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Story of Lucida


  • 1984

    LUCIDA (seriffed) original designed in three weights: roman, italic, and bold. First shown in a specimen book printed on a 300 dpi laser printer by the Imagen Corporation and distributed at the ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale) conference in London, England, September 1984. The Lucida designs were drawn by hand and digitized at the B&H studio using Ikarus software from Peter Karow / URW, running on a VAX 11/730 with a 3.7 MHz processor, 2 MB of RAM, a 450 MB hard disk, and a VAXstation 100 workstation. The first commercial Lucida fonts were produced at Imagen Corporation in Silicon Valley, under the direction of Michael Sheridan, manager of Imagen’s type development. Lucida fonts began to ship to Imagen customers in late 1984 and early 1985.

  • 1985

    LUCIDA SANS released in three weights: roman, italic, and bold, as sans-serif companions to the original Lucida seriffed fonts. Digitization using the same VAX equipment at B&H. Produced for laser printing and distributed by the Imagen Corporation. 

  • 1987

    LUCIDA BRIGHT, a modification of original Lucida, made tighter and brighter (more contrast of thick-thin), for magazine publishing. First used in a new design for Scientific American magazine, September 1987. For Scientific American, B&H adds Bold Italics to Lucida Bright and Lucida Sans families. Fonts produced by B&H for digital typesetting on APS-5 digital typesetting equipment from Autologic. Lucida Hebrew designed by B&H and released by the Imagen Corporation.

  • 1988

    Lucida Math designed and released by Adobe Systems.

  • 1989

    LUCIDA SANS, LUCIDA BRIGHT and Lucida Sans Typewriter, including Bold Italics, etc. licensed by Sun Microsystems for digital printing products.

  • 1992

    LUCIDA CALLIGRAPHY, LUCIDA HANDWRITING, LUCIDA SANS, Lucida Fax, Lucida Blackletter, and Lucida Sans Typewriter among the first fonts produced in TrueType digital font format, licensed by Microsoft, included in the Microsoft Font Pack, and later bundled with Microsoft Office products. Lucida Icons, Arrows, and Stars distributed by Microsoft with beta-test version of Windows 3.1. Later purchased by Microsoft, reorganized and renamed Wingdings fonts.

  • 1993

    Lucida Sans Unicode, the first TrueType font to combine multiple non-Latin scripts with extended Latin in one font, developed by B&H, released by Microsoft.

  • 1993

    Lucida Console, including Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic alphabets, released in a Windows operating system by Microsoft. Lucida New Math fonts, in PostScript Type1 format for TeX systems, developed by B&H in cooperation with Y&Y, Inc., released by Y&Y for mathematical typesetting.

  • 1994

    Lucida Sans Greek and Cyrillic released by Sun Microsystems in Solaris OS.

  • 1995

    Lucida Sans and other Lucida fonts bundled with UI for Plan 9 from Bell Labs.

  • 1999

    Lucida Sans Regular with Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Arabic, Thai, and Devanagari designed by B&H and released with the Java Developers Kit by Sun Microsystems. Lucida Sans Typewriter with Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Arabic designed by B&H and released with the Java Developers Kit by Sun Microsystems.

  • 2000

    Lucida Sans Typewriter Devanagari designed by B&H and released with the Java Developers Kit by Sun Microsystems. Lucida Grande bundled as system font with Macintosh OS X beta release.

  • 2001

    LUCIDA GRANDE Regular and Bold with Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Arabic, and Thai alphabets and extended symbol sets is released by Apple Computer with Macintosh OS X.

  • 2012

    Lucida OpenType Math font set released by TUG (TeX Users Group) Lucida Sans Typewriter with Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Arabic designed by B&H and released with the Java Developers Kit by Sun Microsystems.