Zetafonts is an independent digital type foundry based in the heart of Florence, Italy.
Zetafonts is an award-winning type foundry established in 2001 in the heart of Florence, by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Francesco Canovaro and Debora Manetti. Powered by a team of branding and design veterans, the Italian foundry stands out for a prolific portfolio of revival fonts and contemporary type-families. The goal of the foundry is to provide finely crafted and innovative yet solid design tools for graphic designers, art directors and brand managers worldwide.
Zetafonts finely designs high-quality retail typefaces and provides custom font design services for commercial and institutional clients.
Zetafonts also values and promotes Italian typographic culture through the organization of educational initiatives, talks and courses.
About the partners_
Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini bought his first typeface, an Arnold Boecklin Letraset dry transfer, when he was nine years old. He has since then kept playing with letters both written and drawn, working as a type designer, visual arts teacher and art director for print, digital and video. He has designed over fifty typeface families for Zetafonts foundry that he co-founded with Debora Manetti and Francesco Canovaro. His typefaces include Cocogoose, Blacker (selected by Myfonts as one of the best new families of 2019), Monterchi (CA typography award 2020, Myfonts hidden gem 2019), Stinger (CA typography award 2021) and Erotique (DNA Paris 2021). He lives in Florence with his wife, a cat named Bodoni and too many books.
Francesco Canovaro has found in visual design and typography the natural evolution of his studies in painting and computer programming. With Debora Manetti and Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini he founded the transmedia branding agency Kmzero and the digital type foundry Zetafonts, a label under which he has designed over forty typeface families and countless custom fonts. His typefaces include Aquawax, Heading (Winter Type Games 2017 Bestseller on Myfonts.com), Blacker (selected by Myfonts.com among the Best new families of 2019), Kitsch (selected by Fontspring.com among the Best fonts of 2019) and Erotique (DNA Paris 2021). As much feared as loved by his students in creative direction and typography courses, he is often seen at type conferences listening to talks while creating new typefaces on his laptop. He lives in Florence with his wife Debora and two kids whose names end with consonants. He has two kids whose names end in consonants, and has a real love for his city: Florence
Debora Manetti grew up in Tuscany and soon followed the artistic footsteps of his father, painter and polymath. Looking at him write all of Dante's Inferno by hand, she inherited his love for calligraphy and typography - a passion she later used to fuel her career as an art director, visual designer and branding strategist. She loves to design typefaces inspired by vernacular typography, which makes her smile for their often awkward but genuine spontaneity. She also has designed some custom handscript fonts for award-winning branding projects. Together with Francesco Canovaro and Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, she is co-founder of the branding agency Kmzero and of Ligature, a company focused on the culture of type design (Zetafonts / Italiantype / Fontmood).
TypeCampus is an inclusive academic project sponsored by the Zetafonts team about the culture of typography, created to inspire, research, and build a dialogue with designers, advertisers, and type lovers. It provide resources and tools to help designers orientate in the typographic design space.
Through the TypeCampus Academic Plan, which can be activated free of charge by design schools, the program also provides useful free typographic tools, including a license for 100 fonts, part of the Rookie Collection, and the Type Trends Lookbook, the annual report on trends in type and design, developed each year by the Zetafonts and TypeCampus team.
Each year TypeCampus promote a call for typographic artworks to celebrate World Kindness day with a global, multi-location, exhibition: Fight for Kindness
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BLOG & Magazine References
Make fonts not war (2022)
Experimental Type (2015)
Yearbook of Type III (2018)
Type01 Magazine issue 2 (2021)
Yearbook of Type 5 (2021)
A beautiful mistake (2022)
Yearbook of Type 6 (2022)
A beautiful mistake (2022)
Approval Studio Blog
People of Print
Wood Type Custom
We and the colours
Creative Communication Award
Fight for Kindness 2022 (2022)
Frizzi Frizzi (ITA)
Think & Type at Tipoteca (2022)
Stadio Now (2021)
ADCI Blog (ITA)
Comunicare con i trend tipografici (ITA) (2021)
Quarantype / in the rubric of “Buon lunedì” by Claudia Neri (ITA) (2020)
Dopolavoro Studio Blog
Napoli @ Stadio Now (2021)
Final Thesis Project by Shrishti Vajpai - Type For Change - Zetafonts
EVENTS / TYPE TOUR
Typographics NY 2022 / sponsorship / goodies
TypeCon 2021 / sponsorship / goodies / type crit
Offf Barcelona 2022 / workshop / market’s booth
Offf TelAviv 2022 / workshop / market’s booth
Forward Festival Vienna 2022 / workshop
Milano Graphic Festival 2022 / The Type Spirit, workshop + Drink&Type pairing
Workshop at Tipoteca Italiana 2022 / Talk / workshop
Typographics NY 2021 / sponsorship / goodies
Bright Educational 2021 Exploring type design with Zetafonts and IED Firenze
Why Festival 2021 / talk
Internet Festival Pisa 2016 / Fontathon workshop
Google, Apple, The Coca Cola Company, Universal Pictures, Disney, NBCUniversal, AirBnB, At&T Usa, Target Australia, Marchesi Antinori, Johnson & Johnson, Netflix, Nickelodeon Pictures, Sky, Mattel, Emmenthaler Switzerland, Decathlon, Warner Bros., Ferrero, Nestle?, Victoria’s Secret, ViacomCBS, Pentagram, Procter & Gamble Company, Gucci, YouTube LLC, Vodafone, European Commission, Mikado, Yamaha, Ubisoft, 2k Games
C2A (2020, 2021, 2022)
Communication Arts · Typography Awards (2022)
Cannes Giovani Leoni ADCI (2022)
Mediastars (2021, 2022)
Indigo Design Awards (2022)
DNA Paris (2023)
AWARDS, MENTIONS & SHORTLISTS
Updated to Jan 23