Filmotype Zanzibar

Filmotype Zanzibar (2008, for Filmotype) is a classic semi-script originally designed and released in the 1950s. As quirky as it is elegant, it combines outlandishly ornate caps with a condensed, Bodoni-like italic lowercase. The overall impression is that of a script, but it’s really a highly stylized italic. The capitals are a riot of spirals and abrupt turns, seemingly inspired by musical notation. I kept these characteristics in mind as I expanded the character set beyond the basic set provided in the original film font.

Weights & Styles


  • Ligatures.
  • Context-sensitive alternate characters.*
  • Automatic arbitrary fractions.*
  • Superscript and subscript figures.
  • Ordinals.*
  • Extended language support for most Latin-based Western and Central European languages.

* Requires an application with support for OpenType advanced typography, such as Adobe Creative Suite and QuarkXPress. Check your application’s user guide.

Where to Buy

Desktop License

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