Zan is an early typeface design by the greatAlbert Boton (*1932), a fat display face based on “four basic shapes — circle, triangle, square, and the St. Andrew’s Cross” — Corpus typographique français. Originally created for the French phototype studio Hollenstein in 1970, it was issued in digital form in 2002 as FF Zan. Together with FF Aircraft, FF District, and FF Studio, it forms the FF Bastille Display collection.
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Now the question is: Was Zan picked because its A is triangular? Or because the two counters in n and g echo the round spectacles so nicely?
I’ve never seen this typeface before—it’s very charming and really evokes another era. This is why Fonts In Use is such a delight—thanks for posting this!