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Date: 1979

Designer:
Hermann Zapf

Foundry:
ITC

Location:
New York, USA

Current equivalent:
ITC Zapf Chancery

See also:
URW Zapf Chancery Medium

Technologies:
Photosetting
Postscript
Opentype

Famous for:

20th century interpretation of Chancery script.

 

Applications: Religious and Devotional

 

Ubiquity:

Very widely used

 

Category:

Chancery Italic

 

Stress: Angled

Serifs: Calligraphic

Design history:
Hermann Zapf, with a lifetime career as Germany's best-known calligrapher and type designer, designed this calligraphic script to exploit the possibilities of photo typesetting. As a script, Zapf Chancery is based on the style of the 15th century writing master, Cardinal Giambattista Palatino (illustrated at right), but is often overlooked, being available in only one weight and distributed free as a default font with computer operating systems, along with his pictogram font, Zapf Dingbats. Zapf's typefaces have often been cross-licensed and widely distributed, but also illegally pirated.

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picture: Blandford Press