Fonts from Zetafonts.

Proudly breeding quick brown foxes since 2001. Zetafonts finely designs high quality retail typefaces and provides custom font design services for commercial and institutional clients.

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Zetafonts create meaningful typefaces with a clear “case of use situation” and a strong “problem solving attitude”. Its goal is to provide finely crafted and innovative yet solid design tools for graphic designers, art directors and brand managers worldwide. The Zetafonts activity is also towards the promotion of ypographical culture through the organization of educational initiatives, talks and courses.

Meet the team.
Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini

Partner & Project Director

Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini

Cosimo bought his first typeface, an Arnold Boecklin letraset 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) and Stinger (CA typography award 2021). He lives in Florence with his wife, a cat named Bodoni and too many books.

Francesco Canovaro

Partner & Creative Director

Francesco Canovaro

Francesco 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). 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.

Debora Manetti

Partner & New Business Manager

Debora Manetti

Debora 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).

Andrea Tartarelli

Type Director

Andrea Tartarelli

Andrea studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara and worked as a marble sculptor until he discovered graphics and typography. Since then, he has dedicated himself to the creation of typefaces, hoping that it would be not as tough as marble carving. It turned out he was terribly wrong. Afterwards, he went deeper into his typography studies at the Plantin Institute at Antwerp, and teaches Type Design at IED Florence. He designed Tarif (selected by Fontspring.com among the Best fonts of 2019), Malik (shortlised for the Communication Arts Typography awards 2021) and has been co-designer on dozens of typefaces by Zetafonts including the award winning Blacker (selected by Myfonts as one of the best new families of 2019), Monterchi (CA typography award 2020, Myfonts hidden gem 2019) and Stinger (CA typography award 2021). He works and lives in Tuscany, Italy.

Mario De Libero

Font Developer

Mario De Libero

Mario was born in Livorno, on the coast of Tuscany. During his studies in visual communication at IED in Florence he fell in love with typography and soon joined Zetafonts as lead designer on the Italian Type label. Mario sees every letter as a music instrument that can do its best when playing well with the others in harmony: a typeface designer is like an orchestra director that must make sure all the voices are balanced. Always on the look for typography as a mean to rise empathy in others, he’s been focusing lately on historical re-designs and he’s responsible, among others, of the revival typefaces Cairoli and Etrusco (2020), both reviving the italian tradition of early twentieth century grotesque lead type.

Sofia Bandini

Graphic & Type Designer

Sofia Bandini

Surrounded by art from birth, Sofia grew up as a curious girl and a careful observer. After her studies at IED in Florence she joined Zetafonts where she is working as a graphic and visual designer and as type designer, specializing in non-latin scripts. Her published work includes the font Eastman, Bogart, Garbata and Cocogoose. She believes that working with constancy and passion is the key to attract the attention of the typography user and create a connection with other designers.

Daily she receives different stimuli that allow her to have a 360 degree view of her work as a designer: following her instinct she succeeds in translating her intuitions into a delicate harmony between points.

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