Sunday, 7 November 2010

6 Degrees of separation: EMIGRE

Émigré is a typographical design foundry originating from Berkeley, California, founded by Rudy Vanderlans and Zucana Licko. Their fonts posses a very rigorous formal format which are largely legible.
They consider themselves as the typographical taste makers; this becomes very apparent when looking through their typefaces they have created. Each one possessing certain characteristics; from the curvature of the serifs to the thickness of the typeface. Each one as legible as the last, (minus their picture fonts.)

Émigré was founded in 1984 as an independent foundry, developing typefaces without an association with a typesetting equipment manufacture. Through the late 1980’s and most of the 90’s some of the most cutting edge typefaces were developed or released by émigré. In their experimental years vanderlans and licko did not intend to challenge established notions about graphic design it was more to explore new possibilities.

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