Based in Florence, Zetafonts was established by Debora Manetti, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, and Francesco Canovaro more than a decade ago. The foundry studio has collaborated with a long list of graphic designers and typographers over the years. As a foundry, Zetafonts really sets the bar for quality fonts, following a work ethic that relies on innovation and experimentation. Their type designs effortlessly balance a high degree of functionality and versatility, all neatly wrapped up in an inspiring visual presentation, every single time.
Zetafonts’ work carries itself with a timeless architecture, blending art, application, and adaptability. Regardless of how design styles may change with the times, their work always remains fresh and current. Zetafonts is dedicated to the art of typography, offering a body of work that mirrors the collective enthusiasm they have for their craft. Because versatility is a key element of every design, their fonts straddle the middle ground between display and body text, giving graphic designers the most bang for their buck.
Zetafonts puts a lot of stock into the history of their vocation and the role that typography plays in modern design. “When you draw letters, you’re actually playing with the DNA of our culture, both visual and written,” they observed. “Even a slight stylistic choice connects to the history of taste and design, and allows us to enrich our shapes with cultural connections.” For Zetafonts, the act of creating a font enables them to directly interact with that history, which results in a rewarding design experience for everyone involved in crafting a letter set.
Aside from working in type design for Zetafonts, Cosimo is also the creative director at Studio Kmzero, a studio dedicated to visual art experimentation. Cosimo also works in fine art and illustration for his own projects, as well as his collective art project, The Ant Theatre.
One of his more recent designs released through Zetafonts is Domotika, a stylish sans serif that features italics designed by Andrea Tartarelli. Domotika carries itself with a slightly condensed posture and humanist architecture, blending classical and contemporary elements together. Its name was actually derived from the term, “domotics,” referring to robotic technology used in one’s private domicile.
Domotika offers a modern elegance wherever it is used, featuring characters with slight calligraphic endings to their graceful curves. Rich in personality, Domotika is a beautiful choice for everything from signage and displays, to headlines, editorials, web copy, publishing, advertising, magazine spreads, presentations, posters, book covers, and any project that needs a contemporary sans serif with a lot of panache.
In addition to swash forms, Domotika offers standard ligatures, discretionary ligatures, lining figures, proportional figures, tabular figures, and stylistic sets for greater design versatility. Its multilingual support extends to Basic Latin, Western European, Euro, Catalan, Baltic, Turkish, Central European, Pan African Latin, Dutch, Afrikaans, and Basic Cyrillic, making it a fantastic choice for design projects that must reach a global audience.
Zetafonts currently offers almost 40 products through YouWorkForThem, a varied collection of script, display, serif, and sans serif type designs to suit a limitless number of design styles and themes. Visit their portfolio to view the rest of their products and check back often to keep an eye on their newest releases!