Alan Záruba was born 1964 and holds an MA in Typo/graphic studies from London School of Printing. He founded Alba studio Ltd. in 1996, now Alba Design Press Ltd. in Prague. With his colleagues and design historian Dr. Iva Janakova he co-founded the design magazine Deleatur and served as editor. He teaches at the Academy of Architecture and Design in Prague (where he is a current PhD. candidate) and the Merz Academy in Stuttgart (2002).
He was on the organizing committees of the International Graphic Design Biennale in Brno 2004, 2006 and the ATypI Congress 2004 in Prague. In 2004 he collaborated with Johanna Balusikova on a project called “e-a-t experiment and typography” which presented selected typographic practices from Czech and Slovak designers. One of the outcomes was an exhibition, which toured around the world.
Alan Zaruba is also a designer of experimental typeface Cogito (2004). He regularly presents at typographic conferences.