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Aldo Novarese and the exploration of Design Space

Posted by in New releases on Mar/2021

A true work of art – a poem, a statue, a melody – is a form that pre-exists in the possibilities of language, of marble, of musical notation. The artist discovers it like a theorem. Italo Calvino 1. Archive discoveries Our exploration of Aldo Novarese’s design space began in 2019, with a visit to Archivio Tipografico in Turin. Born as a love project from a bunch of graphic designers and typographers, Archivio Tipografico is a collaborative space for the preservation, study and practice of the typographic arts, set in a printing office that hosts…read more

Coppa stadio: la radiocronaca

Posted by in Promotion on Feb/2021

Coppa Stadio è il primo torneo italiano di poster design calcistico, ideato da Zetafonts in occasione del revival del carattere Stadio di Aldo Novarese. Abbiamo invitato venti tra i migliori studi grafici e illustratori digitali italiani a giocare con le lettere di Novarese per realizzare un poster dedicato ad una squadra di calcio della propria regione di appartenenza. Ne è emerso un torneo grafico tra squadre di ogni categoria, da capofila di serie A a piccoli club delle categorie più basse. Un torneo inclusivo e ludico, che fa scendere in campo squadre di serie A come il Verona (scelto dai veneti di Happycentro), il Napoli o la Roma (realizzato Allfontsarebastards) accanto a club meno noti come l’Atletico Van Goof (scelto per l’Emilia da Rupert Graphic).

Stadio Cup

Posted by in New releases, Promotion on Feb/2021

On the occasion of the birth centenary of Italian type master Aldo Novarese, Zetafonts foundry has created a revival of Stadio, a typeface created by Novarese in the seventies and published only as a rub-on transfer by R41, Letraset’s Italian competitor. To honour its football-inspired name and its vintage look, Zetafonts foundry has organized the first Italian football poster tournament: Coppa Stadio. Twenty of the best Italian graphic studios and digital illustrators were invited to play with Novarese’s letters to create a poster dedicated to a football team from their home region.

100 Years of Novarese: Stadio Now

Posted by in New releases on Dec/2020

2020 is not only the year of Covid. For typography lovers it also marks the 100th birth anniversary of Aldo Novarese, Italian master of type design. To celebrate it, Zetafonts is going to release the digital revival of Stadio, a forgotten reverse contrast masterpiece designed by Novarese in 1974 and published only as rub-on transfer. Our revival, Stadio Now, is a full family with nineteen variants that explore all the possibilities of the original design space. It is available for pre-release on Zetafonts website, with exclusive perks for supporters.

A brutal victory

Posted by in Awards on Oct/2020

While researching the typography trends for our 2020 Type Trends Look Book we became aware of the many influences of late 19th century sans serif typefaces on our contemporary taste for typeface design. We called this trend “brutal grotesque”, referring to the many quirks and mistakes easily found in vintage pre-digital lead type and printed specimens that had become distinguishing features in contemporary fonts. Slightly off proportions in letters, unexpected calligraphic solutions, uneven and slanted cuts, and the occasional appearance of type design most loved “wrong” feature: reverse contrast. Hagrid and Boring Sans – both presented in the 2020 Trend Book – were our first published explorations in this style. But both were designed while working on a more complex project that ended up being published as the last of our “brutal style” typefaces, that has been chosen as one of the winners of Communication Arts Magazine 11th Annual Typography Competition …

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 Awards, Promotion on Jan/2020

Monterchi type family was created for the rebranding of one of the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, the Madonna del Parto fresco by Piero della Francesca. His hand-painted autograph inscriptions inspired the elegant letterforms and the quirky ligature forms included in the four variants of this 50-weights ode to the beauty of classical roman letterforms. Monterchi Type Family has been chosen as one of the winners of the 2020 Typography Competition by Communication Arts Magazine. One hundred and thirty-one projects were selected by a jury of creative professionals; 1,264 entries were submitted to the competition. With his elegant, historical aesthetic, Monterchi embodies the spirit of early Renaissance and the humanist obsession with geometric beauty, while providing designers with over a versatile extended glyph set covering over 200 languages using the Latin alphabet, as well as Greek and Russian Cyrillic. […]

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