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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
Mozart’s jawing quickly vexed a fat bishop.
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
Dumpy kibitzer jingles as exchequer overflows.
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
King Alexander was just partly overcome after quizzing Diogenes in his tub.
Filosofia™ Filosofia™
Filosofia™ Filosofia™
Filosofia™ Filosofia™
Filosofia™ Filosofia™
Filosofia™ Filosofia™

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14 font styles from $49.00
Then a cop quizzed Mick Jagger’s ex-wives briefly.
Program Program
Program Program
Program Program
Program Program
Program Program

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12 font styles from $49.00
Jim just quit and packed extra heavy bags for Liz Owen.
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
Jail zesty vixen who grabbed pay from quack.
Fairplex Fairplex
Fairplex Fairplex
Fairplex Fairplex
Fairplex Fairplex
Fairplex Fairplex

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23 font styles from $39.00
Five big quacking zephyrs jolt my wax bed.
Matrix II Matrix II

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12 font styles from $49.00
Verbatim reports were quickly given by Jim Fox to his amazed audience.
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
Sympathizing would fix Quaker objectives.
Solex Solex
Solex Solex
Solex Solex
Solex Solex
Solex Solex

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8 font styles from $49.00
My grandfather picks up quartz and valuable onyx jewels.
Tarzana™ Tarzana™
Tarzana™ Tarzana™
Tarzana™ Tarzana™
Tarzana™ Tarzana™
Tarzana™ Tarzana™

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5 font styles from $39.00
Back in June we delivered oxygen equipment of the same size.
Journal™ Journal™
Journal™ Journal™
Journal™ Journal™
Journal™ Journal™
Journal™ Journal™

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4 font styles from $39.00
May Jo equals the fine record by solving six puzzles a week.
Senator™ Senator™
Senator™ Senator™
Senator™ Senator™
Senator™ Senator™
Senator™ Senator™

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7 font styles from $39.00
My grandfather picks up quartz and valuable onyx jewels.
Modula™ Modula™
Modula™ Modula™
Modula™ Modula™
Modula™ Modula™
Modula™ Modula™

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25 font styles from $39.00
Watch all five questions asked by experts amaze the judge.
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
Baroque? Hell, just mix a dozen wacky pi fonts & you’ve got it.
Dogma™ Dogma™
Dogma™ Dogma™
Dogma™ Dogma™
Dogma™ Dogma™
Dogma™ Dogma™

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12 font styles from $49.00
We promptly judged antique ivory buckles for the next prize.
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
Typophiles weave dreams of quoins, kerning and juggling complex beziers.
Triplex™ Triplex™
Triplex™ Triplex™
Triplex™ Triplex™
Triplex™ Triplex™
Triplex™ Triplex™

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12 font styles from $39.00
When we go back to Juarez, Mexico, do we fly over picturesque Arizona?
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
Playing jazz vibe chords quickly excites my wife.
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
Would you please examine both sizes of jade figures very quickly.
Elektrix™ Elektrix™
Elektrix™ Elektrix™
Elektrix™ Elektrix™
Elektrix™ Elektrix™
Elektrix™ Elektrix™

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2 font styles from $39.00
Brawny gods just flocked up to quiz and vex him.
Citizen™ Citizen™
Citizen™ Citizen™
Citizen™ Citizen™
Citizen™ Citizen™
Citizen™ Citizen™

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2 font styles from $39.00
William said that everything about his jacket was in quite good condition except for the zipper.
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
We promptly judged antique ivory buckles for the next prize.
Lunatix™ Lunatix™
Lunatix™ Lunatix™
Lunatix™ Lunatix™
Lunatix™ Lunatix™
Lunatix™ Lunatix™

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3 font styles from $39.00
Baroque? Hell, just mix a dozen wacky pi fonts & you’ve got it.
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
Queen Elizabeth’s proxy waved off Mick Jagger.
Narly™ Narly™
Narly™ Narly™
Narly™ Narly™
Narly™ Narly™
Narly™ Narly™

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2 font styles from $65.00
Blowzy red vixens fight for a quick jump.
Whirligig™ Whirligig™
Whirligig™ Whirligig™
Whirligig™ Whirligig™
Whirligig™ Whirligig™
Whirligig™ Whirligig™

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4 font styles from $115.00
Just keep examining every low bid quoted for zinc etchings.
Puzzler™ Puzzler™
Puzzler™ Puzzler™
Puzzler™ Puzzler™
Puzzler™ Puzzler™
Puzzler™ Puzzler™

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3 font styles from $39.00
Prized waxy jonquils choke big farm vats.
Variex Variex
Variex Variex
Variex Variex
Variex Variex
Variex Variex

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2 font styles from $39.00
Packing five dozen waxy liquor jugs? Must be a typophile.
Oblong™ Oblong™
Oblong™ Oblong™
Oblong™ Oblong™
Oblong™ Oblong™
Oblong™ Oblong™

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6 font styles
Packing five dozen waxy liquor jugs? Must be a typophile.