Zuzana Licko
The typographer who brought us Triplex and Mr and Mrs Eaves, Zuzana Licko has made a significant contribution to the world of typography. She co-founded the digital type foundry Emigre along with her husband Rudy VanderLans. Born in 1961 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, she emigrated to the United States and studied at the University of California at Berkeley. There she graduated with a Graphic Communications degree in 1984, the same date when Emigre was founded. She also developed experience with architecture, photography and computer programming. What’s interesting to note is that during a calligraphy class at Berkeley, Licko was forced to write with her right hand even though she was left-handed. Fortunately, this did not impact her future of becoming a typographer. Instead, it propelled her to focus on computer-based typography. Interestingly enough, the Macintosh was introduced in 1984, which allowed Zuzana to have full freedom in designing her own unique bitmap typefaces. She recalled having trouble renewing older typefaces to fit the computer resolution, since type at a smaller size was much harder to read on a low-res desktop screen.