces did attain print quality through the implementation of outline font technologies. • The Lo-Res family of fonts is a synthesis of pixelated designs, including Emigre’s earlier coarse resolution fonts, as well as bitmap representations of Base 9. • Lo-Res has replaced the preexisting Emigre, Empreor, Oakland and Universal families. • The Lo-Res fonts also offer technical improvements, including a more complete character set, more consistent character shapes among styles and weights, as well as improved alignment among the various resolution.

Zuzana Licko embraced the computer’s inherent bipmapped peculiarities and embraced the creative potential by exploring these characteristic’s in a series of progressively inventive fonts. Licko changed the and altered the design worlds idea of computer typography.

• A recurring criticism of Baskerville’s type addressed its “sterile” quality.

• Zuzana Licko addressed Baskerville as to be seen a sharp contrast to the font Mrs. Eaves that she based off of Baskerville. • She did not see as redesigning the classic font as being changing the legibility standards of it. • Zuzana Licko intended to retain the overall openness and lightness of Baskerville. • Gave the lower case characters a wider proportion. • In order to avoid increasing the set-width she reduced the x-height, relative to the cap-height. • Because of this Mrs. Eaves has the appearance of the setting about one point size smaller then the average typeface in lower case text sizes. • The typeface was named after Sarah Eaves, who became John Baskerville’s wife. • As Baskerville was setting up his printing and type business, Mrs. Eaves moved in with him as a live-in Housekeeper, and became his wife after the death of her first husband.

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