Alessandro Colizzi (b. Rome, 1966) is associate professor at Milan's Politecnico, Department of Design, where he teaches graphic design history, typography, and type design. He was professor at the Ecole de design of UQAM (Montreal) from 2005 to 2019, and visiting professor at the Design Academy Eindhoven (2014/15). He holds a PhD from the University of Leiden (with a thesis on Bruno Minari), an MA in Type Design from The Hague's Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, a postgraduate diploma from the Atelier National de Recherche Typographique (Nancy, France, 2001), and an MLitt in English Literature from the University of Rome La Sapienza (1985-2000). He researches graphic design history, typography, and information design and interned in 1999 with Paul Shaw at Parsons School of Design in New York. He is a member of the Nebiolo History Project and has been a member of the cooperative Italian type foundry CAST since 2019.
His typefaces include:
- Mignonne (2004, aka Mirabelle). This was specially designed for small text setting under modern printing conditions.
- The condensed Offbeat (1998, T-26, with Marco Tancredi).
- Neon Nbl (2019-2020, CAST). Neon Nbl is a display typeface working at its best for headlines, posters and logos. It is the faithful digital redesign of the original geometric monocase sans designed by Giulio da Milano and released by Nebiolo in 1933-1934. The original face had different proportions with varying widths for each type size, ranging from extra narrow (72 pt) to wide (6 pt), while Neon Nbl comes in a coordinated range of weights (Thin to Bold) and proportions (UltraCondensed to Normal). Neon Nbl also comes in a shaded titling version (Ombra) in four styles. Colizzi extended the oroginal character set which now contains 700 glyphs per font.
Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Forma, Dattilo, Modulo. Nebiolo's last effort to produce a 'universal' typeface. Organizer of ATypI 2017 in Montreal. Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp.
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