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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
West quickly gave Bert handsome prizes for six juicy plums.
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
Sexy diva Jennifer Lopez wasn’t baking me quiche.
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
Foxy but quick John Leguizamo ponders view.
Filosofia™ Filosofia™
Filosofia™ Filosofia™
Filosofia™ Filosofia™
Filosofia™ Filosofia™
Filosofia™ Filosofia™

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12 font styles from $49.00
Six big devils from Japan quickly forgot how to waltz.
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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14 font styles from $49.00
Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the evil Queen and Jack.
Program Program
Program Program
Program Program
Program Program
Program Program

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25 font styles from $39.00
Sixty zippers were quickly picked from the woven jute bag.
Lo-Res Lo-Res
Lo-Res Lo-Res
Lo-Res Lo-Res
Lo-Res Lo-Res
Lo-Res Lo-Res

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12 font styles from $49.00
Six crazy kings vowed to abolish my quite pitiful jousts.
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
How razorback-jumping frogs level six piqued gymnasts!
Solex Solex
Solex Solex
Solex Solex
Solex Solex
Solex Solex

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12 font styles from $39.00
Baroque? Hell, just mix a dozen wacky pi fonts & you’ve got it.
Base Monospace™ Base Monospace™
Base Monospace™ Base Monospace™
Base Monospace™ Base Monospace™
Base Monospace™ Base Monospace™
Base Monospace™ Base Monospace™

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23 font styles from $39.00
Five or six big jet planes zoomed quickly by the tower.
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
Gen. Schwarzkopf’s job quietly vexed him.
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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16 font styles from $49.00
Will Major Douglas be expected to take this true-false quiz very soon?
Fairplex Fairplex
Fairplex Fairplex
Fairplex Fairplex
Fairplex Fairplex
Fairplex Fairplex

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8 font styles from $49.00
Alfredo just must bring very exciting news to the plaza quickly.
Tarzana™ Tarzana™
Tarzana™ Tarzana™
Tarzana™ Tarzana™
Tarzana™ Tarzana™
Tarzana™ Tarzana™

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10 font styles from $39.00
Seiji Ozawa quit, vexing rabid symphonic folk.
Triplex™ Triplex™
Triplex™ Triplex™
Triplex™ Triplex™
Triplex™ Triplex™
Triplex™ Triplex™

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7 font styles from $39.00
Putin backs away from Iraq zeal; Bush, vexed, jogs.
Modula™ Modula™
Modula™ Modula™
Modula™ Modula™
Modula™ Modula™
Modula™ Modula™

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4 font styles from $115.00
Quick zephyrs blow, vexing daft Jim.
Puzzler™ Puzzler™
Puzzler™ Puzzler™
Puzzler™ Puzzler™
Puzzler™ Puzzler™
Puzzler™ Puzzler™

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5 font styles from $39.00
Playing jazz vibe chords quickly excites my wife.
Dogma™ Dogma™
Dogma™ Dogma™
Dogma™ Dogma™
Dogma™ Dogma™
Dogma™ Dogma™

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2 font styles from $65.00
A mad boxer shot a quick, gloved jab to the jaw of his dizzy opponent.
Whirligig™ Whirligig™
Whirligig™ Whirligig™
Whirligig™ Whirligig™
Whirligig™ Whirligig™
Whirligig™ Whirligig™

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5 font styles from $39.00
Many-wived Jack laughs at probes of sex quiz.
Narly™ Narly™
Narly™ Narly™
Narly™ Narly™
Narly™ Narly™
Narly™ Narly™

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

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2 font styles from $39.00
Six big juicy steaks sizzled in a pan as five workmen left the quarry.
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
My expensive quartz watch once belonged to JFK.
Citizen™ Citizen™
Citizen™ Citizen™
Citizen™ Citizen™
Citizen™ Citizen™
Citizen™ Citizen™

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10 font styles from $49.00
Five wine experts jokingly quizzed chablis sample.
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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3 font styles from $39.00
Mozart’s jawing quickly vexed a fat bishop.
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
Now is the time for all quick brown dogs to jump over the lazy lynx.
Journal™ Journal™
Journal™ Journal™
Journal™ Journal™
Journal™ Journal™
Journal™ Journal™

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7 font styles from $39.00
Barkeep! A flaming tequila swizzle and a vodka and Ajax, hold the cherry.
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 $39.00
Foxy but quick John Leguizamo ponders view.
Elektrix™ Elektrix™
Elektrix™ Elektrix™
Elektrix™ Elektrix™
Elektrix™ Elektrix™
Elektrix™ Elektrix™

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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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4 font styles from $39.00
Just work for improved basic techniques to maximize your typing skill.
Senator™ Senator™
Senator™ Senator™
Senator™ Senator™
Senator™ Senator™
Senator™ Senator™

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3 font styles from $39.00
Suez sailor vomits jauntily abaft while waxing parquet decks.
Variex Variex
Variex Variex
Variex Variex
Variex Variex
Variex Variex

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2 font styles from $39.00
Six quite crazy kings vowed to abolish my pitiful jousts.
Oblong™ Oblong™
Oblong™ Oblong™
Oblong™ Oblong™
Oblong™ Oblong™
Oblong™ Oblong™

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6 font styles
Whacky pangram quiz flummoxed Steve Jobs.