The Lucida® typeface was designed with on-screen legibility as a primary feature. Based on traditional Roman letterform shapes and proportions, the design also benefits from a large x-height, open counters and generous spacing. Originally drawn for low-resolution printers and early personal computer screens, Lucida has migrated to current imaging devices with grace and aplomb.
A design collaboration of Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes in 1985, the Lucida family of typefaces has been enlarged over the years to include a variety of designs. Lucida is the serif branch of the very large Lucida family tree. The full family a is suite of harmonized typefaces that includes a variety of styles: serif and sans-serif, roman and italic, normal and bold weights, scripts, blackletter, icons, and symbols.
Lucida Sans Unicode was designed in 1993 and was the first Unicode encoded font. It shipped with the Microsoft Windows NY 3.1 system.
Lucida is well suited to traditional and a growing range of interactive applications. The coordinated designs of the Lucida family also provides for the mixing and matching typestyles to create interface design and hierarchy in complex web content. Styles can be changed inside words or between capitals and lowercase. Icons, signs, and symbols can be more freely integrated with alphabetic characters.