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About Citizen

Citizen is a quirky two-weight font family for use in short texts and headlines. The design resulted from Licko’s experimentation with emerging technologies of the late 80s. With the introduction of laser printers, a “smooth” printing option was provided as a shortcut to increasing the resolution of bitmaps from screen to printer. This option processed 72 dpi bitmaps into 300 dpi bitmaps for laser printers; seemingly polishing stair step pixels into smooth diagonals. This was the inspiration for the design of Citizen. Licko used straight line segments to approximate the features of smooth printing, applied to her earlier Lo-Res Twelve bitmap design. Later, this progression would develop into the Triplex Sans family.

Emigre logo

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

Type Designer

Type Designers

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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.