Tarzana

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Designed by Zuzana Licko, Tarzana is a sans serif font family. This typeface has eight styles and was published by Emigre.

Tarzana

8 Fonts

$210.00

Tarzana Narrow

4 Fonts

$125.00

Tarzana Wide

4 Fonts

$125.00

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Tarzana Narrow

$49.00

Tarzana Narrow Italic

$49.00

Tarzana Narrow Bold

$49.00

Tarzana Narrow Bold Italic

$49.00

Tarzana Wide

$49.00

Tarzana Wide Italic

$49.00

Tarzana Wide Bold

$49.00

Tarzana Wide Bold Italic

$49.00

These two families of sans-serif text faces were developed purely along formal lines. The goal was to balance the neutrality required for a text face with just enough idiosyncrasies to create a slightly unfamiliar design in order to provide new interest.

Of course, both of these extremes are necessary, but seldom is either extreme desirable. If everything was neutral, we wouldn’t be able to tell things apart due to their sameness; alternately, if everything was purely expressive, we wouldn’t be able to make sense of the visual world around us. (For example, you wouldn’t want your tax forms to be set in a handwriting design, and you wouldn’t want the brand name on your cereal box to be set in Helvetica; unless the cereal was generic.)

The definition of what is neutral (traditional or familiar) versus that which is idiosyncratic (expressive or unusual), is continually changing, as new typeface designs are added to typographers’ repertoires. Over time, what may once have seemed unusual becomes familiar through repeated usage. This shifting continually provides new contexts for new designs which in turn alter these definitions yet again, thus completing the cycle.

Tarzana’s design process was one of visual editing; discarding overly familiar ideas, while assimilating new ones without compromising legibility. Often, a particular decision would conjure up more questions than it answered, and changing one character often lead to the reworking of an entire range of related characters, as the various stages and permutations of letterforms shown here illustrate.

The roman (upright) and italic versions were designed simultaneously, with the purpose of cross-pollination. In some instances, roman character designs were developed on the basis of the italics, resulting in such features as the curved arm on the lower case “k,” the asymmetric capital “Y,” and the rounded capital “E,” yielding an informal feel to the entire family.

Foundry Emigre
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Fonts8
Price $49.00
Released1998
Fontspring Debut2016
Favorited5
Style Sans Serif
Designer Zuzana Licko
Licenses Desktop
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