Zenon is a book typeface in four weights with a wide range of applications. It is a contemporary roman developed from analysis of historical models. Rather than being a revival of any specific type, Zenon is a contemporary approach to traditional 20th-century designs based on Renaissance types. The historical models chosen for references represent some of the masterpieces of Renaissance typography, from 15th-century Venice to the work of Robert Granjon. The development of Zenon took inspiration from these sources aiming for a synthesis, combining the different characteristics in one design that can fit snugly into a contemporary environment.
Starting from Renaissance proportions, the Zenon letterforms were condensed little by little towards overall modern proportions (i.e., similarity of letter widths). Zenon is now compact and robust, and it is able to withstand low quality printing. Contrast is low in the Regular weight and strong in the Black. All letters, figures and other glyphs are sloped by about 2 degrees – features that produce an organic design with just a hint of irregularity.
Zenon was designed during the master course in Type Design at the University of Reading in 2014. Since its early development it has been used in several printed projects and it was chosen by James Clough for the text of his Signs of Italy (Lazy Dog Press, 2015).
Designer Riccardo Olocco |
Production Years 2013-2015 |
Total Glyphs 923
Styles Regular · Regular Italic · Medium · Medium Italic · Bold · Bold Italic · Black · Black Italic