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Lucida Grande

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Category  Sans-serif
Foundry  Bigelow and Holmes
Classification  Humanist
Date released  2000
Lucida Grande Identifont Lucida Grande
Designer  Kris Holmes, Charles Bigelow

Lucida Grande is a humanist sans-serif typeface. It is a member of the Lucida family of typefaces designed by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes. It has been used throughout Mac OS X user interface from 1999 to 2014, as well as in Safari for Windows up to the browser's version 3.2.3 released on 12 May 2009. As of OS X Yosemite (version 10.10), the system font was changed from Lucida Grande to Helvetica Neue. In OS X El Capitan (version 10.11) the system font changed again, this time to San Francisco.


Lucida Grande Lucida Grande Regular truetype font

The typeface looks very similar to Lucida Sans and Lucida Sans Unicode. Like Sans Unicode, Grande supports the most commonly used characters defined in version 2.0 of the Unicode standard.

Lucida Grande Identifont Lucida Grande Bold

Three weights of Lucida Grande: Normal, Bold, and Black, in three styles: Roman, Italic, and Oblique, were developed by Bigelow & Holmes. Apple released the Regular (Normal Roman) and Bold Roman with OS X.

Lucida Grande Lucida Grande Font Pack by sudolucifer on DeviantArt

In June, 2014, Bigelow & Holmes released four weights: Light, Normal, Bold, and Black, in three styles: Roman, Italic, and Oblique. B&H also released Narrow versions of those twelve weight/styles, plus four Lucida Grande Monospaced fonts in Regular, Bold, Italic, and Bold Italic styles, with narrow versions of the four monospaced weight/styles.

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Lucida Grande fonts directly from Bigelow & Holmes contain the pan-European WGL character set.

Scripts and Unicode ranges

Lucida Grande contains 2,826 Unicode-encoded glyphs (2,245 characters) in version 5.0d8e1 (Revision 1.002).

Language support by version:

Similarity to Lucida Sans/Lucida Sans Unicode

Almost all glyphs in Lucida Grande (and Lucida Grande Bold) look identical to their matching counterparts in Lucida Sans (and Lucida Sans Demibold) as well as Lucida Sans Unicode, with the very few exceptions of:

  • The digit "1" with a serif on the baseline;
  • The hyphen "-" that is longer, roughly of an en-dash width;
  • The commercial at "@" with a larger and more upright letter and circle.
  • These slightly different characters look clearer in small font sizes in display and user interface (especially graphical and web-based) uses.

    Note: If you have installed Lucida Grande font on Windows or Linux you will see followings above.


    Apart from OS X releases prior to OS X Yosemite, many websites and blogs use Lucida Grande as the default typeface for body text, for example Facebook and many phpBB forums. Since this typeface is usually absent from most other operating systems like Windows and Linux, the CSS style sheets of these websites often include the fonts (usually Sans-serif: Tahoma, Verdana, Trebuchet MS, Segoe UI, Calibri, DejaVu Sans, Arial, Open Sans, or even Lucida Sans Unicode, in case Lucida Grande is unavailable for rendering. After the introduction of OS X Yosemite where Lucida Grande is no longer used as the default system font, several developers have created utilities to bring Lucida Grande back as the default system font.

    Although it was designed primarily as a screen font, Lucida Grande also appears frequently in print, due at least in part to the ubiquity of Mac platform (and thus the typeface) in professional-grade desktop publishing. The Getty-Dubay Italic Handwriting Series of penmanship workbooks in particular is typeset primarily in Lucida Grande/Sans, as its monoline, true cursive italic bears a close resemblance to the form of writing that the program teaches.


    Lucida Grande Wikipedia

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