in a letter to the Duke of Buckingham dated December 9, 1623
To start with one personal fact: I really like to listen Rahsaan Roland Kirk. He was a multi-instrumentalist, real grandmaster and unique jazz virtuoso. The way he improvised and walked through variety of different music influences are admiring. One of things he liked is to modify instruments, so he modified soprano saxophone and got an instrument called manzello.
When I was looking for good name for this typeface, it came on my mind that Manzello could be the perfect one. It has the symbolic background from the instrument and theoretically in my head, it’s imagined as typeface that rely on stable classic examples, but graphically designed and modified to match modern standards.
Manzello contains a dose of characteristics of display typefaces with terminals that aren't perfectly rounded, high contrast between stems and good balanced Italics with elements of fine calligraphy. It’s a small font family, something what I was always looking for to have as first text solution in my web and graphic projects.
Years ago a country boy heard or read that if a simple box having a hole of a certain size were set upon a post in March or early April it would not be long before bluebirds would be around to see if the place would do as a summer cottage. So he took an old paint keg such as white lead is sold in, nailed a cover across the top, cut an opening in the side and then placed it on a post ten or twelve feet high.
We are happy to announce start of our new website section called "WebSpecimen". It should collect typefaces that we think they could be fully useful as webfonts. The idea is to show how an typeface acts in different layout situations, from body text to big titles.