While she was designing the Emigre website,

*Zuzana Licko*had the idea of first creating a readable (bitmapped) screen font, and then taking that as the basis for the (vectorised) printer font. She started with the standard font size of 12 points, and gave the x-height 6 pixels and the PostScript em quad the maximum possible 1200 units – the metrics for

**Base 12**.

*Base 9 is the result of an unusual experiment*

She then designed a Base 9, so that between them the two fonts covered the popular 9-, 12-, 18-, 24- and 36-point font sizes on the screen in full pixels. While drafting the vectorised printer fonts,

*Zuzana Licko*once again demonstrated her talent for eliciting maximum aesthetic yield from suboptimal technical circumstances. Base’s highly idiosyncratic style has gained it much acclaim.