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Rediscovering Cairoli

Posted by in New releases on May/2020

This new technique is that of the deliberate anachronism and the erroneous attribution. This technique, whose applications are infinite, prompts us to go through the Odyssey as if it were posterior to the Aeneid and the book Le jardin du Centaure of Madame Henri Bachelier as if it were by Madame Henri Bachelier. This technique fills the most placid works with adventure. (Jorge Luis Borges) Specimen pages for Cairoli Tonda Neretta 1. The case of the old specimen It was at the October 2019 TypeThursday Florence meeting that we first discovered…read more

Type Trends 2020

Posted by in Promotion, Trend Reports on May/2020

At Zetafonts, we know that researching creative trends is a fundamental part of the design process for visual artists. Every year we study the global trends inadvertising, lettering, editorial and packaging design, trying to understand and define the most common choices in typography, type design and font selection. It is a process that allows us to refine and adjust our taste to a global sensibility, making it possible to create typefaces that look contemporary and fresh on the page and on the screen. This year we have distilled this research in a 140-page book: the Zetafonts Type Trends Look Book…read more

Quarantype Collection

Posted by in New releases on Mar/2020

SPREAD SOME GOOD KARMA WITH FREE TYPE IN DARK TIMES LET’S MAKE YOUR DAYS SWEETER WITH SOME POSITIVE TYPE Trapped home during the Coronavirus outburst of March 2020 the Zetafonts team found some solace from the world-wide anxiety by designing letters for the #36daysoftype challenge. To fight dark thoughts and spread some good karma we decided to add a free font twist, selecting the best glyphs drawn to develop a collection of ten free typefaces for download: the Quarantype Collection! We did our best to make this little gift to…read more

Zetafonts wins the Communication Arts Typography Competition 2020

Posted by in Promotion on Jan/2020

Zetafonts is very glad to announce that Monterchi Type Family is a Winner of the 2020 Typography Competition sponsored by Communication Arts.  One hundred and thirty-one projects were selected by a jury of creative professionals; 1,264 entries were submitted to the competition. The selected projects are handsomely reproduced in Typography Annual 10, the January/February 2020 issue of Communication Arts, both in print and digital editions, and online at commarts.com. With the largest international circulation of any trade journal on visual communications, having work selected is considered a significant professional milestone to the creators…read more

Christmas Pack 2019

Posted by in Promotion on Dec/2019

Celebrating Christmas with an amazing Font Pack: 53 completely free fonts from Zetafonts’ type families published during 2019. This pack allows you to enjoy the full range of Zetafonts typefaces that you can use in all your projects, commercial and non commercial (desktop use only). No buy button necessary! Just click on the link to download the full versatile set. Enjoy it… and Merry Christmas! DOWNLOAD FULL PACK

Blacker Friday

Posted by in Promotion on Nov/2019

Super promotion! 50% off every font family of the catalogue using the promo code BLACK19 and 80% off the Blacker collection: Blacker Pro family, Blacker Sans family and Blackest family with the promo code BLACKER (valid until 2/Dec 2019).

Virus Fonts, London

Posted by in Studio Visits on Feb/2016

Jonathan Barnbrook is one of our design heroes. He created some of the most successful postmodern typefaces for Emigre, including Mason – now part of the digital collection of MOMA. He designed the definitive art book for Damien Hirst, I Want To Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now. In 1999 he participated in the First Things First Manifesto signed by graphic designers, students and photographers who proposed a reversal of priorities in the way graphic design was used commercially. He designed the covers for David Bowie…read more

New Bohemia, SF

Posted by in Studio Visits on Sep/2015

After meeting the owner Damon Styer at an AIGA meeting in San Francisco, we had a chance to visit his signpainting shop New Bohemia Signs – one of the longest running sign shop in San Francisco, dealing exclusively in hand painted signs. Located in 281 9th Street in the South of Market neighborood, New Bohemia is a beautiful sight for any letterform lover, with its wall covered in commercial signs side by side with pieces that were created by Damon for its own art shows. Damon Styer, owner of New Bohemia.    “Practice is…read more

The Style Issue

Posted by in Trend Reports on Apr/2015

While working at the branding for Lucca Comics & Games Festival 2013, we were proposed an ambitious claim: “A Style Issue“. The organizers of Lucca Festival, a huge event with hundreds of thousands of attendees, wanted to renew their image combining a the pop imagery of comics, roleplaying games and videogames with the italian High Fashion tradition. A bold challenge, which included the art direction of the team of illustrators at Riot Games, more accustomed to League of Legends werewolves than to Paris’ catwalks. We choose a typographic branding, developing a…read more

It’s Bulletto Time

Posted by in New releases on Mar/2015

Script logos and calligraphy-inspired fonts are a big trend today. But script typography is not easy to use. Legibility issues, long ascenders and descenders, problems with all-uppercase words. We saw some interesting typefaces trying to address at least the readability issue – like the ubiquous Lobster font – but we were still not satisfied. We wanted to create a script typeface that was a bit like a swiss knife for designers, with easy to use features and a good result in display use but also in typesetting for short texts. This…read more