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About Base 9 & 12

The Base fonts consist of three families; two families based on 12 point screen fonts (one serif and one sans serif family) named Base-12, and one family based on 9 point screen fonts named Base-9, consisting of a total of 24 individual faces.

When Base was designed in 1994-95, 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. In the design process of these typefaces, the screen fonts largely dictated the look of the printer fonts, rather than the other way around, because outline fonts are more flexible and are easier to adapt. For example, the proportions of the screen font determined the exact character widths within which the outline characters were adjusted to fit. Usually this process is reversed—character widths are normally adjusted to fit around the outline characters. Therefore, certain compromises had to be made, giving Base 9 & 12 a unique character reminiscent of the early computer technology era.

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Emigre, Inc. is a digital type foundry founded in 1984 by Zuzana Licko and Rudy VanderLans.

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How to Use

You may encounter slight variations in the name of this font, depending on where you use it. Here’s what to look for.


In application font menus, this font will display:

{{familyCtrl.selectedVariation.preferred_family_name}} {{familyCtrl.selectedVariation.preferred_subfamily_name}}


To use this font on your website, use the following CSS:

font-family: {{'"', '').replace('",', ', ')}};
font-style: italicnormal;
font-weight: {{familyCtrl.selectedVariation.font.web.weight}};

Glyph Support & Stylistic Filters

Fonts in the Adobe Fonts library include support for many different languages, OpenType features, and typographic styles.