Zuzana Licko / Emigre Fonts: Base 900
When Base 9 was designed in 1994, the goal was to create a comprehensive family of
screen fonts with companion printer fonts, somewhat similar in purpose to Matthew Carter's
well known typeface Verdana.
Whereas the Base 9 screen font was designed on a grid of nine pixels high, and had its roots
in the Lo-Res 9 Narrow bitmap font, the Base 900 family is a high fidelity adaptation of the
Base 9 printer font design. This lineage is an example of how technological restraints can
serve as a source for design inspiration and exploration. In this case, the design morphed
from a bitmap, to a restricted outline, to a full, high resolution typeface. The resulting Base
900 fonts still convey a modular, geometric style, reminiscent of the early computer
technology era, but with an updated, more refined look made possible by a high resolution
grid - which offers unlimited design possibilities.