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Why are designers scared of Zapfino?


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.

Combination: Zapfino and Greek font

Hello all,

I'm having a problem and hopefully you type-wizards want to help me out...
I've been asked to design a birth announcement, the father is Dutch and the mother is Greek so the announcement should be bilingual.
I'm already using Zapfino but can't find a font that has Greek characters and matches Zapfino.

Does someone have suggestions or hints how I should handle this?

A big thanks in advance,

Designing 'Invictus' Print for Framing Using Zapfino

I'm a young teacher who is interested in framing a print of William Ernest Henley's poem Invictus in the complicated typeface Zapfino. I am experienced with computers, but not at all with digital typography. Zapfino Extra has many guidelines for usage, and this is probably not a job I can handle myself. Not to mention, I don't own the font family and it's very expensive.

Do you have any suggestions about how I might be able to have this done? A copy of the poem and a couple links of interest are provided. Thank you!




Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.