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Zuzana Licko

European born but based in California, Zuzana Licko and Rudy VanderLans co-founded Emigre in 1984 - the earliest small type foundry to accommodate pioneering typefaces by a broad group of designers and artists.

Zuzana was one of the very first graphic designers who became interested in digital type design, and was one of the first type designers to use the Mac. “I thoroughly enjoyed the limitations of the early technology,” she said in her June 2016 Creative Characters interview. “Paradoxically, it allowed for more free exploration than today’s limitless possibilities. There was something to react against, a puzzle to solve, or a problem to overcome. Stripped of our familiar tools, we had to reconsider basic assumptions. This way of working leads to unusual forms that might otherwise not be explored.”

Her style and range has evolved over the years. “The themes emerged organically as the technology changed or new software or hardware became available. Many of the designs were inspired by asking: what if…” Throughout her career she’s also created some impressive revivals using a quite original method. “I aimed to distill an overall look from the varied qualities of the various printed samples, setting out to draw the letterforms “from memory” so to speak. I let the impression and memory of the printed samples I had studied guide my drawings. This is the same method I used for my Baskerville revival, Mrs Eaves. Drawing a Baskerville from memory.”

Zuzana has acted as a tireless curator of Emigre’s expanding collection since nearly the beginning, bringing in designers who provide a wide range of styles and depth to the Emigre collection. “Instead of endlessly adding to our library, I see ourselves more in a curatorial role these days, trying to safeguard the Emigre legacy. And instead of designing new fonts, we’re fired by the idea of showing our existing fonts in new and different contexts and shining a new light on them.”

If you want to take a peek at where Zuzana and Rudy have been, and where they're going, you can also check out their #fontface feature.

32 font families by Zuzana Licko

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9 font styles from $39.00
The July sun caused a fragment of pine wax to ooze on the black velvet quilt.
Mrs Eaves™ Mrs Eaves™
Mrs Eaves™ Mrs Eaves™
Mrs Eaves™ Mrs Eaves™
Mrs Eaves™ Mrs Eaves™
Mrs Eaves™ Mrs Eaves™

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12 font styles from $49.00
Many big jackdaws quickly zipped over the fox pen.
Mr Eaves Modern Mr Eaves Modern
Mr Eaves Modern Mr Eaves Modern
Mr Eaves Modern Mr Eaves Modern
Mr Eaves Modern Mr Eaves Modern
Mr Eaves Modern Mr Eaves Modern

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11 font styles from $39.00
Quickly Shortz dreams up a few vexing jumbles.
Filosofia™ Filosofia™
Filosofia™ Filosofia™
Filosofia™ Filosofia™
Filosofia™ Filosofia™
Filosofia™ Filosofia™

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14 font styles from $49.00
Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim.
Program Program

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12 font styles from $49.00
Boxer M. Tyson packs his bags w/ Jay-Z DVDs, Quik, Holyfield’s ear.
Mr Eaves Sans Mr Eaves Sans
Mr Eaves Sans Mr Eaves Sans
Mr Eaves Sans Mr Eaves Sans
Mr Eaves Sans Mr Eaves Sans
Mr Eaves Sans Mr Eaves Sans

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16 font styles from $49.00
Six big devils from Japan quickly forgot how to waltz.
Fairplex Fairplex
Fairplex Fairplex
Fairplex Fairplex
Fairplex Fairplex
Fairplex Fairplex

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23 font styles from $39.00
How vexing a fumble to drop a jolly zucchini in the quicksand.
Matrix II Matrix II
Matrix II Matrix II
Matrix II Matrix II
Matrix II Matrix II
Matrix II Matrix II

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12 font styles from $49.00
Murky haze enveloped a city as jarring quakes broke fourty-six windows.
Mrs Eaves XL Serif Mrs Eaves XL Serif
Mrs Eaves XL Serif Mrs Eaves XL Serif
Mrs Eaves XL Serif Mrs Eaves XL Serif
Mrs Eaves XL Serif Mrs Eaves XL Serif
Mrs Eaves XL Serif Mrs Eaves XL Serif

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8 font styles from $49.00
Six crazy kings vowed to abolish my quite pitiful jousts.
Solex Solex
Solex Solex
Solex Solex
Solex Solex
Solex Solex

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8 font styles from $49.00
Will Major Douglas be expected to take this true-false quiz very soon?
Tarzana™ Tarzana™
Tarzana™ Tarzana™
Tarzana™ Tarzana™
Tarzana™ Tarzana™
Tarzana™ Tarzana™

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5 font styles from $39.00
Freight to me sixty dozen quart jars and twelve black pans.
Journal™ Journal™
Journal™ Journal™
Journal™ Journal™
Journal™ Journal™
Journal™ Journal™

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4 font styles from $39.00
Puzzled women bequeath jerks very exotic gifts.
Senator™ Senator™
Senator™ Senator™
Senator™ Senator™
Senator™ Senator™
Senator™ Senator™

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7 font styles from $39.00
Jaded zombies acted quaintly but kept driving their oxen forward.
Modula™ Modula™
Modula™ Modula™
Modula™ Modula™
Modula™ Modula™
Modula™ Modula™

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25 font styles from $39.00
The job of waxing linoleum frequently peeves chintzy kids.
Lo-Res Lo-Res
Lo-Res Lo-Res
Lo-Res Lo-Res
Lo-Res Lo-Res
Lo-Res Lo-Res

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5 font styles from $39.00
Alfredo just must bring very exciting news to the plaza quickly.
Dogma™ Dogma™
Dogma™ Dogma™
Dogma™ Dogma™
Dogma™ Dogma™
Dogma™ Dogma™

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12 font styles from $49.00
Sympathizing would fix Quaker objectives.
Base 9 and 12™ Base 9 and 12™
Base 9 and 12™ Base 9 and 12™
Base 9 and 12™ Base 9 and 12™
Base 9 and 12™ Base 9 and 12™
Base 9 and 12™ Base 9 and 12™

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10 font styles from $39.00
We have just quoted on nine dozen boxes of gray lamp wicks.
Triplex™ Triplex™
Triplex™ Triplex™
Triplex™ Triplex™
Triplex™ Triplex™
Triplex™ Triplex™

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12 font styles from $39.00
A very bad quack might jinx zippy fowls.
Base Monospace™ Base Monospace™
Base Monospace™ Base Monospace™
Base Monospace™ Base Monospace™
Base Monospace™ Base Monospace™
Base Monospace™ Base Monospace™

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10 font styles from $49.00
Beloved Groucho joked with a mix of zany quips.
Base 900 Sans Base 900 Sans
Base 900 Sans Base 900 Sans
Base 900 Sans Base 900 Sans
Base 900 Sans Base 900 Sans

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7 font styles from $39.00
Six quite crazy kings vowed to abolish my pitiful jousts.
Modula Round and Ribbed Modula Round and Ribbed
Modula Round and Ribbed Modula Round and Ribbed
Modula Round and Ribbed Modula Round and Ribbed
Modula Round and Ribbed Modula Round and Ribbed
Modula Round and Ribbed Modula Round and Ribbed

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2 font styles from $65.00
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
Hypnopaedia™ Hypnopaedia™
Hypnopaedia™ Hypnopaedia™
Hypnopaedia™ Hypnopaedia™
Hypnopaedia™ Hypnopaedia™
Hypnopaedia™ Hypnopaedia™

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2 font styles from $39.00
Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.
Elektrix™ Elektrix™
Elektrix™ Elektrix™
Elektrix™ Elektrix™
Elektrix™ Elektrix™
Elektrix™ Elektrix™

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2 font styles from $39.00
Jelly-like above the high wire, six quaking pachyderms kept the climax of the extravaganza in a dazzling state of flux.
Citizen™ Citizen™
Citizen™ Citizen™
Citizen™ Citizen™
Citizen™ Citizen™
Citizen™ Citizen™

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2 font styles from $39.00
Jail zesty vixen who grabbed pay from quack.
Soda Script™ Soda Script™
Soda Script™ Soda Script™
Soda Script™ Soda Script™
Soda Script™ Soda Script™
Soda Script™ Soda Script™

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2 font styles from $39.00
New job: fix Mr. Gluck’s hazy TV, PDQ.
Lunatix™ Lunatix™
Lunatix™ Lunatix™
Lunatix™ Lunatix™
Lunatix™ Lunatix™
Lunatix™ Lunatix™

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3 font styles from $39.00
Jim just quit and packed extra heavy bags for Liz Owen.
Totally Gothic & Totally Glyphic™ Totally Gothic & Totally Glyphic™
Totally Gothic & Totally Glyphic™ Totally Gothic & Totally Glyphic™
Totally Gothic & Totally Glyphic™ Totally Gothic & Totally Glyphic™
Totally Gothic & Totally Glyphic™ Totally Gothic & Totally Glyphic™
Totally Gothic & Totally Glyphic™ Totally Gothic & Totally Glyphic™

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5 font styles from $39.00
My help squeezed back in again and joined the weavers after six.
Narly™ Narly™
Narly™ Narly™
Narly™ Narly™
Narly™ Narly™
Narly™ Narly™

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2 font styles from $65.00
Viewing quizzical abstracts mixed up hefty jocks.
Whirligig™ Whirligig™
Whirligig™ Whirligig™
Whirligig™ Whirligig™
Whirligig™ Whirligig™
Whirligig™ Whirligig™

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4 font styles from $115.00
New farmhand proves strong but lazy, picking just six quinces.
Puzzler™ Puzzler™
Puzzler™ Puzzler™
Puzzler™ Puzzler™
Puzzler™ Puzzler™
Puzzler™ Puzzler™

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3 font styles from $39.00
Crazy Fredericka bought many very exquisite opal jewels.
Variex Variex
Variex Variex
Variex Variex
Variex Variex
Variex Variex

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2 font styles from $39.00
Five big quacking zephyrs jolt my wax bed.
Oblong™ Oblong™
Oblong™ Oblong™
Oblong™ Oblong™
Oblong™ Oblong™
Oblong™ Oblong™

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6 font styles
Barkeep! A flaming tequila swizzle and a vodka and Ajax, hold the cherry.