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
- Context-sensitive alternate characters.*
- Automatic arbitrary fractions.*
- Superscript and subscript figures.
- Extended language support for most Latin-based Western and Central European languages.
* Requires an application or operating system with support for OpenType advanced typography, such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Affinity Designer/Photo/Publisher, or QuarkXPress. Check your application’s user guide. OpenType advanced typography is also supported by most modern web browsers through the use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).
The Development of Filmotype Zanzibar
A detailed article I wrote on my blog about the process that went into developing Zanzibar as a modern digital font.
Zanzibar – Our Favorite Typefaces of 2008
Review of Filmotype Zanzibar on Typographica.
Filmotype Zanzibar on “Fonts In Use”
“Fonts In Use” is a collaborative website where interesting or notable examples of fonts in use are shared.