Q: Where did the name Zang come from?
A: Simple answer: I've been called "Naz" (abbreviation of my last name, Nazaroff) for most of my life, I flipped it backwards and added my middle initial. Hence: Zang.
Q: Where did the name Zang-O-Fonts come from?
A: Some of my original fonts were very retro (1930's-1960's). The name was chosen in homage to the appliances of the '50's which had names like Wash-O-Lux and Vac-U-Matic.
Q: I'm looking for a font and I don't know the name of it, but I have this picture...
A: Stop right there. Every single font designer with a public email address has received this question. I don't know the name of every font out there, nor do I know where you can find it. It's akin to asking Fred Durst where you can find a bootleg copy of a September, 22nd, 1972 Liberace concert. The best way to find the font you're looking for is tedious searching through freefont archives and the type catalogues of the large distributors (Adobe, Agfa-Monotype, etc.).
Q: Can I get some free typefaces?
A: Besides the freebie fonts that are occasionally offered on my site, I won't just give fonts away. If you can't afford the price of a font, I am more than willing to barter and I'm always looking for good CD's. All you have to do is make an offer.
Q: Are you sure there isn't a way to get free typefaces?
A: We do give away a free font of your choice if you've used one of our faces in a print, television or other medium in which a hard copy can me made. Unfortunately, this does not generally include the web. It's too easy for someone to whip off a small image in Photoshop and place it on their website just to get a free font. However, if you send us a hard copy (ie; printed material, videotape) of our commercial fonts in use, we'll gladly send you the typeface of your choice as a reward.
Q: Can I put [insert free font name here] on my free font archive website?
A: No. Our free fonts are only available for a limited time and they are used as a promotional tool to bring people to the Zang-O-Fonts website. If they can get them on your site, why would they bother coming to mine? I'm trying to make a living at this. If however, you just want to put a link on your site to my main page (and not a direct link to the fonts themselves), feel free.
Q: What's with some of your font names? Where do they come from?
A: Most of my more recent font names have been made up. Others have odd origins. Here's a basic list:
Boochie: It was originally named Brody (after the character in the movie "Mallrats"), but to avoid confusion with ultra-famous type designer Neville Brody, the name was changed to Boochie; also a Kevin Smith reference.
Charley Style: This came from a sign seen in a bar I used to frequent; one of a small chain called "Charley Fitzwhiskey's".The sign said "New Years Eve, Charley Style!"
Dexy: I was in the process of creating the then-unnamed font and "Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runner came on the radio. It just sort of fit.
Disclover: When sketching this font out on paper, I'd had it written as "Discover", but thought it pretty cool that with the addition of one extra latter, it took on a new meaning.
Duesenberg: The font is an homage to typefaces used in the early part of the 20th century. I'd always liked the old Duesenberg cars from about the same time period, and thus named the font in honour of them.
Eight: I attempted to make a font using only eight angles (all multiples of 45°). Unfortunately, I cheated and gave up on the eight different angles, but kept the name.
Koobler: This typeface had the working title of "Sparky's Dream" after the album by Teenage Fanclub, but later changed it to "Koobler", after Toronto-based performance artist, Monica S. Kuebler.
Lawyerbait: The working title of this font was "Zionech", but was released as "Omicron Delta". After frivolous and baseless legal threats from Berthold Types, INC., the name was changed to Lawyerbait.
Lightspeed: It looked kind of like a futuristic interpretation of Streamliner. "Lightspeed" seemed to suit it.
Lush: This font always looked like a drunken attempt at a narrow roman font. It's kinda sloppy, yet has a happy, retro-ish look to it.
Marc Anthony: Like the Roman man for whom the font is named, it's not true to Roman standards. Marc Anthony betrayed Rome as much as the font does.
McGurdy: At the time I was creating this font, I attended a comedic hypnotist's show. He hypnotized an acquaintance into thinking he had a pet rabbit. The acquaintance named the bunny F-ckstick McGurdy. I settled on calling it "McGurdy", rather than have to deal with the flak that may be caused by distributors.
Nuclear Standard: The name came during a discussion of the nuclear family, and how it became the standard image for hocking household merchandise.
Obsessed: I couldn't come up with a name for this one. For the longest time it bothered me that nothing seemed to fit it's look. I realized that it was becoming an obsession, and when that realization came, so did the name.
Perpetuity: I really can't explain why I named it that.
Pillowbiter: This font always had a resemblance to bodily fluids. Messy and gross and sexual. The name should be rather obvious.
Shiloh: Some have asked me if this font was named after the Neil Diamond song. Well, it wasn't. This was actually an ex-girlfriend's nickname.
Slowhand: It was originally called "Bedrock", but I thought that was not very inventive or original, so it got changed to "Slowhand", in homage of the Eric Clapton track I was listening to at the time.
Streamliner: This font was created from memories I had as a child of reading through my father's aircraft identification books. All of the airline companies in the 1930s and 1940s used fonts similar to this on their aircraft. The name itself came from the pre-aerodynamics design process called "streamlining".
The Carmichael Theorum: Don't ask me why, but I wanted a scientific name to this font, so I just made one up.
Thik: Unlike the way it looks, this name is actually supposed to be pronounced like "teek". It's just something I made up.
Thrombolus: At the time I created this font, my mother was suffering from a blood clot. In researching information about clots, two of the most prevalent words I came across were "thrombosis" and "embolus" (the names of the two different styles of the Thrombolus font). The name itself is just a merge of those two words.
Tiramisu: For some odd reason, at one time I believed Tiramisu was a Japanese dessert, and not an Italian one. When I created the font, I still believed this. I always thought it was reminiscent of Asian design.
Workstation Clutter: I created this face in Painter, and given that it was kind of sloppy and hand-written, I decided to name it after an ex-girlfriend's messy desk; hence "Workstation Clutter".
ZygoSE: I always thought the word "Zygote" looked really cool, and considered naming a font after it. I ended up shortening it to "Zygo", but given how much it looks like fonts used to make nameplates on cars, I added the "SE" in homage of this fact.
Q: Why DO you change your logo so much?
A: I get bored. From a marketing standpoint though, the name Zang-O-Fonts is distinct and recognizable enough that what our logo looks like makes very little difference in the grand scheme of things. As well, I've changed my logo with every incarnation of my website, which is... Let me count... 8 different times thus far.