Why are designers scared of Zapfino?

OEdada's picture


I recently got in to a heated discussion with a designer friend of mine, who believes "Zapfino" can never be used in graphic design or art to produce "amazing" work.

I personally think typefaces are like tools, each with a spectrum of uses or applicable scenarios. Some typefaces have a wide spectrum of uses while some have a much narrower window. I think to suggest that a typeface can never be used to produce beautiful work is underestimating human creativity and the infinity of creative possibilities.

I have tried to find examples of Zapfino used amazingly but have not managed the knock-out punch. I would greatly appreciate help in locating these.

Plus what do you guys think about this debate in general.
Its my first time here so be nice. Thank you.

Birdseeding's picture

My guess is that most designers would shirk from using it not because the typeface itself is bad – but because it's a common typeface found on consumer computers, and thus is used in endless amateur publications. Combined with its distinctive looks, this has the unfortunate and rather unfair effect of making it associated with amateurism; all typeface "meanings" are, of course, socially contructed, and this would play into that.

Zapfino is certainly not the only good typeface that's underused for this reason.

Birdseeding's picture

PS. This forum is for critiquing typeface designs, not typographical queries. You'd be better served in the General Discussions section.

OEdada's picture

thanks for your response @birdseeding and way finding help. I will promptly change the location.

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