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Type design in Italy



Luc Devroye
McGill University
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A. Grimoldi

Type foundry from the early part of the 20th century, located in Turin, Italy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adalberto Libera

One of the preeminent Italian Rationalist architects of the 1930s and 1940s. See also here. In 1938 he edited the book "Manuale pratico per il disegno dei Caratteri", in which he proposed a rationalist view towards type design. The Landi stretto face he proposed comes with all measurements explicitly spelled out. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adler Traldi

Type foundry, aka Adlertype, from the middle part of the 20th century, located in Pavona, Italy. Their 1978 catalog includes these typefaces: Forma (sans), Impressum, Times, Modulario, Sirio (sans), Esperia (sans), Victoria, Ionic, Excelso, Bodoni, Aulico, some dingbats, and Akkad (simplified Arabic). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adolfo Monti

Codesigner with Francesco "Mistico" Canovaro at Zetafonts / Studio Kmzero in Firenze of the simple bold sans families Duepuntozero (2006-2008) and Arista (2006-2008). He also made Cibreo, Sugo (2006), and the rounded fat sans Bubblebody (2009).

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Agostina Ciccone

Designer in Udine, Italy, who touched me with her beautifully lettered logo design La Tetta di Giulietta (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aki Pentatonica

Italian designer in Trieste of the hand-printed face Akina (2011). Her name is Elena. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Albert Pinggera
[Design Buero]

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Alberto Antoniazzi

Milan-based graphic designer and graphic artist. He created the 3d face Platform (2009) and Century Funky (2009, after Century Gothic; free). Behance link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alberto Milli

Grosseto, Italy-based designer (b. 1973) of the Etruscan simulation font AM False Etruscan (2003).

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Alberto Moreu

Udine-based Italian designer of Cross Sans (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alberto Tallone

Italian typographer, type designer and printer (b. Bergamo, 1898; d. Alpignano, 1968) who created the garalde face Tallone for his own private press in Alpignano in 1949-1952. He was in Milan and then Paris, to finally move his printing business to Alpignano after the war. Jack W. Stauffacher wrote about him in Homage to Alberto Tallone, 1898-1960 in volume 6.1 of Visible Language, 1972. Tallone also designed the tall and slender Garalde face Tallone Max Factor in 1959 (or was it 1956 as reported by Mac McGrew?) for use by the cosmetics company.

Jean Loize also wrote on Tallone in 1951: i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi. A letter of Bianca Tallone, dated 1982.

Samples of the Tallone face (1951): I, II, III, IV, V. Photograph. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alberto Vitullo

Italian photographer who works in London. He created the alchemic typeface Universe (2013), a custom typeface made for Feel Good Inc. Collective in Genoa, Italy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aldo Novarese

Italian designer, 1920-1995, who designed most of his faces at Nebiolo in Turin. Until 1975, he made about 30 families at Nebiolo, and after 1975, he produced about 70 further families of fonts. With weights included, he created about 300 fonts. Biography by Sergio Polano. He was very influential, and wrote two important books, Alfa Beta: Lo Studio e il Disegno del Carattere, a study on font design and history (1964), and Il Segno Alfabetico (1971). Essay by Sergio Polano on Novarese. The list of fonts done at Nebiolo:

  • Landi Linear (1942). This was revived in digital form in 2011 by toto as K22 Landi Linear.
  • Etruria (1940-42)
  • Express (1940-43)
  • Normandia (1946-49, with Butti, and 1952)
  • Athenaeum Initials (with A. Butti, 1945-1947)
  • Fluidum (+Bold) (1951, script). Revived by Ralph Unger as Butti (2011).
  • Fontanesi (1951-54, a rococo font)
  • Microgramma (1952, with A. Butti; available at URW++). This was done as an alternative to Bank Gothic, and is identical to Eurostile Bold Extended.
  • Nova Augustea (1951, ITC Augustea Open)
  • Egizio (1953-57), a slab serif [see E710 Roman on the SoftMaker MegaFont XXL CD, 2002, or Egizio URW (2009, quite complete family with 5 styles) or Egizio EF (2001), or Thierry Gouttenègre's Aldogizio (2013)]. For a specimen, see here.
  • Cigno (1954). This script face was revived an extended as P22 Cigno (2008, Colin Kahn, P22).
  • Swan (1954), aka Cigogna (with A. Butti).
  • Juliet (1954-55). For a superb revival and extension of this copperplate script, see Canada Type's Ambassador Script (2007).
  • Ritmo (1955)
  • Rhythm (1955)
  • Garaldus (1956-ff). Digitally revived in 2012 as Garaldus by Flanker.
  • Slogan (1957). Digital revival by Terry Wudenbachs in 2010 called P22 Slogan.
  • Recta (1958-1961). This is a large sans family. Canada Type published an 18-font revival in 2011, also called Recta.
  • Estro (1961)
  • Fancy (1961)
  • Exempla (1961)
  • The Eurostile family (1952: caps, with Alessandro Butti; 1962: lower case). This is carried by many foundries such as Adobe, Linotype, and URW++. Eurostile lookalike include Aldostile (Autologic), ES (Itek), Eurasia (SoftMaker), Eurogothic, Eurostar (MGI Software), Eurostyle, Eurostile Next (Akira Kobayashi), Gamma, Jura (Daniel Johnson), Microgramma, MicroSquare (SoftMaker), Microstyle (Compugraphic), NuevoSolStile (Cayo Navarro), SD Eurostile Elite (Justin Rotkowitz), Square 721 (Bitstream), Waltham.
  • Patrizia
  • Magister (1966)
  • Forma (1966). Alessandro Colizzi explains: From 1965, following a marketing-oriented approach focused on the user, the management set a research group of graphic designers to work on a new typeface design. Headed by Novarese, who provided the basic alphabet, the team included Franco Grignani, Giancarlo Iliprandi, Till Neuburg, Ilio Negri, Pino Tovaglia, Luigi Oriani, and Bruno Munari. The collective design process was based on an analysis of contemporary sanserif typefaces and legibility tests, to develop a more mature, humane interpretation of the Swiss sanserif trend. The process was quite laborious with monthly meetings spanning across over two years. In 1968, Forma was eventually released as lead type. As its name implies, Forma aimed at representing the ideal letterform of its time, equally appealing to designers, printers and the general public. The typeface was favourably received by the design community (it won a special mention at Compasso d’oro in 1970), but although initial sales were encouraging, it could not really compete in a market already saturated by Univers, Helvetica and the like. .
  • Oscar (1966)
  • Lambert (Compacta lookalike)
  • Exempla (VGC, 1966, Third Prize in the 1966 VGC National Type Face Design Competition)
  • Metropol (1967). This gaspipe typeface was digitized by Patrick Griffin at Canada Type in 2007 as Press Gothic. Originally, it was meant as an alternative to Geoffrey Lee's Impact at Stephenson Blake.
  • Elite (1968, a boring linear script, digitized in 2005 by Canada Type as Fontella)
  • Fenice
  • Stop (1971; available at Linotype, URW++, Elsner&Flake)
  • Dattilo (1974, an Egyptian face) (1974): his last creature for Nebiolo, a typewriter type. It was considered as a slab serif companion of Forma.
His post-Nebiolo fonts:
  • Sintex 1 (VGC, 1973). A revival and expansion of this funky nightclub face was done in 2008 by Patrick Griffin at Canada Type as Stretto.
  • Bloc (1974, VGC)
  • Mixage (1977 Haas, a lineal font, now ITC Mixage) 1985?
  • Novarese Book (1978, now ITC Novarese Book)
  • Lapidar (1977)
  • Andromeda (1978, VGC)
  • Global (1978, VGC)
  • Fenice (1977-80; now ITC Fenice)
  • Expert (1983)
  • Colossal (1984); see Colossalis at Berthold, a slab serif sports lettering family)
  • Symbol (1982-1984, now ITC Symbol)
  • Arbiter (1989, Berthold)

View Aldo Novarese's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Aldo Novarese: Alfa Beta (1964)

Alfa Beta is a text book written by Aldo Novarese in 1964. It is especially useful to learn for the first time about the differences between typefaces and about type classification. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aldus Manutius

Late 15-th century Venetian scholar and printer, b. 1449, Bassiano, d. 1515, Venice. He founded the Aldine Press in 1495. His typefaces were all designed and cut by the brilliant Francesco Griffo, a punchcutter who created the first roman type cut from study of classical Roman capitals. Bembo, Cloister Italic and Poliphilus [aka Aldus Manutius' Roman] can be traced back to him. Graphion's site. Example of his Italian Antiqua, 1499.

Kevin Steele explains in 1996: Some sources cite the publication of Cardinal Bembo's De Aetna as 1493 or 1495. And in fact, the design continued to evolve until the 1499 publishing of the spectacular Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Let's not split hairs. Let's celebrate 500 years of Bembo! In the mid fifteenth century printing quickly spread to Italy from Germany, and by the 1470's Venice had became the center of the printing industry, home to over 100 printing companies. Pioneers such as Erhard Ratdolt and Nicolas Jenson had already begun working on adapting the roman alphabet for metal type by the time Aldus Manutius established his press in 1494, with the intention of publishing all the Greek classics. Aldus Manutius (1450-1515) was a printer, entrepreneur, a great ego, and publisher of over 1200 titles. Among the many contributions of Aldus was the popularization of small, portable books. His expensive beautiful books were far from today's paperbacks, mind you. One of the many great talents working for Aldus was Francesco Griffo, a gifted type designer. Griffo created many innovative type designs that are still admired for their beauty and readability. Their collaboration broke up over a copyright dispute, primarily over the ownership of the cursive type face that Griffo developed under the direction of Aldus. Although Aldus even had a papal decree to protect this style of alphabet, it was as difficult then as it is now to protect a typeface design. The alphabet was widely copied, and the style is known as italic, after its country of origin.

Digital typefaces derived from his work: 1501 Manutius (2001) by Klaus-Peter Schäffel.

Selection of fonts based on Manutius's work. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alejandra Sepulveda

Graphic designer in Concepcion, Chile, who created, together with Valentina Aufiero, Leo Colalillo, Francesca Sperti, and Natale Ventre at Politecnico di Milano, the hybrid typeface Gill Trump (2012).

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Alejandro Torres

Genova, Italy-based designer of the bilined art deco typeface Metropolis (2013) that covers Latin, Greek and Cyrillic. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alessandra Daniele

During her studies at Accademia delle Arti e Nuove Tecnologie in Rome, Alessandra Daniele designed the pop art typeface Shape (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alessandra Loreti

Illustrator and digital artist in Rome who created the display typeface New Generation in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alessandra Morcella

Italian designer of the stylish and frivolous adaptation called Stile Bodoni (1994). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alessandro (Alex) Segalini

Freelance Italian graphic designer in Rome (b. near Piacenza, 1976) who graduated with an M.S. in Industrial Design in 2004 from the Politechnic of Milan with a thesis entitled Ernesto Hemingway: una font tra letteratura e tipografia: a font between literature and typography. In it, he describes his typeface Ernesto Hemingway. At ATypI 2005 in Helsinki, he spoke about that same typeface. He created some fun fonts such as A like Animals (2003, also called A di Animali, an experimental face done together with illustrator Anna Donadelli), and 5G (2002, handwriting). He has made custom type such as Guia Script (2006, for Gelati Carte d'Or Algida), Guia Script Greek (2006), Quintag (2002, handwriting), Forno (2004, handprinted), Dolce (2005, a swift brush face for Barilla), Unione (2005, for a bank), Pacioli (2005, for Accademia Editoriale in Rome), Phoebus (custom sailing boat vinyl lettering). In 2005, he took a position as graphic design instructor at the Department of Graphic Design of Bilkent University (Bilkent, Ankara, Turkey). Since 2007, he is at the Izmir University of Economics, Izmir, Turkey. PDF file with samples of his fonts. Limerick was designed in 2006 together with Marek Brzozowski. At ICTVC 2007, he spoke about 20th century Bodonians. Home page. In 2009, Segalini published Hemingway Pro, a commercial 9-style sans display family, available from Red Rooster. Hemingway Deco Initials is free though. Hemingway was inspired by the prize-winning novel The Old Man and the Sea (1952, Ernest Miller Hemingway). Typophile link. Alessandro's page with hundreds of useful links. Behance link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alessandro Anselmi

Italian designer of the pay pixel faces iPix (2008) and Pixies (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alessandro Butti

Italian designer and teacher (b. Turin, 1893, d. Turin, 1959), who spent most of his life designing type at Nebiolo, where he was also art director. He headed Studio Artistico della Nebiolo from 1936-1952. Bio by Gio Fuga in 2010. His typefaces:

  • Paganini (under the direction of Raffaello Bertieri, 1928), a very elegant roman family. Jessica Svendsen digitized this in 2010 under the same name. Patrick Griffin and Kevin Alan King created a revival at Canada Type in 2001: i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii.
  • Semplicità (1930), a sans serif family with a fresh feel that includes an Ombra version. This Futura-like family was revived in a 16-style family by Ben Blom called Simplo (2011). Bill Troop and Patrick Griffin created the carefully executed and powerful Semplicita Pro family (2011, Canada Type). Semplicità by Studio di Lena is another digital revival.
  • Quirinus (1939).
  • Landi (1939-1943): Butti designed the slab serif Landi Echo (with inclined inline). The corresponding outline, Landi Linear, was designed by Aldo Novarese. Landi Echo was digitally revived in 2011 under the same name by Claude Pelletier.
  • Hastile (1941). [Others say this was done in 1952.]
  • Athenaeum (1945, Nebiolo, initials by Aldo Novarese), a roman face with schizophrenic M and Q letters.
  • Normandia (1946, with Aldo Novarese).
  • Rondine (1948, with Aldo Novarese). There is a digital version called Bella Donna (2004, Rebecca Alaccari at Canada Type).
  • Augustea Open and Augustea, both all caps fonts, were done in 1951. They were the forerunners of the full font Nova Augustea (done with Aldo Novarese).
  • Microgramma (1952, with Aldo Novarese) is a checkbook font. Novarese would use this as model for his famous Eurostile (1962).
  • Cigogna (1950 or 1954): a quill pen lettering script.
  • Fluidum (1951): a script with heavy contrasts.
  • Titano (1935).
  • Neon Ombrato, using Giulio di Milano's Neon from 1935.
  • Quirinus (1939).
  • Juliet (1955), done with Aldo Novarese.
  • Recta. Well, he did the first sketches, and Aldo Novarese finished the font in 1958.
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Alessandro Colizzi

Italian designer (b. Rome, 1966) who studied at KABK in Den Haag in 2004, and was at the Atelier National de Recherche Typographique in Nancy, France, in 2001 and Parsons School of Design in New York in 1999, after a design career in Venice, Milan, and Switzerland. He holds a PhD from the University of Leiden for his research into Bruno Munari's graphic design work. He teaches type design at UQAM in Montreal. His research interests are focused on typographic history, type design and lettering, and information design.

He created Mignonne (2004, aka Mirabelle), which was especially designed for small text setting under modern printing conditions. He also did the condensed Offbeat (1998, T-26, with Marco Tancredi).

Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Forma, Dattilo, Modulo. Nebiolo's last effort to produce a 'universal' typeface. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alessandro Crippa

Milan-based designer of the display sans titling face Destiny (2013, together with Nivi Jasa). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alessandro Fiore

Italian architect and graphic designer, b. 1974. He obtained a degree with a thesis on Neue Tipografie and is studying towards a PhD at the University of Palermo (Italy) where he studies countemporary type design, in collaboration with the Department of Typography of the University of Reading. Speaker at ATypI 2007 in Brighton: New professional identity of type designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alessandro Fulciniti

Alessandro Fulciniti (Axel or Alex Fulton) is the designer at FontStruct in 2008 of Digg (based on the Digg.Com logo), SmartShop, Triple-X, Last Brick (3d brick face), Last Brick Neon, Bubble Gum, Maxxell, Pico (pixel face), Omino (dingbats of men), jelly_fish_1, pixel_runner, red_light_district (dot matrix face), three_am. Son of Statement and Statement are heavy block fonts. Other faces: Acchooga (condensed), Dottic (2008, pixel face), Headshop (2008), Three AM (2008), Red Light District (2008, dot matrix face) and Fat Bit Lova (2008, pixel face), Brooklin Bros (2008, octagonal), Absurd, Dottic (pixel face), Hybrid Boost, Five AM, Futuristica (Bank Gothic-inspired), HeadShop, Americana (American flag-themed glyphs), Elevator (lightbulb signage font), Bombay (Indic simulation), Regent (octagonal, between two horizontal lines), Spaceman (pixel meets kitchen tile), Faster Baby, Fontharrt, Subpixel, Promises, Best-before-end (horizontal stripes), Weekend (fat headline face), Predator's Alphabet, Futures, Magnus (constructivist), Zeppa (great---Far West meets LED), Wide Horizon, Pixelity, Wide Horizon Rounded, Snipers' Font, Gunny (heavy metal stencil), Pinball Special 5, Gallop, Horizon Condensed, Western Zappa (Far West font), Wide Horizon Rounded, Nano Spaceman (nice fat kitchen tile style), Black Sheep, Best-before-end, Black-Sheep, Bubble-Gum, Crazy-Pixel, Faster,-baby!, Gallop, Horizon-Condensed, Last-Brick, Little-Spaceman, Magnus, Pinball-Special-5, Promises, Spaceman, Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Font, Weekend, Zeppa, maxxell, pic. Born in 1975 in Northern Italy, he is a columnist for the Italian web design portal html.it since 2003, who has written extensively on CSS, javascript and web design. Web site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alessandro Locatelli

Italian graphic designer. Creator (aka Vic) of the iFontMaker font Schizofrenia (2010, scratchy hand-printed face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alessandro Panichi and Jonathan Pierini

Italian designers of the sans face with diagonal endings called Lino as part of their thesis in 2006. The design was based on an early 1900's type from the Milanese foundry Urania, which was later acquired by Nebiolo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alessandro Pascoli
[Sezione Aurea]

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Alessandro Segalini
[Izmir University of Economics]

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Alessandro Tartaglia
[FF3300]

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Alessandro Vigoni

Creative Italian designer who managed to draw letters with water (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alessandro&Katiusha

Italian dog fanatics Alessandro and Katiusha made a font called "Dalmatian" from BookmanITCbyBT-Demi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alessia Mazzarella

Italian-born graduate of the MATD program at the University of Reading, class of 2013. For her graduation program, she created the typeface family Prakashan for Odia (Oriya) and Latin. The Latin comes in a low-contrast Light and a quite striking and lively high-contrast Black.

Other typefaces by her include SMN (a display typeface that is based on metal letters located in Florence's Santa Maria Novella train station) and Xstitch (a multi-layered typeface designed as part of the One Day Font project while studying at Central Saint Martins, London).

In 2014, she created Rossella Hairline.

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Alessia Pettinari Ventura

Student at NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) in Milan. Italian creator of Alfabeto Fantasia (2011), an art deco display face developed on the basis of Linea during a course. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alessio Atzeni

Web designer based in Rome. Creator of Pyconic (2012), an icon font in PNG format with 768 icons. He also has a free 40-icon EPS and truetype font for weather icons called Meteocons (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alessio Avventuroso

Milan, Italy-based graphic and type designer. His ultra-black Cuadra (2009) is free. Sofia (2009, a clean sans) is available upon request. Coldi (2009) is a free modular typeface. Arroz (2009) is a modular face constructed with ruler and compass. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alessio D' Ellena

Originally from Lazio, Italy, Alessio d'Ellena graduated from ISIA Urbano (Italy) with a thesis entitled Tipografia Parametrica e Matematica (2012). He created some typefaces such as Corso (2013, text family) and New Banco (2013, after Roger Excoffon's Banco from 1951). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alessio Laiso

Graphic design tudent at ISIA Roma in 2013. Creator of the free 6-style slab serif typeface Aleo (2013): Aleo is a contemporary typeface designed as the slab serif companion to the Lato font by Lukasz Dziedzic. Aleo has semi-rounded details and a sleek structure, giving it a strong personality while still keeping readability high. Posters by Bush Mthembu (Durban, South Africa). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alessio Leonardi
[BuyMyFonts (or: BMF)]

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Alessio Sciascia

During his studies at Politecnico di Milano, in James Clough's class, Alessio Sciascia created the display typeface Decora (2013) in Regular and Ombra styles. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex joystikX

Italian creator of the experimental geometric face Covenant (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex Passi

Alex Passi from the University of Bologna created an elegant Sanskrit font in 1998 called Vinayaka. He has a Mac version. The PC truetype version is here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex Ruocco

Graphic designer in Rome, who created the display typeface Momo (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandra De Angelis

Roman graphic designer. Creator of these typefaces in 2012: Lounge Curve (a wide monospaced techno sans), World Fashion Channel (ornamental caps), ASN (ornamental caps), and Polytype. [Google] [More]  ⦿

AlfaType
[Joseph Miceli]

Ex-student at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Italian designer of Equo (2006), a VAG Round style display family which also includes Equo Stencil Caps, Equo Extended, and Equo Extra Fat. Other creations: Shaolin Caps, Stout Caps, Frank-Latin (wide wedge-serifed face), Crasto (serif family). Some fonts are free or have a free test version.

Born in Sicily, he spent half of his life in New York City, and studied for four years in The Netherlands. He worked in Lithuania with a group called Alfa60, and is now based in Turin.

Later fonts: MM Vinny (a multiple master family designed for use by the cosa nostra), Yorker (based on The NewYorker), MM Charlie, Artissima Condensed (a dada poster font), Romano Grotesque, Futura Passata, Novalis Condensed.

Behance link. Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alice Donadoni

Graphic designer in Milan who created a multilayered display face in 2012.

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Alice Tebaldi

Foundry, est. in Milan by Alice Tebaldi in 2011. Calligraphic Griffo (2011) is her interpretation of the style of Francesco Griffo.

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Allessia Castelli

Graduate of the KABK in Den Haag in 2008. Originally from Italy, she created the subdued Pomme family of serif typefaces as a student at KABK. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alphabet&Type
[Paolo Vannucci]

Paolo Vannucci (Alphabet&Type, b. 1969, Punta Marina Terme) created the curly handwritten Halloween faces Afterlife, Evernight (2009) and Evernight Stargazer (2009).

He also has an interest in Startrekkery because he designed the faces Transformers Movie (2009) and Star Trek Future (2009). All these faces are free at Dafont and/or Fontspace. Alternate URL.

In 2010, he did the free brush face Fronte del Porto, which is based on the Elia Kazan movie with Marlon Brando entitled On The Waterfront.

There is also a commercial side of Alphabet&Type: In 2010, they published the angular family Antares, the bold organic face Minardi (+Collage), and the curly family Vannucci Antico. Metropolis (2010) is an angular face based on the titling of Fritz Lang's movie Capolavoro. Sabrina (2010) is taken directly from the Best movie by Billy Wilder, with Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. An American in Paris (2010, or: UnAmericanoAParigi) is based on the font used in the movie by Vincente Minnelly, with Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron.

Cleopatra (2011) is a chisel font with a Greek look, based on Cleopatra, the movie by Joseph L. Mankiewkz, starring Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. Il Grinta (2011) is the wedge serif titling font of True Grit, Henry Hathaway's movie starring John Wayne. The beautiful inline face Singapore (2011) after the titling in John Brahm's movie featuring Ava Gardner. Strade di Fuoco (2011) is based on the movie Streets of Fire by Walter Hill, with Diane Lane. Flash Gordon (2011) is based on the famous movie by Mike Hodges, starring Max Von Sydow. Amazing Spider Man (2011) is based on the Spiderman movie by Marc Web which featured Andrew Garfield. Captain America (2011) is based on the movie by Joe Johnston, with Chris Evans. Twilight New Moon (2009) is based on the Twilight movie. Electric Dreams (2011) is based on steve Barron's movie.

Tintin (2011) is a comic book face based on Steven Spielberg's 2011 movie. Fantastic Four (2011) is a StarTrek style family that is based on the Tim Story movie.

Creations from 2012: Sherlock Holmes, Watson (based on Guy Ritchie's movie), Lucky Luke (after the successful Western comic book series by Morris and Goscinny), Danger Diabolik, Ghost Rider (based on the movie by Mark Steven Johnson, starring Nicolas Cage), Notorious (a brush font based on Notorious, a movie by Hitchcock starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman), Cullen, Flower Header, Dorian Gray (from the movie by Oliver Parker starring Ben Barnes), Snow White (from Rupert Sanders's movie Snow White and The Huntsman).

Typefaces made in 2013: Beastly (based on the David Barnz movie featuring Vanessa Hudgens), Top Gun (an octagonal face based on the movie with Tom Cruise), Manhattan (from Woody Allen's movie), Assassin (based on a Ubisoft video game). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alphan Typefaces
[Roberto Baldassari]

Roberto Baldassari highlights the faces used in "Space: 1999": Countdown (an LCD font by Esselte, 1965), Data 70 (another LCD font by Esselte, 1970), Futura Black, Microgramma, and Futura Medium. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ambra Farris

Masters degree communication design student at Politecnico di Milano. Behance link. Creator of the (imaginary) traffic and signage family Mantuarcade (2008-2009) for the city of Mantova, which was inspired by its many arches. This was a project led by Professor Braccaloni. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anatole Type Foundry
[Elena Albertoni]

Elena Albertoni (Anatole Type Foundry, est. 2005) is an Italian type designer (b. 1979, Bergamo) who studied at ESAD Amiens and the Ecole Estienne in Paris, before taking a position as type designer at FontFabrik in Berlin, where she still lives. She cofounded Anatole Type Foundry with Pascal Duez.

At the Rencontres de Lure 2005, she spoke about OpenType and Latin characters.

Her script typeface Dolce (2005) won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition. She created Dyna (connected feminine script). Review of Dolce & Dyna.

Other faces include Kigara, Scritta (connected calligraphic script), Dolce (2005, connected script), Helene (squarish face), Valora, Schneider, Gregoria (a Gregorian chant font that won an award at TDC2 2007), Deja Rip and Deja Web (2010, eight-style sans family of great utility, codesigned with Fred Bordfeld; Cyrillic included).

Acuta (2010) is an all-purpose type family.

Scritta Nuova (2011) is a rhythmic upright connected script, which evokes retro calligraphic styles taught in Italian schools around the 1950s.

In 2012, she published the plump and curvy script face Molle at Google Web Fonts.

Nouvelle Vague (2011) is a connected display script along the lines of Mistral.

Spinnaker (2011) is a sans design based on French and UK lettering found on posters for travel by ship.

In 2011, Elena cofounded LetterinBerlin, a studio dedicated to handmade and digital design, with a special focus on lettering and type-design.

Alternate URL. MyFonts link. Behance link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Ascari

Italian designer (b. 1990) of the pixel typeface Super Effective (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Bassan

Milan-based creator of the handmade experimental typeface Tracce (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Bax

Graphic designer in Milan, b. 1990, Thiene, Vicenza, who graduated from IED in Milan. Creator of Bax 01 (2012) and the geometric typeface Tracce (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Bergamini
[Mintea.org]

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Andrea Biagi

Graduate of LABA University (Libera Accademia di Belle Arti) in Firenze, Italy, class of 2012, b. 1988, Pietrasanta. Designer of the counterless modular typeface True Oasi (2013) and of the breautiful multiline connect-the-dots typeface Ego (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea B-Ja Bigiarini

Turin-based creator of the hand-printed typeface Irreality Mark 01 (2012, iFontMaker). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Braccaloni
[Leftloft]

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Andrea Cerboneschi
[Monofonts (or: Monocromo Creative Factory)]

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Andrea D'Antonio

Milan-based creator of typefaces such as Antigua Ferreteria (2013, a heavy grotesk based on old railroad style lettering found on a hardware building Sevilla: free download) and OpArt (2013, an op-art typeface).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea D'Auria

Italian graphic designer and illustrator in Berlin, who created the shadowed display face Pomodorino in 2013 for a restaurant identity. One Have To Coma Again (2013) is an angular display sans typeface.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Evangelista

Graphic designer in Rome, b. 1989. Creator of the modular octagonal typeface Italic (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Ferrari

Cormano, Italy-based designer of Palazzo Sans (2011), an ink trap face created for the city of Mantova. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Gessa

Graduate in Communication Design from Politecnico di Milano. Behance link.

His beautiful typeface Grypho (2012) is based on an italic by Francesco Griffo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Laureti

Roman brand designer Andrea Laureti's Stop The Oil logo (2012) is full of visual typographic punch. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Maccarini

Aka Big Macca. Italian FontStructor who made Big Macca (2010, a macho mechanical face).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Malpede

Andrea Malpede (Nocive Laboratory, Naples, Italy) works in London. He created the ornamental alphabet called Maxicanito Nocive Font (2011). He also did Baboletor (2011, a superposition of basic geometric shapes), and Busy (2011).

In 2013, he designed Xylophone (an experimental 3d font) and Siick Nocive.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Mantegna

Italian painter and engraver (b. Vicenza or Padova, 1431, d. Mantua, 1506). The font Mantinia (1993, Matthew Carter) is named after him. Typedia link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Mantuano

Milan-based creator of the hexagonal typeface Slight (2012), the thin experimental typeface Rim (2012) and the thin straight-edged Linea (2012). He studies at NABA University in Milan.

In 2013 he designed the alchemic typeface Alter.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Marino

Andrea Marino (Marino Design, Firenze, Italy) created the contrasted experimaental typeface Didetica in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Meriggioli

Information designer in Rome. Creator of the geometric typeface Tri Font (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Pinchi

Italian designer, b. 1981. Creator of Elektrodisiac (2005). His web page makes Mozilla/UNIX and Firefox/MacOSX hang. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Rauch
[Rauch Design]

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Andrea Unali

Andrea Unali (Zone 13 Studio, Milan, Italy) created a great-looking lettered poster to illustrate the 1940s (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Zanchetta
[Civico13]

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Andrea Zucca

Andrea Zucca (Livorno, Italy) created the kitchen tile typeface Looz (2012) and the modular circle-based typeface Spikkio (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angelica Baini

Angelica Baini was born in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy in 1990. During her studies at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL, she designed the blackletter typeface Infinitüm (2013), which can be bought from Ten Dollar Fonts. Creator of the alchemic typeface Marina (2012).

Behance link. Cargo Collective link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angelo Germano

Graphic designer in Rome. Creator of the Peignotian typeface Clavecin Capital Serif (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anna Clara Fanesi

Milan-based designer of Mantua (2012, a sans and serif pair of typefaces) and Odita (2012, a geometric art deco news and fashion magazine made for a university project at Politecnico di Milano). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anna Clara Fanesi

Graphic designer in Milan who created the great faces Mantua Serif (2009) and Mantua Sans (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anna Morena

Roman creator of the information design / rolodex / horizontal (almost) stencil face Meridian (2009), which was designed while she was studying at the Politecnico in Milan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anna Ronchi
[Ronchi Tubaro Thom]

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Annalinda Ruocco

In Gio Fuga's type design class in Milan, Annalinda Ruocco created the cool techno display face Deggy (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anne Cuneo

Author of "Le maître de Garamond" (Editions Stock, 2002), a beautiful book on the life and death of Antoine Augereau, who was Claude Garamond's teacher and mentor. Anne Cuneo was born in 1936 in Italy and lives in Zürich. Comment by Guy Schockaert: Le 24 décembre 1534, place Maubert, accusé d'hérésie, Antoine Augereau est pendu, son corps et ses mains brûlées. Homme de lettres, érudit, théologien, Antoine Augereau était un grand imprimeur, éditeur et graveur de caractères typographiques. Il modela ceux dont nous nous servons encore aujourd'hui, et avec Clément Marot, inventa l'usage des accents et de la cédille. La publication du Miroir de l'âme de Marguerite de Navarre lui coûtera la vie. La Sorbonne, gardienne jalouse d'une orthodoxie figée, désapprouve la pensée de la soeur de François Ier, mais ne peut la condamner. Antoine Augereau paiera pour elle. Racontée par le plus célèbre de ses disciples, l'histoire passionnante et émouvante d'un humaniste prêt à mourir pour défendre ses idées. UN livre à lire absolument et à offrir. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anne-Cécile Manfré

Parisian designer. Creator of a commissioned typeface, Uni Type (2012) for the annual report of Unicancer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Annesio Nobili

Pesaro-based printer. For his typefaces, see Nuovo saggio di caratteri e vignette della tipografia di Annesio Nobili in Pesaro (Pesaro, 1834). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antiqua (or: Venetian) typefaces

In the late 1400s, blackletter was replaced by a type style that mimicked handwriting. It was of uniform thickness, and thus appeared quite dark on paper. The humanist writing of Italian scholars of the Renaissance served as a model for what is now known as the Antiqua style.

Several such types came out Nicolas Jenson's printing workshop set up by nicolas Jenson in 1468. That first antiqua typeface was used in De Evangelica Praeparatione in 1470. Jenson died in 1480 at the age of 60, but many would take up that style between 1470 and 1600. The Venice connection led quite naturally to the other name for the type style, Venetian. Occasionally, the name old style is also used but that refers to a later style, the aldine or garalde.

Well-known Venetian typefaces include ITC Berkeley Oldstyle, Brioso Pro, Centaur, (Adobe) Jenson, Hightower, Kennerly, Schneidler, Nicolas Jenson SG, Phinney Jenson, Stempel Schneidler, Verona, Abrams Venetian, Lutetia, Jersey, Lynton, Spira.

It is easy to recognize Venetian types, not just from the uniform thickness and semi-calligraphic look, but also by the small x-height, small counters, tall ascenders, overly wide HMN, sloped cross-bar on the "e", negative axis on the "o", and two roof serifs on the M.

Additional literature: Martin Silvertant's history of type, from which the analytic image is borrowed. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antonello Bertozzi

Padova-based calligrapher who produced some calligraphic alphabets, ca. 1604. See also his Book on lace with Sebastian Zanilla, also 1604. Examples: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antonio Basoli

Basoli (1774-1848) was born in Bologna, where he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti, thereafter gradually making a name for himself as a specialist decorator and scene-painter. Basoli did a great deal of scene-painting and production design for the Teatro Comunale in Bologna. Beginning in 1803, he taught at the Accademia in Bologna where he had studied, and was appointed Professor of Ornament there. He published an ornamental alphabet in Bologna in 1839 called Alfabeto Pittorico, ossia raccolta di pensieri pittorici composti di oggetti comincianti dalle singole lettere alfabetiche (Pictorial Alphabet, or, a collection of pictorial thoughts composed of objects beginning with the individual letters of the alphabet). Each letter in this fantastic lithographic alphabet features a surreal architectural form. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antonio Blado

Italian printer working in Rome from 1515 to 1567. He got the italic type by Arrighi, the revival of which is Monotype Blado, by Stanley Morison (1923). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Antonio Bodoni

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Antonio Cavedoni

Italian designer from Modena (b. 1980) who made Clara (2007, sans). His blog from Reading, where he was a student. He obtained an MA in typeface design from The University of Reading (2009), based on his Latin / Cyrillic typeface Enquire. After Reading, he started an internship in the type group at Apple in Cupertino, CA.

Unger's Workshop at Reading. Flickr link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antonio Cavedoni

Born and raised in Sassuolo, Italy, he studied in Reggio Emilia, Bristol and Reading. He now works as a type designer in California. Speaker at Typecon 2012 in Milwaukee.

Designer of Ciccio and the sans face Micerino (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antonio Cerri

Antonio Cerri (b. 1972, Catania, Italy) freelances in web, graphic and motion design. He created some typefaces in 2010, such as the futuristic CRR NTN (+Outline).

In 2011, he made Labyrinthus, a multilined all caps family: inspect each glyph and note that there is one point of entrance and one exit. Still in 2011, the decorative family Atlantide and the futuristic all caps face Silver Chisel appeared.

In 2012, he designed the techno family Steel.

Typefaces from 2013: Firebird (techno, automotive, speed font family).

Klingspor link.

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Antonio Locicero

Italian creator (b. 1991) of the condensed octagonal techno font First (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antonio Moro
[Itomi]

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Antonio Pace

Italian designer of the Linotype Gianotten family (1990, named after Hen Gianotten), a Bodoni revival of sorts. He also designed logotype and a font for the city of Milan in 2002, called Cita (or Area?).

Linotype link. FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Antonio Schiratti

Italian scribe from Perugia, who published Opera Dianto Nella Quale Vedrete Molte Caratteri di Lettere ca. 1600-1615 in Perugia. See also Columbia University's site. Scans: I, II. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antonio Sinibaldi

Late fifteenth century Italian renaissance era calligrapher who was based in Florence, and who was famous for his florentine style of antiqua and cancellaresca. His alphabets inspired many faces, such as Petrarch (ATF), Sinibaldi (1926, Raffaello Bertieri) and Bologna (1946, Stephenson Blake). Digital typefaces based on his work include 1480 Humanistica (2010) by Klaus-Peter Schäffel. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antonio (Tony) DiSpigna

Italian type designer, b. 1943, Forio d'Ischia, Italy, who emigrated to the USA. His first design job was at Bonder&Carnase. In 1969, he joined Lubalin Smith Carnase Inc. He ran his own studio, Tony DiSpigna Inc. (since 1973). He teaches typography at the Pratt Institute, the School of Visual Arts and the New York Institute of Technology.

Typefaces: ITC Serif Gothic (designed in 1972 by Herb Lubalin and Tony DeSpigna for the International Typeface Corporation, it is a "cold" almost copperplate typeface; poster by Michael Bunnell, 2013), Playgirl, ITC Lubalin Graph (with Herb Lubalin), Fattoni, ITC Korinna (1974, with Ed Benguiat), WNET.

FontShop link. Another MyFonts link. Logo. Klingspor link. Linotype link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Antonio Zatta e Figli

Venice-based foundry headed by Antonio Zatta, 1757-1797. Their work can be found in Caratteri e vignette, o sieno, Fregi della nuova fonderia di Antonio Zatta e Figli tipografi, calcografi, e libraj veneti (A. Zatta, Venezia, 1793). That book shows elegant garalde families listed by size as Testin, Garamoncin, Garamoncino, Garamon, Filosofia, Silvietto, Silvio, and Test d'Aldo. For further typefaces, see Saggio dei caratteri, segni celesti, di matematica, algebra, numeri tagliati, ed altro / della nuova fonderia di Antonio Zatta q:m Giacomo tipografo, calcografo, e librajo veneto. N.\2070 III (1799). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arcangelo V

Aka Panda Ryuji. Born in Rome in 1995, Arcangelo created the simple hand-printed typeface Arcangelo's Words (2012).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arnold Pannartz

German printer (b. Köln, d. 1476), who left Mainz with Conrad Sweynheym to establish Italy's first printing press, in the monastery of St. Scholastica at Subiaco. There, they published three books, Cicero's De Oratore, the Opera of Lactantius, and St. Augustine's De Civitate Dei. In 1467, they set up a press in the De Massimi palace in Rome, from where they published 50 more books. Revivals of their faces, blends between humanist and blackletter, include the Subiaco font done by Ashendene Press in 1902, and the scanfont 1467 Pannartz Latin by GLC. Nicholas Fabian on Pannartz. Catholic Encyclopedia. Literature: Burger: The Printers and Publishers of the XV Century (London, 1902); Fumagalli: Dictionnaire géogrique d'Italie pour servir à l'histoire de l'imprimerie dans ce pays (Florence, 1905); Löffler: Sweinheim und Pannartz in Zeitschrift für Bücherfreunde, IX (Bielefeld, 1905), and Die ersten deutschen Drucker in Italien in Historisch-politische Blätter, CXLIII (Munich, 1909). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Arnoldas Dambrauskas

An Italian graphic designer in Paris, b. 1983. Creator of Arnold (2009, outline face). Another link.Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arthur S. Osley

Author of Luminario: an introduction to the Italian writing books of the 16th and 17th centuries (Nieuwkoop, 1972). This book surveys the Italian writing-manuals, 1514-1660. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Asa Ama

Studio in Turin, Italy. Behance link. Creators of an extremely contrasted didone face, called Cinema (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Associazione Calligrafica Italiana

Calligraphy association located in Milan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Asterios Kokkinis

Graphic designer who is originally from Cyprus. During his Masters studies at IED in Firenze, Italy, he created the octagonal typeface Rosso (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Azzurra Pini

Graphic designer in Milan. Italian designer of Charles Stencil (2007), which was created during the advanced Type Design course at PoliDesign (Politecnico di Milano). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bafio Font Page
[Fabio Corubolo]

From Verona, Italy, Fabio Corubolo's free Kitch Liebe font is a mix of letters from various places. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Barbara Lasagna

Italian designer of the hand-printed typeface Another Sunday (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bartolomeo Sanvito

Bartolomeo Sanvito (1435-1518) was a scribe from Padua, Italy, who was trained in Rome. A master of the humanist italic script, his style is characterized by wquare capital letters alternating colored and gold.

Books on Sanvito include Bartolomeo Sanvito: the Life and Work of a Renaissance Scribe (A.C. de la Mare and Laura Nuvoloni, Paris: Association internationala de Bibliophilie, 2009) and The Script of Humanism: Some Aspects of Humanistic Script 1460---1560 (James Wardrop: Oxford University Press, 1963).

Many digital typefaces were modeled or named after Sanvito. These include

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Beatrice Giaramita

Graphic designer in Bologna, Italy, who designed the decorative caps typeface Creative (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Beatrice Vivaldi

Graphic designer in Brescia, Italy. Behance link. She created an expressive typographic portrait of Beethoven in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Belle Lettere

Belle Lettere is the hub for calligraphy in Italy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bellistrami

Terni, Italy-based creator the monospaced alchemic typeface Chroma (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

BelTypo
[Sergio Lelli]

Sergio Lelli designed the Mozart (italic) and StravinskijCondensed (sans serif) families. Based in Bologna, Italy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Beniamino Verdirosi

Italian creator of the techno face Pronto (2009), which was designed while he was studying at the Politecnico in Milan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bennardino Cataneo

Writing Master at the University of Siena, Italy, ca. 1544-1560. The only known surviving exemplars of his writing are twenty vellum leaves bound in a manuscript copybook, dated 4 February 1545, dedicated to Edward Raleigh, an Englishman (Signor Odoardo Ralyg Gentilhuomo). Handwriting instructions (by James Pickering) based on Cataneo's work. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bianca Vagnoli

During her graphic design studies in Prato, Italy, Bianca Vagnoli created a decorative caps Imaginary Alphabet (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bibliologia

Bibliologia: An International Journal of Bibliography, Library Science, History of Typography and the Book is published by Istituti Editoriali e Poligrafici Internazionali in Pisa under the editorship of Fabrizio Serra. The first volume appeared in 2006. About 64 Euros per year subscription. [Google] [More]  ⦿

BKappa93

Italian designer of the primitive hand-printed typeface BKappa93. [Google] [More]  ⦿

BLAZER

Graphic and type designer in Milan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Boba Fonts
[Davide Canavero]

Star Wars fonts: all made by Boba Fonts (Davide Canavero, Italy) in 1998-1999: Aurek-BeshHand, EPISODE-I, ShadowofXizor, Star Logo fonts (3 kinds), StarJediSpecialEdition, StarJedi, StarJediHollow, StarJediOutline, StarJediLogoDoubleLine1, StarJediLogoDoubleLine2, StarJediLogoMonoLine, TIEWing, Aurek-Besh, Bumbazoid (bubblegum and balloon font).

Alternate URL. Dafont link. Skyje lin. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bodoni (Dave Farey)

Dave Farey's great essay on the history and implementations of Bodoni. All Bodoni faces published today have genetic material from Giambattista Bodoni's original. Below are various implementations:

  • ATF/Monotype Bodoni, originally designed by Morris Fuller Benton in 1907, and used by Monotype in the 1930s. Linotype's version. Adobe's version. Ultra weights sold by URW as Bodoni No 2.
  • Bodoni Modern (R.H. Middleton, 1930s, for the American Ludlow foundry). See his 1936 Bodoni Campanile, sold by Bitstream as Modern 735. URW offers Black and Stencil weights.
  • Bauer Bodoni (Heinrich Jost, 1926). Dave Farey argues for its delicacy but still calls it a bastard. Neufville has the original design, with Linotype, Bitstream, Adobe and URW offering derivatives.
  • Berthold Bodoni Antiqua (1935), a descendant of ATF Bodoni, resurrected in the 1970s by Günter Gerhard Lange. This was continued by Karl Gerstner in the 1980s and is available as IBM Bodoni from URW. See also the URW version of Bodoni Antiqua.
  • Berthold Bodoni Old Face was designed in 1983 by Günter Gerhard Lange
  • WTC Our Bodoni designed by Massimo Vignelli in 1989 for the World Typeface Corporation. For display only. Related to the ATF version.
  • FF Bodoni Classic (FontShop, 1994). Designed in a two-year period by Gerd Wiescher, this is the first Bodoni version that tried to stick closely to Bodoni's original drawings. Farey complains that the italics are not tilted enough though. Check also Wiescher's FF Bodoni Classic Handdrawn (1997).
  • ITC Bodoni is another faithful interpretation developed by Sumner Stone, Holly Goldsmith and Jim Parkinson. These come in 6, 12 and 72 point ranges and form an extensive extremely useful family. Versions sold by URW and Linotype.
  • Bodoni Old Fashion by URW.
  • Bodoni Classico, designed by Franko Luin at Omnibus.
  • FB Bodoni: just two digitizations based on Benton's 1933 Ultra Bodoni Extra Condensed, by Richard Lipton in 1992. Clearly, for display only.
  • URW Bodoni. Images: i, ii, iii, iv.
  • Linotype Gianotten: Created by Antonio Pace in 2000, this face is said to go back directly to the Bodoni Museum in Parma.
  • Ambroise, Ambroise Firmin (condensed) and Ambroise François (2001, extra condensed), 30 fonts in all, are splendid fonts named after Ambroise Didot by their creator, Jean-François Porchez. Many say that they are closer to Bodoni than to Didot--just look at the question mark, but Porchez based his work on late style Didot's published around 1830.

View various Bodoni Antiquq / Bodoni Old Face typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

BohFonts
[Giuseppe de Cesare]

Giuseppe de Cesare (BohFonts) is an Italian designer who now lives and works in Barcelona, where he started Boh Fonts. Behance link. He created the informal face Zarina Sans (2011) for use as a text face. The design elements are quite interesting, with carefully chosen and different angles for increased legibility. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Boyer

Firenze-based foundry. Their work can be found in Campione dei caratteri, fregi e vignette della fonderia tipografica dei fratelli Boyer e c. stabilita in Firenze (Firenze : Dai torchj di Gregorio Chiari e figlj, 1832). [Google] [More]  ⦿

b-rain

Italian designer of Yagiza (2001, techno face), which can be downloaded here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brandi Violetta

Marquette, Michigan-based creator (b. Italy) of the spurred typeface Storico (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brito Renato

Italian designer at T-26 who made the Cubica and Orgasmia families in 2000.

Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Bruce Rogers
[Bruce Rogers: Itaian Printers in Venice]

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Bruce Rogers: Itaian Printers in Venice
[Bruce Rogers]

An essay by Bruce Rogers on Italian printers in Venice in the renaissance period. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bruno Bonamore

Roman graphic designer and landscape architect who created the fun display typeface Amaro (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bruno Capezzuoli
[Pixel Orchestra]

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Bruno La Versa

Graphic designer from Catania, Italy. He created the ultra-geometric typeface Eidos (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bruno Munari

Italian artist, writer, designer, architect, graphic designer, educator, and philosopher, who proposed one font, Essential, in 1935, consisting of the minimum parts of letters needed for readability. His principles were lucidity, leanness, exactitude and humor. He was part of a team at Nebiolo (with Giancarlo Illiprandi, Franco Grignani, Ilio Negri, Till Neuburg, Luigi Oriani and Pino Tovaglia) that designed the lineale family Forma from 1966-1970 under the direction of Aldo Novarese. Born in 1907 in Milan, he died there in 1998.

The PhD thesis of Alessandro Colizzi at the University of Leiden deals with Bruno Munari's graphic design work. See also Colizzi's talk at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam on Munari's legacy.

Several typefaces have been made tio honor his work. These include Munari (2013, Dori Novotny).

Dolcevita link. Munart: dedicated web site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

BrushScriptX-Italic
[Maurizio Loreti]

Maurizio Loreti's type 1 brushscript font, BrushScriptX-Italic, with all files needed to use it in TeX. It was slightly modified by Barta karoly (2010), with updates here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bunker
[Marco Comastri]

Marco Comastri (Bunker) is located in Modena, Italy. His design studio does some custom font work, among many other things. He created the sans face Laulkìtere (2007). Spaghetti Grafica poster. During studies at ISIA Urbino, he codesigned the futuristic face Syntellect (2002-2003) with Alessia Travaglini, Denis Imolesi Faraoni and Luca Piraccini. [Google] [More]  ⦿

BuyMyFonts (or: BMF)
[Alessio Leonardi]

Alessio Leonardi (b. Florence, 1965) is an Italian designer and type designer who lives in Berlin since 1990. He worked in Berlin at MetaDesign of Erik Spiekermann and in Frankfurt at xplicit. In 1997, with Priska Wollein, he opened the office Leonardi Wollein Visuelle Konzepte in Berlin. His humor shows through his letters and his many dingbats.

In 2002 he founded Buy My Fonts that produces typefaces for corporate applications and also for standard use.

Speaker at ATypI in Rome in 2002. In 2004 he published his book From the Cow to the Typewriter: the (true) History of Writing. The Alberobanana project tries to suggest an alphabet that could have been. In 2007, he started the pixel font project BMF Elettriche. Available from MyFonts, it includes 648 styles. Speaker at ATypI 2007 in Brighton.

Linotype link. Typefaces.de site.

His fonts include

  • F2F Ale Ornaments (1994, +Rotato, +Spirato), Ale Signs, Ale Transport: all done at Linotype.
  • F2F Allineato (1995): grunge, part of the Face2Face project.
  • Alternativo Franklin Gothic
  • Aposto
  • F2F Al Retto (1995): grunge, part of the Face2Face project.
  • BMF Ale Pi Fonts
  • BMF Atypico (1994): organic.
  • FF Baukasten (1995): grungy pixel face.
  • BMF Bolbody, or Bolbodico.
  • Bodetica
  • BMF Brohan Black (2000)
  • BMF Bread Type.
  • BMF Brera.
  • FF Cavolfiore
  • FF Coltello (+Figure)
  • BMF Cratilo Poster (1996, +Signs): angular face.
  • Cool Wool
  • Cotton Club
  • Debaq Face
  • BMF Elleonora Dun Tondo, BMF Elleonora Dun Cane (1994): script faces.
  • Etica Temporale
  • Font Card (2000)
  • FF Forchetta (+figure)
  • BMF Fontcard (2000): Monospaced, modular.
  • FF Graffio (+Visivo) (1995): scratchy graffiti face.
  • Graffiti One, Two, Three and Four (1993): at AA International.
  • Ha Manga Irregular (+Pictures)
  • FF Handwriter (+Symbols)
  • Happy Days
  • BMF However
  • Kaos
  • BMF Imme Gothic (2001): made for the official communication of the wedding of Imme and Alessio.
  • BMF Just Do It Again (1999).
  • FF Letterine (+Archetipetti, +Esagerate, +Teatro): kid font family.
  • BMF Love and Hate Pie (2010)
  • F2F Madame Butterfly (1995)
  • FF Matto, FF Matto Porco, FF Matto Sans, matto Sans Porco: blotchy.
  • Metadoni
  • F2F Metamorfosi (1995): experimental, part of the Face2Face project.
  • FF Mulinex
  • BMF Mekanikamente
  • F2F Mekkaso Tomanik
  • BMF Objects Pi (2010)
  • Omegalo
  • BMF Planets Pi (2010)
  • F2F Poison Flowers (1994).
  • FF Priska Serif (+Little Creatures)
  • F2F Prototipa Multipla
  • F2F Provinciali
  • BMF Quaderno
  • Samuele
  • Schering type family (2000): done for a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Berlin. Includes Sans, Serif, Letter.
  • BMF Serbatoio (1991): Pixel face, originally called This Is Not (My Beautiful Wife). Includes Pieno, Vuoto, Prospettico.
  • F2F Simbolico
  • BMF Sicily (1991): grungy ransom note face.
  • Stone Washed
  • F2F Tagliatelle Sugo
  • Tagliatelle Poster, Tagliatelle Grazie, Tagliatelle Tagliate
  • Tempore
  • BMF Testuale, BMF Testuale Sans, BMF Testuale Cornici (1994): angular family.
  • BMF Zazi.
  • BMF Zodiac Pi (2010)

FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Caffè italic Group

Flickr group about Italian typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Calligraphy Shop

Daniel Quinn's calligraphy shop in Firenze shows nice examples of these hands (names in Italian): Onciale, Maiuscola Insulare, Minuscola Insulare, Carolina, Gotico Antico, Textura Quadrata, Capitali Gotiche, Beneventana, Rotunda, Capitali Rotunda, Bastarda Cancelleresca, Batarde Français, Fraktur Tedesca, Capitali Bastarde, Cadel, Capitali Longobarde, Foundational. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cameron Moll

Cameron Moll is a type specialist. He writes extensively on type design and typography. He sells EPS format glyphs based on the work of master Italian calligrapher M. Giovambattista Palatino (ca. 1515–1575), as featured in Libro di M. Giovambattista Palatino Cittadino Romano, published in Rome around 1550 AD. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Camilla Cima

Designer in Milan. Behance link. Creator of the Stapler Font (2012, experimental). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Campivisivi

This is a multi-year project at Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino (Italy) which has workshops and ateliers, and occasionally goes into type design. The type design activities, such as the free open source type family Titillium, are done under the leadership of Luciano Perondi. However, Titillium is a work in progress---it is unfinished and for Florian Hadwig's eye, a bit too close to Klavika. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caratteri
[Marco Anelli]

Exposition on type and symbolism in type, by Marco Anelli, held from November 6, 2008 until June 31, 2009, in Hlam Design, Milan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carla Scorda

Graphic designer in Rovato, Brescia, Italy, b. 1976. She cofounded Studio Charlie with Gabriele Rigamonti and Vittorio Turla, with whom she codesigned the futuristic Stereotype family (2005). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Carlo Buffa

Padova-based graphic designer, teacher of advertising art at the Istituto Statale d'Arte Michele Fanoli in Cittadella Padova, Italy. Organiser of the international calligraphy award Belle Lettere (1997). The resulting publication Belle Lettere won the Fedrigoni Prize for graphic excellence. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about two fonts he created: The font Ritratti (1999) was extracted from an Aldina edition and traces the cursive writings drawn and inscribed by Griffo at Venice, so as to imitate the original handwritten text. The font was created for Carlo Mazzacurati and Marco Paolini's three films about the most important modern-day Venetian writers, Mario Rigoni Stern, Andrea Zanzotto, and Luigi Meneghello. The font AnnoMille was used in another Mazzacurati film, La lingua del Santo, and graphically reinterprets the light-hearted and fluid feel of medieval capital letters. These two fonts highlight the roughness and imprecision typical of ancient print and the heterogeneous nature of letters written loosely by hand. Home page. Biography. Logo. Pic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carlo Favale e Comp.

Italian foundry in Torino. Scan of a specimen book cover, 1872. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carlo Vinti

From 1998 to 2001 he taught History of Visual Communication and Contemporary Art History at Naples' Istituto superiore di design. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about "The new typography and Campo Grafico; the debate on typography in Italian magazines in the 1930s". [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carlotta Mazuy

Roman graphic designer, b. Paris, who studied at the Accademia delle arti e nuove tecnologie.

Creator of the droopy-serifed New Forty Five (2012), the bubblegum font Gummy (2014).

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Carol-Anne Ryce-Paul

Visual designer at Sesame Workshop in New York City, who created Brandless Typeface in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

cb fonts
[Claudio Beccari]

From 1997-1999, Turin-based Claudio Beccari created his cb fonts (metafont) for Greek by adapting Silvio Levy's Greek fonts. The cb-fonts are now the official fonts for the Greek option of the BABEL package. They are very complete and highly recommended. Type 1 versions here. In 2004, he added the CB Coptic family (metafont), which was based on files created in 1995 by Serge Rosmorduc. The type 1 fonts were made by using TeXtrace and pfaedit by Apostolos Syropoulos. The fonts: glic0700, glic0800, glic1000, glic1200, glic1382, glic1659, glic1991, glic2389, glic2866, glic3440, glic4128, glii0700, glii0800, glii1000, glii1200, glii1382, glii1659, glii1991, glii2389, glii2866, glii3440, glii4128, glin0700, glin0800, glin1000, glin1200, glin1382, glin1659, glin1991, glin2389, glin2866, glin3440, glin4128, glio0700, glio0800, glio1000, glio1200, glio1382, glio1659, glio1991, glio2389, glio2866, glio3440, glio4128, gliu0700, gliu0800, gliu1000, gliu1200, gliu1382, gliu1659, gliu1991, gliu2389, gliu2866, gliu3440, gliu4128, gljc0700, gljc0800, gljc1000, gljc1200, gljc1382, gljc1659, gljc1991, gljc2389, gljc2866, gljc3440, gljc4128, gljn0700, gljn0800, gljn1000, gljn1200, gljn1382, gljn1659, gljn1991, gljn2389, gljn2866, gljn3440, gljn4128, gljo0700, gljo0800, gljo1000, gljo1200, gljo1382, gljo1659, gljo1991, gljo2389, gljo2866, gljo3440, gljo4128, glmc0700, glmc0800, glmc1000, glmc1200, glmc1382, glmc1659, glmc1991, glmc2389, glmc2866, glmc3440, glmc4128, glmi0700, glmi0800, glmi1000, glmi1200, glmi1382, glmi1659, glmi1991, glmi2389, glmi2866, glmi3440, glmi4128, glmn0700, glmn0800, glmn1000, glmn1200, glmn1382, glmn1659, glmn1991, glmn2389, glmn2866, glmn3440, glmn4128, glmo0700, glmo0800, glmo1000, glmo1200, glmo1382, glmo1659, glmo1991, glmo2389, glmo2866, glmo3440, glmo4128, glmu0700, glmu0800, glmu1000, glmu1200, glmu1382, glmu1659, glmu1991, glmu2389, glmu2866, glmu3440, glmu4128, gltc0700, gltc0800, gltc1000, gltc1200, gltc1382, gltc1659, gltc1991, gltc2389, gltc2866, gltc3440, gltc4128, gltn0700, gltn0800, gltn1000, gltn1200, gltn1382, gltn1659, gltn1991, gltn2389, gltn2866, gltn3440, gltn4128, glto0700, glto0800, glto1000, glto1200, glto1382, glto1659, glto1991, glto2389, glto2866, glto3440, glto4128, glwc0700, glwc0800, glwc1000, glwc1200, glwc1382, glwc1659, glwc1991, glwc2389, glwc2866, glwc3440, glwc4128, glwi0700, glwi0800, glwi1000, glwi1200, glwi1382, glwi1659, glwi1991, glwi2389, glwi2866, glwi3440, glwi4128, glwn0700, glwn0800, glwn1000, glwn1200, glwn1382, glwn1659, glwn1991, glwn2389, glwn2866, glwn3440, glwn4128, glwo0700, glwo0800, glwo1000, glwo1200, glwo1382, glwo1659, glwo1991, glwo2389, glwo2866, glwo3440, glwo4128, glwu0700, glwu0800, glwu1000, glwu1200, glwu1382, glwu1659, glwu1991, glwu2389, glwu2866, glwu3440, glwu4128, glxc0700, glxc0800, glxc1000, glxc1200, glxc1382, glxc1659, glxc1991, glxc2389, glxc2866, glxc3440, glxc4128, glxi0700, glxi0800, glxi1000, glxi1200, glxi1382, glxi1659, glxi1991, glxi2389, glxi2866, glxi3440, glxi4128, glxn0700, glxn0800, glxn1000, glxn1200, glxn1382, glxn1659, glxn1991, glxn2389, glxn2866, glxn3440, glxn4128, glxo0700, glxo0800, glxo1000, glxo1200, glxo1382, glxo1659, glxo1991, glxo2389, glxo2866, glxo3440, glxo4128, glxu0700, glxu0800, glxu1000, glxu1200, glxu1382, glxu1659, glxu1991, glxu2389, glxu2866, glxu3440, glxu4128, gmmn0500, gmmn0600, gmmn0700, gmmn0800, gmmn0900, gmmn1000, gmmn1095, gmmn1200, gmmn1440, gmmn1728, gmmn2074, gmmn2488, gmmn2986, gmmn3583, gmmo0500, gmmo0600, gmmo0700, gmmo0800, gmmo0900, gmmo1000, gmmo1095, gmmo1200, gmmo1440, gmmo1728, gmmo2074, gmmo2488, gmmo2986, gmmo3583, gmtr0500, gmtr0600, gmtr0700, gmtr0800, gmtr0900, gmtr1000, gmtr1095, gmtr1200, gmtr1440, gmtr1728, gmtr2074, gmtr2488, gmtr2986, gmtr3583, gmxn0500, gmxn0600, gmxn0700, gmxn0800, gmxn0900, gmxn1000, gmxn1095, gmxn1200, gmxn1440, gmxn1728, gmxn2074, gmxn2488, gmxn2986, gmxn3583, gmxo0500, gmxo0600, gmxo0700, gmxo0800, gmxo0900, gmxo1000, gmxo1095, gmxo1200, gmxo1440, gmxo1728, gmxo2074, gmxo2488, gmxo2986, gmxo3583, gomc0500, gomc0600, gomc0700, gomc0800, gomc0900, gomc1000, gomc1095, gomc1200, gomc1440, gomc1728, gomc2074, gomc2488, gomc2986, gomc3583, gomi0500, gomi0600, gomi0700, gomi0800, gomi0900, gomi1000, gomi1095, gomi1200, gomi1440, gomi1728, gomi2074, gomi2488, gomi2986, gomi3583, gomn0500, gomn0600, gomn0700, gomn0800, gomn0900, gomn1000, gomn1095, gomn1200, gomn1440, gomn1728, gomn2074, gomn2488, gomn2986, gomn3583, gomo0500, gomo0600, gomo0700, gomo0800, gomo0900, gomo1000, gomo1095, gomo1200, gomo1440, gomo1728, gomo2074, gomo2488, gomo2986, gomo3583, gomu0500, gomu0600, gomu0700, gomu0800, gomu0900, gomu1000, gomu1095, gomu1200, gomu1440, gomu1728, gomu2074, gomu2488, gomu2986, gomu3583, goxc0500, goxc0600, goxc0700, goxc0800, goxc0900, goxc1000, goxc1095, goxc1200, goxc1440, goxc1728, goxc2074, goxc2488, goxc2986, goxc3583, goxi0500, goxi0600, goxi0700, goxi0800, goxi0900, goxi1000, goxi1095, goxi1200, goxi1440, goxi1728, goxi2074, goxi2488, goxi2986, goxi3583, goxn0500, goxn0600, goxn0700, goxn0800, goxn0900, goxn1000, goxn1095, goxn1200, goxn1440, goxn1728, goxn2074, goxn2488, goxn2986, goxn3583, goxo0500, goxo0600, goxo0700, goxo0800, goxo0900, goxo1000, goxo1095, goxo1200, goxo1440, goxo1728, goxo2074, goxo2488, goxo2986, goxo3583, goxu0500, goxu0600, goxu0700, goxu0800, goxu0900, goxu1000, goxu1095, goxu1200, goxu1440, goxu1728, goxu2074, goxu2488, goxu2986, goxu3583, grbl0500, grbl0600, grbl0700, grbl0800, grbl0900, grbl1000, grbl1095, grbl1200, grbl1440, grbl1728, grbl2074, grbl2488, grbl2986, grbl3583, grmc0500, grmc0600, grmc0700, grmc0800, grmc0900, grmc1000, grmc1095, grmc1200, grmc1440, grmc1728, grmc2074, grmc2488, grmc2986, grmc3583, grmi0500, grmi0600, grmi0700, grmi0800, grmi0900, grmi1000, grmi1095, grmi1200, grmi1440, grmi1728, grmi2074, grmi2488, grmi2986, grmi3583, grml0500, grml0600, grml0700, grml0800, grml0900, grml1000, grml1095, grml1200, grml1440, grml1728, grml2074, grml2488, grml2986, grml3583, grmn0500, grmn0600, grmn0700, grmn0800, grmn0900, grmn1000, grmn1095, grmn1200, grmn1440, grmn1728, grmn2074, grmn2488, grmn2986, grmn3583, grmo0500, grmo0600, grmo0700, grmo0800, grmo0900, grmo1000, grmo1095, grmo1200, grmo1440, grmo1728, grmo2074, grmo2488, grmo2986, grmo3583, grmu0500, grmu0600, grmu0700, grmu0800, grmu0900, grmu1000, grmu1095, grmu1200, grmu1440, grmu1728, grmu2074, grmu2488, grmu2986, grmu3583, grxc0500, grxc0600, grxc0700, grxc0800, grxc0900, grxc1000, grxc1095, grxc1200, grxc1440, grxc1728, grxc2074, grxc2488, grxc2986, grxc3583, grxi0500, grxi0600, grxi0700, grxi0800, grxi0900, grxi1000, grxi1095, grxi1200, grxi1440, grxi1728, grxi2074, grxi2488, grxi2986, grxi3583, grxl0500, grxl0600, grxl0700, grxl0800, grxl0900, grxl1000, grxl1095, grxl1200, grxl1440, grxl1728, grxl2074, grxl2488, grxl2986, grxl3583, grxn0500, grxn0600, grxn0700, grxn0800, grxn0900, grxn1000, grxn1095, grxn1200, grxn1440, grxn1728, grxn2074, grxn2488, grxn2986, grxn3583, grxo0500, grxo0600, grxo0700, grxo0800, grxo0900, grxo1000, grxo1095, grxo1200, grxo1440, grxo1728, grxo2074, grxo2488, grxo2986, grxo3583, grxu0500, grxu0600, grxu0700, grxu0800, grxu0900, grxu1000, grxu1095, grxu1200, grxu1440, grxu1728, grxu2074, grxu2488, grxu2986, grxu3583, gsma0500, gsma0600, gsma0700, gsma0800, gsma0900, gsma1000, gsma1095, gsma1200, gsma1440, gsma1728, gsma2074, gsma2488, gsma2986, gsma3583, gsmc0500, gsmc0600, gsmc0700, gsmc0800, gsmc0900, gsmc1000, gsmc1095, gsmc1200, gsmc1440, gsmc1728, gsmc2074, gsmc2488, gsmc2986, gsmc3583, gsme0500, gsme0600, gsme0700, gsme0800, gsme0900, gsme1000, gsme1095, gsme1200, gsme1440, gsme1728, gsme2074, gsme2488, gsme2986, gsme3583, gsmi0500, gsmi0600, gsmi0700, gsmi0800, gsmi0900, gsmi1000, gsmi1095, gsmi1200, gsmi1440, gsmi1728, gsmi2074, gsmi2488, gsmi2986, gsmi3583, gsmn0500, gsmn0600, gsmn0700, gsmn0800, gsmn0900, gsmn1000, gsmn1095, gsmn1200, gsmn1440, gsmn1728, gsmn2074, gsmn2488, gsmn2986, gsmn3583, gsmo0500, gsmo0600, gsmo0700, gsmo0800, gsmo0900, gsmo1000, gsmo1095, gsmo1200, gsmo1440, gsmo1728, gsmo2074, gsmo2488, gsmo2986, gsmo3583, gsmu0500, gsmu0600, gsmu0700, gsmu0800, gsmu0900, gsmu1000, gsmu1095, gsmu1200, gsmu1440, gsmu1728, gsmu2074, gsmu2488, gsmu2986, gsmu3583, gsxa0500, gsxa0600, gsxa0700, gsxa0800, gsxa0900, gsxa1000, gsxa1095, gsxa1200, gsxa1440, gsxa1728, gsxa2074, gsxa2488, gsxa2986, gsxa3583, gsxc0500, gsxc0600, gsxc0700, gsxc0800, gsxc0900, gsxc1000, gsxc1095, gsxc1200, gsxc1440, gsxc1728, gsxc2074, gsxc2488, gsxc2986, gsxc3583, gsxe0500, gsxe0600, gsxe0700, gsxe0800, gsxe0900, gsxe1000, gsxe1095, gsxe1200, gsxe1440, gsxe1728, gsxe2074, gsxe2488, gsxe2986, gsxe3583, gsxi0500, gsxi0600, gsxi0700, gsxi0800, gsxi0900, gsxi1000, gsxi1095, gsxi1200, gsxi1440, gsxi1728, gsxi2074, gsxi2488, gsxi2986, gsxi3583, gsxn0500, gsxn0600, gsxn0700, gsxn0800, gsxn0900, gsxn1000, gsxn1095, gsxn1200, gsxn1440, gsxn1728, gsxn2074, gsxn2488, gsxn2986, gsxn3583, gsxo0500, gsxo0600, gsxo0700, gsxo0800, gsxo0900, gsxo1000, gsxo1095, gsxo1200, gsxo1440, gsxo1728, gsxo2074, gsxo2488, gsxo2986, gsxo3583, gsxu0500, gsxu0600, gsxu0700, gsxu0800, gsxu0900, gsxu1000, gsxu1095, gsxu1200, gsxu1440, gsxu1728, gsxu2074, gsxu2488, gsxu2986, gsxu3583, gttc0500, gttc0600, gttc0700, gttc0800, gttc0900, gttc1000, gttc1095, gttc1200, gttc1440, gttc1728, gttc2074, gttc2488, gttc2986, gttc3583, gtti0500, gtti0600, gtti0700, gtti0800, gtti0900, gtti1000, gtti1095, gtti1200, gtti1440, gtti1728, gtti2074, gtti2488, gtti2986, gtti3583, gttn0500, gttn0600, gttn0700, gttn0800, gttn0900, gttn1000, gttn1095, gttn1200, gttn1440, gttn1728, gttn2074, gttn2488, gttn2986, gttn3583, gtto0500, gtto0600, gtto0700, gtto0800, gtto0900, gtto1000, gtto1095, gtto1200, gtto1440, gtto1728, gtto2074, gtto2488, gtto2986, gtto3583, gttu0500, gttu0600, gttu0700, gttu0800, gttu0900, gttu1000, gttu1095, gttu1200, gttu1440, gttu1728, gttu2074, gttu2488, gttu2986, gttu3583. 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Cecilia Negri

In 2012, Cecilia Negri and Virginia Nardelli, both located in Milan, took the Fiat logo, and set out to design a full (condensed, octagonal) alphabet by extrapolation, called the Fiat Typeface. Cecilia is a designer and illustrator. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cerchio Perfetto

Italian calligrapher who drew a few calligraphic alphabets in 2013.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cerchio Perfetto

Italian creator of a brush alphabet in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chiara Di Terlizzi

Visual designer in Milano, who created the (virtual) type and identity for Agfa in 2012 starting from their old logo. Around the same time, Mirko Landi, another designer in Milan, did a similar thing. I wonder if they were not doing a school assignment. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chiara Quaggia

During his studies in Milan, Chiara Quaggia created the signage typeface Ray Ban (2013) by reverse-engineering the famous Ray Ban logo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chiara Ricolfi

Graphic designer in Milan, who graduated from the Politecnico. In 2011, she showed her techno face Aspes on Behance. It was made a few years earlier during her studies. I am a bit confused as this photograph shows a face called Aspes designed by Bisiac, Caroni and Comelli during their studies at ISIA Urbino from 2003-2004. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chiara Sotgiu

Cagliari, Italy-based designer of the free art deco display face CS Blocks (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chiara Vianello

Italian creator of the pixel script face Graphicavita (2010). Chiara lives in Venice. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chicks and Types

Chicks and Types, aka Sketch This Out, is a virtual artist in Firenze, Italy. He created a few posters in 2012, such as Isabelle & Times New Roman, Heather & Museo, and Carla & Din. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christie Liberatore

American graphic designer from Baltimore, MD, who studied in SVA;'s Masters program in Rome in 2012. Roman signage inspired her in the creation of four alphabets in 2012: Sermoneta (Victorian), Giolitti (Victorian), Credito Italiano (Victorian), and Deccio (avant-garde).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cira Viggiano

Italian type and graphic designer who graduated in 2005 from the Università La Sapienza in Rome (under Silvana Amato and Giovanni Lussu) with a thesis that developed a new text type family, Sinus, comprising Sinus Normal, Sinus Italic and Sinus Maiuscoletto. This type family was designed for small print. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ciro Continisio

Italian designer (b. 1984) of Hobbit Script (2005), based on a font used in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Civico13
[Andrea Zanchetta]

Italian free font outfit based in Torino. Their creations include Fetta di Polenta Extra Narrow (2008) and Sweetest (2008), both based on lettering used by architects on drawings, and made by Andrea Zanchetta. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cláudio Rocha
[NOW Type]

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Clara

Creator (b. 1989, Italy) of Claire's Hand (2012) and Claire's Hand 3 (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claudia Altavilla

Italian graphic designer who is based in Fragagnano. In 2013, she designed the cursive typeface Female and the display typeface Oskar Kokoschka.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claudia Ripanti

Claudia Ripanti (Bologna, Italy) used the outlines of DIN Black to make the ornamental Flowers typeface in 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claudio Beccari
[cb fonts]

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Claudio Beccari
[LXfonts]

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Claudio Chiocchio

Roman designer of the squarish monoline sans typeface Milonga (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claudio Gomboli

Originally from Turin, Italy, Claudio Gomboli now lives in Osaka. He is the creator of a commercial icon font called World Outside in 2012.

Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claudio Parisi

During his studies at Politecnico di Milano, Claudio Parisi created the grid-based typeface Safari (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claudio Piccinini

Type designer from Modena, Italy, b. 1969. Designer of these fonts:

  • Memory (1993): will be on the Fontomas CD for the Kids Organization Woldvision Germany later in 2002.
  • Ottomat (1994, Emigre), an avant-gardish font family.
  • Neoritmo (1996), a gorgeous semi-experimental font family completed in 2002 for Psy-Ops [read about its development here].
  • Reality (1996), Exegetic (1997), Fear Unknown (1997), Inexpressed (1997): all at Thirstype.
  • Ideal (1999), unreleased.
  • Ogilve (2001, Thirstype).
  • Squatront (2002, Thirstype): to be released soon.
He started Thoughtype, a site for critiques and type talk. Bio at Emigre. Speaker at ATypI in Rome in 2002. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Claudio Vegilante

Italian digital artist who made the sans display face Etrusca (2011). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claudius Marcus
[Marcloud]

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Colombo Coen

Trieste-based printer. For their typefaces, see Saggio di caratteri, fregi e vignette della stamperia di Colombo Coen (Trieste, 1858). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Corrado Mariani

Motion graphics designer in Mona, Italy, who created the signage typeface Makita (2013), which he calls a power tool font. It was made during for a type design class at Politecnico di Milano.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Corso di alta formazione in Type Design

Andrea Braccaloni, James Clough, Piero De Macchi, Giangiorgio Fuga and Luciano Perondi, together the "who is who" in type design in Italy today, offer a high level type design course from September 15 until October 10, 2008, at Poli.design, Consorzio del Politecnico di Milano. A similar course was organized there in 2007 as well. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cose Design

Italian graphic designer. Alternate URL. Creator of the simple hand-printed font Student F3 (2007) and the informal caps face cippo xc (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini

Born in Firenze in 1969. Cofounder with Francesco Canovaro and Debora Manetti of the Italian design firm in Firenze called Studio Kmzero. He codesigned some typefaces there such as Arsenale White (2009). Targa Monospace (2002) is a sans inspired by Italian vehicle registration plates. It has an handmade version (Targa Hand) that can be used for comic book lettering.

The handwriting of Lord Byron led Pancini to develop the brush script typeface Byron (2013, Zetafonts).

MyFonts credits him with the rounded avant garde sans family Antipasto (2007), but elswhere we read that this typeface is made by Matteo di Iorio, so there is some confusion.

In 2014, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Francesco Canovaro codesigned Amazing Grotesk (+Ultra). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Cosimo Torsoli

Cosimo Torsoli (Florence, Italy) created Codryceps (2012), a caps face that was inspired by a video from the BBC called Planet Earth. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cristian Iaccarino

Roman designer of the circle-based monoline logotype font Diadema (2012), the squarish techno face Vanadio (2013), and of the bilined typeface Arianna (2013).

His fonts can be bought at Chrisworks. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cristian Mantovani

Graphic designer from Bologna. Creator of the experimental face Zothik Bold (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dadakool
[Gregory Flajszer]

Dadakool (or DK) was founded by Parisian Gregory Flajszer and Padovan Alex Mazzuccato Mezzoccoli in 2005, after they met each other during their studies in Paris. They created the 3d experimental faces DK01 (2005) and DK Stencil (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Damiano Stingone

Catania-based creator of the ornamental caps alphabets Fattidarte Pills (2012) and Ich Bin Ein Berliner (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniela Arnoldo

Milan-based designer of Double Chocolate Brownie (2012, handprinted). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniela Verona

Roman graphic and web designer who has degrees from La Sapiena University in Rome, the Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA) and Politecnico in Milan. She teaches graphic and type design at IED, the Istituto Europeo di Design (Rome).

Creator of the typewriter / keyboard faces Mela+Tipo and Mela+Tondo (2010), which were executed while she was studying at the Politecnico in Milan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniele Bruno

As a graphic design student in Rome, Daniele Bruno designed the alchemic typeface family I Shut My Eyes In Order To See (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniele Capo

Italian type designer from Viterbo who is working on Guido (2010), a free typeface based on the Italian gothic letterforms (roughly speaking, a blend between blackletter and chancery), or gotica corsiva (used in the fourteenth century for books such as Dante's Divine Comedy). Flickr page. Capo studied at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Firenze. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniele Capo

Italian architect in Viterbo who is interested in typography. In 2009, he tried to design a typeface and called it Pince-Nez. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniele De Nigris

Digital and graphic artist in Bologna, Italy, who runs DNDesign. He created an Escher-inspired alphabet called Impossible (2010). Flickr page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniele Fieni

Freelance graphic designer in Cisterna di Latina, Italy. Creator of the foliate typeface Leave (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniele Piccone

Italian designer of the free sans caps typeface Michelucci (2013). He says it was made from photos made in the Firenze Santa Maria Novella station: The station was designed in 1932 by a group of architects known as the Gruppo Toscano (Tuscan Group) of which Giovanni Michelucci and Italo Gamberini were among the members; the building was constructed between 1932 and 1934. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniele Politini

A native of Italy, he graduated from the Politecnico di Milano with a degree in Design of Visual Communication in 2001. Currently, he is a graphic designer living and working in NYC, where he works as Design Director at FutureBrand New York. Creator of Lady First (2010, an informal sans typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniele Togninelli

Rome-based designer of the experimental typeface Positive (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniele Vignato

Vicenza, Italy-based designer of the prismatic typeface Cerchi (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniele Zanchi

Italian guy, b. 1992, who lives in Civitavecchia near Rome. He used FontStruct to make Skydon (2010), an artificial language face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dave Humphrey

Student in Torino, Italy, whose first font is the geometric monoline sans face Cosmic Sans (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Terzano
[Souldavid (or: Wrktag, or: Work It)]

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Davide Ardissone

Creator of the minimal sans face Albertino (2008), and the monoline sans face Giorgino (2011). Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Davide Baratta

Art director in Rome, Italy. Creator of the alchemic typeface Carma (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Davide Canavero
[Boba Fonts]

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Davide Cariani

Italian designer (b. Rome) of the free art deco typeface True Love (2013). It has a blackboard bold outline version. Davide runs the design studio Davelab.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Davide DallAra

Italian creator of Davide China (2011, iFontMaker), a scratchy hand-printed face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Davide Di Mattina
[du2]

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Davide Gigi Rizzi

Italian designer of the handwriting fonts Rusty Battersea (2005, based on AF Battersea), mmfh30 (2004), Malamela (2003), Malamela's Old Typewriter no12004, based upon an old Olivetti), Photocopied Futura (2005), Stamped Palatino (2005), and Malamela Freehand 3.0 (2004). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Davide Molinari

Italian type and graphic designer in Genova. His first typeface is Hono (2012), the final project of the Corso di Alta Formazione in Type Design at the Politecnico in Milan. Hono is a 4-font open source system that includes Hono Mono, Hono Sans, Hono Serif and Hono Display.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Davide Mottes

Italian designer from Trento, b. 1986, now in Milan. Creator of Material Sans (2008, sans based on Luciano Perondi's Zotico and an itsy bitsy on Eric Olson's Klavika), Graphic Line (2009, a severe slab serif). Behance link. Flickr site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Davide Paoletti

Davide Paoletti (Fossano, Italy) created the geometric typeface Ballons (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Davide Scarpantonio

Graphic designer in Milan, b. 1987, Ascoli Piceno. Creator of the hipster font Pentothal (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Davide Tarsi

Roman designer of Elephont (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Davide Terenzi

San Marino-based designer (b. 1981) of the hand-drawn caps typeface Damagrafik Script (2013) and the modular octagonal typeface Moduldama (2013). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Davide Zomer

Davide Zomer (Trento, Italy) created the modular typeface REZN7399 (2012) during his studies at the academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. In 2013, he designed the alchemic typefaces Eres and TMRRW, the art deco typeface Goldie, the experimental Nimcts [nothing is more contagious than sin], and the blackletter typeface Voelkisch XXI.

Typefaces from 2014 include Friedrich (blackletter). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Davide Zomer

Student of Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna, who was born in Trento, Italy. He is heavily into sup-fitting geometric experimental typefaces that flirt with the optical limits. One example is his NMTCS typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Debora Manetti

Studio Kmzero is an Italian design firm in Firenze consisting of three graphic designers, Francesco Canovaro, Debora Manetti, and Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini. Debora Manetti designed Sala de Fiestas (2005-2006, free download at OFL), inspired by a handpainted sign for a ballroom on the island of Fuerteventura. Arsenale White and ArsenaleBlue (2009) are children's hands, done by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Francesco Canovaro, Andrea Mi, Debora Manetti, Katiuscia Mari and Jonathan Calugi.

At Kmzero and Zetafonts, she designed the hand-printed Panforte family in 2011. Panforte Serif is free at Dafont. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Design Buero
[Albert Pinggera]

Albert Pinggera, who runs Design Buero in St. Leonhard in Passeier in Italy, is a Tirolian-Italian type designer (b. 1971). He created FFLetterGothic (Text and Mono) and FF Strada (2002) at FontFont. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, he currently runs a type and design shop in Italy. In 2003, FF Strada won an award at the TDC2 2003 competition.

Klingspor link. FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Design Lab SRL, Milan
[Jane Patterson]

Jane Patterson founded Design Lab SRL in Milan, Italy. She is a partner in Design Lab with Sebastiano Castiglioni. Jane Patterson designed or co-designed

  • FB Californian (1994). Based on Goudy's California Oldstyle from 1938. Lanston issued Californian in 1958. The Font Bureau story: Carol Twombly digitized the roman for California in 1988. David Berlow revised it for Font Bureau with italic and small caps. Jane Patterson designed the bold. In 1999, assisted by Richard Lipton and Jill Pichotta, David Berlow designed the black and the text and display series.
  • FB Cheltenham (1992). Ingalls Kimball sketched the basic weight while architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue completed drawings in 1901. Morris Fuller Benton finished the ATF version in 1902, beating Mergenthaler by two years. In 1906 he drew Bold Extra Condensed, which David Berlow adapted for the SF Examiner, later a Font Bureau release.
  • Eldorado (1993-1994). W. A. Dwiggins's Eldorado was released by Mergenthaler in 1953. He followed an early roman lowercase, cut in the 16th century by Jacques de Sanlecque the elder (Granjon). Berlow, Frere-Jones, and Rickner revived and expanded the series in 1993-1994 for Premiere magazine, with versions not only for text and display, but a Micro for six point and smaller.
  • Skyline (1992). Skyline was commissioned from Font Bureau by Condé Nast as headletter for Traveler magazine. This typeface dating from 1929-1934 by Imre Reiner was known in Europe as Corvinus.
  • John Downer's Simona.
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Design.it
[Stefano Meriggi]

Design.it is the graphic design company of Stefano Meriggi in Milan. Creators of Genova (1997, sans), Type Studio 01 (2000, techno), Desroches (1987, techno), Design.it (2000, liquid), SAT (2000, monoline sans). No sales or downloads. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Device Motion Graphics

Milan-based motion graphics studio with a side interest in typography. One of their typefaces is the squarish tecno face Hodino (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

DF Type (or: Fischbachpresse)
[Giovanni de Faccio]

DF Type is the Austrian foundry of Giovanni de Faccio and Lui Karner. Giovanni de Faccio (a calligrapher born in Venice in 1966) and Lui Karner made the very classy text family called Rialto (1999), a humanistic antiqua.

Rialto won an award at the TDC2 Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2002. Soon to release a sans serif family called Linea. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Diana Elisa Militano

Digital artist from Milan who graduated from Politecnico in Milan. She created a branding and wayfinding type family for the city of Genova in 2010. This includes Zena Sans, Zena Pittogrammi, Zena Contrastato (Peignotian), Zena Pixel, Zena Unicase, and Zena Stencil. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Diego Ornato

Diego Ornato (DOD Creative, Napoli, Italy) created the thin display typeface Fiber (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DJ Andrea Esu
[Studio Volk]

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djeddy

Italian designer of the connected car logi script font Alfaowner Script (2003). The font info says that the font is the copyright of Google] [More]  ⦿

Dmitry Goloub

Moscow-based codesigner with Lucas Perdidaão of the free grid-based art deco typeface Bobber (2012, in ai format) and of Alpine (2014). From 2009-2010 and again in 2012, he lived in Firenze, Italy.

Typefaces from 2013 include Movember (sans), Bolognese Sans, Moor (multilined art deco family), Bobber Script, and Bread & Milk Sans. Genplan (2013) is a great free inline typeface for Latin and Cyrillic that is based on 1930s Soviet poster types. Weave (2013) is an interlocking letter typeface for Latin and Cyrillic. Cittadino Symbols (2013) is a free rounded city traffic icon font related to a Milan subway project. In 2013, this was replaced, still for the Milan metro maps, by Meneghino Wayfind, a tweetware typeface that was influenced by PT Sans Caption.

In 2014, Goloub created Robostile. He writes: In the process of the RoboCop game development, Glu Mobile studio has decided to create a Cyriilic font that would be used in Russian localization, instead of Eurostile. I had created a boxy, display face with similar metrics and more technological feeling, that includes not only the basic Latin and Cyrillic characters but also the game symbols.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Domenico Catapano

Italian designer from Naples of Leftist Mono Sans and Serif (2005) and Twentytwelve Slab (2012).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Domenico Cristallo

Aka D128 design. Italian creator of the scratchy pencil font Domenico 128 (2012) and of Warrior's Destiny (2012), Splash 180 (2012, grunge), Heart (2012), Art4 Symbian Handwriting (2012), Breaking Time (2012, a glaz krak face), Triangular HD (2012) and No Name (2012, graffiti font).

Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Domenico Ruffo

Student at NABA (Nuova Accademia Belle Arti) in Milan. Creator of the elegant bilined typeface Jadore (2012) and of the rune simulation font Quarz 974 (2012). In 2012, he started his own foundry.

In 2013, he published the alchemic typefaces Blazer and Quarz 974 Light (a free font).

Hellofont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Domina Fidanzati

Domina Fidanzati (Milan) created the display typeface Domina 89 (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dominique Barbieri

During her studies in Firenze, Italy, Dominique Barbieri designed the vernacular typeface Rio de Janeiro (2013), which took inspiration from lettering found in Rio.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Donatello D'Angelo

Florence-based designer who proposed an identity for the city of Rome in 2011 which included a minimalist typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DTP Italia (or: Tipi e contratipi)

Tarmsaft and DincType archives. Plus a tutorial in Italian on font creation via Photoshop and Fontographer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

du2
[Davide Di Mattina]

Davide Di Mattina (b. 1980) lives in Milan and runs du2 design. He created the fat hand-printed outline font called Dudufont (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dynadraw

Paul Haeberli's free C code (1989) for transforming mouse positions into dynamic (and calligraphic) strokes. A free port to OpenGL and GLUT (and Mac OSX) by Nicholas Zambetti is here. Zambetti lives in Ivrea, Italy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eduardo Cotti

Designer at Monotype in 1927 with Francesco Pastonchi of Pastonchi, a beautiful humanist face with small bracketed serifs. Pastonchi MT is available from Agfa-Monotype. The Monotype version of Pastonchi is due to Robin Nicholas. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eduardo Notizia

Art director at Leo Burnett in Milan. Creator of the ornamental caps face Ritheart (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edward Catich

The late Father Edward Catich was a talented and productive calligrapher who has published several fine books on the making of Roman inscriptions. He researched the Trajan inscriptions on the Trajan column in Rome, and is known for his clear and classy calligraphic "Petrarch Script". [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edward Elric

Italian designer of the nice scratch font Psychotika (2007). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Egidio Filippetti

Italian graphic designer, b. Puglia. He studied at the European Institute of Design in Rome, and works in Rome. In 2013, he created the bilined typeface Quasith (2013). In 2014, he published the clean rounded geometric sans typeface Focus (one free weight).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Egle Kirdulyte

FontStructor in Bolzano, Italy, who created Eastwave (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elena Albertoni
[Anatole Type Foundry]

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Elena Gullace

Milan-based designer of an experimental typeface derived from Helvetica Neue in 2013.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elena Papassissa

Italian graduate of ISIA Urbino, Italy (M.Sc. in Communication and Design for Publishing and a Bachelor's in Graphic Design and Visual Communication). Graduate of the MATD program at the University of Reading in 2012. Elena lives in the UK. Her graduation typeface at Reading was the multi-script Dr. Jekyll and Miss Hyde (2012), created for Latin, Greek and Armenian. My first reaction is that the curviness and roundness of the Latin part is due to the desire to harmonize with the two other scripts. All styles are flared out near the top, which gives the result a comic book feel. In fact, Elena mentions that children's books was one of the main motivations.

At ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam, she discusses the current state of Armenian type design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eliabetta Giordana

Italian graphic designer and illustrator in London. She created Feather Sans (2011), a sans family with calligraphic influences. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eliana Dedda

During her design studies in Politechnico di Milano, Eliana Dedda created the stylish blackboard bold typeface Genesi (2013) for her own identity. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elisa Bavieri

Born in Modena, graphic designer Elisa Bavieri now lives in Rome. She created the display typeface Chance in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elisa Leotti

Italian designer who created a great circle and compass-based monogram in 1998-1999 at ISIA Urbino. See here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elisa Lucaccini

In 2014, Natan Sabatello (Rome, Italy) and Elisa Lucaccini (Rome) codesigned the tattoo font Epoca. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elisa Marsigliante

Elisa Marsigliante is based in Lecce, Italy. Designer of the display typeface Dielis (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elisabetta Alesi

Graphic designer in Rome. She created the condensed typeface Humoral (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elvira Butera

Graphic and web designer in Bergamo, Italy, who created the slinky typeface Circle (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emanuela Conidi

Conidi obtained an MA in typeface design from the University of Reading in 2008. Her graduation typeface is Nabil, a hookish serifed face that covers Latin and Arabic. It won a bronze medal at the 2009 EDAwards. Emanuela joined Fontsmith in 2008 after studying typeface design. With a background in Graphic Design, experience in hot-metal type hand composition and letterpress printing, she is passionate about typographic history, 19th century typefaces and Arabic typography. In 2009, Mitja Miklavcic, Jason Smith and Emanuela codesigned the slab serif family FS Rufus.

She codesigned the legible sans family FS Me with Mitja Miklavic, Phil Garnham, Jason Smith and Fernando Mello (Fontsmith).

Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emanuela Drei

During her studies in Bologna, Italy, Emanuela Drei designed the origami typeface Kitano (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emanuele Catena

Italian designer who has an MA from the London College of Communication. He created the sheared grid typeface Trius (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emanuele Fabrizioli
[Pavlov Design]

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Emanuele Fonticoli

Roman graphic designer who created the signage typeface Fonticoli (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emanuele Luppino

Graphic designer, b. 1988, who is in the Masters program in Communication Design at Politecnico di Milano in 2012. In 2012, he created Indian Nocturne and Null:Eins (a horizontally-striped typeface family). Null:Eins was originally designed for the cover of Diego De Silva's book I did not understand nothing. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emilie Rollandin

Born in 1977, Emilie Rollandin lives in Val d'Aosta, Italy. She created the sketched typeface Archistico (2013).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emilio Cassanese

Salerno, Italy-based graphic designer and digital artist. Creator of VXY (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emilio Ignozza

Roman designer at FontStruct in 2008 of Mango (ultra fat, rounded), Doodeka (dodecahedron-themed letters---sublime!), Culdesac, Candelabra, Legorama, Legorama Everywhere Fill, Legorama Everywhere, Legorama Fill, Magnetor (shadow outline face), Thuring (athletic lettering), Monkey Pizzazz (pixelized monkeys), Escaptionist (pixel face), Dioptical (optical illusions face), allurium, allurium_welded, avinguda (an octagonal face), Avinguda Light, Myopia, Fast Pussycat, Roboro (techno), Monkey Pizzaz (monkey dings), Solari Platform, avinguda_jagged, beamo (monoline sans, a take on Franklin Gothic), beamo_outline, beamo_pixel, conformista_1, hairdo, minimalia, minimalia_noon, minimalia_rounded, sherif_1, yvette ("a fat font with a belly button), Hairdo, Bee Legacy (blackletter glyphs encased in hexagons), Legorama. He also made the beautiful hairline squarish face Les Bains (2008) which is based on the lettering used for the signs in Les Bains des Docks, by French architect Jean Nouvel.

Additions in 2009: Chauncey, Sixto (ultra fat octagonal face made at FontStruct; obese geometry in his own words), Proclama (a cold war font), Lamina.

Fonts from 2010: Bromance (upright connected script), Oliva (open face style), Podio (3d), Thuring (athletic lettering), Budino and Budino Kiri (fat counterless), Escaptionist (pixel), Riba (2010, a ribbon font).

Fonts from 2011: Arancito (upright connected script).

Home page at House 42. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emilio Macchia

Italian designer of the fat display face Prendotempo (2007). He has addresses in Ravenna asnd Rotterdam. He codesigned Lekton at ISIA Urbino with Luciano Perondi aka Molotro, Marco Tortoioli Ricci aka BCPT, Michela Povoleri, Stefano Faoro, Elena Papassissa, Giulia Sagramola, Erica Preli, Mge Yilmaz, Luna Castroni, Caterina Giuliani, Veronika Bannert, Laura Fuligna, Caterina Carli, Tobias Seemiller. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emo Risaliti

Italian designer (b. Prato, near Florence, 1959) of Kniff (1993, Font Bureau). He lives and works in Agliana (Pistoia). He is involved in poster design, corporate imaging, and wine label design. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he described the development of the highly original and beautiful tall narrow didone face Kniff for logo and display purposes. For an experimental sports shirt font, one might consider his Summertime (1993). Home page, where one can savour his wine labels. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Enrico Baldetti

Italian designer (b. Rome, 1973) who studied Industrial Design and Visual Communication at Rome University. He works sometimes in Paris. For the magazine 2A+P, he created the monospaced font 2A+P (2000) which evokes robots and synthesized voices. Mènil (1999) is a fluid informal sans family. He also made Jollymusic. Solid Script and Streetfont were made in 2004 for the French mag Worldsigns. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Enrico Bevere

San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy-based graphic designer. Behance link.

Creator of an experimental faces Jellymorph (2012) and No IS (2011), which use the Perlin random number generator and trigonometric functions to create glyph outlines. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Enrico Bravi

Graduate in Graphics from the ISIA in Urbino with a thesis titled Graphica Programmata. From 1999 to 2002 he collaborated as designer with Nofrontiere Design in Vienna. Lives and works in Vienna, Austria. He spoke at ATypI 2005 in Helsinki on Ortho-Type, a type project about 3d typefaces. His collaborators on that project were Mikkel Crone Koser and Paolo Palma. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Enrico Rudello

Graphic designer in Padova, Italy, who created a bilined display typeface called La Ligne (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Enza Gianfrancesco

Graphic and web designer in Rome, who created the angry angular face Realizzazione (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Enzo Ruta

Italian graphic designer. Codesigner with Mariarosaria Digregorio in 2007 of the techno face FF3300 Type and in 2004 at the Politecnico di Bari of Perbacco, an organic sans designed under the supervision of Giovanni Lussu, Luciano Perondi and Nino Perrone. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erasmo Ciufo
[Hellotype]

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Ester Valorio

During her studies at Politecnico di Milano, Ester Valorio designed the sketched typeface Alphabzzet (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Etcetera

Sicilian studio in Catania. Behance link. The purely experimental face Catania (2011) is meant to be readable no matter in which direction the paper is held. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eugenio de Riso

Graphic designer in Rome (b. 1990) who studied at the Accademia delle Belle Arti, Naples, from 2009-2010, and at the Accademia delle Arti e Nuove Tecnologie, Rome, from 2011-2012. His typefaces include Berlin Allee (2013, free), a mix between Italian (vertical lines are thinner than horizontal ones) and the slab serif.

Behance link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eurotypo
[Olcar Alcaide]

Institute in Benalmadena, Spain (was: Santa Severa), where one can take 4-week courses at 1450 Euros a shot on the Etruscan alphabet, Trajan, Cuadrata and Rustic Roman Capital letters, and related subjects. They also organize lettering tours in Italy and guided tours in various musea. The teachers are Alberto Di Santo (Professor of the visual communication, Tor Vergata University, Rome; Professor of Graphic Design, Istituto Europeo di design, Rome; Professor of editorial design, La Sapienza University, Rome; Professor of Typography, C.F.P. Sinalunga, Siena) and Olcar Alcaide (b. 1952, Argentina, Professor of Graphic and Typography Design, University of Buenos Aires; Professor of Typography, University of Lanús, and Professor of Graphic Design, Marbella Design School, Spain). Type link jump page.

Eurotypo is also the foundry of Olcar Alcaide.

Catalog of Olcar Alcaide's typefaces.

In 2010, he published the text family Antium and the warm signage faces Mijas Ultra and Lila Pro Heavy.

Typefaces from 2011 include Lila pro, Atenea (a humanist sans family), Agerola Script (a fat flowing signage face), Teja (signage face), Zalea (yet another signage face), and Nabu Pro (a connected signage script). Equalis (2011M, with Juan Lavalle) is a monoline slab face with a huge x-height and wide open counters. It was followed by Equalis Stencil (2011). Ravel (2011) is a fat signage script face. Atenea Egyptian (2011) is a solid slab serif family. Berta (2011) is a signage brush face with connected and unconnected versions. Optic Art (2011) is an ornamental face with building blocks that can be used for overlays. Creator of Eurotypo Bodoni Bold (2011).

Typefaces from 2012: Cubus (dingbats), Saxo Deco (art deco), Moliere (2012, an elegant didone family with outspoken ball terminals), Melon Script (a fat curvy signage script family), Riky (comic book family), Chipa (a signage and package design script), Heket (an expressive curly script), Lenga (a slab serif typeface family), Mikal (brush script). Duktus is a 1940s style script in the style of Donatello (1935, Wagner & Schmidt), Troubadour (1927, Wagner & Schmidt), Liberty Script (1927, Willard T. Sniffin), Trafton Script (1933, Howard Allen Trafton), and Coronet (1937, R.H. Middleton).

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Typefaces from 2013: Dignus (influenced by Bank Gothic and Eurostile), Bague (old Dutch style with little contrast, in the style of Jan Van Krimpen), Lugo (a heavy signage or advertising script), Brittes (copperplate script), Talis (contrast-rich sans family), Fiesole (display family with an awkward back-curled lower case d), C Duflos (after a bâtarde coulée by Claude Duflos, a French engraver who was acitve around 1690).

Typefaces from 2014: Ritts (a heavy script-like display family), Ritts Cursive (in the style of the brush signage scripts descending from Robert E. Smith's Brush Script for ATF in 1942).

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Eusebius

Printer in Venice of books such as De Praepartione Evangelico (1470). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eventi: Italic 2.0

Type events in Italy. Not updated since 2010. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Evolution Publishing and Manufacturing

Commercial site (Evolution Publishing and Manufacturing, Huntingdon Valley, PA) offering four old Italian Scripts: Etruscan, Oscan, Umbrian, Volscian. 15 USD per font. Mac only. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabian Pfeifhofer
[Protofonts (and Loosy Design)]

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Fabio Corubolo
[Bafio Font Page]

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Fabio Furlanis

Graphic designer in Portogruaro, Italy. Creator of the geometric sans face called BAC (2012), and of the heavy octagonal typeface C-Alphabet (2013, collaboration with Roberto Duse), which was named after Wim Crouwel.

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Fabio Giorgi

Roman who made the techno face Nando (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabio Matteo Dozio

At the Politecnico di Milano, Fabio Matteo Dozio (Lecco, Italy) designed an almost-copperplate typeface called Indie Dozoo (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabio Milito
[Fabio Milito Design]

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Fabio Milito Design
[Fabio Milito]

Foundry in Rome run by Fabio Milito. Home page. Creator of the gridded face Tangra (2009). Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fabio Tridenti

Art director at M&C Satchi in Milan. Creator of the high-contrast fashion mag typeface Penguin (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabio Viola

Fabio Viola (Blinkimp) is the Bologna-based Italian designer (b. 1986) of the dot matrix typeface Ballplay (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabrizio Gilardino

Milanese cofounder with Denis Dulude of the Montreal-based typefoundry 2Rebels in Montreal, at the zenith of the grunge era. Montreal-based designer whose fonts may be bought from 2Rebels in Montreal. Some creations: Angry, Babbio, Boggle, Carbon, Hanbuhrs, Manesca, Nonlinear, Nunavik (1995: Inuktitut simulation typeface), Scritto Politto Freako (1996), Toxin, Duchamp-Dirty (2001), DV9 (with Marie-France Garon). 2Rebels was absorbed into / bought by FontHaus.

FontShop link. Klingspor link.

View Fabrizio Gilardino's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fabrizio Narcisi

Art director in Martina Franca, Italy, who created the minimalist typeface Narcisi (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabrizio Pastori

Italian creator of the futuristic family Nuvolari (2009), which was designed while he was studying at the Politecnico in Milan. Pastori is based in Bareggio. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabrizio Schiavi
[Fabrizio Schiavi Design (or: FSD)]

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Fabrizio Schiavi Design (or: FSD)
[Fabrizio Schiavi]

Fabrizio Schiavi was born in Ponte dell'Olio in the Piacenza province in 1971. FSD Fabrizio Schiavi Design in Piacenza was opened in 1998. With Alessio Leonardi, he co-founded Fontology. He also co-launched the experimental graphics magazine Climax in 1994.

Behance link. FontShop link. Klingspor link. Font Squirrel link. Dafont link.

Bio at FontFont where he made FF Mode 01, FF 0069, FF GeabOil, FF9600, FF Trade 01, FF Steel Mix, FF Steel Ring, FF Steel Jones.

[T-26] designer of D44 (1994), Lithium (1994, dingbats), Moore895 (1994), Moore899 (1994), Sidewalker (1994), Exit (1988). Many of his faces are grungy such as Washed (1994). Some are minimalist, such as Monica Due (1999), Monica (1999), and Eco (2001, developed from a logo in the 70s for Ageco). The latter three fonts are very geometric in nature. Other fonts: Washed (1994), Parakalein, Aurora Nintendo (1995), Aurora CW (1995), Mode01 (1995), GeabOil (1995), 9600/0069 (1995), Fontology (1995), FSDItems (2001), FSDforMantraVibes (2001), Pragmata (2001, monospace, OK for programs), PragmataFlash (2002, a pixel font), Pragmata Pro (2011), Essential Pragmata Pro (2011, still monospaced), Sys (2002), SysFlash (2002, a pixel font), Sys 2.0 (2012, a condensed sans designed for very small print), Sys Falso (2013), Virna (2003, a multiline face for Italian MTV, discussed here). The Pragmata and Sys series were optimized for screen usage. In addition, Sys has many ink traps, so it prints well at small sizes, and is more legible than Verdana.

He does some custom typeface design, such as the innovative sans serif family called CPCompany (2000). Other clients include Ferrari and Philip Morris.

In 2007, he produced a stencil and signage font, Siruca (see also here), for the Al Hamra Complex, one of highest skyscrapers in the world, located in Kuwait. Siruca Pictograms (2008) is free.

In 2013, he published Abitare Sans (30 weights), which was originally commissioned by the group Rizzoli Corriere della Sera. Abitare is an Italian magazine.

At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about the need for more fonts.

Showcase of Fabrizio Schiavi's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fabrizio Serra

Author of Regole editoriali, tipografiche & redazionali (Publishing, Typographical & Editorial Rules) (Istituti Editoriali e Poligrafici Internazionali, Pisa - Roma, 2004), with a Preface by Martino Mardersteig and a Postscript by Alessandro Olschki. Professor at the Istituti Editoriali e Poligrafici Internazionali, Pisa - Roma. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fatih Günes

Fatih Günes, an art director in Milan, extended Lukasz Dziedzic's free Lato font (2010) for turkish, in her Lato TR (2013). Free download of Lato TR. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fausto Gallico

Italian foundry in Milan. Their catalog was published in 1950. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fausto Renier

Milan-based creator of the condensed retro face Nebulosa (2013).

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Federica Palomby

Graphic designer in Milan (b. 1990, Anzio), who created the informal typeface Funny Round (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Federico Galvani
[Happycentro]

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Federico Landini

Designer in Barcelona who was born in 1982 in Pistoia, Italy. He created the ultra fat counterless face Virgola Mobile (2010) and the elegant art eco fashion mag typeface Fabrizio (2011). In 2011, he created an original octagonal face called Excellens: Excellens is the first font totally created using Microsoft EXCEL 97. The glyph design was done using a standard EXCEL 97 worksheet, adding some border and diagonal color to draw the letters shape. The final result is something that reminds one of the Cholo Graffiti Calligraphy used by Mexican gangs in Los Angeles, but in a new digital and elegant way. Anunnaki (2011) is an artificial language font.

Federico Landini and Jonathan Calugo cooperated on Chinotto Regular (2012), a sans face custom designed for the Pistoia Underground Festival.

Klingspor link. MyFonts link. MyFonts foundry link. Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Federico Neeva Orrù

Designer in Cagliari, Italy. In 2013, with Simon Becker, he created a versatile octagonal multiline display family, Vasarely, named after optical artist Victor Vasarely.

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Federico Piras

Italian architect, b. 1979, Oristano. Creator of the hand-printed faces Taccuino (2011, iFontMaker), Pivas (2011, iFontMaker), and Sardine (2011, iFontMaker). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Federico Zerbinati

Codesigner of Eye of Goat (2005, Molotro, medieval ornaments) with Luciano Perondi and Valentina Montagna. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Felice Feliciano

Born in Verona, 1433, died in Rome in 1479. He was a printer and calligrapher. Monotype's Felix Titling (1934) is based on his lettering from 1463. About these letters, he wrote: I, Felice Feliciano, have revived this in the antique manner after ancient marble tablets such as are to be found in Rome and elsewhere. People credit him with the first ruler-and-compass construction of letterforms. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ferdinando Ruano

Vatican calligrapher who created Lettera Cancellaresca Formata. This inspired Raffaelo Bertieri at Nebiolo to cast the typeface Ruano in 1926. The chancery typeface was finally digitized in 2013 by Leonardo Di Lena as Flanker Ruano. [Google] [More]  ⦿

FF3300
[Alessandro Tartaglia]

Italian design studio run by Alessandro Tartaglia, graphic designer, strategist for FF3300, and professor at Politecnico of Bari.

Mariarosaria Digregorio and Enzo Ruta are the creators in 2007 of the techno face FF3300 Type. FF3300 is also an independent and freely downloadable pdf magazine about graphic design, typography, architecture and design, illustration, photography, street art and writing.

Tartaglia's typefaces include minimalist experimental types such as Valdrada (2007), Ipazia (2007) and Zoe (2007), as well as ISIA (custom-made for ISIA in Urbino; slabbed and slabless simple glyphs) and Handwriting (a commissioned grunge face for the Pollofriabile magazine in Rome).

FF3300 created the Divenire typeface for the Italian Democratic Party. The weights are Divenire Roman, Divenire Italic and Divenire Mono (2012-2013). Subpage. Another subpage.

Blog. Story of FF3300. Facebook link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Filippo Dalla Villa

Italian creator (from Fratta Polesine) of the information design faces Solari Mono Fermo and Solari Mono Remigio (2009), which were designed while he was taking a course at the Politecnico in Milan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Filippo Gin

Venice-born graduate of the San Marco Institute of Graphic Arts and Multimedial Communication in Mestre, Venice. During his studies at IUSVE-STC University (Scienze e Tecniche della Comunicazione Grafica e Multimediale), Mestre, he created the grid-based stonecarving simulation and cartoon typeface Stick (2013).

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Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
[Futurism]

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Flanker (or: Studio di Lena)
[Leonardo Di Lena]

Flanker, or Studio Di Lena, is the foundry of Italian type designer Leonardo Di Lena (b. 1975, Rome). Initially, it offered fresh free designs of classics. In 2012, it went commercial. Their fonts, made beteen 1998 and 2009:

The outfit was known as JFDooM Flanker's Fonts, between 2001 and 2004. The fonts then were slightly different. They included BodoniFlnk, BodoniFlnkCor, BodoniFlnkCorGrass, BodoniFlnkGas, CNRLineare, DidotFlnk, DidotFlnkCorsivo, DidotFlnkCorsivoGrassetto, DidotFlnkGrassetto, Emblema-della-Repubblica-Italiana, Frantisek, GaramondFlnkNormale, GaramondFlnkCorsivo, GaramondFlnkCorsivoGrassetto, GaramondFlnkGrassetto, GriffoFlnkCorsivo, GriffoFlnkCorsivoGrassetto, GriffoFlnkGrassetto, GriffoFlnknormale, Lellocorsivobold, Lellocorsivo, Lello, MarlboroFlnk, Magnificat, There's-nothing-money-can't-buy, Poker, ShocktothesystemCorsivo, ShocktothesystemVuoto, Sony, Bjork-Isobel, Imperator, Traiano, Rdclub. Most fonts have Greek and Cyrillic letters as well.

Commercial fonts at Flanker via MyFonts: Garaldus (2012, based on a 1956 font by Aldo Novarese), Italian Typewriter (2012, a family of monospaced typewriter typefaces based on Italian typewriters of the thirties and forties).

Typefaces from 2013: Flanker Ruano (based on a chancery typeface by raffaelo bertieri, 1926), Selene (monoline sans).

Dafont carries Magnificat, a 2011 revival of the ornamental typeface by Friedrich Peter. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Flavia Bocco

Italian designer of Vintage (2007). Fontsy link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Flickr: Italian typography

Flickr group on Italian typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderia Caratteri Augusta

Italian foundry in Torino, est. 1908 by the merger of Nebiolo (Torino) and Urania (Milano). Soon after that, it comprised / absorbed fourteen foundries, Nebiolo, Urania, Paolo Albé and son, Filippo Fiazza, Carlo Radaelli, Francesco Rizzi, F. Zappa, Wilmant L., Baccigaluppi&C., Ferdinando Negroni, Rayper&C, Fratelli Alessandri, Cucco&Gorigli and Dell'Orto. Scan of a specimen book cover, ca. 1914, and ca. 1909. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderia Cisalpina

Italian foundry in Milano. Scan of a specimen book cover, ca. 1914. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderia Italiana

Italian foundryo. Scan of a specimen book cover, ca. 1930, showing the type family Impero. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderia Reggiani

Italian foundry in Milan, which published a bulletin in the 1930s entitled Tipografia (in which we find contributions of Edoardo Persico and the typographer Guido Modiano). They published the avant-garde font Triennale in 1933, a face that set the tone for the institutionalized graphics imposed by the Italian fascists. Some of the posters of that eraare here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonderia Tipografica Cooperativa

Foundry established in Milan in 1886 by merging 37 private Italian foundries (originally under the name Fonderia Tipografica Panfilo Castaldi). It remains in existence today, and its last type director was Umberto Fenocchio. Faces produced include Linea (a grotesque face), Sigla (a transitional face), Brio, and Armonia. Not involved in digital typography. Today, they mainly sell typesetting machines. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fontscafe (was: Fonts-Lab)

Fonts Lab was an Italianfree font foundry with emphasis on "free", even for commercial use. The first fonts, all made in 2011, included Fonts-lab Gift, Fonts Lab Symphony, Free For Fonts-Lab Subscribers, Lady Jane Old, Five Dollars Matter, Writing Something by Hand, Hint Retro, Hint Retro Grunge, Soul Handwriting (brushy script), Variety, Universal College Draft (2011, a sketched sports jersey alphabet), Handwriting Draft (sketch face), Around 20 (experimental), Adelfy, Old Printing Press (grunge), Frank Handwriting, Sketch Me, Retro Lined Area.

Fonts Lab became Fontscafe, located in Milan.

Production in 2012: Making Lettering Tall, Universal College (grungy athletic letters), Marmellata Jam (connected script), Marmellata Jar 01 and 02 (connected fat signage scripts), Henry Rodeo Circus (Western face), Scrappy-Looking, Contribute Free Version (connected fountain pen script), Basically Serif, I'm Fashionista, Sign Handwriting, Chalk Hand Lettering, Chalk Hand Lettering Shaded, Voluptate (retro connected script), Retroactive (a great connected script face).

Around June 2012, something happened---possibly a complaint from the FontLab software people---, and the name changed from Fonts Lab to Fontscafe. In the same year, a commercial foundry was started via MyFonts.

Typefaces from 2013: Free Sketching, Hand Printing Press [in ten styles such as Meshed, Scraped, Normal, Stencil, Stamps, and Eroded], Egregio Script (retro script), Hand Shop Typography A20 (an 8-style poster font set that includes shadow and inline faces), Hand Shop Typography C30, and many more in the Hand Shop Typography pack, including the frame font Hand Shop Elements.

In 2014, we find My Valentines Love (heart dingbat font) and Bold Pressing (vintage letterpress typeface family, with ornaments).

Fontspace link. Dafont link. Abstractfonts link. Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fortunato Depero

Fortunato Depero (1892-1960) was an Italian futurist painter, writer, sculptor and graphic designer. Born in Fondo/Malosco, Depero grew up in Rovereto serving as an apprentice to a marble worker. On a 1913 trip to Florence that he discovered a copy of the paper Lacerba and an article by one of the founders of the futurism movement, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. In 1914, Depero moved to Rome and met fellow futurist Giacomo Balla. In 1915, Depero and Balla coauthored the manifesto Ricostruzione futurista dell universo. In the same year he was designing stage sets and costumes for a ballet. In 1919 Depero founded the Casa d'Arte Futurista in Rovereto, which specialised in producing toys, tapestries and furniture in the futurist style. In 1925 he represented the futurists at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts).

In 1928, Depero moved to New York City, where [acccording to Wikipedia] he experienced a degree of success, doing costumes for stage productions and designing covers for magazines including MovieMaker, The New Yorker and Vogue, among others. He also dabbled in interior design during his stay, working on two restaurants which were later demolished to make way for the Rockefeller Center. He also did work for the New York Daily News and Macy's, and built a house on 23rd Street. In 1930 he returned to Italy.

In the 1930s and 40s Depero continued working, although due to futurism being linked with fascism, the movement started to wane. The artistic development of the movement in this period can mostly be attributed to him and Balla. One of the projects he was involved in during this time was Dinamo magazine, which he founded and directed. After the end of the Second World War, Depero had trouble with authorities in Europe and in 1947 decided to try New York again. This time he found the reception not quite as welcoming. In New York, he published So I Think, So I Paint, a translation of his autobiography initially released in 1940, Fortunato Depero nelle opere e nella vita. From the winter of 1947 to late October 1949 Depero lived in a cottage in New Milford, CT. His host was William Hillman, an associate of the then-President, Harry S. Truman. After New Milford, Depero returned to Rovereto. In August 1959 Galleria Museo Depero opened. Depero died in 1960 a bout of diabetes and spending the last two years unable to paint due to hemiparesis.

Alan Kegler at P22 created a typeface, P22 Futurismo (1996) and P22 Futurismo Extras, based on Depero's work. P22 link.

A second digital typeface is based on his work, Emporium NF by Nick Curtis. It is based on this poster by Fortunato Depero (1927). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fra Luca Pacioli

Italian letter artist (b. 1445, d. ca. 1514) who constructed his characters geometrically, as early as 1509. He practiced mathematics and was a Franciscan friar. A Franciscan monk, h is mentioned several times in the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci. His Summa di Arithmetica, Geometria, Proportioni e Proportionalità appeared in 1494. Continuing his work on proportion, he published Divina Proportione in 1509 (Venice: A. Paganius Paganinus).

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His mathematically constructed capitals (1497) were made into a font called Pacioli by Matthew Desmond in 2007. Giovanni Mardersteig also made a font based on Pacioli's caps. Other implementations include LucaPacioliCaps (2004, Manfred Klein), Pacioli (2005, by Alessandro Segalini for Accademia Editoriale in Rome) and Pacioli (1999, a metafont by Peter Wilson). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fran De Martino

Italian designer in Naples of Fran's Handwriting (2011). Aka Pupazzoso. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesca Bolognini

Graduate of the KABK in Den Haag in 2008. Originally from Italy, she was at Spiekermann Partners in Berlin for two years, working closely with Erik Spiekermann for clients such as Birkhauser, Bosch, Messe Frankfurt, and FontShop. After Den Haag, she moved to London where she works as a graphic and type designer. She created the heavily serifed Kina family as a student at KABK. That was followed by the quite original alphabet Python, the feminine transitional family Duchesse. The last face is a revival of this typeface from a French book dating from 1908. About this mysterious face, Hrant Papazian writes: That font looked familiar to me, and I immediately looked at my copies of Audin's books, since that's such a singular repository for funky old French stuff. The roman is shown in figure 125 of volume 3 as "Type Beaudoire" #2 (the #1 is actually even more fascinating). The italic is a few pages down in figure 141, shown as the font "XXe Siècle" by Mayeur. I remember from the time I translated Ponot's article about Perrin that there's a connection between Perrin, Beaudoire and Mayeur (and Marquet). IIRC one of them swiped a design from one other, with the help of another, or something.

In 2011, she and Miles Newlyn created Frank, a 5-style humanist sans family. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Francesca Casnati

Como-based student at Politecnico di Milano. During the course of Professors Iliprandi and Pavesi in 2011, she designed an art deco typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesca Guida

Bologna-based designer, who created Bononia (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesca Schioppo

Bari, Italy-based graphic designer. In a type design class of Gio Fuga, she created the copperplate typeface Singer (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesca Schiro

Italian graduate of the Politecnico di Milano. Her signage style typeface Fiorucci (2011) is based on the logo of the Italian company Fiorucci. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesca Spinicci

Francesca Spinicci (Obostudio) is a graphic designer in Pistoia, Italy. Creator of a decorative caps typeface, Obofont (2013), which is useful for logos and monograms. Its design was inspired by the wind.

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Francesca Sterpone

Graduate of the London College of Communication, class of 2013. London-based designer (b. 1989, Alba, Italy) of the fat-stroke rounded stencil typeface MyVoice (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco

Italian designer (b. 1987) of the futuristic faces Ultras (2010) and Rounded (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Caponi

Firenze, Italy-based designer (b. 1971) of Yana (2013, hand-printed) and Matias (2014, outline font). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Faggiano

Francesco Faviano (Tsuji Design, Milan) created some typefaces such as the slabby Fuvert (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Filigoi

Francesco Filigoi (Udine, Italy) designed the soft stencil face Olivia (2009) while taking a type design course at Consorzio Poli.Design in Milan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Fonteviva

Illustrator in Conegliano, Italy. He created the free modular typeface Rounded (2012) and Baba (2012, glyphs inspired by mosques). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Franchi

Talented Italian information designer. Examples: Bicchiere ragionato (2011), Infografica (2011), Information Design.

Author of Designer Quotidiano, re-designer.org. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Gioia

Italian designer of Coated Sans (2007) and Zwart (2007-2008). His web site is called Uncoated. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Graziano

Roman graphic designer. Creator of Slender (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Griffo

Born and died in Bologna, ca. 1450-1518. Also called Francesco da Bologna. He was a Venetian punchcutter, who worked for Aldus Manutius cutting early italics, music types and romans. Under the surname Griffo, he designed and cut all types for the Aldine Press. The "Aldine" face was recreated by Monotype in 1929. In 1990, the Monotype staff digitized 24 weights of Francesco Griffo's Bembo family, which was originally created in 1496---however, read on below regarding the date. The Bitstream version is called Aldine 401. Bembo is a face that is not compact, with its wide letters and ample spacings, so its use must be carefully weighed.

Interesting detail about the end of his life: after the death of Manutius in 1515, Griffo returned to Bologna where he printed some of his own editions until his own death in 1518 or 1519, when it is thought he was hanged for killing his brother-in-law. Kevin Steele explains in 1996: Some sources cite the publication of Cardinal Bembo's De Aetna as 1493 or 1495. And in fact, the design continued to evolve until the 1499 publishing of the spectacular Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Let's not split hairs. Let's celebrate 500 years of Bembo! In the mid fifteenth century printing quickly spread to Italy from Germany, and by the 1470's Venice had became the center of the printing industry, home to over 100 printing companies. Pioneers such as Erhard Ratdolt and Nicolas Jenson had already begun working on adapting the roman alphabet for metal type by the time Aldus Manutius established his press in 1494, with the intention of publishing all the Greek classics. Aldus Manutius (1450-1515) was a printer, entrepreneur, a great ego, and publisher of over 1200 titles. Among the many contributions of Aldus was the popularization of small, portable books. His expensive beautiful books were far from today's paperbacks, mind you. One of the many great talents working for Aldus was Francesco Griffo, a gifted type designer. Griffo created many innovative type designs that are still admired for their beauty and readability. Their collaboration broke up over a copyright dispute, primarily over the ownership of the cursive type face that Griffo developed under the direction of Aldus. Although Aldus even had a papal decree to protect this style of alphabet, it was as difficult then as it is now to protect a typeface design. The alphabet was widely copied, and the style is known as italic, after its country of origin.

Fontdeck link. Linotype link. FontShop link. Nicholas Fabian on Griffo. Agustina Cabal's poster of Bembo. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Innocenti

Italian graphic and web designer in Vicenza. His Bruciamo Le Gondole (2011) is an ultra-black display face modeled after Mostra. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Loschiavo

Italian designer, b. Stefanaconi, Calabria, who studied at La Sapienza in Rome, where he currently works. He created the squarish display logo typeface Mamut (2012) and Modular (2012).

In 2013, he created the circle-based typeface AlphabetMod Tondiccio.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Mantovani

Italian designer of Lucrezia (2003), a font made for his thesis at ISIA in Urbino. It was inspired by the cursive Petrarca by Francesco Griffo, ca. 1503. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Messina
[Polystudio]

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Francesco Mistico Canovaro
[Zetafonts (or: Studio Kmzero, or: ZeroFont)]

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Francesco Necco

Roman designer of the modular grid-based face Magnani (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Panella

Roman creator of the poster typeface Sabrina (2013).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Paolo Siniscalco

Naples-based foundry. Their work can be found in Saggio di caratteri della fonderia di proprietà di Francesco Paolo Siniscalco e c. (Napoli, Dalla stamperia di Salvatore de Marco, 1846). That book shows a modern family, some Fraktur families such as Gotico Tedesco and Gotico Inglese, a Rondo, an Inglese connected writing face, the frilly caps face Toscano, flared caps faces called "Chinese", and a few minor families grouped under generic names such as Ornato, Egiziano, Ombrato, Americano, Bislunche and Grasso. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Paolo Siniscalco Typefounders

Naples-based foundry. Their work can be found in Saggio di caratteri della fonderia di proprietà di Francesco Paolo Siniscalco e c. (Napoli, Dalla stamperia di Salvatore de Marco, 1846). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Pastonchi

Designer (b. Riva Ligure 1875-d. Torino 1953) at Monotype in 1927 with Eduardo Cotti of Pastonchi, a beautiful humanist face with small bracketed serifs. Pastonchi MT is available from Agfa-Monotype. Pastonchi himself was a poet and fable writer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Paternoster

Graphic designer in Matera, Italy. In 2014, he created the weathered typeface Mater, and wrote: The Mater typeface represents the global identity of the ancient city of Matera, its history, morphology and culture. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Periccioli

Italian calligrapher and scribe whose Cancellaresca moderna from 1610 in Sienna influenced 1610 Cancellaresca (2008, Gilles Le Corre). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Pezzotti

Designer in Orte, Italy. Creator of the sans face Flexicool (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Simoncini
[Officine Simoncini]

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Francesco Torniello

Italian lettering artist famous for his geometrical constructions. See here. Author of the treatise L'Alfabeto (1517). Pictures of the geometric construction of the capitals are here. Fonts named after him include GFT Torniello by Gio Fuga. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Franco Grignani

Designer at Nebiolo (b. 1908, Pavia, d. 1999). He was part of a team (with Giancarlo Illiprandi, Bruno Munari, Ilio Negri, Till Neuburg, Luigi Oriani and Pino Tovaglia) that designed the lineale family Forma from 1966-1970 under the direction of Aldo Novarese.

Sergio Polano writes: Alone master, the Italian visual designer, painter and photographer Franco Grignani, born in Pieve Porto Morone (Pavia) in 1908, trained as architect at the Polytechnic School of Turin (1929-1933); after being part as painter of the late, second futurism, his artistic research came across the European abstract avantgarde movements, and developed a strong interested in the perception psichology of form, that results from the Fifties in his dinamic kind of OpArt, years before it: the mastering of perception rules is expressed by his visual experiments on virtual movement, optical illusion, subperceptions, distortions, moirés, dilatations, flous and so on, applied, with no breaks, from painting to graphic design, through pictures, images, patterns, signs and words. From the Thirties he works in the field of graphic design, collaborating ia with Borletti, Breda Nardi, Cremona Nuova, Dompé, Domus, Mondadori, Montecatini, Spi, Triennale; his artistic direction for Alfieri&Lacroix printing firm is particularly interesting, as it shows an exceptional integration of words (wrtitten by himself) and images. Very well known, his trademark for Lambswool is a paradigmatic example of his approach to sign design. For 26 years he has been art director of Pubblicità in Italia, a magazine devoted to Italian advertising and visual design. He wrote many essays on design and arts, and lectured in Europe and USA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Franco Lancio

Italian designer of the experimental typeface Autovelox (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Franklin Soler

Venezuelan-born graphic designer in Rome. Designed Franklin Romano. See also here (Mac only). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Franko Luin
[Omnibus Typographi]

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Fratelli Amoretti (or: Andrea Amoretti)

Parma-based foundry. Their work can be found in Nuovo saggio de'caratteri e fregi della fonderia dei Fratelli Amoretti, incisori e fonditori in Parma (Parma, 1830). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Frederic Argazzi

Italian designer at FontStruct in 2008 of cialix. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fregio Mecano

Fregio Mecano is a modular font of Italian origin created in the 1920s composed of 20 different elements. The designer is unknown. Section Bold Condensed (Creative Alliance) is a digital version of the font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fresko Design
[Katiuscia Mari]

Firenze, Italy-based design group, which made the free grotesque monospace face Fresko (2010), and the bold techno face Peppermint (2010). In 2011, they made Diamante, Opificio, Tape Rail, and Square Block (octagonal). Behance link. Fresko Design is Andrea Cerboneschi, Giada Bargellini and Katiuscia Mari. In this group, Katiuscia Mari (a graduate of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze) seems to be the type design specialist. Filetto (2009) is a sans modeled after DIN 1451 done with Debora Manetti and Francisco Canovaro. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Frida Garibay

Florence, Italy-based creator of a multilayered geometric typeface in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fugostudio

Located in Mottola, Italy, this design studio created several logotypes, as well as a full-fledged font, Pandora (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fulvio Bisca

Italian illustrator and designer from Torino (b. 1970) who made Antitled, a sans serif family at T-26 (2001, completed in 2004). Ex-graduate of Institute G.B. Bodoni in Torino in 1989.

In 2010, he made Cutoff Pro (URW++, +Bold), a serif family with serifs cut off in odd ways, and which covers all European scripts, including Cyrillic and Greek. One could say that it is a hyper-organic typeface.

Behance link. Logo. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fulvio Mhu Calzamiglia

Creator of the free octagonal display font WikiMhu (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Furetto Bislacco

Italian creator of the Morse code font Morse (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Futurism
[Filippo Tommaso Marinetti]

Futurismo (Futurism) is Italian art deco movement (1908-1943) launched by writer Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in his futurist manifesto. The most important artists were Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, Giacomo Balla, Gino Severini and the composer Luigi Russolo. The wiki: Marinetti expressed a passionate loathing of everything old, especially political and artistic tradition. "We want no part of it, the past", he wrote, "we the young and strong Futurists!" The Futurists admired speed, technology, youth and violence, the car, the airplane and the industrial city, all that represented the technological triumph of humanity over nature, and they were passionate nationalists. They repudiated the cult of the past and all imitation, praised originality, "however daring, however violent", bore proudly "the smear of madness", dismissed art critics as useless, rebelled against harmony and good taste, swept away all the themes and subjects of all previous art, and gloried in science. Images from the Futurismo movement: Cyclist by Natalia Goncharova, Painting, Painting, Painting, Colin O Griffin (2008), Poster, Poster, Poster, Giovanni Coletta's bike, Marinetti's Danunzio poster. [Google] [More]  ⦿

G. Commoretti&Figlio

Italian foundry in Milano. Scan of a specimen book cover, 1897. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gabriel Figueiredo

Brazilian graphic desgner and illustrator who works in Torino, Italy. Fontstructor who made these pixel faces in 2011: the Chip SS series (based on 8/16 bit video-games), Chip SBI, Cosmonaut, Pixel Reto (+Shadow) [a pixel font based on 'pixo reto', one of Brazil's most representative form of graffiti], Cleardom (+Bold) [an adaptation of Clarendon], Bit Script, 4 Square, Mononucleose, PXLTD.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gabriele Archibugi

Italian designer of the free hand-printed font A Day in Autumn (2012) and of Trattopenlife (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gabriele Cecere

Designer who studied at the Instituto Europeo di Design, Milan, Italy. Creator of this experimental typeface, called New International. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gabriele Magurno

Italian designer (b. 1972, Brescia) of The B.O.M.B. (2004, dingbats), Distopia Black Outlines (2011, a dymo label face), and Steiner (2006, monoline geometric sans). Dafont link. Another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gabriele Malaspina

Gabriele Malaspina, also known as Zeno, was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy, in 1986. He is an environmental engineering student. Designer of Fat Block (2009, FontStruct). Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gabriele Rigamonti

Graphic designer in Rovato, Brescia, Italy, b. 1976. He cofounded Studio Charlie with Carla Scorda and Vittorio Turla, with whom he codesigned the futuristic Stereotype family (2005). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Genna Cadangyao

Florence, Italy-based graphic designer who created an ornamental caps typeface in 2013 at Accademia Italiana.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

George J. Fox

Creator (b. 1982, Italy) of the pixelish typefaces Sung (2012) and Fox Line (2012). Liner (2012) is a bilined typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giacomo Franco

Italian copper engraver and publisher (1550-1620), who in 1596 published a human form alphabet largely influenced by similar alphabets of Peter Flötner in Germany. A font based on this was made by Ulrich Stiehl: GiacomoFranco (download link). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giacomo Marangon

Venice, Italy-based designer (b. 1994) of the tangram typeface Pangraph (2014). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giacomo Paolini

Italian author of a suite of ornamental letters known as Grotesque Alphabet in Mythological Landscapes (16th century). Scans of some letters in this alphabet: A, B, C, D, F, H, I, M, N, O, Q, R, S, T, V, Z. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giacomo Silva

Milan-based designer of the bamboo stick typeface Tipo Canneto (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giada Bettio

Italian creator (from Jesolo) of the ink trap techno face Lumina (2009), which was designed while he was studying at the Politecnico in Milan. It was intended for applications such as illuminated dashboards of cars and planes. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giambattista Bodoni
[Manuale Tipografico: 1818 (full)]

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Giambattista Bodoni
[Manuale Tipografico: 1818 (partial)]

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Giambattista Bodoni

Italian typographer and type designer, b. Saluzzo (1740), d. Parma (1813). He was the director of the Stamperia Reale in Parma. Court typographer of the Spanish king, Charles III, in 1782. In 1788, he published his masterpiece, the Manuale Tipografico (look at it here), which contained 291 alphabets, and was full of ornaments and borders. In 1818, 5 years after his death, his wife Margherita Dall'Aglio published a second edition, which contained 373 alphabets. He was influenced by Fournier and Firmin Didot. Today, most of his work resides in the Museo Bodoni of Parma.

The early modern attempts at recreating his type are due to ATF (ATF Bodoni by Morris Fuller Benton, 1907-1915), Mergenthales Linotype Bodoni (1914-1916), Haas Bodoni (1924-1939), Bauer Bodoni (by Louis Hoell, 1924), and Berthold Bodoni (1930). Today, Linotype lists 114 weights/versions/faces of Bodoni. Some find Bodoni too severe, but I like its proud upright strong and mathematically exact look.

Links: Graphion's site. The story of Bodoni Open. Bio by Nicholas Fabian. Another URL for that piece by Fabian. Another bio. FontShop link. MyFonts link. Wiki. Another wiki. Giambattista Bodoni, génie ou assassin? (2007, Jonathan Perez's thesis at Estienne). Linotype link. Klingspor link

Pink poster below created by Michael Robinson (Raleigh, NC). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Giammarco Alfio Formiconi

Italian creator (b. 1992) of the sharp-edged techno typeface Im Not Lazy (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giampiero Quaini

Graphic and type designer from Mantova, Italy. Behance link. He studied industrial design and visual communication at the Art Academy in Mantova and the School of Design in Milan. His conceptually original typefaces include a Tuning Fork face made in 2009. Check also his typographic work in The Roommates (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giampietro Bubola

Mysterious type designer. I foud only one instance in which his name popped up, namely in the Copyright Notice of the CarlingOpti-Light font (1991-1992, castcraft Software Inc), where we learn that Bubola has "redesigned" this font for Castcraft. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gian Luca Fonderico

Vicenza, Italy-based creator of the minimalist sans display face Arcado Sans (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gian Marco Favretto

Bolzano, Italy-based designer of the modular ball terminal-laden display typeface Karma (2014). From 2010-2015, he studied at Libera Università di Bolzano. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giancarlo Barison

Italian artist. Designer of Linotype Graphena (1997), a very aesthetic architectural font. FontShop link. Linotype link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giancarlo Illiprandi

Designer at Nebiolo. He was part of a team (with Franco Grignani, Bruno Munari, Ilio Negri, Till Neuburg, Luigi Oriani and Pino Tovaglia) that designed the lineale family Forma from 1966-1970 under the direction of Aldo Novarese. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giangiorgio Fuga
[Giò Fuga Type]

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Giangiuseppe Vedele

Creator of the free graffiti face Y-Yo Tags (2012). Giangiuseppe (b. 1993) lives in Galtelli on the island of Sardinia. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gianluca Aiello

Italian creator in Milan of the free techno face Black Caps (2011).

Dafont link. Devian Tart link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gianluca De Vivo

During his studies in naples, Italy, Gianluca De Vivo created the display typeface Barcellona (with two ells) (2013), which was inspired by the shapes of Gaudì's buildings in Barcelona.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giannabella Sacco

Italian-Venezuelan designer who grew up in both countries, graduated from The American School of Milan (ASM) in Milan (2009), and currently enrolled in the BFA program at Otis College of Art and Design.

With James Kenneally, she designed the free fun informal typeface Reacoo (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gianni Marcolongo
[TrueBlue]

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Gianni Sinni
[LCD Graphics]

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Gillian Riley

Typographer and food historian who lives in London. She is the author of the National Gallery cookbook, and is currently working on the Oxford Companion to Italian Food. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, she spoke about the connection between the works of Renaissance Humanist scholars and the food they enjoyed eating. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gino Manicone

Graphic and webb designer in Priverno, Italy. Creator of the monospaced sci-fi typeface HAL 9000 (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gioele Castevetere

Graphic designer in Milan who created the techno face Finnair (2012) based on the lettering in the Finnair logo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giò Fuga Type
[Giangiorgio Fuga]

An Italian type foundry by Milan-based type designer Giangiorgio Fuga, ATypI member, teacher of typography at the Istituto Europeo of Milan, Politecnico of Milan, Italy and Unisinos of Porto Alegre, Brasil. His great type blog page takes the pulse of Italian type design. Fuga designed gorgeous text fonts such as these:

At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about the corporate types and OpenType features. Type photos. Type blog. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giorgia B

Roman creator of BBB (2012), a typeface created with compass and ruler. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giorgia Brunamonti

Graphic designer and photographer in Rome. She created the display typeface Dandelion (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giorgio Catalisano

Sicilian designer of the pixel face Graphic Pixel (2007). Lives in Palermo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giorgio del Buono

Italian graphic design student at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, UK. He created the modular geometric face Wirdem (2011) during his studies. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giorgio Dovas

Florence, Italy-based graphic and print designer who made the experimental LineType (2009), the fat grotesk face Vince Nkarawi (2011), and the ultra-fat Ovalian (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giorgio Giaiotto

Born in 1938 in Udine, Italy, Giorgio Giaiotto studied architectural design with Carlo Magnani, and then worked in newspaper typography and finally moved to cartoon design. Creator of typefaces at VGC, such as Giorgio (1966, wood type style). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giorgio Sellari

Calligrapher and writing master in Italy, who drew this and this in one stroke. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giovambattista Palatino
[Libro di M. Giovambattista Palatino cittadino romano]

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Giovanantonio Tagliente

Or Giovanni Antonio Tagliente. Calligrapher and writing master, born in Venice, 1468-1527. Author of Lo presente libro insegna la vera arte de lo excellente scrivere de diverse varie sorti de litere (1524). Sample images from that penmanship book, which includes scripts for Latin, Hebrew and Greek: i, ii, iii, iv. Also: Chancery, Florentine, Florentine bastarda, Lettera bollatica, Lettera imperiale. Sets of ornamental capitals: Italian gothic Initials and Italian Renaissance Capitals. Picture of Tagliente's title page of his book in 1531. PDF of his work by Toni Pecoraro. Digitizations:

  • A scanfont based on his chancery is 1491 Cancellaresca Formata (2009, GLC).
  • Stanley Morison's metal Bembo (1929) is based on Tagliente's letters. Bitstream's Aldine 401 is the first digital take of Bembo, which is attributed jointly to F. Griffo and G. Tagliente. JY Aetna (1994) is Jack Yan's version. Other revivals include Bembo MT (Monotype), Bamberg Serial (Softmaker), Bergamo and Bergamo Osf (Softmaker), Bergamo (Infinitype) and Bergamo (FontSite).
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Giovanbattista Palatino

Or Giovanni Battista Palatino. Giovanbattista Palatino, b. Rossano, Italy, d. ca. 1575, Naples. The calligrapher's calligrapher, was the most prolific designer in the first half of the sixteen century. Palatino designed 29 different scripts, and also designed, not only Latin but, German, Hebrew, Chaldee, Arabic, Greek, Egyptian, Syrian, Indian, Cyrillic and several other alphabets. In 1540 he published a writing instruction and lettering book entitled Libro nuovo d'imparare a scrivere. In 1566, he wrote Compendio dl Gran Volume.

Palatino is also the name of a famous typeface designed in 1948 by Hermann Zapf at Linotype. Akira Kobayashi, the Palatino typeface family was expanded. Linotype released the Palatino Nova in 2005 and Palatino Sans and Palatino Sans Informal in 2006 as a joint effort of Hermann Zapf and Akira Kobayashi. Copies or near-copies of Zapf's paltino include Book Antiqua (by Monotype, distributed by Microsoft---this face did not have Zapf's blessing and may well have led Zapf to resign from ATypI), URW Palladio L (on which Zapf collaborated), TeX Gyre Pagella (free), Zapf Calligraphic 801 (by Bitstream, approved by Zapf), Zapf Renaissance Antiqua (by Scangraphic), Paltus (URW), Palladium (Compougraphic), Palm Strings (Corel), Parlament (Scangraphic), Patina (Alphatype), pal (GoScript), Palladio (by SoftMaker), palazzo (by SoftMaker), and FPL Neu (based on URW Palladio L).

View various digital implementions of Zapf's Palatino. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Giovanni Anceschi

Professor of Visual Design at the Faculty of Design and Arts of University IUAV of Venice. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he was supposed to speak about monograms and images, but did not show up. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giovanni Battista Braccelli

Giovanni Battista Braccelli (ca. 1600, d. before 1650) was an Italian engraver and painter of the Baroque period, who was active in Firenze. He is best known for his book of prints, Bizzarie di Varie Figure [a variety of human shapes], published in 1624 in Livorno, and dedicated to Don Pietro Medici. It contains wonderful futuristic engravings. Wikipedia: In this book, he engraves baroque experiments recalling Arcimboldo, engaging in a rarified set of conceits. Some of the figures are composed of boxes or raquets or curlicues. He published a second collection of prints entitled Figure Con Instrumenti Musicali E Boscarecci. Finally, he created Alfabeto figurato (1632, Italy), letters made by human forms.

Link to his human figure alphabet.

Digitization of his Bizzarie di varie figure include Bracelli Geometric Human Forms (Dick Pape, 2010). Dick Pape writes: Giovanni Battista Braccelli's Bizzarie di varie figure contains a suite of 50 etchings that celebrate the human figure in geometric forms. (1624) Squares, triangles, circles, and parallelograms take the place of muscle, bone, and tissue, defining the body in a new visual vocabulary. Braccelli's designs are unique in the history of book illustration. They represent a high point in the Mannerist style of etching that flourished in the 17th century. Mannerism incorporated the techniques of the Renaissance but rejected the classical imagery and harmonious style that is the hallmark of much 15th- and 16th-century European art. Braccelli's work had considerable influence on later generations of artists. His figures were adopted, for example, during the 20th century by the Surrealists, who lavished praise on his geometric forms and his ability to invest mechanical images with graceful, human qualities. Some of the etchings portray human emotion, as when figures dance across the page or struggle with one another in mortal combat. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giovanni Battista Sassi

Bologna-based foundry. His work can be found in Saggi dei caratteri, fregi, e sgraffe della nuova fonderia di Giambattista Sassi tipografo (Bologna. Con approvazione. 1797). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giovanni Battistini

Bologna, Italy-based creator (b. Como) of the typewriter font Lettera-G (2009), which was designed while he was studying at the Politecnico in Milan. It was based on a 60's typewriter face by Olivetti.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giovanni de Faccio

Italian calligrapher and type designer who lives in Austria. Giovanni de Faccio (b. San Donà di Piave, Venezia, 1966) and Lui Karner run the Austrian foundry DF Type (or: Fischbachpresse). They made the very classy text family called Rialto (1999), a humanistic antiqua with lots of alternates and extra characters.

Rialto won an award at the TDC2 Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2002. Soon to release a sans serif family called Linea.

From 1995-2001, he taught calligraphy and typography at the College for Communication and Media Design in Pöchlarn, Vienna and St. Pölten, Austria. He cuts letters in stone. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about Rialto. Working on df Stilo (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giovanni de Faccio
[DF Type (or: Fischbachpresse)]

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Giovanni Francesco Cresci

Or Gianfrancesco Cresci. Milanese calligrapher who worked in Rome during the later 16th century, and became the Vatican's scriptor. Author of Essemplare (1560) and Il Perfetto Scrittore (Venice, 1569-1570), and influential Italian writing master. The full title of the book is II perfetto Scrittore Di M. Gio. Francesco Cresci Cittadino Milanese Doue se veggono i veri Caratteri & le natural forme di tutte quelle sorti di lettere che a vero scrittor si appartengono. Con alcun'altre da lui nuouamente ritrouate : Et i modi che deue tenere il mastro per ben insegnare.

BibliOdyssey describes a type scandal from that era: Gianfrancesco Cresci heralded the onset of the Baroque by categorically rejecting what he considered were the useless adornments to some of the alphabets produced in the 1540s by the master calligrapher, Giambattista Palatino. Palatino responded by adopting letterforms similar to Cresci's (whose first work was published in 1560 in Essemplare) only to be accused by Cresci of lacking the necessary skills to produce the set himself, instead hiring an engraver for the work. It was quite the calligraphy/typography scandal of the 16th century. I believe the modern scholarly consensus, from manuscript comparisons, vindicates Palatino.

Some images of his alphabets: Italian Gothic Capitals (1570), Italian Initials (1570), Italian Minuscule (1570). Another minuscule from 1570.

Digital fonts directly based on his work include the Trajan all-caps face Cresci LP (1997, Garrett Boge).

Pictures of his roman capitals. Images from Il Perfetto Scrittore. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Giovanni Landi

Pistoia, Italy-based designer (aka Il Papyrus) of the Celtic knot font Celtic101 (2002) and the Greek font families Atene (1995) and Naxos (1995). GBL edizioni is his company. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giovanni Lussu

Born in Rome in 1944, Lussu is a graphic designer who teaches Graphic Design in the Course in Industrial Design of the Politecnico di Milano since its opening in 1993. He also teaches at LaSapienza in Rome. Cofounder of the magazine Calligrafia. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about the shape of language (is typography the ultimate means of communication?). Author of G. Lussu, A. Perri, and D. Turchi: "Scritture. Le forme della communicazione" (AIAP Edizioni, 1997). Author of G. Lussu: "La lettera uccide" (Stampa Alternativa&Graffiti, 1999; also Nuovi Equilibri, Viterbo 1999). He is one of the founders of the magazine "Calligrafia". Editor of the series "Scritture" published by Stampa Alternativa, where volumes by Adrian Frutiger, R. O. Blechman, Roy Harris and James Mosley appeared. He created a Roman lettering font, Scipio, in 1998 for 8mm-high letters to be carved out on the path from the Pantheon to the Trevi Fountain in Rome. This roman type was based on the lettering found on the Sepolcro degli Scipioni (2nd century before Christ). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giovanni Mardersteig

German type designer (b. Weimar, 1892, d. Verona, 1977). He started out in Kurt Wolff's München-based press in 1919, founded the Officina Bodoni, which moved first to Montagnola and then in 1926 to Verona. In 1968, he won the Gutenberg Prize. Here is the laudatio of Rudolf Hagelstang for the first Gutenberg prize winner (in German): Die Jünger Gutenbergs sind eine internationale Gesellschaft. Wenn wir heute einen ihrer Meister ehren, so blicken wir dabei weder auf die Stadt noch auf Länderfahnen, sondern fühlen uns mit dem Preisträger Giovanni Mardersteig als Bürger jenes Landes, das das Vaterland der Vaterländer ist: die Kunst. He became a perfectionist and printed exquisite books of the highest typographical standards. Hagelstang said that Mardersteig came as close to the ideal as possible. People referred to him as the prince among printers, the "Fürst der Drucker" or "Principe dei stampatori". His typefaces:

  • Dante (1947-1952, Officina Bodoni; 1957-1959, Monotype). First digital release of Dante was in 1993. It was cut from 1947-1954 by Charles Malin for the private press of Officina Bodoni in Verona. This is a marvelously balanced serif family based in part on Luca Pacioli's renaissance face. It also has a Dante Titling. Adobe says this about the family: Giovanni Mardersteig started work on Dante after the Second World War, when printing at the Officina Bodoni returned to full production. He drew on his experience of using Monotype Bembo and Centaur to design a new book face with an italic which worked harmoniously with the roman. Originally hand-cut by Charles Malin, it was adapted for mechanical composition by Monotype in 1957. The new digital version has been redrawn, by Monotype's Ron Carpenter, free from any restrictions imposed by hot metal technology. It was issued in 1993 in a range of three weights with a set of titling capitals, and is now available from Adobe. Dante is a beautiful book face which can also be used to good effect in magazines and periodicals. Monotype issued Dante Etext in 2013.
  • Fontana (1961, Monotype): designed for the Glasgow publisher Collins in 1936 (for the Collins dictionary), and based on a type cut by Alexander Wilson of the Glasgow Letter Foundry about 1770. It is an old style numbered face with some relationship to Baskerville.
  • Griffo (1928-1930, Officina Bodoni): designed for use in Mardersteig's own private press. Related to Dante, but more flowing.
  • Zeno (1937, Officina Bodoni). Based on early Italian romans; the punches were cut by Charles Malin.
Books on the Officina Bodoni include Giovanni Mardersteig: stampatore, editore, umanista (Valdonega, 1989). The Officina Bodoni : an account of the work of a hand press, 1923-1977 (Valdonega, 1980; a translation of "Die Officina Bodoni: das Werk einer Handpresse, 1923-1977" by Maximilian-Gesellschaft (1979)). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Giovanni Marenigh

Firenze-based printer. For his typefaces, see Saggio de' caratteri e fregi della tipografia di G. Marenigh (Firenze, 1813). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giovanni Mei

During his studies in Rome, Giovanni Mei designed the black metal font Thug Type (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giovanni Padovana

Italian typographer. Imre Reiner shows and compares the earliest fleurons, including one by Aldus Manutius (1500), Giovanni Padovana (1528), Dolet (1540) and Egenolff (1590). Close-up. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giovanni Spagnoli

Italian designer who created the sans face Centralissimo (2008) during his studies. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giovannino dei Grassi

Medieval miniaturist and painter, who died in 1398, probably in Milan. He was one of the first ones to show (painted) letters of an alphabet containing drawings of birds, animals and ladies (around 1390). This alphabet is known as The Bergamo Alphabet.

Wikipedia link. Link to The Sketchbook of Giovannino de Grassi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Girgio Coraglia
[Linotype&Linotipisti]

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Giuditta Brusadelli

Graphic designer in Lecco, Itay, who made a type-based portrait of Bodoni in 2009. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giulia Conte

During her industrial design studies, Giulia José Conte (Torchiarolo, Italy) created the stitching font Diaz (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giulia De Grazi

Giulia De Grazi (Verona, Italy) used only circular arcs and straight lines in the construction of her circular font called Alphabet (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giuliano Antonio Lo Re

Graphic designer in Rome. Creator of the ornamental typeface Louis XIV (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giulio Bertolotti

During his graphic design studies in Milan, Giulio Bertolotti created the display sans typeface Hill House (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giulio Bordonaro

Milan-based graphic designer who made the display face Amie Sans (2011), about which he says: Amie Sans is an obscene font. It's all about friendship, love, sex and casual relationships between glyphs. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giulio Carrucciu

An ex-student of the IUAV (the University Institute of Architecture of Venice), where he wrote a thesis on the theory and history of type classification. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about Italian typeface atlases and classifications. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giulio da Milano

A painter, he was the first director of Nebiolo in Turin (from 1930-1936), and was succeeded in 1936 by Alessandro Butti. All his fonts were published at Nebiolo:

  • The lineale titling font Neon (1935). Gala (2005, Canada Type) is an extensive digital family by Patrick Griffin and Rebecca Alaccari that revives Neon. Canada Type writes: Gala is the digitization of the one of the most important Italian typefaces of the twentieth century: G. da Milano's 1935 Neon design for the Nebiolo foundry. This designs importance is in being the predecessor - and perhaps direct ancestor - of Aldo Novarese's Microgramma (and later Eurostile), which paved the worlds way to the gentle transitional, futuristic look we now know and see everywhere. It is also one of the very first designs made under the direction of Alessandro Butti, a very important figure in Italian design. It is quite strange, not to mention unfair, that this typeface, though way ahead of its time, is rarely mentioned in type history, but one could reason that it must have been treated with disdain like much of the immediate pre-war Italian artwork, and was later filed under the more visible gems Nebiolo produced through the prolificacy of Butti and Novarese.
  • The condensed lineale titling font on a black mesh background, Razionale (1935).
  • In 1931, he designed a connected handwriting font, Veltro. This was digitized in 2007 by Ralph Unger at URW as Fontforum Veltro. It is available at Profonts as Veltro Pro.

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Giulio Grigollo

Based in Verona, Italy, this graphic designer and art director created the typeface Swan (2009) and the avant garde face Architecta (2009, Happycentro). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giuseppe Attisani

Italian designer of the handwriting font Amyie (2000). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giuseppe Cacciatore

Graphic designer, b. 1989, Italy. For a school project at Escuela de Arte in Madrid, he created a font called Dynamich. This is pure experimentation, based on Malevich's paintings. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giuseppe Cunsolo
[Peqpe]

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Giuseppe de Cesare
[BohFonts]

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Giuseppe De Luca

Communications designer in Naples, who created Symbol Alphabet (2013) and the dot matrix typeface Mobitypes (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giuseppe Errico

Prolific Italian designer of the futuristic monoline face GE Mezzano (2008) and the futuristic sans GE Futuribile (2008). He also made the wonderful ink splash connected handwriting face ITC Santangeli (2009). Other faces: GE Cadeau, GE Elena, ITC Mattia, GE Martora, ITC Ludwig (2001-2002, distressed), GE WM, GE Quest (grunge).

Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Giuseppe Fierro

Giuseppe Fierro (Benevento, Italy) created the retro grotesk typeface Macondo (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giuseppe Levi

Giuseppe Levi from Perugia designed AnecdoteCaps in 1993. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giuseppe Librace

Naples-based typographer and calligrapher who created the straight-edged typeface Broderie Armen (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giuseppe Maria Mitelli

Italian graphic artist, 1634-1718. In Le Collezioni DArte della Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna, Le Incisioni - Volume 1, he showed many figurative alphabets, such as the bizarre Alfabeto in Sogno (Dream Alphabet), dating from 1683. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giuseppe Salerno
[Resistenza]

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Gottlieb Stalder

Gorgeous web page in which Gottlieb Stalder offers his calligraphic script "Gottlieb Stalder Schrift " in font format (truetype and type 1, Mac and PC): capitals and numbers only. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Grafici Senza Frontiere

Grafici senza frontiere (graphic designers without borders) is based in Milan. They created a piano key Bauhaus-inspired typeface called Archiquadro (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gregory Flajszer
[Dadakool]

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Greta Silvi

Born in 1987, and living in Reggio Emilia, Greta Silvi created the surrealistic face Fusion (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Guido Grugnola

Graphic designer and co-founder in 1989 of the design firm Industrial&Corporate Profiles Srl. He lives and works in Milan, Italy. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about the corporate types he designed: Wally and Cordenons. [Google] [More]  ⦿

H. Brünnel

Designer of the italic stencil typeface Resolut (1937, Nebiolo). This typeface has seen two revivals:

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Happycentro
[Federico Galvani]

Happycentro is a creative studio based in Verona, Italy. Members include Federico Galvani, Giuliano Garonzi, Roberto Solieri, Giulio Grigollo, Andrea Manzati, and Federico Padovani. Behance link. They made various experimental types. Federico Galvani and Sebastiano Boni drew the caps face ProtoType by hand. Giulio Grigollo made the avant garde face Architecta (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Happyloverstown
[Jonathan Calugi]

Very talented Pistoia, Italy-based designer (b. 1982). Behance link. Dafont link. His typefaces:

A follower of Calugi writes: Jonathan is a young illustrator hailing from Pistoia, Italy. It's nearly impossible to not recognize his signature style: what at first appears to be a child-like doodling, a closer look will reveal a world of intricate, carefully crafted patterns and eccentric geometric forms. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Harendra Kapur

During his graphic design studies in Florence, Italy, Harendra Kapur designed the ultra-condensed typeface Rockefeller.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Haru Graphic

During her studies in Rome, Haru Graphic created the curly typeface Swirl (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hayley Parsons

Canberra-based graphic designer. During a course at the European Institute of Design in Florence, Italy, Hayley Parsons created the connected script typeface Cavale (2013). In 2014, she is finishing her studies at the University of Canberra, Australia. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hélène Barraud

Milano, Italy-based creator of the squarish typeface Chair (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hellotype
[Erasmo Ciufo]

Italian graphic designer and art director Erasmo Ciufo (b. 1982, milan) runs Fontinspiration and Hellotype. His typefaces include Tura (2008), Rapida (2008), Inspiration (2006, free), Regolo, Safran (2007) and Minutron. Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hellron

Robecchetto-based Italian graphic designer (b. 1986), who created Zodiac (2007), Old Skull Hellron (2007, skulls), Thorn (2007), Hellphabet (2007, handprinted), and Dazed and Confused (2007, grunge face). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Heric Longe Abramo

Italian designer (b. Bologna, 1976) of some deconstructivist fonts such as Kill Your Neighborhood (2000, knife dingbats and scanbats of faces), and the broken stencil font Metal Meltdown (2001). In 2000, he co-founded the magazine Pressure, dedicated to graffiti art. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Histoire de l'imprimerie à Venise

History of printing in Venice. Exemplary web pages. Pieces on Jean and Wendelin de Spira, Nicolas Jenson, Erhard Ratdolt, and Aldus Manutius. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Huny

Designer in Faenza, Italy, who created some nice typographic posters in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

I. Paulini

Italian copper engraver who lived in the 16th century. Around 1570, he created intricate initial caps, with each letter telling a story (the R in the link shows Romulus and Remus in Rome). His inspiration comes from mythology, and often involves angels, mermaids, snakes, and fruits. Spamula shows three letters of his alphabet, each letter encapsulating a mythological episode from the Methamorphoses of Ovid. [Google] [More]  ⦿

IAM (or: AIEMM)

Graduate of the Accademia delle Arti e Nuove Tecnologie, Roma, who lives in Rome. Behance link.

In 2012, AIEMM created the informal sans face Dear Santa Claus. Free for those who ask.

Carbonmade link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Iara Principe

Iara Principe (aka illustrissima) is a French-Brazilian-Italian freelance illustrator and graphic designer who resides in Paris. She drew a fat roundish face, ABC (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Igino Marini
[iKern]

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Igino Marini

Igino Marini (b. 1964), an Italian civil engineer, made revivals of the Fell types from 2000-2004: IM_FELL_Double_Pica_Italic, IM_FELL_Double_Pica_Roman, IM_FELL_Double_Pica_Roman_SC, IM_FELL_English_Italic, IM_FELL_English_Roman, IM_FELL_English_Roman_SC, IM_FELL_French_Canon_Italic, IM_FELL_French_Canon_Roman, IM_FELL_French_Canon_Roman_SC, IM_FELL_FLOWERS_1, IM_FELL_FLOWERS_2, IM_FELL_Great_Primer_Italic, IM_FELL_Great_Primer_Roman, IM_FELL_Great_Primer_Roman_SC, IM_FELL_DW_Pica_Italic, IM_FELL_DW_Pica_Roman, IM_FELL_DW_Pica_Roman_SC, IM_FELL_THREE_LINE_PICA. This is an unbelievable historically important collection:

  • Roman&Small Caps probably cut by Christoffel van Dijck. Italic probably cut by Robert Granjon. Acquisition in 1672.
  • Three line pica (for 41pt size) by Peter de Walpergen. Acquisition in 1686.
  • French canon (for 33pt size) by Peter de Walpergen. Acquisition in 1686.
  • Double pica (for 17pt size) by Peter de Walpergen. Acquisition in 1684.
  • Great primer (for 14pt size) by Peter de Walpergen. Acquisition in 1684 (Roman&Small Caps) and 1687 (Italic).
  • De Walpergen pica (for 10.5pt size) by Peter de Walpergen. Acquisition in 1692.
  • Fell flowers bought by Fell in 1672 from Holland. Cut by Robert Granjon and others. To be used at 25 or 17,5 points.
Marini runs iKern, a service for autospacing and autokerning digital typefaces based on a mathematical model and programs he developed since 2002. He lives in Osimo, Italy. Google Directory link where one can download IM Fell DW Pica SC, IM Fell French Canon, IM Fell English SC, IM Fell Great Primer SC, IM Fell Double Pica, IM Fell French Canon SC, IM Fell Great Primer, IM Fell English, IM Fell Double Pica SC, IM Fell DW Pica.

Klingspor link. Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

iKern

Igino Marini's kerning program, which is better than InDesign's Kernus according to the examples on Igino's page. He will even kern your fonts for you! The program was tested on a collection of revivals of Fell types developed by Igino, an Italian engineer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

iKern
[Igino Marini]

Kerning service offered by Igino Marini. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ilaria Buttari

Roman creator of the minimalist organic sans typeface Modular Sans (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ilaria Dell'Oro

Graphic designer in Lecco, Italy, who created the wide techno font Athletic (2013) with accompanying stick figure sports icons. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ilaria Iacoviello

Graduate in Communication Design from Politecnico of Milan. For her studies, she created a system of fonts and pictograms for the city of Venice called Neutral Font (2010). She also made a beautiful italic called Grypho (2010) based on the old style of Francesco Griffo. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ilaria Padovani

Graphic designer in Milan. She created a beautifully delicate flared semi-serifed face, Armagnac (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ilario Strazzullo

During his studies at Accademia delle Arti e Nuove Tecnologie, Ilario Strazzullo (Rome, Italy) created the free sans caps typeface Gravo (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ilenia Rizza

Graphic designer in Rome who made the roman caps typeface Rile (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ilio Negri

Designer at Nebiolo. He was part of a team (with Giancarlo Illiprandi, Bruno Munari, Franco Grignani, Till Neuburg, Luigi Oriani and Pino Tovaglia) that designed the lineale family Forma from 1966-1970 under the direction of Aldo Novarese. [Google] [More]  ⦿

IMPRINT TeSRE Archive

"IMPRINT (The Newsletter of Digital Typography) is a free newsletter devoted to digital typography and typesetting." Edited by Robert A. Kiesling. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Irene Torresi

Irene Torresi (Arezzo, Italy) created Fluid Font in 2012.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Isabella Ahmadzadeh

During her visual communication studies at IED Firenze, Livorno-based Isabella Ahmadzadeh created the Indic simulation typeface New Delhi (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

ISIA Urbino
[Luciano Perondi]

Italian Institute with type classes led by Luciano Perondi. Aka Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino. In 2008, they made the typewriter face Lekton (free), about which they write: The typeface has been designed at Isia Urbino by the students Luna Castroni, Stefano Faoro, Emilio Macchia, Elena Papassissa, Michela Povoleri, Tobias Seemiller, and the teacher Luciano Perondi (aka galacticus ineffabilis). Lekton is inspired by some of the typefaces used on the Olivetti typewriters. We thank Gianmaria Capello for his precious support. This typeface has been designed in 8 hours. Lekton is an open source project to which other people are invited to contribute. Dafont link.

In 2009, this was followed by another open source type family, Titillium, a clean organic sans that became quite popular. This huge typeface family made it to Google Web Fonts in 2012. The team says: The aim of the project is the creation of a collective fonts released under OFL. Each academic year, a dozen students work on the project, developing it further and solving problems. Any type designer interested in the amendment or revision of Titillium is invited to co-operate with us, or develop their own variants of the typeface according to the terms specified in the Open Font license. Besides Luciano Perondi, people involved in the direction of the project include Marcello Signorile, and Manuel Zanettin. Diego Gusti developed the first prototype of Titillium.

ISIA Urbino used to hold type design workshops. Examples: a monogram done in 1997-1998 by Michela Beccacece, another monogram from 1997-1998, the techno outline face Oracle (2002-2003) by Daniele Frattolin, Annamaria Mileo, Laura Testasecca, and Violetta Troina, Broderbund (2002-2003) by Laura Agostinelli, Francesca Ballarini, Elvira Pagliuca, and Alice Silvestri, the slab face Vivitar (2003-2004) by Alessandra Bicchi, Claudio Collina, Cinzia Quaglia, Margherita Vecchi, Dario Volpe, and Diego Zappelli, the futuristic face Syntellect (2002-2003) by Alessia Travaglini, Denis Imolesi Faraoni, Luca Piraccini, and Marco Comastri, the techno face Aspes (2003-2004) by Bisiac, Caroni and Comelli, the StarTrek face Fieldcrest (2002-2003) by Alessandra Schweiggl, Cornelia Hasler, Luca, and Giovanni Munari, the heavy display caps face Sharp (2003-2004) by Caterina Fattori, Marta Lettieri, Antonella Lorenzi, Alice Piazzi, and Roberta Paolucci, the typeface Canon (2002-2003) by Sonia Cattaneo, Sivia Pignat, Giulia Rizzini, and Claudia Stefanelli that was based on the logotype for Canon, the futuristic face Air New Zealand (2002-1003) by Chiara Cardascia, Giovanni Munari, Elisa Pellacani, and Susanna Tosatti.

Fontsy link. Font Squirrel link. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia

This is now called Università Iuav di Venezia. It has three faculties, Architecture (since 1927), Design and Arts, and Urban Planning. A good place to study typography in Venice. The professorial staff includes Sergio Polano and Giovanni Anceschi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Italian foundries of the 19th century

Italian foundries from the 1860s through 1890 include Zatta (Venice), Alessandri (Florence), Ameretti (Parma), Paganino (Parma), Negroni (Bologna) and Wilmant (Milan). In their thesis "Questioni di carattere", Manuela Rattin and Matteo Ricci write that these foundries were frought with alignment problems in the production, and had few original typefaces. It was a mediocre era in Italian typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Italian penmanship and calligraphic teaching books

Nice set of articles by Gio Fuga on some Italian penmanship books from the late 19th and 20th centuries---see also here and here. He discusses

  • Modello di Calligrafia---Metodo La Manna (Prof. Francesco La Manna 1947-1948, Casa Editrice Carlo Signorelli di Milano).
  • Modelli di Calligrafia (Prof. Primo Scapellato, 1953, Casa Editrice Giuseppe Principato di Milano).
  • Stile---Corso di bella scrittura (Enrica Magenta Piatti and Sergio Franchini, 1950s).
  • La Calligrafia nelle Scuole medie (Prof. Angelo Mona).
  • Modelli di Calligrafia per le Scuole Medie. Metodo Lamanna (approvato dal Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione) (Prof. Cav. Francesco La Manna). La Manna worked at the Reale Scuola tecnica Bonaventura Cavaliera di Milano. [Sample of the Metodo La Manna.]
  • Metodo razionale di calligrafia, ad uso delle scuole tecniche, normali, complementari, commerciali e degli aspiranti al diploma di calligrafia (1921, Prof. Tullio Giaconi edited in Livorno by R. Giusti).
  • Metodo di Calligrafia (1938, Prof. Gaetano Filosa). Other publications by Filosa include Trattato di calligrafia (1904, Litografia Democratica), Corso completo di calligrafia, per le scuole medie, professionali, commerciali e militari (1911), L'arte calligrafica nelle scuole medie: Raccolta di prospetti, intestazioni commerciali e composizioni calligrafiche (1913, Tipografia G. Federici), and Metodo di calligrafia (1958, ed. A. Garzanti).
  • Modello di calligrafia (1899, Eliodoro Andreoli, Milano). Andreoli was a renowned calligrapher.
  • La Calligrafia. Metodo teorico pratico (Prof. Giovanni Tonso). Tonso taught at Regio Istituto Sommeiller and at la Scuola Lagrange di Torino at the end of the 19th century. This book is not just about teaching calligraphy---it also covers writig for professionals, for the industry, the government and schools, and is a comprehensive manual on penmanship.
  • Il bello scrivere. Studio completo di calligrafia svolto con i più moderni sistemi e con procedimento teorico, pratico, nazionale (Giuseppe Ferrini, ca. 1902). This is a series with instructions for English, gothic (blackletter), Lapidary, Aldine, and Rotunda. Samples: i, ii, iii.
  • Calligrafia Moderna (Prof. Nicola D'Urso): this was used in high schools and graphic arts schools. [Sample of scrittura italiana, and of scrittura rotonda.]
  • La Calligrafia per le Scuole Medie. Metodo teorico-pratico diviso in 15 quaderni (Antonio Agostini): published in the early part of the 20th century in Treviglio, this book won a silver medal at the Fifth Esposizione Internazionale di Roma in 1903.
  • Manuale di Calligrafia per uso delle classi elementari (Cav. Michele Favaloro, Palermo).
  • The didactical worksof Bologna-based Fausto Saggiotti such as Esemplare di scrittura con massime di ben vivere per uso delle Scuole tecniche e normali (1882, Litografia G. Wenk, Bologna), Metodo per apprendere con facilità l'arte dei contorni per saggi di calligrafia, disegni, ecc. (1888, Stab. Litografico F. Barbieri, Bologna), Metodo di calligrafia (1888, Lit. G. Wenk, Bologna).
  • Metodo teorico---pratico illustrato (Prof. Giovanni Mundici, Società Tipografica Modenese). Sample of calligrafia inglese.
  • Metodo Teorico Pratico di Calligrafia (Prof. Ettore La Creta, Libreria Editrice Baroni, Lucca).
  • Metodo Cobianchi (Pietro e fratelli Cobianchi, Intra).
  • Metodo di calligrafia per le scuole elementari (Carlo Rossi). This book series was approved in Udine in 1878 and used in Friuli.
  • Metodo di Calligrafia (1889, Torello Bianchi): used in Umbria.
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italic 1.0
[Silvia Sfligiotti]

"Italic 1.0 Il disegno di caratteri contemporaneo in Italia Contemporary Type Design in Italy" is an English-Italian book edited by Paola Lenarduzzi, Mario Piazza and Silvia Sfligiotti and published by AIAP in 2002. It summarizes the state of typography in Italy in 2002. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Italic 2.0

Italic 2.0 is an Italian blog and type project, very central to all that is happening on the type scene in Italy. There is also a book by the same title, dated 2008, edited by Marta Bernstein, Luciano Perondi, and Silvia Sfligiotti, with articles by Giovanni Lussu, James Clough, Antonio Cavedoni, Marta Bernstein, Luciano Perondi, Giangiorgio Fuga, and Silvia Sfligiotti. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Italo Typo Tour

Italian type tour, showing pictures of found type, with maps and commentary. Part of Social Design Zine. For example, one is called Bodoniana. The other subpages are grouped around themes as well. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Itomi
[Antonio Moro]

Antonio Moro is a professional designer in Italy, who has been at it since 1999. His typefaces include Aldo Sans (2004) and Vinca Stencil (2004).

Another URL. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ivan Favalezza

Ivan Favalezza (Verona, Italy) designed the experimental geometric typeface Snowflakes Display (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ivana Concilio

Ivana Concilio (Salerno, Italy) created the experimental CMD font (2012). What, how, why? She also made the wall-writing typeface Ribbonpop (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ivana Tubaro

Calligrapher, typographer and architect. She is onere of three partners at RTT (Ronchi Tubaro Thom), an outfit in Milan, Italy, involved in typography, graphic design and calligraphy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ivano Colombo

Designer-entrepreneur who learned the craft of typesetter at the Istituto Pavoniano Artigianelli and founded Imagine, a book publishing company. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about his experieces at the laboratory of type design at the Faculty of Industrial Design of Politecnico di Milano. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Izmir University of Economics
[Alessandro Segalini]

Type design projects (June 2007) by Alessandro Segalini's students at Izmir University of Economics:

  • Nil Kip: Kememnce.
  • Alp Koca: Doner.
  • Tolga Gunyuzu: Pestemal.
  • Aycin Turan: Delight, Nargile (faux Arabic).
  • Merve Ayse Caglayan: Henna night.
  • Burak Besen: Cig Kofte (grunge stencil).
  • Deniz Kuru: Kunefe, Nalin.
  • Melih Altinkut: Cop Sis.
  • Ersa Kiray: Kokorec.
  • Arzu Sohoglu: Nazar Boncugu.
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Jacopo Atzori

During his communication design studies in Milan, Jacopo Atzori created a decorated caps typeface (2013) for 6:00am Skateboard Culture Magazine. Check also his oriental Nike Tour lettering for the same magazine in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jacques de Sanlecque the elder
[Robert Granjon]

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Jaime Guisado

Graphic designer in Padova, italy, who created the typeface Orb (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jambo Fonts

Original free font foundry in Italy that offers the same free fonts as Typografia Leone Sas. These typefaces include:

  • Sans serif: Urban Elegance (2013), Signoria (2013), Clocker (2013), Wind Sans Serif (2013), Leo Arrow (2013).
  • Serif: Typography Times (2013), Romanicum (2014: medieval typeface), Carved Rock (2013: slab serif), Romanesque Serif (2013).
  • Display typefaces: Night Club 70s (2014), America Faster (2013), Dalmata Dream (2013), Vampetica (2014: knife-edged), Typography Ties (2013).
  • Miscellaneous fonts: Linearmente (2014), Dream Love Valentine (2014), Paris in Love (2013), Christmas Sounds (2013), Downtown Elegance (2014), Uptown Elegance (2014), Comistain (2014).

Open Font Library link. Dafont link [Google] [More]  ⦿

James Clough

James Clough (b. 1947, London) studied typographic design at the London College of Printing. For more than thirty years he has lived and worked in Milan as typographer, designer and calligrapher and since 1990 also as a teacher of the theory and history of typography and visual communication at various institutions including the Milan Polytechnic University (since 2002) and the ISIA of Urbino. He lectures on many aspects of calligraphy, type design and the history of typography in Italy, Britain and Switzerland. Recent essays of his research for English and Italian publications include a study of the various editions of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (first printed by Aldus Manutius in 1499), types used by the earliest printers in Milan and Venice, the 20th century revivals of Bodoni's types and a study of historical and contemporary script types. In 2005 he curated the Mondovì Museum of Printing. He is on the scientific board of Bibliologia, and wrote the introduction to volume 2 in 2007. [Google] [More]  ⦿

James Mosley
[Typefoundry: Italian writing masters and calligraphers of the 16th and 17th centuries]

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Jane Patterson

An American type designer and President of Design Lab SRL (in partnership with Sebastiano Castiglioni), a digital font foundry in Milan, Italy. Jane Patterson holds degrees in fine and computer arts from Colorado College and the School of Visual Arts in New York. After an apprenticeship with Benguiat, she joined Font Bureau in 1991.

Author of the essay entitled Copyright&Fonts In The Age of Cyber Space.

Jane Patterson designed or co-designed

  • FB Californian (1987-1994, with Carol Twombly and David Berlow). In 1938, Goudy designed California Oldstyle for the University of California Press. In 1958, Lanston issued it as Californian. Carol Twombly digitized the roman in 1988 at Adobe. David Berlow revised it for Font Bureau with italic and small caps. Jane Patterson designed the bold. In 1999, assisted by Richard Lipton and Jill Pichotta, Berlow designed the black and the text and display series.
  • FB Cheltenham (1992).
  • Eldorado (Font Bureau). W. A. Dwiggins created the gorgeous oldstyle font Eldorado during WWII. It was released by Mergenthaler in 1953. Goudy followed an early roman lowercase, cut in the 16th century by Jacques de Sanlecque the elder, aka Granjon. David Berlow, Tobias Frere-Jones, and Thomas Rickner revived and expanded the series in 1993-1994 for Premiere magazine, with versions not only for text and display, but a Micro for six point and smaller.
  • Skyline (1992). Skyline was commissioned from Font Bureau by Condé Nast as headletter for Traveler magazine. Based on Imre Reiner's Corvinus (1929-1934)], and John Downer's Simona.

FontShop link.

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Jane Patterson
[Design Lab SRL, Milan]

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Jeanet Tello

Italian graphic designer. She created the lively display face Lenoxx (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jeanlouis David Amodio

Taranto, Italy-based graphic designer (aka Jean Grphx) who made the free brush face Ciao (2010) and the grungy Anconventional (2012).

Dafont link. Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jecko Development

Italian company which offers a free 500-set font package, of which five were made by Lecce, Italy-based Jecko (b. 1990), according to their web site: Jecko Legacy, JD LCD Rounded, JD Familla, JD Stars, JD Rings.

FontStructor who designed the dot matrix face JD LCD Rounded (2011).

Fontspace has several fonts made in 2011: JD LED 3 (dot matrix face), JD Scarabeo (white on black face for Scrabble tiles, +Light), JD Erica Regular (octagonal), Jecko Legacy, JD Jessica Regular (dot matrix face), JD Garden Regular (octagonal outline face), JD LCD Rounded, JD Eugeni (octagonal, white-on-black), JD Gina Regular, JD Star Regular, JD Rings Regular, and JD Nadia Regular, JD Brush, JD Stefania, JD Jerk, JD Hands, JD LED3 (dot matrix face), JD Familla, JD Treasure (handprinted), JD Rossella (handprinted), JD Fabiola (handprinted), JD Techno (handprinted), JD Teresa (handprinted), JD Lecce (octagonal), JD Eugenia (white on black), JD Code (octagonal), JD Stars.

Fonts from 2012: JD Lucrezia, JD Digital Regular.

Fonts made in 2013: JD Melted, JD Carnival, JD Royal, JD Tuline (bilined), JD Digisquare (textured typeface), JD Glare, JD Pictura, JD Talk (a multiline typeface), JD Rosaria, JD LED 7, JD Vega, JD Teresa, JD Stefania, JD Gina (octagonal), JD Arrow Up, JD drip, JD LED 5, JD Wave, JD Fynx, JD Tyr, JD Fantasy (stitched font), JD Neos (octagonal).

Typefaces from 2014: JD Stripex, JD Din (scribbly hand), JD Alessandra (curly script), JD Sophara, JD Equinox.

Abstract Fonts link. Fontspace link. Dafont link. FontStruct link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jekyll&Hyde
[Marco Molteni]

Jekyll&Hyde is an Italian studio founded in Milan in 1996 by Marco Molteni and Margherita Monguzzi. Mainly involved in corporate logos, this studio also produced some typefaces, notably Contaminato (1997), Pop (2001, geometric letters consisting of very few atomic elements), and Apocalisse (1996, grunge). These are not on their interesting but useless web page. They made the hairline octagonal face Otto (2008, octagonal), Peggy (2005, organic), Swimming (2001, organic). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jessica Gaudino

Graphic design student at the Academy of Fine Arts Brera in Milan, who was born in 1985 in Gemona del Friuli. She created a semi-stencil rounded typeface in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joana Pais

Joana Teles Rodrigues Pais is originally from Portugal, but lives in Milan. In 2009, she obtained a masters degree from the Scuola Politecnica di Design SPD in Milan. She made an experimental typeface called Small Urban Disasters (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joao Pucci

During his studies at IED in Firenze, Italy, Joao Pucci, who hails from Brazil, designed Trytype (2013). This typeface was designed using geometric principles, and looks like an architectural typeface, a far relative of David Siegel's Tekton. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Johannes de Spira

First printer of Venice. Died in 1469. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jonathan Calugi
[Happyloverstown]

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Jonathan Pierini

Graduate of the KABK in Den Haag in 2008. Originally from Italy, he created the Vasinto Sans family as a student at KABK. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Joseph Miceli
[AlfaType]

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Julia
[Valerio Di Lucente]

Julia is Valerio Di Lucente (Italy), Erwan Lhuissier (France) and Hugo Timm (Brazil), who met at the Royal College of Art in London, founding the studio Julia in 2008 upon graduation. Julia works on books, typefaces, exhibition design, posters, websites, identities and tablet applications. Typefaces created by them include

  • Premio (2010), A beveled typeface, extended to lowercase in 2012.
  • Riso (2009) is a display typeface designed for The Invisible Dot.
  • Copan (2010) is a beautiful multiline all caps headline face designed for a magazine.
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Julia

Julia is Valerio Di Lucente (Italy), Erwan Lhuissier (France) and Hugo Timm (Brazil). They met at the Royal College of Art in London having come from different professional backgrounds in editorial design, web and art direction. The studio was founded in 2008 upon their graduation. Together, they on books, typefaces, posters, websites, identities and exhibition design. They teach as visiting lecturers at Kingston University. Typefaces: Above Magazine (2009, an almost typewriter type), Copan (2010, a multilined face commissioned by Wallpaper's Born in Brazil issue), Riso, Herman (octagonal, done for Wired Magazine in 2010), Modo (2008, an experiment on a superposition of shifted strokes), Gill Sans Rounded (2007), Serious Sans (2008, anti--Comic sans), Volt (2009, a sans done for Volt Magazine). [Google] [More]  ⦿

K Projects
[Simone Giorgio]

Simone Giorgio (K-Projects, Varese, Italy; b.1985) is a Fontstructor who created the Western typefaces W Bill (2010) and K Bill (2009), which were inspired by an old Italian comic called Cocco Bill.

Simone wiorks as graphic and type designer

He also designed the octagonal Antique Angles (2009), the counterless Simple Pop (2010), Xetra (2009), Alfabeto (2010) and the 3d shadow face Shadow45 (2010).

In 2012, he created the Italian wood style typeface East Wood, and a beautiful rounded suarish mionospaced typeface called Monocolo. This typeface family comes with an icon and emoticon set. In 2014, Kprojects published the monospaced monoline programming font Monocolo and the Italian / Western typeface Rockwood.

Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Kalimera

Italian design studio in Reggio nell Emilia, est. 1996. Behance link. Creators of the BEE family (2011, fat and counterless). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katiuscia Mari

Partner of Andrea Cernoneschi in Monocromo, an Italian design studio in Firenze. She created Diamante (2011, a sans face with a condensed feel) and Peppermint (2011, a techo face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katiuscia Mari
[Fresko Design]

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Kerning

International non-prfit type designa nd typography conference held in Faenza, Italy, on June 5 and 6, 2014. Speakers include Jessica Hische, Ellen Lupton, Erik van Blokland, Frank Chimero, Elliot J. Stocks, incent Connare, Ellen Lupton, Simone Wolf, Francesco Franchi, and Jan Middendorp. Calligrapher Luca Barcellona will hold a workshop. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kidstudio
[Marco Innocenti]

Kidstudio (Firenze, Italy) was founded in 1997 by Luca Parenti and Marco Innocenti (b. Firenze). In 2013, Innocenti codesigned Kidot with Anastasia Yakovleva: Kidot font was created as a corporate font for KIDSTUDIO. It was born from professional passion to design & typography. A child of bauhaus and modernism. Honest & pure.

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Klaudio Bojaxhiu

Web designer in Corato, Italy, who created Helvetica Numbers Bored Me (2013), an experimental set of numbers. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Konrad Sweynheym

German printer (b. Mainz, d. 1477, Rome), who left Mainz with Arnold Pannartz to establish Italy's first printing press, in the monastery of St. Scholastica at Subiaco. There, they published three books, Cicero's De Oratore, the Opera of Lactantius, and St. Augustine's De Civitate Dei. In 1467, they set up a press in the De Massimi palace in Rome, from where they published 50 more books. Sweynheym is also spelled Sweynheim in some publications. Revivals of their faces, blends between humanist and blackletter, include the Subiaco font done by Ashendene Press in 1902. More recently, an almost exact copy of their types was digitized by Shane Brandes as SweynheymPannartz (2010). Nicholas Fabian on Sweynheym. An Italian Antiqua from 1465. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Kornnet

Italian designers of the handwriting faces KoRnNet.too.it (2003) and Sick Font (2004). Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

La Operina
[Ludovico Vicentino degli Arrighi]

Full e-text of the first book on writing, La Operina (Ludovico Vicentino degli Arrighi, 1522), a 32-page book about Arrighi's calligraphic lettering. Comments by G. Briem. Briem writes: The author was a copyist, papal scribe, publisher and type designer. He called himself Ludovico Vicentino, and wrote the name eight times into his short text. Yet we know him as Arrighi, a name that appears nowhere in the book. Operina shows great handwriting on every page. It is more than a set of model sheets, however. It describes Arrighi's underlying forms and two basic entry movements. It covers the spacing of lines, words and letters. It deals with slant and joins. Operina is a slim volume of 32 pages. It teaches italic handwriting and is still essential reading. Each page was printed from a separate woodcut by Ugo da Carpi, who is best known as a master of chiaroscuro engraving. Title page. Page 20. Page 26. Page 27. Page 28. Page 29. Page 30. Last page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

La Susina

Italian designer of the handwriting face LaSuSiNaCLaSSiC (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lara D. Gobbi

London-based designer (b. 1985, Rome) of the display caps typeface Funplastic (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Laura Addari

Laura Addari (Venice) created Positive Negative (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Laura Sansotera

Based in Corbetta, Italy, Laura Sansotera created a typeface that is based on Coppertone's logo. It was a school project in 2009 at Politecnico di Milano. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Laura Sansotera

Designer of the retro face AmeriCar (2010), a face designed during a course at Politecnico in Milan where she studied under Gio Fuga. [Google] [More]  ⦿

LCD Graphics
[Gianni Sinni]

LCD Graphics has an impossible page. It is a company founded in 1982 by Gianni Sinni (b. 1960) and Franca Gori in Florence. It seems like it has some fonts by Gianni Sinni such as LetteraTrentadue (1995), created as an homage to the Olivetti typewriter (with a Cyrillic version to boot, see here for the Russian typewriter font). Cut Up (1995) has letters obtained by cutting and pasting parts of letters. New Tuscany (2001) too has letters created by a montage process---it is a surprisingly elegant atmospheric font. Kiub (T-26, 2007) is a wonderful rounded blockish shadow display family. Dada Sans (2006) is a basic simple sans family. In the 1980s, Sinni was art director of the magazines at Westuff and Emporio Armani. Other URL. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Leandro Leanza

Palermo, Sicily-based designer of the modular squarish typeface Soffo (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Leandro Lisboa

Visual designer in Amsterdam. Designer of the elliptical face Yon (2010), a typeface designed during a course at Politecnico in Milan where he studied under Gio Fuga. Leandro is from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Other typefaces:

  • Imigongo (2012). An African-look face.
  • Nyanza (2012), for a brand for a refined collection of ethnic jewelry produced in Rwanda.
  • Iolanda (2012). A signage script.
  • Laguna and Laguna Italic (2012, a pair of sans faces in the final project for his graduation at IUAV University of Venice).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Leftloft
[Andrea Braccaloni]

Leftloft is a visual communications studio in Milan, founded in 1997 by graphic designer Andrea Braccaloni (b. Bologna, 1973), Francesco Cavalli, Bruno Genovese and David Pasquali. The studio is mainly engaged in corporate identity, and now also has an office in New York. Andrea Braccaloni teaches visual communication at the III Faculty of Architecture/Design at the Politecnico di Milano. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about new typefaces he designed the old-fashioned way, as a handicraft. Within the studio, there is a small lab for type design, called "Die kleine Fonderie", at which Andrea Braccaloni and Veronika Burian are active. Designs include LL Egeo (1999, shifted letters), LL Mila (2002, a condensed sans with a trademark "g"), LL Etica (2001-2002, a sans family that derives its name from Helvetica, and has soft strokes and wide apertures---in 2009, Etica Seriffo was published by Type Together as the "trappist type family"), LL Chicane (2001, geometric and experimental, between paperclip and neon sign), LL Impresa (2001, octagonal-themed font), LL SanSiro (masculine sans family), LL EU (a delicate sans), LL Alice ditalunghe (transitional text face), LL Officiel (extreme didone titling face, developed for French fashion magazine L'Officiel, in collaboration with Patricia Sartori), LL Crudo (experimental, now LFT Crudo), LL Ubu Re (2002, made by lines and circles only), Lemon (1998), L'Amante Perduto (1999), Solferino Text (2007, with Luciano Perondi, for Corriere della Sera). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Leo Colalillo

Designer in Milan who designed the heavy angular display face Grosser (2013), which was earlier called Größe (2012). This octagonal typeface covers Greek and is loaded with opentype features. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Leonardo Di Lena
[Flanker (or: Studio di Lena)]

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Leonardo Guardigli

Bologna, Italy-based creator of a clean hand-printed typeface in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Leonardo Gubbioni

During his studies at Accademia delle Arti e Nuove Tecnologie in 2014, Leonardo Gubbioni (Terni, Italy) created Building (2014), a masculine condensed haedline sans that takes no prisoners. Free download. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Leonardo Maltese

Graduate of IED in Rome in 2012. Cofounder in 2012 with Matteo Brogi of Studio Polpo. Together with Matteo Brogi , Leonardo Maltese (Rome) created the vintage signage typeface Forno (2013).

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Leonardo Sonnoli

Born in Trieste in 1962, and a partner in CODEsign in Rimini with Vetta (who died in 2003) and Tassinari. From 1990 to 2002 he has been art director at the Dolcini associati office in Pesaro. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about the pieces letters are made of. Creator of the militaristic geometric experimental typeface Corva Salto (1993). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Leonardo Suozzo

Italian graphic designer who graduated from the European Institute of Design in Rome. For his final project in 2012, he designed a typeface on the surface of a regular 3d polyhedron. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Leopardo Antonozzi

Italian penman, who wrote De Caratteri in 1638 in Rome. A facsimile was published in 1971 by Nieuwkoop. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Letizia Picuno

Roman designer who created the Curly typeface in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Letteralmente Mediterraneo Giornata della tipografia 2007

Type workshop held on November 17, 2007 in Lugano. Speakers: Andreu Balius, Patrick Thomas, Alessandro Segalini, Tarek Atrissi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

LeVision

Company that (re?)made the soccer lettering font Puma Pace in 2007. This was used by the Italian soccer team during the 2006 World Cup. Download here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Libreria AIAP

Italian publishing house specializing in type. Edited by Stampa Alternativa / Graffiti and led by Giovanni Lussu. Titles include:

  • Caterina Marrone: "I geroglifici fantastici di Athanasius Kircher" (2002). About hieroglyphs.
  • M. Rattin&M. Ricci: "Questioni di carattere. La tipografia in Italia dal 1861 agli anni Settanta".
  • M. Zennaro: "Calligrafia Fondamenti e procedure".
  • R.O. Blechman: "Tutto esaurito".
  • Roy Harris: "L'origine della scrittura".
  • James Mosley: "Radici della scrittura moderna" (2001).
  • Adrian Frutiger: "Il mondo dei simboli Passeggiate tra i segni".
  • Adrian Frutiger: "Segni&simboli Disegno, progetto e significato".
  • Marco Delogu: "Nature Scritti nel tempo".
  • F. Ascoli and G. De Faccio: "Scrivere meglio". How to improve your handwriting.
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Libro di M. Giovambattista Palatino cittadino romano
[Giovambattista Palatino]

This jewel of a book was published in 1550 by Antonio Blado asolano in Rome. It is now available on the web and contains of complete alphabets, from chancery scripts, to blackletter and roman. There are also Greek, Hebrew, Cyrillic, Syrian, Arabic and other alphabets. Selected pics to make you drool. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lilith Fate

Born in 1989 in Treviso, Italy. Creator of Lilith Script (2012, hand-printed). Aka Fatum Path.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Linotype&Linotipisti
[Girgio Coraglia]

Pages by Giorgio Coraglia on Ottmar Mergenthaler and Linotype. As he himself puts it: "It is a site open to the testimonies of all those whom have dedicated a life of labor to a mythical profession: to the Linotype operator&typographers&= journalists throughout the world. To remember&to remind." [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lodovico Curione

Italian writing master, b. Bologna, d. Roma 1617. Examples of his work date from 1582 and 1588. Author of II Cancelliere di Ludovico Curione ornato di lettere corsiue et d'altre maniere di caratteri vsati a scriuersi in Italia. Libre Quarto (Roma, 1609). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lorenzo Fernandez

Graphic designer in Milan. During a 5-week type design course at Politecnico di Milano, he created the extraordinary mid-20th century display faces Rollopino and Rollopina (2009), created in the style used on wooden score boards for baseball. Portfolio. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lorenzo Lalatta

Graphic artist, illustrator, and web designer who lives and works in Parma, Italy, and studied at the European Institute of Design in Milan. He says to be inspired by the work of Belgian comic artist Hergé, Georges Remi, creator of the popular comic character, Tintin. Designer of the innovative display font Orchestra (2003, Bitstream), which has letters made up from instruments. Home page. Alternate URL for home page. Yet another URL. FontShop link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

LR Typefoundry
[Luca Romeo]

Italian communication designer, now based in London. Creator of the pixel typeface Invader Regular (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

LS Graphic Design Tipografia

Italian graphic design blog with a subpage on typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Luca Barcellona

Celebrated Milan-based calligrapher, letterer and illustrator. Examples of his lettering include this shoe (2010), this octopus (2010) and this tiger. Enhanced graffiti lettering. Lettering video on Vimeo. Logos and designs for Carhart in 2010. MySpace link. Flickr page. Another Flickr page. Another URL.

He has shown some complete, mostly calligraphic, alphabets that I suspect have never been fonted. These include the calligraphic brush set ABC Narrow (2008), a blackletter demo, and Dry Brush Fraktur (2010). Pic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Luca Capretti

Rome-based designer of Paintdrip (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Luca Casini

Milan-based graphic designer. Creator of Callibold (2011, iFontMaker), a hand-printed face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Luca D'Onofrio

Milan-based designer who created the Buckeye typeface in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Luca Egidio Galessi

Art dieector in Villa di Serio, Italy. Creator of the school project font Filorosso (2010) during his studies at Polidesign, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Luca Ferrario

Located in Milan, Luca Ferrario designed the fat finger typeface Supergrass (2013) which is based on the Supergrass Festival logotype. Free download. Patricia Fraktur (2013) is based on the logo of he Uruguayan Patricia beer.

Behance link. Hellofont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Luca Mescoli

Milan-based creator of the hairline sans typeface Fibo (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Luca Pagot

Italian designer in Udine. Creator of the modular futuristic face Space Paranoid (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Luca Pedrotti

Italian web, graphic and type designer who lives in Brescia. Behance link.

His free typefaces: Evereverse (2010), Fatty Joy (2005, an art deco cum organic typeface), Ica3 (2006), Evereverse (2007) and wwwar (2005, pixel face).

He also experimented with the iPhone BBD app for making typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Luca Romeo
[LR Typefoundry]

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Luca Sabatini

Graphic designer at Unknown Studio in Novate Milanese, Italy. Creator of the heavy poster typeface UT Mammut (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Luca Tornatola

Italian designer of the hand-printed typeface AndNow Hand (2013). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lucas Leo Catalano

Rome-based creator of Janueri (2013), an angular text typeface.

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Luciano Perondi
[Molotro]

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Luciano Perondi
[ISIA Urbino]

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Lucio Bolognesi

Senior Italian designer who is based in London. Basik home page. His typefaces include Bass It Up (squarish), Privacy (modular), and Wellvetica (+Bold). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lucio Passerini

Italian woodcutter, typographer and publisher. He teaches lettering and graphic arts history in Milan. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about the current state of calligraphy in Italy and the achievements of the ACI (Associazione Calligrafica Italiana) since its inception in 1991. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lucy Denning

During her graphic design studies in London, Lucy Denning created a decorative extension of Lucinda Handwriting called Iced Circulus (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ludiko kidult lab

Italian art cooperative in Omegna, where one can download the nice hand-printed Ave Giulio (2009). Other fonts viewable via Behance include Downboy (2009). Dafont link. Other fonts: Sciallo (2009), Maruto Skiing (2009, an art deco beauty), Crookers (2009, a dada face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ludovica Jannello

Graphic designer and illustrator in Milan, who created a new style of stencil face in her Beagle Stencil (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ludovico Cesetti

During his studies in Rome, Ludovico Cesetti created the alchemic typeface Rigel (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ludovico Vicentino degli Arrighi da Vicenza

Influential Italian printer, writing master and calligrapher, b. ca. 1475-1480, d. 1527, aka Ludovico Vicentino (degli Arrighi), or Ludovico il Vicentino. Around 1510 he was a bookseller in Rome. He was employed as a scribe at the Apostolic Chancery in 1515. Author in 1522 of the writing manual La Operina, da imparare di scrivere littera cancellarescha, which was the first one for popular use. La Operina contains the first printed example of Chancery Cursive. In 1523, he wrote a sequel, Il modo de temperare le penne, a beautiful and influential typographic manual.

Roderick Cave writes in his The Private Press: The first part of this was printed entirely from wood blocks, but the second part, Il Modo di Temperare le Penne, contains several pages printed in a very fine italic typeface modeled on the cancellaresca formata hand. The type was fairly obviously derived from the hand used by Arrighi himself; it seems likely that the punches were cut by his partner, who can with reasonable certainty be identified as Lautizio de Bartolomeo dei Rotelli, of whose skill as an engraver of seals Benvenuto Cellini speaks with respect in his Autobiography. He started printing in 1524 and designed his own italic typefaces for his work, which were widely emulated.

His letterforms were revived in the 20th century by designers such as Plumet (1925), Stanley Morison (Monotype Blado (1923, Stanley Morrison) is based on Arrighi's lettering---it was unfortunately named after the printer Antonio Blado who used the type in the 1530s; the name Monotype Arrighi would have been more appropriate), Frederic Warde (in his Arrighi Italic, 1925), Robert Slimbach (one could say that his memory lives on through fonts like Adobe Jenson Multiple Master), Ladislav Mandel (Cancellaresca), Willibald Kraml (Vicentino, 1992), Paulo W (as Volitiva), Gunnlaugur S.E. Briem (Briem Operina), James Grieshaber (P22 Operina), Michelle Dixon (Arrighi Copybook), Gilles Le Corre (1522 Vicentino, 2011) and Jonathan Hoefler (Requiem Text).

Arrighi's last printing was dated shortly before the sack of Rome (1527), during which he was probably killed.

Sample pics: Fantastic ornamental capitals (1522), roman capitals (1522), Italian capitals, Italian minuscule. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ludovico Vicentino degli Arrighi
[La Operina]

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Luigi Oriani

Designer at Nebiolo. He was part of a team (with Giancarlo Illiprandi, Bruno Munari, Ilio Negri, Till Neuburg, Franco Grignani and Pino Tovaglia) that designed the lineale family Forma from 1966-1970 under the direction of Aldo Novarese. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Luisa Somaschini

Designer who studied at the Instituto Europeo di Design, Milan, Italy. Creator of this experimental typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

LXfonts
[Claudio Beccari]

A collection of free metafont and type 1 fonts made in 2008 by Turn-based Claudio Beccari designer for mathematical slide presentations. These are genealogically related to Knuth's Computer Modern fonts. The fonts: lcmbsy8, lcmex8, lcmmi8, lcmmib8, lcmsy8, leclb8, lecli8, leclo8, leclq8, llasy8, llasyb8, llcmss8, llcmssb8, llcmssi8, llcmsso8, lmsam8, lmsbm8, ltclb8, ltcli8, ltclo8, ltclq8. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Manfredo Massironi

Italian author of The pleasure of showing and looking at words, an essay, ca. 2007, on the roots of calligraphy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Manuale Tipografico: 1818 (full)
[Giambattista Bodoni]

In 1788, Giambattista Bodoni published his masterpiece, the Manuale Tipografico (look at it here), which contained 291 alphabets, and was full of ornaments and borders. In 1818, 5 years after his death, his wife Margherita Dall'Aglio published a second edition, which contained 373 alphabets. He was influenced by Fournier and Firmin Didot. All images of the 1818 book are here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Manuale Tipografico: 1818 (partial)
[Giambattista Bodoni]

In 1788, Giambattista Bodoni published his masterpiece, the Manuale Tipografico (look at it here), which contained 291 alphabets, and was full of ornaments and borders. In 1818, 5 years after his death, his wife Margherita Dall'Aglio published a second edition, which contained 373 alphabets. He was influenced by Fournier and Firmin Didot. Some images of the 1818 book are in this page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Manuela Rattin and Matteo Ricci

Authors of a thesis entitled Questioni di Carattere: La tipografia in Italia dal 1861 agli anni Settanta (1997, Stampa Alternativa&Graffiti). It surveys the history of Italian typography and type design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Manuele Mascheroni
[Oven Foundry]

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Marca Tipografica

Italian page that explains about typographic marks that were used principally between 1457 and 1700. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marcellina Giovanni

Italian designer in Jakarta who made a geometric modular typeface called Gioca (2013) starting from Century Gothic Bold. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marcelo Omegna

Marcelo Omegna, who seems to be Italian, designed the round signage face Patronato 21 (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marcelo Vendramel

Milan-based and Sao Paulo-born designer of Rolo (2013), a typeface that was inspiured by Sao Paulo's pixacao style.

Hellofont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marcloud
[Claudius Marcus]

During his studies in Rome, Marcloud, or Claudius Marcus (b. 1990), designed the unicase typeface The Copenhagener (2013).

Dafont link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marco Anelli
[Caratteri]

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Marco Antonio Rossi

Italian calligrapher from the late 16th century, who created several sets of beautiful initials. Geometric construction of roman capitals, from Giardino de Scrittori, 1598. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marco Bergamini Pzeros

Italian designer of the refined display face Jent (2011), which is fit for a gentleman's fashion mag. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marco Comastri
[Bunker]

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Marco Condello

Torino, Italy-based designer of Pietre (2013), a stencil face inspired by stone slabs. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marco Corna

Milan-based graphic designer. Creator of Ottotipo (2010, grotesque). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marco D'Ambrosio

Italian youngster, b. 1992. Creator of the comic strip scanbat face KakuDingbatsOnePieceArtOnePieceArea (2008), DirtyFemaleFeet (2009, scanbats), Knives (2009, scanbats), Karyna Feet (2009), The Comedian Dingbats (2009, scanbats) and PipBoyWeaponsDingbats (2009). Aka Skulls, or The Fetish Press. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marco Fox

Italian (b. 1997, Cesena) who designed the the sketched face Sketchetik (2011)---at least that is the information given by Dafont. I believe that they are wrong and that Sketchetik, the face posted by Dafont, belongs to Hiekka Graphics. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marco Goran Romano

Talented illustrator and graphic designer in Milan, Italy, who works for the Italian version of Wired Magazine. Behance link. Examples: a bike poster called Hand Made With Love (2011), and an illustration called Firenze (2011).

Creator of the fun free font GRN Burgy (2011), which was created for massive headlines, posters and fast food logos. It takes inspiration from the earliest American graffiti and from fast food culture. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marco Innocenti
[Kidstudio]

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Marco Invernizzi

Graphic designer in Milan. In 2013, he created the ransom note style httype typeface, which uses letters from social media logos.

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Marco Lucidi

Udine-based designer of a nice typographic logo, Pinna (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marco Marciano

During his graphic design studies in Palermo, Sicily, Marco Marciano created the display typeface Panzer (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marco Molteni
[Jekyll&Hyde]

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Marco Oggian

Freelance designer and illustrator in Milan. Creator of Magico (2013, Ten Dollar Fonts: an ornamental caps typeface), Conizugna (2013, Ten Dollar Fonts), the alchemic typefaces Roccia (2013), Parqa (2012, Ten Dollar Fonts: inspired by Gotham, a font used in German expressionist cinema), Labieno (2012) and Harf 77 (2012, Ten Dollar Fonts: Harf77 is a contribution to the English punk scene of the late 70's). Harf 77 Neue followed in 2013.

Typefaces from 2014: Milano (a free sans typeface).

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Marco Rodili

Chiavenna, Italy-based designer of Rodili Garamond (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marco Santinelli

Marco Santinelli (Rome, Italy) created the circle-based modular typeface Bounce in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marco Sbaraglia

Graphic designer in Milan who made the flare-serifed heavy all caps typeface Camel (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marco Serpieri

Italian creator of the artsy stencil face Essedicom (2009). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marco Ugolini

Italian visual artist based in Amsterdam and Berlin. In 2005 he graduated with a bachelor's degree in visual communication from ISIA (Florence, Italy) and Bauhaus University (Weimar, Germany). He continued his studies at the Sandberg institute of the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, where he obtained a Master's degree.

Creator of the geometric sans typeface Biko (2013), which is named after South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko. See also Biko Light (2013). Buy Biko from Monofonts. Obtain a free copy from Dafont.

In 2014, he designed the masculine sans face Coluna Condensed Bold (also free at Dafont, this family includes Rounded, Outlined, and Sketched styles).

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Marco Virgillito
[Unknown Studio]

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Margherita Monguzzi

Jekyll&Hyde is an Italian studio founded in Milan in 1996 by Marco Molteni and Margherita Monguzzi. Mainly involved in corporate logos, this studio also produced some typefaces, notably Contaminato, Pop (2001, geometric letters consisting of very few atomic elements), and Apocalisse (1996, grunge). These are not on their interesting but useless web page. They made the interesting hairline octagonal face Otto (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Margherita Rubini

Born in Venice in 1984, Margherita Rubini studied industrial design at the IUAV. In 2013, she created the 3d "industrial look" typeface Block.

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Maria Felicia

Italian designer of the hand-printed typeface Effe (2012, +New Version).

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Maria Gabriella Aronne

Graphic designer in Crotone, Italy. Designer of the compass-and-ruler typeface Trado (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maria Luisa Bertazzoni

Communication design student at Politecnico di Milano, who is from Mantova. She created Pasticcio Storico (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maria Lyng

Maria Lyng (Copenhagen, b. 1983) created the flowing sans typeface Favonio (2012).

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Maria Modafferi

Firenze-based designer of the sans totling face Modam (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mariano Cellini

Firenze-based printer, 1803-1877. For his typefaces, see Saggio dei caratteri della Tipografia Galilejana : e per incidenza cenni sull'origine della stampa : storia di detta tipografia e catalogo delle opere stampate fin qui dalla medesima (Firenze, 1853). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mariarosaria Digregorio

Italian graphic designer (b. Bari, 1983) who studied at the Politecnico di Bari with people such as Luciano Perondi, Giovanni Lussu, Nino Perrone and Daniele Turchi. Her work includes a nice set of emoticons for moods, and a typeface called Perbacco (2004, codesigners at the Politecnico di Bari of this organic sans: Davide Cantatore and Enzo Ruta; teachers: Giovanni Lussu, Luciano Perondi and Nino Perrone). She lives in Colle, Bari. She got her degree in Disegno Industriale at Politecnico di Bari in 2006, and is doing a Masters in Comunicazini Visive e Multimediali at Università IUAV di Venezia. Codesigner with Enzo Ruta in 2007 of the techno face FF3300 Type. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mariia Parkhomenko

Mariia Parkhomenko (Turin, Italy) created the mechanical typeface just called Alphabet (2012) for a book game.

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Marina di Cocco

Italian graphic designer. Creator of the spurred typeface Firm & Pounded (2012). The Devil Wears Prada anyone? Or is it Leboutin? [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marina Tercelan

Art director and illustrato in Milan, who created the arts and crafts display face Pesto (2013).

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Mario Macca

During his graphic design studies, Mario Macca (Caserta, Italy) designed the hexagonal typeface Exans (2013). Free download. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mario Piazza

Italian graphic designer (b. 1954) and architect who published La Grafica su Marte 2000 (Milan,1996), Universo Balan (Milan, 2001) and Progettare il marchio (Turin, 2001). In 1996, he founded the 46xy studio in Milan. He also teaches graphic design at the Politecnico in Milan. Since 1992, he is the president of AIAP, the Italian Visual Communications Design Association. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about contemporary type design in Italy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mario Viti

Italian designer of an ultra-fat outline face in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mark Tamagnini
[UP Comunicazione]

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Marta Ambrosetti

During her studies at Politecnico di Milano, Marta Ambrosetti (Varese, Italy) designed the grid and compass-based art deco stencil typeface Geometric (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marta Coppola

During her studies in 2013 at the Accademia delle Arti e Nuove Tecnologie di Roma, Marta Coppola designed Backfist, a very modular condensed geometric sans. Earlier, in 2011-2012, she designed a set of pictograms. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marta Erica Bernstein

Graduate of the Type and Media program at KABK, 2009. There, she designed the serif family Alice, specifically for magazines. She is working on Bolano in 2010 about which she writes: It is based on my brush calligraphy, tamed down to a book typeface. She is back in Milan now where she works at LS Design. She wrote A Hundred Years of Type 1813-1908 Typefounders and Printers in Italy from Bodoni's death to the foundation of Augusta company in Turin (Master degree dissertation developed with Emanuela Conidi. Supervisor: Prof. James Clough at Politecnico di Milano, July 2006; in Italian: Cento Anni di Caratteri 1813-1908). Scans of Alice: i, ii, iii, iv, v. Scans of Bolano: i, ii, iii.

Cargo Collective link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marta Panetto

Graphic designer in Milan, who created the serif typeface Gloria in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marta Rusconi

Marta Rusconi (Lecco, Italy) created PiGreco (2013), a circle and arc-based display typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martina Casonato

In 2011-2012, Martina Casonato studied at Universita degli Studi di Venezia, Politecnico di Milano and the London College of Communication.

Her Hono typeface (2012) is designed for small print. It was developed in collaboration with Diego Savalli, Paola Dus, Manuel Rigo and Tommaso Vidus Rosin, under the direction of Marta Bernstein and Andrea Braccaloni at Politecnico di Milano. She works as a graphic designer in London.

In 2013 she createc a blackletter typeface called Origami.

Behance link. Cargo collective link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martina Cullen

Italian designer of the curly hand-printed Romantic Font (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martina Elisa Cecchi

Type design student of J. Clough at Politecnico in Milan in 2011. She created the sans face City (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martina Ginevra Albano

Industrial designer in Lucca, Italy, who created the techno font Adic (2013) and the free experimental typeface Leliel (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martina Zanini

Martina Zanini lives in Lodi, Italy. While studying in 2010-2011 with James Clough at the Politecnico di Milano, she created the roman flare serif face Bulino (2011). Wolpe's Albertus and Gerard Unger's Amerigo served as models for its development. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martino Mardersteig

Son of Giovanni Mardersteig, born in 1941. At nineteen he started setting type by hand at the Officina Bodoni under the guidance of his father. He studied at the Akademie für Graphische Gewerbe in Munich and joined the Stamperia Valdonega in Verona. Since 1974, he is the owner of Stamperia Valdonega. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about traditional typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marzia Larusso

Italian designer of the hand-printed Seth New (2001), Max Andersson (2002), Ponchione (2007) and Clowes (2001). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Massimiliano Frangi

Italian designer of the hairline sans Prestinée Sans (2007), which has an excellent hairline weight. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Massimiliano Frangi
[Typomilan]

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Massimiliano Musina

Italian designer who used FontStruct in 2009 to make Sulcus, a pixelish design inspired by Sulcus, a work of the minimalist artist Carl Andre. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Massimo Pitis

Teacher (b. 1964) of Visual Communication at the Politecnico di Milano and of Tools and Techniques of Graphic Design at the Rome University, La Sapienza. In 1995 he founded the Vitamina studio with Aldo Buscalferri, where he does graphic design work, calligraphy, photography, and illustration for industrial clients. In 2002, he became the creative director at Landor Associates in Milan. He is the vice-president of BEDA. His clients include MTV, Heineken, Onyx, Sony, Mediaset (TV network) and Blu (an Italian mobile phone company), for whom he created a company typeface, Blutype. He also made a hip version of Agenda, called Diario. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about type for branding and communication. Scan of some posters made in 2010. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Massimo Vignelli

Famous Italian typographer and graphic designer, b. 1931, Milan. Designer, with Tom Carnase, of WTC Our Bodoni (1989). In 1966, he set up Unimark International in New York City, which became the largest diseign firm of its day. He left Uimark in 1971, to set up Vigneeli Associats in New York City with his wife Lelli.

He dismissed Emigre as a garbage pail of design. Famous for his designs and opinions, he once said that a designer should only use these five typefaces: Bodoni, Helvetica, Times Roman, Century and Futura. Another quote along the samne lines: In the new computer age, the proliferation of typefaces and type manipulations represents a new level of visual pollution threatening our culture. Out of thousands of typefaces, all we need are a few basic ones, and trash the rest.

In his Vignelli Canon (free PDF book on design), he mentions these six: Garamond (1532), Bodoni (1788), Century Expanded (1900), Futura (1930), Times Roman (1931) and Helvetica (1957) [However, in that booklet he uses 8 different type families: the above six, and Gill Sans and Univers]. Yves Peters' reaction: Massimo Vignelli clearly hasn't got a clue. It's not the first time a quote of his makes me cringe. I hope you appreciate I'm trying real hard to stay polite. Frankly, if I ever heard anyone say: "a music lover should only listen to 5 artists: Elton John, Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Whitney Houston and Luciano Pavarotti" I'd go to great lengths to ridicule the billy sastard. Vignelli published New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual (1970, New York, as Unimark International).

Discussion of his work by the typophiles. Report of his presentation at ATypI 2006 in Lisbon.

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Master Pier

Italian designer (b. 1981), who lives in Como. Creator of Estro (2008), a geometric sans face. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matteo Billia
[Utilitype]

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Matteo Binci

Italian designer of the condensed typeface Opt (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matteo Bologna
[Muccatypo.com]

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Matteo Brogi

Cofounder in 2012 with Leonardo Maltese of Studio Polpo. Together with Leonardo Maltese, Matteo Brogi (Rome) created the vintage signage typeface Forno (2013). Matteo designed the ornamental caps typeface Fishes (2013).

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Matteo Carraturo

During his graphic design studies in Milan, Matteo Carraturo created the hairline display face Agita Pro (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matteo Civaschi

(Italian?) [T-26] designer of Nedian (a 1998 caps family in the style of Bank Gothic). Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Matteo Colombo

Milan-based creator of the 1960s style modular computer font Quadro (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matteo Di Iorio

Treviso, Italy-based designer (b. 1989, Forlimpopoli, Italy) of the monoline avant garde sans typeface Antipasto (2007, Zeta Fonts).

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Matteo Federico Bologna
[Mucca Design]

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Matteo Gallinelli

Graphic designer in Rome. He created a semi-octagonal typeface for logotypes and advertising called Tumentu (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matteo Milone

During his studfies in Syracuse, Italy, Matteo Milone created the high-contrast didone typeface Saluzzo (2013), which was named after Bodoni's birthplace. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matteo Molinaro

Udine, Italy-based creator of Genoa Regular (2013, sans) and Genoa Stencil (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matteo Oliverio

Catanzaro-based Italian designer (b. 1985) of Bigattino (2008, a fun face), DownBoy (2008), Ludiko Village (2008, a family of houses, factories, trees and little characters commisioned by Ludiko Village, Verbania: Ludiko is a multidisciplinary duo formed by Andrea Ruschetti aka Ludiko boy and Francesca Mendolia aka Miss Paka.) and Somalove (an African-themed free font created in cooperation with John Calugi).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matteo Zilla

Roman designer who created a typeface in 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mattia Bonanomi
[MTT]

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Mattia Compagnucci

Mattia Compagnucci (b. 1984), Simone Iocco, Claudio Fina, Emanuele Serra and Marino Bressan cooperated on the Hono Sans typeface in 2011 while studying at the Accademia delle Arti e Nuove Tecnologie in Rome. Mattia lives in Milan. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mattia Donati

Italian designer of Chira shadow (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mattia Montanari

Senior art director in Milan. Designer of the Oblio typeface (2012), an experimental typeface of the neurotic genre that was started in 2011 by Abneurone over at FontStruct, and that is typified by mistrust and disrespect of present day society. Montanari uses that symbology in his art and posters as well.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maurizio Boscarol

Italian page. Maurizio Boscarol's introduction to typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maurizio Carpani

Bologna, Italy-based designer of Logo Plastika (2009), an example of how letters can be made to look shiny, rounded and 3d. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maurizio Loreti
[BrushScriptX-Italic]

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Maurizio Osti

Artist, teacher, graphic and web designer, born in Sasso Marconi, a small town outside Bologna, Italy. Since 1978 Osti has taught courses in Special Graphic Techniques and recently also the course of Progettazione Grafica, at the Accademia di Belle Arti. He works as an art director. In 2009 he received the Premio Marconi for Multimedia Art.

In 1995, Maurizio Osti reconstructed and redesigned Ben Shahn's Folk Alphabet, which was originally created as lettering in 1940, with the consent and approval of Mrs. Bernarda Shahn and the Estate of Ben Shahn, under license from VAGA (New York). FF Folk (2003) is the only authorized and officially endorsed digital version of Shahn's well-known lettering.

FontShop link. FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Maurizio Pagnozzi

Maurizio Pagnozzi (Naples, Italy) created the Strabilio font in 2013 during his studies at ILAS Design School. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maurizio Strippoli

Graduate of the type design program at Consorzio Poli.design di Milano. His graduation project involved the stencil face Fi (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mauro Carichini

Born in Rimini in 1965, studied in Ravenna, and lives in Milan. He designed BabyMine (1997) and EctoPlasm (2001) at T-26 and Orbit Light (2002), Bioplasm (2002), Glass Flag (2002), Water Flag (2002), and Arab Stroke (2002) at Linotype.

A freelancer for graphic design firms or publishing companies, he and Stefano Domizi founded Limbo, a graphic design studio in which they work mainly for fashion and furniture companies. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about the fluidity of the typographic process.

Home page. FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Mauro De Donata

Roman designer of the striped optical illusion font Kwerk (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mauro de Donatis

Roman graphic designer who made an exquisite "generative" skeletal alphabet, VX (2010). Cercles (2011), Nebula (2011) and Tangle (2011) are further experimental faces with mind-boggling details. I reproduce his "About" blurb because it is wonderful in its modesty---rare indeed, today: I didn't discover America. I am not an artist with a world-famous name. I don't solve political problems and what I write, never gets published. I have never supervised meetings. I have plans for my future, as a spiteful mouse from a famous cartoon. I don't smoke weed and I don't do coke. I can be someone or be no one at all. I do not have five figure number of friends, but there are some that are real and close to me. I'm not self-obsessed and probably never will be. And you shouldn't even to try to understand me... I'm only a design lover. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mauro Poggi

Italian artist who drew Alfabeto di Lettere Iniziali (ca. 1730), ornamental caps with scrolls and flourishes and then inhabited by satyrs, mermaids, Medusa heads, birds, cats, dogs, snakes, and other creatures. The letters were designed by Poggi, drawn in ink by Andrea Bimbi, and engraved by Lorenzo Lorenzi. A digital version was done by Jose Jimenez in 2010 called Mauro Poggi Ornamental Caps. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mauro Zennaro

Rome-based graphic designer (b. 1953, Rome), who spoke at ATypI in Rome in 2002. A paleographer and calligrapher, he is the author of Calligrafia. Fondamenti e procedure (Stampa Alternativa). He adores old Roman lettering, and has become one of the world's specialists on the topic. He teaches graphic design at the Università per Stranieri (University for Foreigners) of Perugia and at the Carlo Urbany Professional High School in Rome.

His typefaces include

  • The Angelica typeface for Biblioteca Angelica.
  • The Farfa typeface (2008, with Paolo Campanelli) for the city of Fara in Sabina. This typeface, with historical and Carolingian roots, was published at Eurotypo.
  • The Equa typeface for the Città dell'altra economia (Town of Alternative Economy) for the city of Rome.
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Max Pirsky

Firenze, Italy-based designer of the techno sans typeface Prime (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

McFerry

Italian designer in Rome, b. 1988. She created the informal typeface Just For Fun (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Médan Savamhel

Claiming to be born in 1989 and hailing from Vatican City, this designer created the blackletter face Scaenarium Unus (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Basso

Graphic designer and illustrator in Brescia, Italy, who created the counterless typeface Sohri in 2013. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michela Chiucini

Italian designer of the handwriting font Breakfast at Michy's (2009, Fontcapture). She is a freelance web designer in Viareggio. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michele Cricco

Michele Cricco (Todi, Italy) is a graphic designer who runs Crimic Design Studio in Todi, Umbria, Italy. He designed Weltam (2003, an experimental alphabet that makes frequent use of rotated letters; his thesis project at ISIA di Urbino in 2002) and Eidos (2004, another experimental font on the same theme). The studio does identity design for companies. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michele Patanè

Graduate of the MATD program at the University of Reading in 2012. Michele's graduation typeface is Overlook (2012), a typeface made for cinema magazines. It is built around a serif family, but also includes several neogrotesque sans weights, a Greek and a Devanagari (for Bollywood, I presume).

Type designer, and professor of type design at Poli Design in Milan. With Riccardo Olocco, Michele codesigned the caps faces Cordial Bloom (2009) and Cordial Cherry (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michele Romani

Graphic designer in Bologna, Italy. Creator of Trasimeno (2012, modular typeface).

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Mikhaela Martin

Graphic designer and photographer in Firenze, Italy, who created the geometric monoline sans typeface MFont in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mintea.org
[Andrea Bergamini]

Masters degree student (b. 1983) at the Politecnico di Milano, who specializes in signage, wayfinding and information design. He researches traffic system fonts and typography. His Flickr page has scans of the Italy's Codice della Strada which dictates street type in Italy, and features his world map which shows the origin and the different "routes" taken by the two main typefaces used in world signs: the American Highway Gothic, published by the traffic engineer Ted Forbes in 1945 and the British Transport type by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert, published in 1963. He also has photographs of traffic signs. Creator of the free family Flaminia (The League of Movable Type, 2009; see also here).

He writes: Flaminia is a 2008 opensource project started as a Master Degree Thesis by Andrea Bergamini, an Italian graphic designer annoyed by the chaotic and poorly designed road signage system in his country. The leading idea was that tests taken in real-life conditions are the only way to validate the design of a font to be used for signage and that the final solution should always come from all of the modifications derived by those experiments. These considerations led to the design of Flaminia, a typographical system that allows its users and its future designers to quickly morph (through the use of Multiple Master axes) different variants of the glyphs. By allowing minimal changes of only one variable in the letter shapes, Flaminia also provides a tool to study which are the most relevant factors in the process of reading signs, and can be used free of charge for further researches in this field. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mirko Camia

Designer in Milan, Italy. Typefaces created by him include Vectory (2013, free hexagonal typeface), Magma (2013), Happy Scan (2013, pixelish). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mirko Landi

Visual designer in Milano, who created the (virtual) type and identity for Agfa in 2012 starting from their old logo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mok Ultra Pop Design

Graphic design and fashion outfit in Verona, Italy. Behance link. In 2009, they created a fun display face for 2010 Myflea Agenda. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Molotro
[Luciano Perondi]

Molotro is Luciano Perondi's typefoundry, which he runs with Stefano Minelli and Valentina Montagna. This Italian type designer (b. Busto Arsizio, 1976) lives in Busto Arsizio (Varese). At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about the logo-grammatic approach to type design: "Carattere senza un nome importante". His ATypI 2002 report is here. In this enlightening piece, you can read about his opinions on type. From 2000 on, he is lecturer at the Basic Design Lab of the Politecnico di Milano. In 2003 he founded the Research Team EXP. The research team, formed by type designers and psychologists, studies the reading process, the influences of the irregularity of typefaces on reading and the non linear script. EXP is now starting to work on the effects of presbiopia on reading and on how an adequate design of types could help presbiopian readers. At ATypI 2005 in Helsinki, he spoke about How does the irregularity of letters affect reading? His type designs include

  • Solferino Text (2007), a great transitional understated text face for the Corriere della Sera newspaper.
  • Minotype (aka Ninzioletto, a stencil face).
  • Zotico/Zotica (2004, a sans family for the Milano Film Festival).
  • Ninzioletto (2004, a stencil face designed for the Venice sign system).
  • Tecnotipo (2005, designed for Tecno).
  • Quinta (2006).
  • DeA (2003, for DeAgostini).
  • Ccunami.
  • Csuni (which stands for Carattere Senza Un Nome Importante).
  • Csuni1885 (2003, for Mattioli1885; see also Experience1885).
  • Mattioli1885.
  • DeA, for DeAgostini (2003).
  • Sessantacinque (2003).
  • Eye of Goat: designed in 2005 by Perondi, Valentina Montagna and Federico Zerbinati. It is a medieval ornaments typeface (free for a limited time).
  • Dic Sans.
  • Nanoline (hairline sans).
  • Decima (2005), a sans.
  • Lontano (2003). A Caslon-style face commissioned for the Matteoli 1885 edition.
  • Voland (2010). A commissioned Baskerville face for the Italian publishing house Voland.
  • Under the identity design and art direction of FF3300, Molotro created the sans typeface family Divenire, in Regular, Italic and Mono subfamilies, for the Italian Democratic Party in 2012-2013.
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Monica di Giacinto

Great scribbly font Mochi! Windows and Mac. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Monofonts (or: Monocromo Creative Factory)
[Andrea Cerboneschi]

Monofonts is the font foundry of Studio Monocromo, a Creative Agency based in Florence, Italy. Katiuscia Mari and Andrea Cerboneschi are the founders of both Studio Monocromo and Monofonts, located in Firenze. Most of their fonts can be freely downloaded from Dafont.

Creators of Fresko (2010), and the custom corporate sans family Opificio (2011, Andrea Cerboneschi) for a fashion and crafts company by the same name. Cerbetica (2011, Andrea Cerboneschi) is a reworked Helvetica. Diamante (2011, Katiuscia Mari) is a sans face with a condensed feel. Peppermint (2011, Katiuscia Mari) is a techno face. Tape Rail (2011) overlays straight edges and looks like an oriental simulation face. Square Block (2011) is octagonal.

Fonts from 2012: Halfmoon.

In 2013, they published Opificio Serif and Vintage Straps (a thin monoline sans).

Typefaces from 2014: Zeronero (an artsy art deco geometric sans), Malandrino.

Behance link. Dafont link. Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Monotype Dante

Giovanni Mardersteig, and later Ron Carpenter, are responsible for the present version of Monotype Dante, an ageless classic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MTT
[Mattia Bonanomi]

MTT is the commercial typefoundry of Mattia Bonanomi (b. 1985, Brescia) in Milan, Italy, est. 2013. In 2010, Mattia graduated from Central Saint Martins College in London.

He writes about the elegant ten-style sans typeface family MTT Milano (2013): MTT Milano is a font inspired by the Milanese typographic heritage and the Futurist movement that developed it. Drawn from scratch, it features ascendants and descendants slightly taller than what can usually be found in similar typefaces, in order to improve its elegance. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Mucca Design
[Matteo Federico Bologna]

Born in Milan in 1965, Matteo Federico Bologna emigrated to the United States, where he founded Mucca Design in 1999, a company involved in logos, type, and corporate identity. He teaches font design at the Parsons School of Design in New York. Typefaces include Food Mucca, Hair Updown, Littoria, Filo Mucca, Mirra Mucca (gorgeous lettering), Mongo Mucca, Rigid Mucca, Rubens Mucca, Vox Mucca, Egizio Mucca, Latina Mucca, Joung Mucca and Pravda (cyrillic simulation font). Free fonts: Geo Mucca, Fax Mucca, Melt Mucca, Updown Mucca, Pepina Mucca (curly lettering). Mucca Design custom-designed Balazs, Decora, Moranda Serif and Grotesque, One Atlantic (a slabbed Garamond done by Joshua Darden), Faux Cyrillic (done for Manhattan's Pravda restaurant), Victoria's Secret Logotype. At iFontMaker, he did ItalianoAMano, and ItalianoAManoPieno. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Muccatypo.com
[Matteo Bologna]

Established in 2005, Muccatypo's is a group of three type designers that form a subgroup of Mucca Design in New York:

  • Matteo Bologna made Decoro (Victorian ornamental face), Sportivo Bold, and Infidelity Pro.
  • Will Staehle designed Warren and Valhalla.
  • Roberto de Vicq created Bastardo, Wet and Genealogy.
  • Matteo Bologna and Jesse Ragan created Athenian Extended in 2011. This "playfully peculiar face" (their words) was custom-designed for Typography 32, the annual of the Type Directors Club. A revival of the 19th century classic Athenian.

Free typefaces at Muccatypo include the useless grunge faces Fax Mucca, Geo Mucca, Pepina Mucca, Melt Mucca and Up Down Mucca. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Murid Rahhal
[Sfaranda]

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Museo Bodoniano

The Bodoni Museum in Parma. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MyFonts: Aldine faces

The main aldine typefaces at MyFonts. View a longer list of Aldine typefaces. View yet another list of Aldine typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MyFonts: Eurostile

Eurostile (Aldo Novarese and Alessandro Butti, Nebiolo) and its derived typefaces, as selected from the MyFonts library. Another list of Eurostile fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MyFonts: Italy

MyFonts.com links on Italian typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MyFonts: Trajan

MyFonts hit list for Trajan faces, i.e., roman faces as modeled after the inscriptions found on the Trajan column in Rome. See also here, here and here and here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nadia Abate

Nadia Abate (Turin) designed the paperclip font Clips in 2010 during a workshop led by Piero De Macchi. She graduated from ISIA in Urbino in 2010, and designed the outline typeface Naa there. Nadia created the flowing script face Female (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nagla Gaafar

During her studies at IED in Firenze, Nagla Gaafar, who hails from Cairo, created a poster typeface called Fiesole (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Natálya e Cibelli

Creators of the free dingbat face Mascaras de Veneza. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Natale Varetti

Italian designer of Tanagra (1924), which in 1910-1911 won an award sponsored by the Fonderia Augusta. It appeared in 1924 in the publication "Archivio Tipografico", and was produced by Nebiolo in Turin. Varetti was a teacher at the Regio Scuola Tipografica in Turin. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Natale Ventre

Graphic designer in Milan, who during a course at Politecnico di Milano in 2012, co-created the hybrid typeface Gill Trump with Alejandra Sepulveda, Valentina Aufiero, Leo Colalillo, and Francesca Sperti.

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Natalie Mihlin

Arona, Italy-based designer of several ornamental caps typefaces in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Natan Sabatello

In 2014, Natan Sabatello (Rome, Italy) and Elisa Lucaccini (Rome) codesigned the tattoo font Epoca. He also created Like Oncial that year. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nebiolo

In 1878, Giovanni Nebiolo bought a foundry from Giacomo Narizzano. In 1889, the Levi brothers joied this venture to form Nebiolo&Co. After 1899, several other foundries were absorbed by Nebiolo, and for some time, the company was called Società Augusta, but it reverted to Nebiolo&Co in 1917. Based in Turin, type design started in the 1930s, first under the direction of painter Giulio da Milano, then from 1936 under Alessandro Butti, and from 1952 under the guidance of Aldo Novarese. It was Italy's premier foundry of the 20th century. It closed its typography department in 1975, and went bankrupt in 1978, when Fiat took over. In 1990, the foundry was taken over by Fruttiger AG in Münchenstein. Their most famous font families include Eurostile (1962), Microgramma (1952), Torino (1908) and Stop (1971). Others worth mentioning are Neondi (1935, da Milano), Resolut (1937, Brünnel), Landi Echo (1939, Butti), Veltro (script, 1931), Veltro Nero, Scritto a Lapis (script). Americana (ca. 1945) was a great flowing script later revived by Rebecca Alaccari as Pendulum (2005, Canada Type). Canada Type is doing further digitizations including Bella Donna (Rondine, 1948), Gala (Neon from 1935-1938) and Swanson (Cigno, 1954). Nebiolo was no averse to copycat design. Christian Schwartz writes: The Etruschi from the Nebiolo specimen is an exact copy of Schelter&Giesecke's Grotesk, specifically the Halbfette weight (what we would call Medium). This face first appeared in the late 1890s and was shown in S&G's specimens at least until 1918.

Caratteri Nebiolo (ca. 1956) is one of their last specimen books--we list all the types found in it. Specimen book from 1928: Societa Nebiolo Torino Caratteri e Fregi Tipografici.

This file by Klingspor shows all the types ever made by Nebiolo.

Catalog of digital typefaces that were made by various foundries based on Nebiolo designs. Another digital catalog of commercial Nebiolo typefaces. Another page with digital typefaces based on Nebiolo. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Nedo Mion Ferrario

Designer and artist, b. Milan, 1926, d. Caracas, 2001. From MyFonts: Several Venezuelan generations had acquired very strong design, typographic and drawing knowledge due to the historical and artistic heritage left by Master Nedo Mion Ferrario. He spent big part of his life teaching and working on design. His passion for impossible figures and geometric optic illusions were the most valuable characteristics of his work. Most of his knowledge was obtained from his father, Emilio Mion Vianello, who dedicated his life to wood carve, a high profile job those day in Italy. Emilio studied in the Brera Academy in Milan and Nedo studied in the Commercial and Technical Institute of Milan between 1936 and 1940, and then in the Fine Arts Academy in the same city. At the end of the Second Word War, both of them decided to leave Italy due to the political situation in those days. Encouraged by the immigration Venezuelan politics they arrived in Caracas in 1950. Wiki.

His work inspired Carlos Camargo Guerrero to create the Escheresque font Denedo (2001-2007). According to Camargo, Denedo is a font based in one of the impossible alphabets created by the Italian graphic designer Nedo Mion Ferrario during the 60's and 70's in Caracas, Venezuela, South America. Michael Parson designed the prismatic typeface Nedo in 2013 based on Ferrario's work.

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Nico Pernice

Italian graphic designer. His brand identity for Onychos (2011) has many nice typographic elements. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nico189

Located in Milan, Italy, this graphic artist is the author at Behance of Bodoni tree (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nicola Caleffi

Type expert in Sassuolo near Modena, Italy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nicola Giordani

Milan-based creator of the connect-the-dots typeface Concept (2012).

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Nicola Iannibello

Italian creator (b. Taranto) of the informal family Daimo For Kids (2009), which was designed while he was studying at the Politecnico in Milan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nicola Serradimigni

Nicola Serradimigni (b. 1972, Bologna) lives and works in Modena, Italy. Creator of Drawboard BT (2005, Bitstream), a hand-drawn outlined poster typeface. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Nicola Spisso

Italian creator of the free hand-printed typeface Pittorifamosi (2013). Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nicolas Jenson

French printer and artist born in Sommevoire, France in 1420. He worked mostly in Venice as a printer, type designer, punch cutter, and engraver from 1468 until his death in Venice in 1480. In 1475 he was made a papal count by Pope Sixtus IV. He produces his first roman type in Cicero, Epistolae ad Brutum (1468), which is described as perfect and unequaled. A Greek typeface which is used for quotations was made in 1471. In 1473, he creates a blackletter typeface which he uses in books on medicine and history. In 1475, he founds his first book trading company, Nicolaus Jenson sociique, whose partners include the Frankfurt businessmen Peter Ugelheimer and Johann Rauchfass. In 1480, his second book trading company is launched under the name Johannes de Colonia, Nicolaus Jenson et socii.

Jenson's typefaces influenced many new alphabets:

  • William Morris based his Gold Type on Jenson' type in 1890. Cobden-Sanderson modeled his typeface for Doves Press on Jenson's alphabets in 1900.
  • Bruce Rogers emulated them with his Centaur font (1914; called Venetian 301 at Bitstream).
  • In 1926, Jenson's roman is recut by Morris Fuller Benton as Cloister Old Style.
  • Eusebius (Ernest Detterer and Robert Hunter Middleton, Ludlow) is a further extension. Jim Spiece's NicolasJensonSG is a digital type family that builds on and extends Eusebius.
  • Perhaps the most prominent of digital Jensonian faces is Robert Slimbach's Adobe Jenson (1996).
  • Other derived typefaces include Hess Old Style (Sol Hess, 1920-1923 and Steve Jackaman, 1993), Jenson Oldstyle (ATF), Montaigne and Hightower (Tobias Frere-Jones, Font Bureau).

Brief bio by The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology of UCLA. Linotype link. FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Nicolo Arena

Graphic designer in Milan who was born in 1990 in Ancona, Italy. In 2011, he made a grid and compass-based geometric face called Le Tour Eiffel. At Politecnico in Milan, Nicolo Arena and Claudia Consiglieri did research under Marta Bernstein on the use of typefaces in the music field. Nicolo Arena designed the compass and ruler-based typeface Tour Eiffel (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nicolo Bertoncin

Graphic designer who was born and grew up in Milan. In 2011, he created The Fresh Sans.

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Nicolò Giacomin

Italian designer of the rolodex style face Remigio (2009), a face designed during a course at Politecnico in Milan.

In 2008, he designed the Peignotian typeface Claire.

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Nistri

Pisa-based foundry whose work can be seen in Campione dei caratteri, fregi e vignette della tipografia dei fratelli Nistri (Pisa, 1839). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nivi Jasa

Milan-based designer of the display sans titling face Destiny (2013, together with Alessandro Crippa). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nocive Lab

Italian studio based in Naples. It created some experimental typefaces. Behance link. No downloads or sales. [Google] [More]  ⦿

NodeBox

NodeBox is a Mac OS X application that lets you create 2D visuals (static, animated or interactive) using Python programming code and export them as a PDF, an image or a Quicktime movie. NodeBox is free and well-documented. Examples include this thesis at Politecnico di Milano in 2007 that gives a Python script for creating illuminated letters. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Noemi De Feo

Designer in Milan, who created the informal typeface Branch in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nora Ferrutch

Firenze, Italy-based designer of the compass-and-ruler typeface Fat Font (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

NOW Type
[Cláudio Rocha]

NOW Type is Cláudio Rocha, a Sao Paulo-based illustrator and designer (b. 1957). His typefaces include ITC Gema (1998) and ITC Underscript (1997, grunge). He runs Tupigrafia, a magazine dedicated to typography and calligraphy in Brazil. He designed Cashew (2000, a rounded face), Tenia, Viela Irregular, Unidin (sans display face), Rock Regular (slab face), Old Future (a brush version of Futura), Chacal Pixel, Persplextiva (2002, a bouncy hand-drawn 3d face), Liquid Stencil (brush stencil), Feijoada Light, Akrylicz Grotesk (2002, brush/paint face), Sampa (informal brush script) and Stampface. Partner of Oficina Tipografica Sao Paulo. Director of Now Design (Sao Paulo). He published the books "Projet Tipográfico" (Ed. Rosari), "Trajan e Franklin Gothic" (Ed. Rosari), and "Tipografia Comparada" (Ed. Rosari). Claudio now lives in Genoa, Italy, from where he launched the type magazine Tipoitalia in 2009.

FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

OBOstudio

Obostudio is a Florence-based design studio specialised in brand development. They created OBO Font in 2012 and write: "Typefaces are like clothes. They either make us look good or bad. They also indicate what kind of character we want to portray." OBO Font is a new typeface inspired by the wind. OBO Typeface should be used for logo design, monograms and other creative fields feeling moved by the wind. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Officine Simoncini
[Francesco Simoncini]

Francesco Simoncini (d. 1967) founded Officine Simoncini foundry in Bologna. The typefaces originating from that foundry:

  • The garalde family for book and newspaper work called Aster. Aster Simoncini is also at Ludwig&Mayer (1958). See also URW++ Aster, Austin (SoftMaker) and Dutch 823 (Bitstream).
  • New Aster. Now at Linotype.
  • Armstrong (1970).
  • Delia (1962) was specially developed for small print in classified ads.
  • Life (originally Ludwig&Mayer, 1965, done with W. Bilz), available from Linotype. Digital versions include Lyon and L730 Roman, both by SoftMaker, and Dutch 806 by Bitstream. There was also Fredonia by Varityper.
  • Simoncini Garamond (1958-1961). Done with Wilhelm Bilz, it is now available at Linotype, Adobe, Scangraphic and elsewhere under that name. The Scangraphic version is called Garamond Simoncini SB. The Elsner&Flake version is Garamond Simoncini EF. The Bitstream version is called Garamond Italian, Italian Garamond, and Aldine 525. A very related typeface is Garamont Amstrerdam EF (2004, Elsner & Flake). See also Garamond No. 9 by URW++.

FontShop link. Klingspor link.

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ohjeannyjeanny

Italian creator of a nice type poster called The Baseline Grid (2011). She is based in Rome. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Olcar Alcaide
[Eurotypo]

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Olivia Nepi

An ex-student of the IUAV in Venezia, where she wrote a thesis on road signage. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, she almost spoke about road signs and pictograms but her talk was canceled to to the birth of her child. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Omnibus Typographi
[Franko Luin]

Fonts designed by talented Swedish designer Franko Luin (born in Trieste, Italy in 1941, to Slovenian parents). Luin immigrated to Sweden in 1961. After studying at the Grafiska Institutet during the 1960s, Franko Luin spent two decades as a print designer for Ericsson before becoming independent. In the 1990s he was involved in multimedia and typeface design. In 1996, he founded his own typographic studio, Omnibus Typografi. At some point, he led a course in Web Typography at the Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm. Franko Luin passed away on September 15, 2005, in Tyresö, Sweden. Autobiography. Obituary by Dan Reynolds. Linotype pages on Luin.

His typefaces, all at Linotype: Omnibus (1993), Goudy Village (1994), Jenson Classico, Ad Hoc (1992), Baskerville Classico, Birka (1992), Bodoni Classico, Carniola (1993), Caslon Classico (1993), Devin (1994, roman), Dialog (1993), Emona (1992, roman), Esperanto (1992), Garamond Classico, Griffo Classico (1992), Humana, Isolde (1993), Jesper, Jonatan (1995), Kalix (1994), Kasper (1995), Kis Classico (1992), Marco Polo (1993), Memento (1992), Miramar (1993), Norma (1994), Nyfors (1995), Odense (1994; + Odense Neon (1993)), Pax (1995), Persona, Ragnar (1993), Res Publica (1992), Rustika, Saga (1992), Semper (1993), Transport (1995; +Transport Kapitäler), Vega (1994), Zip2000.

View Franko Luin's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ortho-Type

Enrico Bravi's 3-d type project. Bravi graduated in Graphics at the ISIA in Urbino with a thesis titled Graphica Programmata. From 1999 to 2002 he collaborated with Nofrontiere Design in Vienna. He now lives and works in Vienna, Austria. Speaker at ATypI 2005 in Helsinki. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ottavia Alieri

During her graphic design studies in London, Ottavia Alieri (b. Italy) created several typefaces (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ottaviano Scoto

Ottaviano Scoto of Monza (or Ottaviano Scotus) headed a distinguished family of Venetian printers. Born of a noble family of Monza, he went to Venice at the age of 35 and operated a press there between 1479 and 1484. He continued as an editor until 1499 whereupon his heirs, including his brothers and nephews, undertook their own activity (1499-1532). His blackletter types were in the style of Anton Koberger's. Based on his etters, Paulo W made the typefaces ScotoKobergerFrakturN11 (2007) and ScotoKobergerFrakturN9 (2007). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Oven Foundry
[Manuele Mascheroni]

Manuele Mascheroni is a freelance designer and founder of Oven Foundry, born in 1988 with Italian and Belgian origins. While based in Bologna for his MA degree in Design Management, he designed the German expressionist typeface Weiss (2013) and Explorer (2013: a grotesk).

Earlier, he created the interesting blackboard bold face Lione (2010, free at Dafont). Other typefaces include Bitto, Clemens, Meander, Norma, Occupied, Oven, Wildness.

Behance link. Cargo collective link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

o-zone

Italian outfit which made the sexy high-contrast fashion mag face Cut Font (2010). Bewhance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ozone Agency Italy

Creators of the fashion mag typeface Cut (2010), which was part pf a project called Paper Cut Fold. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pablo de Mello

Pablo de Mello is a graphic designer in Rio de Janeiro. He made the Lupo typeface in 2013 during his Master in Graphic Design studies at IED Firenze, Italy. Lupo is a soft rounded sans display face.

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Pacioli
[Peter R. Wilson]

Peter R. Wilson's metafont code (1999) for Pacioli. The pacioli package provides fonts designed by Fra Luca de Pacioli in 1497. The font is uppercase letters together with punctuation and some analphabetics; no lowercase or digits. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paka Pups

Italian designer (b. 1980) of the experimental face Speci.ALE (2009) and the geometric paper cut face Diamond D (2009). She is related to the Ludiko site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Panos Voulgaris

Panos Voulgaris (b. 1983) is an architectural student in Venice, Italy. He lists his place of residence as Thessaloniki, Greece. Creator at FontStruct (under the alias Rotweiler83) of the modular techno face Raptor Sans (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paola Berardelli

In 2010, Paola Berardelli finished her Bachelors Degree in Communication Design at Politecnico di Milano. In 2011, she created the organic typeface Kihon. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paola Gallo

Paola Gallo (Lecco, Italy) created a wonderful logotype to express suffocation, called Soffocato (2012). It is a set in a warm plump type, as well as in an Ed Benguiat Interlock style compositionC, created during a course at Politecnico di Milano in 2011 with Giangiorgio Fuga. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paola Sanseviero

Roman designer of a few display typefaces in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paolo Batori

Small archive by Paolo Batori, who is the Italian designer (b. 1976) of the artsy octagonal face Batho (2007). Dafont link. Another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paolo Beraldo

Paolo Beraldo (b. 1984) of zero8production in Italy designed a battery of pixel faces, all called Pixel Berry. I cannot find download buttons, but one of the fonts, Pixel Berry 08/84 (2003) is free at Dafont where he is known as zero8. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paolo Cadeddu

Italian designer of Highalto (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paolo Campanelli

Italian type designer. The Farfa typeface (2008, designed together with Mauro Zennaro) was developed for the city of Fara in Sabina. This typeface, with historical and Carolingian roots, was published at Eurotypo. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Paolo d'Alessandro

Italian designer of the slightly inflated sans family Monkey (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paolo Daniele Corda

Paolo Daniele Corda was born in Milan in 1975. He is currently operations room coordinator of the Central Briefing Office for the national air traffic services of northern Italy. Stefania Cantù and Paolo Daniele Corda coauthored La Scrittura Araba e il Progetto DecoType (2013, Sedizioni). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paolo Palma

Italian designer (b. Fermignano, 1973) of the experimental font Elise (2000). He lives in Fermignano. At the School of Graphic Design in Urbino, he wrote a thesis on Wim Crouwel. As a result, his fonts are expertimental and geometric: Zen (2002, looks like lego blocks), Eroi (2001, artistic stencil font), Rainbow Type (2001, dot matrix font), CuboType (2001), Paradise (2001, fonts nailed to the wall), Ale (2000, only circles and lines, a cross between a kitchen tile and a Codex font). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paolo Tassinari

Born in Trieste in 1955, he has been active in Italy in visual design and corporate identity. With Vetta, he runs CODEsign in Trieste since 2000. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about typographical architecture. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paolo Vannucci
[Alphabet&Type]

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Patricia Sartori

Italian codesigner with Andrea Braccaloni (Leftloft) of the extreme didone titling face LL Officiel (or: L'Officiel Titles) for French fashion magazine L'Officiel. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paul Gatedove

Paolo Cancello Tortora (or Paul Gatedove) is the Italian creator of the logo font Movies and Games (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paula

Italian creator of the counterless face Paula (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paulini

Illuminator who created the Alphabet of Paulini (1570). Beinecke Library writes: "Nothing is known of Paulini, the designer and engraver of this Mannerist alphabet--not even his first name. Each letter is a fantastic composite of human figures, botanical and marine specimens, landscapes or cityscapes, with a frame of arabesques, grotesques, putti, antique statuary, and the like. No two frames are identical. Each letter encapsulates a mythological episode from Ovid, A for Actaeon, B for Bacchus, C for Cadmus, etc. The Ovidian episode is illustrated behind each letter, and printed captions identify the figures." [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pavlov Design
[Emanuele Fabrizioli]

Pavlov Design offers free Mac typefaces by Emanuele Fabrizioli: Spraygun (stencil), Sushimix, Blackblock (techno font reminiscent of Wim Crouwel's lettering), Molecola, Pseiko (LCD font), Puerto Plata Market (stencil, inspired by a face made by Leonardo Sonnoli for the Biblioteca San Giovanni). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Peqpe
[Giuseppe Cunsolo]

Naples-based designer, b. 1981.

Creator of the scratchy sketched face Alabama (2009). Originally, his fonts were free, but later he established the commercial outlet Peqpe.

Home page. Dafont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Peter R. Wilson
[Pacioli]

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Philippe Nicolas

French graphic designer who lived in Perugia, Italy, and is now in Nantes, France. I would call him an experimental typographer. He likes experimenting, for example, with modular typeforms, as is apparent from his typefaces called Tubular Type, Type Lover, and Fold Type (2009). His Electro (2009) is supposed to look like your hair when you plug your fingers into the socket. Bang Bang type (2009, Western meets organic) and Frak type Abigaëlle (modular blackletter, 2009) and All Slab Western (2009) are further experimental faces.

In 2014, he designed the beveled typefaces Vernacolare, Prism Rounded, Prism, and Old Prism, and the circle-based display typeface Neo Quadrata. Terzo (2014) is a compass-and-ruler typeface. Modula (2014) is a minimalist modular typeface.

Behance link. Flickr page, where one can find more experimental types, like AbstractMin (2010), AbstractStruct (2010). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pier Francesco Martini

Pier Francesco Martini (b. 1984), a graphic designer in Prato / Firenze, Italy, designs and sells typefaces. He created Bahn (2013), a display font inspired by the old Austrian Bahn signs. Free version. Later in 2013, he published the 4-style headline sans typeface family Alto.

In 2014, he finished Bahn Pro Rough (a constructivist version of Bahn), Pire (a 1930s style grotesk family) and Haus Sans (Bauhaus style sans in six weights).

Creative market link. Hellofont link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pier Paolo Bigioni

Latina, Italy-based designer of an unnamed modular display typeface in 2013.

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Pierfrancesco Annicchiarico

Freelance graphic designer. Stones inspired Pierfrancesco Annicchiarico (Grottaglie, Italy) to design the experimental typeface Secco (2009). The Cà brùtta building by Giovanni Muzio in Milan got him to design Monumentale (2009). The 2010 logo for Bar Marangi in his home town is also quite refreshing. He also made the experimental geometric faces Cutoff (2011) and Apulia Round (2010).

In 2012, he cretted the monoline octagonal typeface Segmentum, and the poster face Sportiva.

Pierfrancesco's logo and typography work includes beauties such as a fish called Aperitivo (2011), and a foot illustration called Walking (2011).

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Pierluigi Portolano

Italian co-designer (from Bari) with Roberto Brunetti of the funny dingbat fonts Toon in Time and Muscles (in Poptics style) both at Garagefonts, 1999. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Piero De Macchi

Italian type designer born in Turin in 1937. Designer at Nebiolo from 1956-1959. Freelancer and writer since 1971 at his own De Macchi graphic design studio. Most of his typefaces were commissioned by corporations. In 1992 he set up the calligraphic association Dal Segno alla Scrittura. His typefaces:

  • At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about Novarese, and about his new font family, Nomina, developed for the Italian telephone directories (SEAT). Commissioned in 1999, it was first produced in 2001. It replaced Mandel's Galfra which had been in use since 1977.
  • Iveco (1985): commissioned by the trucking company.
  • Pancarrè (2008). A sans typeface family under development (as of 2013).
  • Graphicus (2003). Done for the Graphicus magazine, Alberto Greco Publishing House of Milan. There are sans and serif versions.
  • The Renaissance chancery italic type Paloma (1992).
  • An experimental Bodoni family (1989).
  • Pitto (1997).
  • The neoclassic family Alexandra (1991-1992).
  • Norberto (2009). Done for an exhibition dedicated to Norberto Bobbio in 2009. A humanist curvy sans.
  • Fiat Advert (2007). A grotesk commissioned by Fiat.
  • The Carolingian script face Pennino (1996).
  • WDC2 (2005). Commissioned by Badriotto Palladino Agency for the Torino World Design capital communication briefs.
  • Exemplar (2005). This ten-style text family is the last unfinished alphabet of Aldo Novarese, completed by DeMacchi on request of the Novarese family.
  • A destructivist humanistic face, Tremolino (since 1996).

De Macchi's company, De Macchi Progetti Grafici, is located in Torino.

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Piero Di Biase

Italian graphic designer and typographer. Creator of the monospaced VWK Mono (2009), Dot (2009, dot matrix), Figures (2009), and Wagon (2009, soft octagonal face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pierpaolo Vetta

Born in Trieste in 1955, d. 2003). He was active in Italy in visual design and corporate identity. With Tassinari, he ran CODEsign in Trieste since 2000. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about typographical architecture. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pietro Bembo

Italian classical scholar, who lived from 1470 (b. Venice) until 1547 (d. Rome). He was well-connected and knew the famous Medicis. Above all, he had an affair with Lucrezia Borgia. He influenced the development of the Italian language and established the madrigal as the most important secular musical form of the 16th century. He was made cardinal in 1539. Monotype gave his name to their typeface Bembo of 1929. The design is based on type cut by Francesco Griffo for the Aldine Press of Aldus Manutius, and first used in Bembo's work De Aetna (1495-1496). Allan Haley writes: In February 1496, Aldus [Manutius] published a rather insignificant essay by the Italian scholar Pietro Bembo. The type used for the text became instantly popular. So famous did it become that it influenced typeface design for generations. Posterity has come to regard the Bembo type as Aldus's and Griffo's masterpiece. Pietro Bembo himself had no connection to or influence on the typeface that carried his name. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Pimpa Gerroc

While studying at Milan Polytechnic, Pimpa Gerroc created the rounded sans typeface family Verona (2013).

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Pino Tovaglia

Designer at Nebiolo. He was part of a team (with Giancarlo Illiprandi, Bruno Munari, Ilio Negri, Till Neuburg, Luigi Oriani and Franco Grignani) that designed the lineale family Forma from 1966-1970 under the direction of Aldo Novarese. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Piotr Fedorczyk

Information and user interface designer at Designr.it in Florence. His diary on the web is exquisitely typeset. He has tens of useful tips for web typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pixel Orchestra
[Bruno Capezzuoli]

Bruno Capezzuoli (Pixel Orchestra, Rome) created the typefaces Glitch (experimental) and Ettore (alchemic) in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pol

Designer in Perugia, Italy, who created the free typeface Bokeh (2012).

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Politecnico di Milano

Great place in Italy for studying typography. Teachers in the Dipartimento di Industrial Design, delle Arti, della Comunicazione e della Moda include Giovanni Anceschi (who is now at IUAV in Venice) and Mario Piazza. Pictures at Flickr. The impressive staff includes James Clough (history), Giangiorgio Fuga (ype metrics and introduction), Piero De Macchi (type design), Michele Patanè (FontLab), Andrea Braccaloni and Luciano Perondi (thesis projects). The hosts are Mauro Zennaro and Claude Marzotto. Students in 2007: Bellucci Carmine, Casanova Lorenzo, Debenedetti Chiara, Viggiano Cira, Ciufo Erasmo Alessandro, Capo Daniele, Dugo Marco, Magni Fabio Ambriogio, Marchi Ilaria, Jannello Ludovica, Pezzotta Marina, Olocco Riccardo, D'Alessandro Paola, Pasqualicchio Carlo, Belli Pietro, Pini Azzurra, Rui Chiara, Tassi Roberta, Scalia Veronica, Tomietto Anna, Laurora Nicola. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Polystudio
[Francesco Messina]

Francesco Messina (b. 1952, Udine) is a graphic designer and principal of Polystudio in Tricesimo, Udine. He is the creator of Bomfield, a semi-serif version of Fairfield and Bodoni, created in his "Bompiani graphic project". Quite interesting!

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ProDomoSua

These people made some ransom note fonts out of ZurichBT-BlackExtended and FuturaBT-Light: Personals01 through 05, dated 1999. Poor quality stuff, by the way. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Protofonts (and Loosy Design)
[Fabian Pfeifhofer]

Fabian Pfeifhofer is an Italian/Tirolian designer, b. 1984. Creator of Ugloosy (2007, grunge), Loosydings Extended (2008), Karmoofel (2007, experimental; see also here), Freestyle Silouet, Funnighosts (2007, a Halloween font), Funghosts (2007), Tramyad (2007, grunge; see also here), Trashco (2007, grunge), Helvari (2007, a helvetica-style family), Fracta (2007, a blackletter family). Dafont link. Another URL. Other free fonts, all made in 2006-2007: Blabloosy (grunge), bubbles bubbles (grunge), Loosydings, LoosydingsExpert, UntitledRegular, Freestyle-pictos, loosy-Italic, loosy-regular, mashen-Semi-expanded-Bold, ruculus-Semi-expanded-ExtraBold, ruculus (rounded futuristic face), Skirules-Sans2 (grunge), skirules-Sans-Expanded-Medium (grunge), skirules-Sans-Expanded-Medium, spikes, staccato, wing. From 2008: the grungy Dinstik. As Loosy Design, he also made the grunge face Malle (2007), loosydings-extended (2008) and the pixel face Blockline (2008). Creations in 2009: Slutotronic (dripping paint font), Illoosy (grunge), Training (dingbats), Camera (dings), Haloa-Heavy, Minuscula (uncial). Link at Devian Tart. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ps2html

Free UNIX program for making a PostScript program into an HTML file. By Alessandro Agostini, Daniele Andreuccetti and Stefano Cerreti at the Florence Research Area and Electromagnetic Research Institute of National Research Council in Florence, Italy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rachel Graham

Graphic artist in Firenze (and soon London). She made Blackout (2010, a geometric face), and Pac (2010, a circular face, inspired by Pacman). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rachele Lo Piano

Italian designer of Leggimi (2008), a readable font in which confusion is minimized. It was made for dyslexics. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Raffaele Amici

Milan-based designer of the Bauhaus-style stencil font WRD Sans (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Raffaella Isidori

It is well-known that a Didot or Bodoni without serifs turns into a high-contrast sans comparable to Peignot. I call these Peignotian typefaces. A real beauty was created in this manner by Italian designer Raffaella Isidori in 2011 entitled Bodoni Bare.

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Raffaello Bertieri

Artist from Florence, 1875-1941. Designer at Nebiolo for most of his life. He made these typefaces:

  • Inkunabula (1911, Società Augusta). This typeface is based on the roman of Erhard Ratdolt (1476).
  • Sinibaldi (1926).
  • Paganini (1928). Done with Alessandro Butti. Jessica Svendsen digitized this in 2010 under the same name, and so did Patrick Griffin and Kevin Allan King at Canada Type in 2011: i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii.
  • Iliade (1930).
  • Ruano (1933). Elsewhere, we find the date 1926 for this chancery font that is named after Vatican calligrapher Ferdinando Ruano who drew Lettera Cancellaresca Formata. For a digital version, see Flanker Ruano (2013, Leonardo Di Lena).

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Raimondi&Zucca

Italian foundry. Their work is shown in Raimondi&Zucca, fonderia caratteri (Milano, Raimondi&Zucca, 193?, 179 pages). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rauch Design
[Andrea Rauch]

Rauch Design is an Italian corporate identity company with an impossible web page. They made the heavy rounded shadow face Ombratonda (2008). The experimental stencil face Creabc (2007) was designed by Andrea Rauch and Sephora Laghi (Rauch Design) and digitally optimized by Gianni Sinni (LCD) for the signs and identity of the Festival della Creatività in Firenze, October 2007.

Andrea Rauch is an Italian graphic designer who made a custom type for the city of Siena, drawing inspiration from fifteenth century inscriptions of Francesco di Giorgio Martini.

Sergio Polano writes: The Graphiti office operates since 1983 in Florence, the less than half-a-million people capital of Tuscany, one of the extraordinary Italian towns of art. The work of the partners Andrea Rauch, Stefano Rovai, Walter Sardonini ranges from visual to book design, from exhibition to stage design but keeps his roots (as for Dolcini Associati) in the experiences of the grafica di pubblica utilità. The variegate poster production of Graphiti in the 1990s confirm and deepens the diverging approaches of office founders Rauch and Rovai, that instead seem trying to cohabit in the Sardonini works. The calli-graphic, illustrative, self-indulgent hand of Rauch is clearly recognizable in pen-and-ink drawings, on very simple backgrounds; while the photo-graphic eye of Rovai likes the perceptive complication and the image fragmentation, ending in syncopated montages of pictures and words. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ray Oranges

Ray Oranges (b. 1983, Firenze, Italy) pushed modular constructions to the limit in his experimental typeface A Quarter Of Cake (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Recreo

Italian site which shows various comic book faces for a comic strip called Recreo. The site is managed by Marzia Lorusso and Alessandro Micheli in Bologna. Faces on the page are by Seth, James Sturm, Adrian Tomine, Daniel Clowes, Igor Tuveri, and Max Andersson. Additional typefaces by unknown designers: Norma, Ochs, Recreo, Resistance. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Resistenza
[Giuseppe Salerno]

Giuseppe Salerno (aka Resistenza.es) is an Italian graphic designer, specializing in web design. He lived in Torino, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Valencia, and currently works in Berlin and Turin.

In 2010, he made the circular multiline face Afrobeat (+Light), the fat counterless face Vito Sans (2010), Wonderwall (2010, like a skeletal construction), the high-contrast art deco face Zaza (2010), and the pure Italian vintage art deco face Luxx (futurism).

Other work: an art deco poster.

Direct links to his fonts: Zaza, Afrobeat, Vito Sans, Luxx, Wonder Wall, Afrobeat Light.

Creations from 2011: Ratatan, Bodoni At Home (a handpainted Bodoni), Arcanotype (2011, delicate caps, individually drawn using Chinese ink on Japanese calligraphy paper), Babushka (2011), Dolce Caffe (2011, handprinted), Adelaida (handprinted poster face), Monella (octagonal).

Production in 2012: Ampersanders (a font with many ampersands), BLAQ (an ornamental blackletter caps face inspired by Henry W. Troy), The Bay (handprinted all caps poster face), Bratislove (an artsy hand-drawn typeface), Modernissimo, Clementina (hand-printed caps), Afrobeat Gothic (angular multiline face).

Typefaces from 2013: Glob (bubblegum face), Archivio (slab serif family with very open counters), Mina (connected script), Monster Hand (brush script), Berliner Fraktur (a flat brush fraktur inspired by Rudolf Koch), The Luxx (a redesign of the 2010 art deco sans face Luxx---a comparable face is Mostra Nuova by Mark Simonson), Starburst (calligraphic gestural light script), Caramello Script, Copperlove (copperplate script), Yma Italic (retro script), Sonica Brush.

Typefaces from 2014: Dolce Caffe 3D, Coming Home (a hairline curly script based on a childish handwriting), The Crashed Fonts (a glaz krak family), Newland (inspired by Rudolf Koch's Neuland), Two Fingers (a funky hand-drawn family that includes, e.g., Two Fingers Bodoni, Two Fingers Courier, Two Fingers Poster [blackboard bold] and Two Fingers Script).

His type blog is called It's Not My Type. Behance link. Klingspor link. Creattica link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Resy

Italian designer of the free face Bubble Sharp (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Riccardo De Franceschi

Italian graduate from the type design program at the University of Reading in 2010, who lives and works in Piedmont and Lombardy in Northern Italy, and publishes typefaces at Sorkin Type. His typefaces:

  • His graduation project included the design of Ginnasio: The Ginnasio family is designed to set bilingual vocabularies, namely polytonic Greek English and Latin English. These dictionaries are used in secondary schools to translate texts from classical Greece and Rome into the student's own language. A Thai font is added, intended to set bilingual vocabularies as well. Ginnasio won First Prize at Granshan 2010 for Greek types.
  • Gravitas One (2011, Sorkin Type, and Google Font Directory). He writes: Gravitas One is modeled on the "UK fat face" which is a kind of very heavy advertising type created during the industrial revolution in England. The letter forms are characterized by an attention getting and strong contrast between the very heavy vertical shapes and the thin horizontal ones. The contrast of the design means that it will be most useful when set from medium to large sizes.
  • Still at Sorkin Type, he created the wedge-serif black face Goblin One (2011): Goblin One was inspired by a hand painted sign above a pub in the town of Reading (UK). Goblin One is a somewhat wide medium contrast design with a large x-height.
  • Asset One (2011, Sorkin Type) was inspired by the engraved letters found on United States dollar bills.
  • Contrail One (2011, Sorkin Type; free at Google Font Directory), it is based on handmade sans letters seen on UK posters.
  • Wellfleet (2012, Google Web Fonts and Sorkin Type) is a versatile low-contrast slab serif text typeface with a a bouncy and upbeat feeling. It was inspired by German poster lettering.
  • Emblema One (2012, Google Web Fonts). An oblique fat trendy stencil face for posters.
  • Sonsie One (2012, Google Web Fonts). Sonsie One is a large x-height signage face.
  • Vampiro One (2012, Google Web Fonts) is a near-monoline fat angular script face .

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Riccardo Fissore

During his graphic design studies in Italy, Riccardo Fissore created the experimental circle-based typeface Kuplat (2013) for an imaginary bubbly underwater world.

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Riccardo Imperiale

Aka Ricky Thump. Milan-based creator of Ottoplus 8 (2013, a display sans typeface) and Catafraktor (2013, alchemic typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Riccardo Lorusso

MATD University of Reading graduate, class of 2013. He created the excellent typeface Agosto for his graduation thesis. Agosto covers Latin, Korean and Greek. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Riccardo Menoncin

Graphic designer in Milan, who made Vintage Font (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Riccardo Olocco

Italian designer, with Michele Patanè, of the commercial caps faces Cordial Bloom (2009) and Cordial Cherry (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Riccardo Sabatini

Designer in Florence, Italy. He created the ornamental caps faces Mekkanika (2011) and Brushwood (2011). In 2012, he added the beautiful 3d cube face Hexahedra and the beveled typeface Embossy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Robert Granjon
[Jacques de Sanlecque the elder]

Born in Rome, 1513-1589. He did most of his work in Paris. Granjon's designs live on in the balanced Plantin family, designed by Frank Hinman Pierpont in 1913 at Monotype, and available at Linotype (and elsewhere).

The Gothic italic typeface Civilité (1566; some say 1557) is also due to him, as well as Parangonne Grecque. The first modern metal version of Civilité is due to Morris Fuller Benton (1922, ATF). Among the digital versions, Ralph M. Ungers's Civilité (Profonts / URW++) is noteworthy.

W.A. Dwiggins' Eldorado (1953) was based on an early roman lowercase of Granjon. Font Bureau's Eldorado (1993-1994), developed by David Berlow, Jane Patterson, Tobias Frere-Jones and Tom Rickner for Premiere Magazine, was a far-reaching extension of that.

Brigitte Schuster did a revival of Monotype Plantin at KABK in 2010.

Scans of original work: First Italic (1543), Italique Petit Romain (1543), Gros Cicero (1569), Saint Augustin (1580), French Civilité (1566).

The Linotype Granjon face designed by George W. Jones in 1928 is a Garamond though---Jones used Granjon's work as a model for his italic---, and the name seems to suggest that Granjon created the model for this garamond, which is not the case. Image of Linotype's Granjon. For related typefaces, see ITC Galliard (1978, Matthew Carter).

Images of digital typefaces that descend from Granjon's work.

FontShop link. Klingspor link. Image from Dialogue de la vie et de la mort (1557). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Roberta Cipriani

Spillo (2013) is a typeface created by Roberta Cipriani during a course at the Accademia delle Arti e Nuove Tecnologie in Rome. This geometric monoline sans has a inline and solid styles. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Roberta Donatini

Graphic designer in Bergamo, Italy. In 2010, she designed Nervo Ottico 2, a typewriter face that was inspired by Courier New. It was part of Roberta's type design course project at Politecnico di Milano, done under the guidance of Andrea Braccaloni. Nervo Ottico 1 was made by co-sdtudent Yuri Ferrari. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Roberta Grudeva

Designer in Florence, Italy. She created a font based on old Bulgarian lettering in 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Roberto Bagatti

Italian designer (b. 1971) who graduated from the Art Institute of Parma. He is currently the main designer for MTV Italia. He created the gothic font Grimoire, first as a logo for the group Barbie Car and later for some MTV titles. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Roberto Baldassari
[Alphan Typefaces]

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Roberto Boschetto

Italian creator of the free font Brivido (2011, OFL). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Roberto Brunetti

Italian co-designer (from Bari) with Pierluigi Portolano of the funny dingbat fonts Toon in Time and Muscles (in Poptics style) both at Garagefonts, 1999. Designed the fifties diner style font Inhumaine (Garagefonts) as well. He also made Petrologos.

Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Roberto Cacace

Based in Naples, Italy, Roberto Cacace did some interesting hand-drawn lettering in 2013.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Roberto Cecchi

Treviso, Italy-based creator (b. 1975) of the original experimental face Aierbazzi (2008), in which letters are placed on top of each other to make combinations. He also made the free dingbat face Bagarozz (2010).

Home page. Font Squirrel link. Fontsy link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Roberto F
[The Worst Truetype Font]

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Roberto Scotti

Digital photographer and graphic designer in Bergamo, Italy. Creator of the ornamental caps typeface AlfaBasura (2012), which was based on garbage. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Roberto Tifi

Roman, b. 1969. Home page called Psy Tech. With Luca de Bellis, he designed the upright script HandScript-LCase4LR (2009). He also made LR Talisman (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Roberto Turla

Designer of the informal script face WGraf (2010), a face designed during a course at Politecnico in Milan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rocco Dipoppa

Graphic designer in Rome who made the pixelish monospace display typeface The Only Person (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rocco Gallo

Designer in Rimini, who made a nice typographic poster called Party and Bullshit (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rock Art

Rock Art (Guspini, Italy) created the modular circle-based typeface Rock One (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ronchi Tubaro Thom
[Anna Ronchi]

RTT is Ronchi Tubaro Thom, an outfit in Milan, Italy, involved in typography, graphic design and calligraphy. Its principals are Anna Ronchi, Ivana Tubaro and Stuart Thom. Born in 1962, Anna Ronchi is primarily a calligrapher. She studied visual design at the Politecnico in Milan, and lives in that city. She co-founded the Italian Calligraphy Association and has taught many calligraphy courses via that Association. Her typefaces include Etruria (2000, an archaic lapidary font made for "La Operina", the association's magazine), Baby (1999, a Flintstone font created for the launch of Baby Martini), Serate (2001, a swashy face) and Mulino Bianco (1999, a calligraphic font done for a Barilla ad campaign). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rosario Nocera

Naples-based designer of the connect-the-dots typeface Doretypo (2013). In 2013, he set up his own commercial foundry.

Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Rosario Nove

Turin-based typographer and illustrator. The Corporation font (2011) is a geometric experiment. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rossella Giordano

Roman graphic designer who created a modular counterless alphabet in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rudolf von Larisch

Typographer and graphic artist (b. 1856, Verona, d. 1934, Vienna). Author of Beispiele künstlerischer Schrift, 5 Folgen (1900-1926) and Unterricht in ornamentaler Schrift (1905). His wife, Frau Hertha von Larisch, gave most of his work to the Klingspor Museum in Offenbach. Some samples from his books are here. Larisch taught lettering at Kunstgewerbeschule (School of the Commercial Arts) and Akademie der Bildenden Kunste (Academy for Visual Arts), both in Vienna.

Digital descendants include Larisch (2007, HiH), an all-caps handlettered design based on the title page of Beispiele Kunstlerischer Schrift (1903).

Samples of his work: an outline capitals alphabet, an art nouveau piece entitled Moderne Architektur.

In 1995, Harald Suess wrote about him in die Deutsche Schrift, Nr. 117, volume 4: A | B | C | D | E.

Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ruggero Motta

Italian designer of the free elliptical titling face Fat Font (2011). In 2012, he made the ultlined caps typeface Grande Andretti. Web site. Additional URL.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sabato Urciuoli

Turin-based Italian designer of Modena (2009, a modular experimental face) and Cinema Typography (2010, an art deco/modern display face of extreme contrast). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sabrina Mencarelli

Italian graphic designer who lives in Rome. Creator of the display typeface Rain (2013).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Salvo Nicolosi

Designer from Ragalna, Italy, b. 1976. Creator of the comics book font Y2KFriendlyFuture (2000). See also here. He also created Special K (2007), Drinking (2007, condensed), Telegrafico (2006, geometric sans all caps face), Drinking (2007, ultra condensed sans), Caffe Latte (2008, sans), Plaster Caster (2007, stencil), Atyp1 (2007, a minimalist sans), and the VAG Round inspired Tondo (2007), which was renamed Maagkramp in 2010 after an (unjustified) trademark complaint by Dalton Maag. Dafont link. He is working on a geometric hairline sans called Architetto (2009).

Fontspace link. Fontsy link. Klingspor link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Samantha Di Prospero

Illustrator in Rome, Italy. Together with Sabina Alcaraz, she created the alchemic display typeface Pintadera (2013). She also created an experimental watercolor typeface in 2013. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sandra Hiralal

Illustrator and animation designer in London. Behance link. She seems to have designed the flared serif face Jin (2009, Politecnico de Milan). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sandro Bonomo

Graphic designer and calligrapher in Vicenza, Italy, who drew some calligraphic alphabets in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Santino Calvo

Santino Calvo (ES Factory, Rome, Italy) created the display typeface Regina in 2013. Behance link. Issuu link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sara Barsotti

Web and graphic designer in Venice, Italy, who created the display typeface Triangle (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sara Confalonieri

Born in Lecco in 1990, Sara is a student at ISIA Urbino since 2009. During a course with Albert Pinggera, she designed the angular typeface family Ieri (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sara Montelatici

Creator of the round organic monoline face Castiglioni (2011). She lives in Florence, Italy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sara Romic

Architect in Venice who created Cromic (2013), a thin geometric display typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sara Staffelli

Designer from Naples, b. 1988, who created the hand-printed typefaces New Comic Age (2012) and Calligrafia Sara (2012).

Aka comicsun. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sebastian Zanilla

Padova-based calligrapher who produced some calligraphic alphabets, ca. 1604. See also his Book on lace with Antonello Bertozzi, also 1604. Examples: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sebastiano Castiglioni

Partner of Jane Patterson in the Milan-based Design Lab type foundry. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Sebastiano Serlio

Italian Mannerist architect, engraver and painter of the sixteenth century, who designed some of the most refined variants of the classic Roman letters---the prototypical Italian Renaissance roman alphabet, also known as Serlio's alphabet. Born in Bologna in 1475, he died in 1554. He was part of the Italian team building the Palace of Fontainebleau. An excellent model for constructing the Roman capitals in a standard form can be found in the geometric compass-and-ruler adaptation by A. R. Ross from an alphabet of capitals drawn by Sebastiano Serlio, an Italian architect, engraver and painter of the sixteenth century, who devised some of the most refined variants of the classic Roman letter. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Segno Scrittura

The Associazione Culturale Calligrafia e Lettering in Torino, Italy, organizes workshops and courses on a variety of topics, some of which are related to calligraphy and the history of type. For example, from 14-15 March 2009, there was a course on Gothic Textura. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Serena Paratore

Graphic designer in Rome, who created the thin squarish typeface Minia in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sergio Lelli
[BelTypo]

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Sergio Polano

Professor of Aesthetics, Architecture Faculty, IUAV University in Venice, b. 1950. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about the state of art in type design in Italy and the history of Italian type design in the twentieth century. He wrote extensively on Aldo Novarese: "Aldo Novarese: Letters Are Things" (Emigre, Sacramento, vol. 26, spring 1993, pp. 30-37), "Aldo Novarese. Progettare l'alfabeto" (Arte|Documento|, Udine, vol. 7, 1993, pp. 339-344), "So long, Aldo!" (TypeLab Gaczeta, Barcelona, Sept. 1995, vol. 3, p. 2), "Aldo Novarese letterista 1920-1995" (Casabella, Milano, vol. 632, March 1996, pp. 46-49), "Alfa-beti: sintesi di scrittura e figura" (sintesi, Perugia, vol. 8, March 2000). See also here. Also known as Poison Galore. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sezione Aurea

Italian design studio in Perugia. Behance link. For Riccini, they created a futuristic geometric sans typeface in 2009, Riccini Aureo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sezione Aurea
[Alessandro Pascoli]

An Italian company involved in identity and brand design. Founded in 2002 by Alessandro Pascoli and Daniele Paoletti. Pascoli created the experimental geometric typeface Riccini Aureo in 2005. It was a brand face for Riccini in Perugia to replace Blippo, totally conceived on the basis of geometric patterns as in the days of Dürer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sfaranda
[Murid Rahhal]

Murid Rahhal (aka Sfaranda) works in UAE and in Messina, Sicily. He used a grid and circles in the design of Geometry Font (2010, free).

Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Sigismondo Fanti

Italian mathematician and astronomer from Ferrara. He published Theorica et Practica de modo scribendi fabricandique omnes litterarum species (Venice: Giovanni Rosso, 1514). In 1535, he published the penmanship book Thesauro de scrittori : opera artifisiosa laquale con grandissima arte si per pratica come per geometria insegna a scrivere diversa sorte littere... . Quoting this site: Fanti published this work so that secretaries, copyists, merchants, and artisans could learn techniques of applying geometry to the construction of letterforms. These woodcuts of the capital letters "D" and "E" are examples of how Fanti used geometric patterns in the design of his letters. The circle and the square, the building blocks of classical architecture and the basis for letter designs that appeared in Luca Pacioli's Divina proportione, published in Venice in 1509, provide a starting point for Fanti. He, however, pushed past the limits of Pacioli's theory of proportion by applying principles of geometry to extend the lines of his letterforms beyond the limits imposed by the proportionality of the circle and the square. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Silvia Ballerini

Communication design student at Politecnico di Milano, who lives in Modena. She designed Liquid Stencil (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Silvia Bargelli

Silvia Bargelli is a graphic designer in Livorno, Italy. She created a set of line-based geometric typefaces called Linja (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Silvia Fantini

Italian creator of a monoline geometric display typeface called Impara L'Arte (2013), which was developed during her studies in Rome. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Silvia Mainoni

Designer who studied at the Instituto Europeo di Design, Milan, Italy. Creator of this children's handwriting face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Silvia Sfligiotti
[italic 1.0]

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Silvia Sfligiotti

Teacher of editorial design at the Accademia di Comunicazione in Milano, and coauthor of "La grafica in Italia". Partner in Studio Bianca and in Studio Alizarina. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, she spoke about contemporary type design in Italy. Her talk was a summary of "Italic 1.0 Il disegno di caratteri contemporaneo in Italia Contemporary Type Design in Italy", an English-Italian book edited by Paola Lenarduzzi, Mario Piazza and Silvia Sfligiotti and published by AIAP in 2002.

Silvia teaches at the Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Silvia Virgillo

Italian designer who lives in Turin.

Silvia made a few rounded typefaces, both in the sans genre (Draghettico, 2011) and in the slab style (Nardello, 2011). She also created the dingbats Icons GQ Italia (2011) and Icons (2011, for web site usage).

She created the rounded display face Narello (2012) and the moustache-themed blackboard bold typeface Mousta (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Silvio Cocco

Silvio Cocco (Torino, Italy) created Bub Font (a dot matrix typeface) in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Silvio Lorusso

Italian designer of the informal sans face Claus (2010). Developed with the help of Nino Perrone and Michele Colonna, it is based on inscriptions in the San Nicola church in Bari. Free download. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Silvio Mancini

Illustrator and motion graphics artist in Milan, who made the constructivist face 1983 (2010). Vimeo link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Simon Laudati

Simon Laudati (Nssfactory, a social media factory in Milan) created D-Type Font (2012), a paper-fold typeface.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Simona Bruzzi

Italian creator of Vipera Cattiva (2011, iFontMaker), a hand-printed face. She also made the curly face Vipera Buona (2011, iFontMaker). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Simoncini Garamond

Simoncini Garamond (1961, Simoncini) is also called Italian Garamond (by Bitstream and SoftMaker, for example). Bitstream made a derivative called Aldine 525. We also have a similar URW Garamond No9, which, according to URW++, is based on an original by Stephenson Blake. Other digital versions called Simoncini Garamond are sold by Linotype, Adobe, Elsner & Flake, and Scangraphic. Close relatives include Garamont Amsterdam EF (2004, Elsner & Flake) and Sabon (Linotype).

Compare various Simoncini Garamond typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Simone Bianchetti

Graphic designer in Brescia, Italy, who created the pearly caps typeface Capilettera (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Simone Caglio

Carate Brianza, Italy-based scientist who was born in 1978 and graduated from the University of Milan. Creator of Simon's Marker (2011, iFontMaker), a handprinted face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Simone Corsi

Roman graphic designer who created the bilined display typeface Renew Serif in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Simone Giorgio
[K Projects]

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Simone Guerra

Fantastic web page about kanji and Japanese language software. Includes the following fonts: SimonRad, BlabyNewRoman, Japanese&Sanskrit. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Simone Mariano

Graphic designer in Rome, who used Roger Penrose's Penrose tiling in the construction of a set of ornamental numbers in 2013. For the Order Of Architects, P.P.C. of Rome and Province and the Order Of Engineers of Rome, he created a prismatic caps face called Seventeen Lines (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Simone Massoni

Great Italian illustrator in Firenze. Behance link. On January 1, 2012, he created a wonderful Chicks&Types 2012 Calendar using twelve different typefaces.

A set of illustrations called Chicks&Wheels: i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii.

The calendar: i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii, viii, ix, x, xi, xii.

In 2013, he published a sequel, Chicks and Types Volume 2. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Simone Scimmi

Italian graphic designer and illustrator who made the monoline mini-stenciled face Stycky (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Simone Simola

Milan-based designer of Square (2013), a paper-fold typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Simone Wolf

Simone Wolf, born in Germany, now lives and works in Italy from where she runs her studio typevents Italy. She has worked in the graphic arts field since 1999, specializing in marketing, consultancy and PR. She also organizes seminars, conferences and events. She has been a visiting professor at universities in Milan and Florence. [Google] [More]  ⦿

sixtyeight

Italian creator of the round geometric sans face Repetita Rounded (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sonia Mion

Italian creator of the serifed curly monospaced typewriter face Gilda Typewriter (2009), which was designed while she was studying at the Politecnico in Milan.

Home page at Venti Zero Nove, which Sonia runs with partner Nicola Iannibello in Milan. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sonia Pippinato

Graduate of the type design program at Consorzio Poli.design di Milano. Her graduation project involved the stencil / architectural face Primo Nomografo (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Soolid Comunicazione

Italian graphic design company in Correggio. At Google] [More]  ⦿

Souldavid (or: Wrktag, or: Work It)
[David Terzano]

Genova, Italy-based designer of the free fonts Werktag (2012, graffiti font) and Ecliptic (2012).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Soulpowerworks

Designer based in Rome, b. 1989. Designer of reNOISE (2007, fat futuristic all caps display face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stampa Tipografia

History of typography and type design (in Italian): "Il carattere da stampa e sua evoluzione stilistico-progettuale", by Andrea Marconi and Franco Marinelli. Main page entitled Stamperia e Caratteri. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stamperia di compositori-tipografi, Turin

Turin-based printer. For their typefaces, see Saggio dei caratteri e fregi della Stamperia di compositori-tipografi (Torino, 1866). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stamperia Reale

Parma-based printshop. For their typefaces, see Saggio di caratteri, e fregi (Torino, 1780) and Saggio di caratteri (Torino, 1770). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefania Cantù

Stefania Cantù was born in Gallarate (Milan) in 1985. In 2012, she obtained a Masters degree in Languages and Culture for International Communication and Cooperation, Arabic and Chinese languages. Stefania Cantù and Paolo Daniele Corda coauthored La Scrittura Araba e il Progetto DecoType (2013, Sedizioni). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefania Pizzichi

During her studies at Scuola Internazionale di Comics in Firenze, Italy, Stefania Pizzichi created SpizzyFont (2011).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefano Agabio

Italian designer of Mr. Whippy (2011), a fluffy typeface inspired by ice cream and whipped cream. He studied at Politecnico di Milano. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefano Bellucci Sessa

London-based graphic designer. His fonts Effesse Regular and Effesse Bold (2012) were designed for the contest for the Corporate Identity of Federazione Scout d'Europa. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefano Bianca

He used Fontifier to design the handwriting face whitesteve (2004). See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefano Buffoni

Creative designer from Milan, who co-founded Typojungle, now defunct. His typefaces include Nero (2010, avant-garde), Minimo (2010, hairline geometric sans), Boulevard (2009, fat stencil face), Studio 45 (almost a paperclip face), Nu Classic (ornamental caps, 2008), Rocket (2009, techno) and Metropolitain (2009, a display didone of high contrast). Behance link. Twitter link. Another URL. Yet another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefano Corradetti

Based in Artegna, Italy, Stefano Corradetti created the angular typeface Artichoke (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefano Ferraro

In 2014, Stefano Ferraro and co-student Tommaso Vecchi codesigned the Escher or Penrose-style impossible typeface family Believe. Stefano is based in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefano Finocchi

During his studies at La Sapienza in Rome, Stefano Finocchi (Latina, Italy) created the grid-based typeface Geometrica (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefano Fusaro

Graphic designer in Milan who created the broken line display face Cusack (2012), the counterless geometric octagonal face Rectagon (2012) and the piano key font Proof (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefano Maccarelli

Graphic designer in Turin, Italy. Behance link.

Creator of Liquor Jug Font (2012), Boxkämpfer (2012) and Speed Freak Font (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefano Mazzari

Italian designer of Futurism (2005). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefano Meriggi
[Design.it]

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Stefano Meroni

Graphic and editorial designer in Milan. In 2010 he designed a large type family, Tremila. He writes: Tremila is a typographic system designed for the city of Genoa. It has been conceived to give the Italian seaport a strong and bold identity, in order to improve all tourism-related communication. While the rounded terminations give Tremila a young and playful feel, its large x-height and open forms make the typeface ideal for official documents and signage too. The system consists of two main fonts, Tremila Sans and Tremila Unicase. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefano Perrone

Stefano Perrone graduated in 2008 in Industrial Design from the Politecnico of Milan and has a Masters degree in Art Direction in 2010 from IED of Milan. He currently works at Saatchi & Saatchi in Milan. Creator of the octagonal typeface Factory (2012) and the artistic experimental typeface Lucio (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefano Picci

A web portal for phy and design. It has beautiful typographic posters too. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefano Polli

Italian designer who lives in Milan. He has made an "Arabian funky fraktur font" (sic) in 2009. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefano Temporin

Italian designer of the sans face Std This (2005) and Std Brixia (2006), which includes the hairline face Std Brixia Thin. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stelio Crise

Author of Di un patetico saggio di caratteri tipografici (Firenze, Sansoni, 1960). I haven't seen that book yet, but with such an intriguing title, I will make it a must for my next trip to Harvard. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stella Musi

Graphic designer Stella Musi (Milan) graduated from Politecnico di Milano. She created a circle-based typeface that was inspired by the Olympic rings in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Students at Politecnico in Milan

The students at Politecnico in Milan designed many sans serif fonts during the 1997-1998 academic year: OPTIFOUR was made by Luca Cenerelli, Elisa De Luca, Simona Di Liddo, Alberto Lavadini, Federico Muratori, Andrea Muzzini and Wladimir Testa. PHONEFONT is due to Annalisa Biffi, Paolo Brambilla, Lucia Caccia, Simona Carena, Daniela Casiraghi, Daniela Cipriani, Erik Ciravegna, Lorenzo Cocola, Annalisa Migliazza, and Guido Nava. PHONET was made by Luca Arrigoni, Matteo Astolfi, Annalisa Baga, Gian Luca Balzerano, Liborio Biancolillo, Matteo Capitini, Francesca Castagnetti, Fabio Cardano, Stefano Carrozza and Cristian Confalonieri. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Studio Bibliografico Scriptorium

Italian antiquarian type bookseller run by sara Bassi in Mantova, Italy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Studio Charlie

Italian graphic design group headed by Gabriele Rigamonti (b. Italy, 1976), Carla Scorda (b. Italy, 1976), Vittorio Turla (b. Italy, 1975). The company is located in Rovato, Brescia, Italy.

Fonts sold by MyFonts: the DIN-inpired 6-style sans family Superbastone (2006), the futuristic Stereotype family (2005), the skull dingbat font Catacumbes (2006), the ransom note font Cavillus (2006), the dog dingbat font Charliedog (2006), the leafs dingbat font FontFoliae (2006), the Stencil G family (2006) and the rounded octagonal family Pied de Poule Text (2006) were codesigned by all three founders.

In 2007, they added Insects (dingbats), Design We Like (dingbats), MyFace (an award-deserving collection of faces), Friz Biz (simple children's hand), Washing Machine (dingbats), Superbastone (sans family), Superclosed, Supersquared, Superstarlike, and Superwood.

In 2008, we saw the publication of Retrofont, a very condensed high contrast sans.

In 2009, the dot matrix face Superpois saw the light.

Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Studio Cheste

Studio Cheste (est. 1995) is a Venice-based project by Peppe Clemente who is involved in editorial, identity and corporate design. Cooperators include Isabella Zegna, Paola Fortuna, Dario Serio, Gioia Stocco, Enrica Cavarzan, Francesco Zambello, Laura Scala, Elisabetta Cassin, and Arnel Heljia. Creators of the modular organic sans typeface GAT (2012), where GAT stands for Giovani a Teatro. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Studio FM Milano

Studio FM Milano (Barbara Forni, Cristiano Bottino and Sergio Menichelli) designed the blackletter typeface Giano Display (2013). In a project called 60 typefaces, they published several funny type faces (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Studio Polpo

Studio Polpo was founded in 2012 by Matteo Brogi and Leonardo Maltese in Rome. Its typefaces include Fishes (2013, an ornamental caps typeface by Matteo Brogi), and the vintage signage typeface Forno (2013, done jointly by Leonardo Maltese and Matteo Brogi).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Studio Volk
[DJ Andrea Esu]

Graphic design and art direction studio run by Enrico Bonafede in Rome. DJ Andrea Esu created the monoline stencil face VT Esulation (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Swan Lefevre

Designer of the rolodex / horizontal stencil style face Halfont (2010), a face designed during a course at Politecnico in Milan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Teo Gagliano

London-based designer who is originally from Italy.

Creator of the experimental caps typefaces Faber (2012) and NSWE (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Teresa Types

Milan-based graphic designer who made an untitled studded display typeface in 2013. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Textism: Bembo

Bembo is the name given in 1929 by Stanley Morrison to his revival of type in use in 1495 Venice by the printer Aldus Manutius. Textism decries Monotype's digital version of this font. Minion (Robert Slimbach) is another revival, but it is quite far from the original. iTextism: Monotype Bembo, released in 1929, was a brilliant revival of type in use in 1495 Venice by the printer Aldus Manutius. In its metal version, Bembo is my favourite thing to read; with acknowledged subjectivity, it is the most beautiful and readable text face of all. The tragedy is that its digital incarnation is sloppy in comparison: thin, wispy, it falls apart and its character evaporates unless used at sizes too large to be practical. Because of licensing and ownership of the design, this is the Bembo we are stuck with.

View various digital versions of Monotype Bembo.

View digital versions of Bembo. Compare digital versions of Bembo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Maccio (or: Webstilus)

Italian designer of Ultras Liberi (2008), an experimental display face. Alternate URL. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Worst Truetype Font
[Roberto F]

This very original free handwriting font is simply called "The Worst", but in my view, a better name is "The Best". Its author is Roberto F (b. Torino, Italy, 1967). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Thoughtype

Claudio Piccinini's type pages for critiques and showcasing. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tipografia Leone sas

Letterpress and typefoundry located in Firenze, Italy, est. 1950. At Dafont, and on their home page, they offer the free font Typography Times (2013), which is like Times, but with sharper edges and corners---the dagger and harpoon look. The same harpoon theme returns in the free sans typeface Leo Arrow (2013). Urban Elegance (2013), Typography Ties (2013) and America Faster (2013) are display typefaces. Romanesque Serif (2013) is a copperplate typeface. Carved Rock (2013) is a serifed typeface. Wind Sans Serif (2013) has angled cut terminals.

Typefaces from 2014: Downtown Elegance, Paris in Love, Signoria (sans family), Clocker, Christmas Sounds, Dream Love Valentine, Dalmata Dream.

They also set up a parallel free font foundry, Jambo Fonts.

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Tipoitalia

Bilingual (Italian/English) type magazine launched in 2009 by Claudio Rocha (editor-in-chief) and Simone Wolf (managing editor). The editorial board consists of Sandro Berra, James Clough, Giada Coppi, Giangiorgio Fuga, Piero de Macchi and James Mosley. As a teaser, issue 1 (2009) has articles on lettering on letter boxes, the Dante typeface, Nebiolo specimens, covers of the Campo Grafico magazine, Piero de Macchi, and "The Italian monstrosity" (by James Clough). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tipoteca Italiana

Schedule of type events in Italy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tipoteca Italiana fondazione

Italian type museum in Cornudo (Treviso), also called Museo del Carattere e della Tipografia. It has a printshop, library and archive, and it organizes casting workshops. The museum has some section devoted to Italian type designers and Italian type. The following types are exhibited:

  • Pastonchi (F. Pastonchi-E. Cotti, 1927)
  • Griffo (G. Mardersteig, 1929)
  • Semplicitä (Studio Nebiolo, 1930)
  • Triennale (Fonderia Reggiani, 1933)
  • Neon (G. Da Milano, 1935)
  • Landi (A. Butti, 1939)
  • Hastile (A. Butti, 1941)
  • Microgramma (A. Butti, 1941)
  • Dante (G. Mardersteig, 1946-52)
  • Tallone (A. Tallone, 1949)
  • Garaldus (A. Novarese, 1941)
  • Garamond Simoncini (F. Simoncini, 1958)
  • Eurostile (A. Novarese, 1962)
  • Forma (A. Novarese, 1968)
Occasionally, meetings are organized, such as Bunker (June 22-24, 2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tiziana Alocci

Tiziana Alocci (Milan) created an interesting parametric font in 2012 called Trapezifont. She writes: Trapezifont is a parametric font created in FontLab through the programming language Python. The glyphs were not drawn in a traditional way, with the Bezier curves but writing the codes inside the edit macro of FontLab. Trapezifont works according to one variable included between 0 and 100 that can be set at will. Once set the script the font is re-drawn as to the variable given changing the value of the tapering of each glyph. She is pursuing a masters degree in Communication Design at the Politecnico of Milan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tiziano Fani Braga

Roman graphic designer. He created a condensed geometric typeface for Digital Art Magazine (2011) based on a carefully planned hexagonal grid. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tom Oc

Tom Oc, an art director in Rome, Italy, created the streamlined display face Sphinx in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tomaso Baj
[Tomaso Typo Baj Fonts]

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Tomaso Typo Baj Fonts
[Tomaso Baj]

Gironico, Como, Italy-based designer of the retro sans all caps typeface Aero Club Como (2014). In 2012, he created Archiquadro, a Bauhaus style piano key stencil face.

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Tommaso Bovo

Tommaso Bovo (Florence, Italy) created Istanbul (2013), a typeface inspired by the city.

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Tommaso Elli

Italian student at the Politecnico of Milan, 2009-2012. He created the quaint Perrier typeface (2012) together with his co-students Federico Meroni, Gianluca Malimpensa and Pietro Mazza.

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Tommaso Poli

Graphic designer in Bologna, Italy, who created the hipster typeface Panique (2014), which can be bought here. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tommaso Tino

Milan-based designer who studied at the New Academy of Fine Arts (N.A.B.A.) in Milan. Creator of The Finger Font (2012) and The Hipster Font (2012, a paper-fold face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tommaso Trojani

Monza, Italy-based designer of the paper-fold typeface Carta (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tommaso Vidus Rosin

Venice-based graphic designer who created a great calligram called Moka in 2012.

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Toni Pecoraro

Toni Pecoraro was born in Favara (Agrigento) Italy in april 1958. In 1977 he graduated from the Agrigento Institute of Art. From 1977 to 1981 he studied decoration at Florence Fine Arts Academy. From 1985 to 1990 he taught Engraving Techniques at Macerata Fine Arts Academy. At present he is teaching Engraving Techniques at Bologna Fine Arts Academy, and lives in Montefiore Conca. On his web site, he placed a reedited version of Giovanni Antonio Tagliente's 1530 book published in Venice. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Trini Testi

Trini Testi (Firenze, Italy) has an MA in graphic design from IED. Designer of the typeface Funkadeli (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

TrueBlue
[Gianni Marcolongo]

Located in Canegrate, Italy, TrueBlue is the foundry of Gianni Marcolongo (b. Legnano, 1963). He created the scholastic (upright and connected) handwriting font Pinocchio (2006), the connected calligraphic faces Emanuela (2008) and Martina (2007), TB FireSigns (2007), TB Matrix (2007, dot matrix font), TB Abacus (2007), TB Valentine A and B (2008, Valentine Day-themed dingbats), Philo Logic (2012, an extended sci-fi family), and the American-flag inspired TB StarsAndStripes (2007). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Tsolyani

The Tsolyani Modern Typeface is derived from the notes in the Empire of the Petal Throne gamebook. Made by Roger Pearsei in 1995. Shareware. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type Dynamic

Swiss and/or Italian foundry, est. 2013, located in Campione d'Italia, Italy. Their 14-style sans family, Pieta (2013), which is advertized as a modern wide sans, has the openness and geometry of Avant Garde, but deviates in the details, making it more humanistic, more lettered. The hairline weight is especially attractive.

In 2013, they published the clean nearly (but not quite) monoline slightly tapered 6-style sans typeface family Larsseit.

Typefaces from 2014: Celias (a geometric sans with sharp corners), Revisal (humanist sans), Predige (a modular sans family promoted for use in scientific publications), Predige Rounded, Sarine (a technical sans family), Lasiver (a sans family from Hairline to Black).

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Typefoundry: Italian writing masters and calligraphers of the 16th and 17th centuries
[James Mosley]

James Mosley researched the names of all the calligraphic writers, mostly professionals, working in Italy between 1501 and 1700, whose names have been recorded:

  • Alberici, Andrea [Antonucci 1989, 1993]
  • Alunno / Alumnus, Francesco (Francesco del Bailo) (Ferrara, Venezia, c 1485-1556) [MorisonBarker]
  • Amphiareo, Vespasiano (Ferrara, 1501-1563) M 1554 [Johnson]
  • Antonozzi, Leopardo (Roma) M 1638 [Marzoli]
  • Arrighi, Ludovico degli, il Vicentino (Vicenza, Roma, d 1527?) M 1522 [Johnson]
  • Augustino da Siena M c 1565 [Johnson]
  • Badesio / Badessi / Badeschi, Fabrizio (Roma, fl 160040) [Servidori, p. 189]
  • Barisoni, Giovanni (Venezia) M 1606, 1607 [Marzoli]
  • Bartolamasio, Geminiano (Modena, Milano, fl c 1630-1640) [Bidelli]
  • Bellinato, Giovanni Francesco (Venezia) [Cresci 1579]
  • Bonacina, Giovanni Battista (Milano) M 1649 [MorisonBarker]
  • Brembilla [Osley p. 116]
  • Brondoli, G. Francesco [Ascoli]
  • Bruni, Francesco [Antonucci 1989]
  • Bruni, Lucantonio (brother of Nicola) [Marzoli, p. 49]
  • Bruni, Nicola padre da San Severino [Marzoli, p. 49]
  • Buonadio, Camillo (Piacenza) [Paillasson]
  • Busdrago, Vicenzo (Lucca) [Johnson, p. 43]
  • Capponi, Alessandro [Antonucci 1989]
  • Carpani, Carpano (Fermo) [Cresci 1622]
  • Carducci [Antonucci 1996]
  • Castelletti, Tomaso (Fabriano) [Paillasson]
  • Castelli, Rocco Maria (Bologna, fl 1690) [Ascoli]
  • Cataldi, Belardino [Antonucci 1989]
  • Celebrino, Eustachio (Udine) M 1525 [Johnson]
  • Ciampalanti [Antonucci 1996]
  • Ciarallo, Giovanni [Antonucci 1989]
  • Civeri, Giovan Battista [Antonucci 1989]
  • Conretto da Monte Regale (Mondovi, Piemonte) M 1576 [Johnson, Marzoli]
  • Costa, Benedetto (Milano) [Cresci 1579]
  • Cresci, Giovan Francesco (Milano, Roma, Venezia) M 1560, 1570, 1579 [Wardrop 1948, Johnson]
  • Cresci, Giovan Francesco (Milano). Son of the preceding. [Cresci 1622]
  • Curione, Lodovico (Bologna, Roma d 1617) M 1582, 1588 [Cresci 1622, Johnson, Antonucci 1989]
  • Dolcetta, Gioseppe (Venezia) M 1692 (Morison Barker)
  • Domenichi, Cesare (Roma) M 16023 [Osley]
  • Fanti, Sigismondo (Venezia) M 1514
  • Fondi, Ventura (Siena) [Cresci 1579]
  • Forlivi, Paolo (Verona) [Paillasson]
  • Fortebraccio, Cipriano [Osley, p. 116]
  • Franco, Giacomo (Venezia) M 1596, 1600 [Johnson]
  • Fumarola, Abele (Napoli) M 1598 [Marzoli]
  • Gagliardelli, Salvadore (Firenze) M 1583 [Johnson]
  • Gallesi, Pauolo [Antonucci 1996]
  • Gandolfi, Marco Antonio (Genova) M 1606 [Paillasson]
  • Garzoni, Giovanna (Ascoli Piceno, Firenze, Napoli, Roma, c 160070) [Ascoli]
  • Ghebelino, Stefano (Brescia) M 1591 [Johnson]
  • Gherardacci, padre Cherubino (Bologna) [Cresci 1579]
  • Gieronimi / Girolami, Rocco (Venezia, Pavia) M 1603 [Osley, Becker]
  • Giomi, Gregorio [Antonucci 1996]
  • Giordi, Rodomonte (Faenza, fl 1608) [Ascoli]
  • Hercolani, Giuliantonio (Bologna) M 1571, 1574 [Johnson]
  • Horfei see Orfei
  • Lancione, Sempronio (Verona) M 16013 [Becker]
  • Landino, Giovanbattista da Modena (Roma) [Cresci 1579]
  • Lazeroni [Antonucci 1996]
  • Leone / Leoni, Scipione (Bologna) M 1598, 1601 [Johnson]
  • Liviziano / Lavizzano, Christoforo (Modena, d 1582) [Cresci 1579, 1622, Marzoli, p. 49]
  • Maffei, Leonardo (Bergamo) [Cresci 1579]
  • Mancini, Dono [Antonucci 1996]
  • Manzoni, Domenico (Oderzo, Venezia) M 1540 [Johnson]
  • Massari, Mario (Rome) [Cresci 1579]
  • Mercato, Giovanni Luigi (Roma) [Cresci 1579, 1622]
  • Migliorucci, Federigo [Antonucci 1996]
  • Migliorucci, Niccolò [Antonucci 1996]
  • Mitelli, Giuseppe Maria (Bologna) M c 1693 [MorisonBarker]
  • Monterchi, Francesco da [Servidori]
  • Moro / Poliviani, Francesco (Padova) [Johnson, p. 43]
  • Moreggio, Cesare (Roma) [Cresci 1579]
  • Mureti, Alberto (Siena) M 1594 [Johnson]
  • Mutilli, Matteo [Antonucci 1996]
  • Navarra, Vincenzo (Berghisella (Faenza), Roma, fl 1560) [Wardrop 1948, p. 11]
  • Naventeri, Girolamo (Roma) M 1600 [Osley]
  • Orfei, Luca, da Fano (Roma, d 1608) M 1589 [Johnson]
  • Ortiz, Lorenzo (Cadiz, Venezia, b 1630/32 d 1698)
  • M 1696 [Becker]
  • Paffetti, Andrea [Antonucci 1996]
  • Pagliarolo, Girolamo (Bologna 14741539) [Wardrop 1946]
  • Palatino, Giovambattista (Rossano, Calabria; Roma b c 1515 d after 1575) M 1540, 1566 [Johnson]
  • Pedarra, Francesco (Roma) M 1598 [Johnson]
  • Pennacchio, Alessandro [Antonucci 1989]
  • Periccioli / Pericciuoli, Francesco (Siena) M 1619 [Marzoli]
  • Picchi / Picchio, Cesare (Roma) M 1598 [Johnson, Marzoli]
  • Piccini, Benedetto [Antonucci 1996]
  • Piccioli, Giovanni [Antonucci 1989]
  • Pisani, Dario (San Gimignano, Pisa) M 1607 [Marzoli]
  • Pisani, Francesco (Genova, X 1640) [Marzoli]
  • Pisani, Giovanni Battista (Genova, b c 1606) M 16401 [Marzoli]
  • Poliviani see Moro
  • Pomodoro, Giovanni (Roma) [Cresci 1579]
  • Porro (Padova) [Osley, p. 131n]
  • Raimondi, Nicolò, Piemontese (Roma, Genova) M c 1637 [Marzoli] [Antonucci 1989]
  • Richier, Michele, di Lorena (Roma) M 1626 [Osley]
  • Rofreni [Osley, p. 116]
  • Rogni [Calligraphy teacher of Giovanna Garzoni. Ascoli]
  • Romano, Iacomo (Roma, b 1539) M 1589 [[Cresci 1622, Johnson]
  • Rossi / Rubeis, Marco Antonio de (Roma) M 1598 [Johnson]
  • Ruano, Ferdinando (Badajoz, Roma d c 1560) M 1554 [Johnson]
  • Ruinetti, Tomaso (Ravenna, Roma, b c 1597) M 1619, 1622 [Paillasson, Marzoli]
  • Sacchi, Antonio (Ravenna) M 1605, 1606 [Servidori, p. 30]
  • Sallando, Pierantonio (Reggio nell'Emilia? Bologna fl 14891528) [Wardrop 1946]
  • Salvioni, Giovanni Battista (Milano) [Bidelli]
  • Santi, Bartolomeo [Antonucci 1996]
  • Santorio, Giovanni [Antonucci 1989]
  • Sanvito, Bartolomeo (Padova, Roma b 1435 d after 1518)
  • Sarafellini, Ventura / Bonaventura (Imola, Roma) M 1611 [Paillasson]
  • Scalzini / Scalino, Marcello, detto il Camerino (Camerino, Venezia, Roma b c 1556) M 1581, 1599, 1608 [Osley, MorisonBarker]
  • Scevola, Muzio [Antonucci 1989]
  • Scorza, Sinibaldo (Voltaggio, Genova (c 15911631) [Paillasson]
  • Scribante, Giovanni (Arezzo?) M 1532 [Osley]
  • Segaro, Giovanni Battista (Genova, son of Giuseppe) [Paillasson]
  • Segaro, Giuseppe (Genova d 1624?) M 1607, 1624 [Marzoli]
  • Sellari, Giuliano (Cortona, Roma) M 1635 [Marzoli]
  • Sena, Giovan Pietro [Antonucci 1989]
  • Sfondrato, barone (Milano) [Cresci 1579]
  • Sisto (Fr.) da Siena [Paillasson]
  • Sopranini (Padova) [Osley, p. 131n]
  • Spada, Valerio M 1649, 1680 [Antonucci 1996, Ascoli, MorisonBarker]
  • Spannocchi, Camillo (Siena) [Cresci 1579]
  • Talenti, Virgilio [Antonucci 1996]
  • Tagliente, Giovanantonio (Venezia) M 1524 [Johnson]
  • Tagliente, Pietro (son of Giovanantonio) [Servidori, p. 11]
  • Tauro, Andrea [Antonucci 1989]
  • Tensini, Agostino (Bassano b c 1606) M 1641, 1668, 1670, 1686 [Osley, MorisonBarker, Ascoli]
  • Testa, Fabio [Servidori]
  • Tiranti, Honorato (Saorgio, Torino) M 1639, 1655, 1656, 1657 [Marzoli]
  • Tozzi, P. P. (Padova) M 1604 [Osley]
  • Tronchi, Giovanni Battista (Roma) [Cresci 1579, 1622]
  • Ugo da Carpi (Roma 1479/801533) [Johnson]
  • Verovio, Simone (Roma) M 1587 [Johnson]
  • Villani, Francesco [Antonucci 1989]
  • Willevaux, Pietro (fiammingo, scrittore in Casale, X 1650) [Ascoli]
  • Zabarelli, Ascanio (Cortona) [Ascoli]
  • Zanella, Sebastiano (Padova) M 1605 [Marzoli]
  • Zanetti, Antonio (Bologna) [Cresci 1579]
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Typo Tour

Tour of Italian typography, as found on the streets, buildings, and in daily life. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Typographia Historia

History of type. Specially detailed pages on historical type in Toulouse and Venice, and by Balzac and Gutenberg. Musea. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Typomilan
[Massimiliano Frangi]

Italian type blog. [Google] [More]  ⦿

tyu78eddy

Italian designer (b. 1978) who used FontStruct in 2008 to create Crystal-Lightning, a lightbulb-signage font. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ugo da Carpi

Ugo da Carpi (b. ca. 1455, d. ca. 1523) was an Italian painter and printmaker who worked in woodcut. Author of the handwriting book Thesauro de Scrittori (1535). This book was republished in 1968 by Nattali and Maurice (London). An alphabet. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Umberto Fenocchio

Designer of the pen script font Grafico (Cooperativa, 1965), characterized by a large x-height, the grotesque family Linea (Cooperativa, 1966-1969), Calligrafia, Armonia (calligraphic) and Brio (script face at Mecanorma). He has worked with Aldo Novarese and Pietro De Macchi at Nebiolo in Turin, and was afterwards artistic director at Fonderia Tipografica Cooperativa di Peschiera Borromeo, where he designed Linea, Sigla, as well as Arabic and Hebraic alphabets. Linea, in particular, is his major type design oeuvre---it contains weights called Linea Tonda Chiara, Linea Tonda Neretta, Linea Corsiva Neretta, Linea Nera, Linea Nerissima, Linea Neretta Stretta, Linea Nera Stretta, Linea Nerissima Compatta and Linea Profil. From 1974-1996, he was professor of typography and calligraphy at the Istituto Statale Isia di Urbino, while from 1969-1998, he taught lettering at the Scuola Politecnica di Design di Milano. In 1996, he became professor of calligraphy and lettering at NABA, the Nova Academia di Belli Arti in Milan, Italy. PDF of his work by Hans Reichardt. Gio Fuga's info on him. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Umberto Lignarolo

Creator of Brace (2009), a type based on curly braces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Umberto Mischi

Italian illustrator and graphic designer. Creator of Charpentier (2009, script face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Univisual

Italian branding company which in 2008 created the logotype Optica Type for the optical chain Salmoiraghi&Viganò. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Unknown Studio
[Marco Virgillito]

Marco Virgillito (Unknown Studio, Milan, Italy) created the great super-sized poster typeface UT Amen (2014). Marco lives in Bollate, Italy. Luca Sabatini (Unknown Studio) created the fat poster typeface UT Mammut (2014).

Behance link. Behance link for Unknown Studio. [Google] [More]  ⦿

UP Comunicazione
[Mark Tamagnini]

UP Comunicazione (Mark Tamagnini, Reggio nell Emilia, Italy) created the elliptical sans typeface family UP TM and the corporate branding typeface Aquila Italiana in 2013.

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Urania

Little-known foundry in Milan, active in the early part of the 20th century. I wonder if this company is the same as the ones which produced the lettering for the Urania typewriter in 1926. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Utilitype
[Matteo Billia]

Matteo Billia (Utilitype) is the Italian designer of the free heart-textured Valentine's Day font Moltissimo Hearted Borders (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Utku Civelek

Turkish designer, who, during his studies in Firenze, Italy, created the technical typeface Civelek (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Valérie de Berardinis

Paris-based Italian type designer (b. 1972) who designed Estrella (1996), a Basque font based on research she did at L'école Estienne (1996) on Basque art. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Valentina Aufiero

For a course at Politecnico in Milan, Valentina Aufiero, Leo Colalillo, Alejandra Sepulveda Hernandez and Francesca Sperti codesigned Gill Trump in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Valentina Montagna

Runs Molotro in Italy with Luciano Perondi and Stefano Minelli. She codesigned the medieval ornaments font Eye of Goat (2005) with Perondi and Federico Zerbinati. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Valeria Necchi

Valeria Necchi (Milan) graduated in Design Communication at Politecnico di Milano. She is preparing her doctoral thesis on social communication. She was inspied by street signs in the city of Trento when she created the informal family De Trentum (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Valeria Santarelli

Valeria Santarelli (Milan, Italy) designed the free layered rounded typeface family UGO (2014). This is among the top layered typeface families available today. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Valerio Di Lucente
[Julia]

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Valerio Poltrini

As a student at Istituto Tecnico per Geometri Guarino Guarini in Modena, Italy, Valerio Poltrini (b. Modena) designed the modular monoline sans typeface VP Fredersen (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vanessa Farano

During her studies in Rome, Vanessa Farano created Coquet (2013), a thin sans display typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vermi di Rouge

Italian comic book site. Creator of the free comic book caps font Vermi Di Rouge (2012).

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Veronica Polignino

Art director in Milan. Creator in 2013 of a typeface that extends the Pelikan fountain pen logo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Veronica Schito

Rome-based designer of the circuit typeface Zodiac (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Veronica Tuveri

Graphic designer in Rome. Creator of the round black face Paped (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vespasiano Amphiareo

16th century Franciscan scribe and calligrapher (1501-1563), known for his 1554 writing manual Opera di Frate Vespasiano Amphiareo da Ferrara ... nella quale si insegna a scrivere varie sorti de lettere (Venice, 1554), the first place where one can find a Bastarda. Typefaces based on scans of his work include Gothic Majuscles (2003, Manfred Klein, based on Gothic Initials, 1554), and Amphiareo (2002, a Mac font made by Michael Schrauzer). Pictures of his capitals. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vespasiano di Bisticci

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Vidit Narang

Treviso, Italy-based designer of the elliptical sans typeface Boho Sans (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vincenzo Onnembo

Creative designer from Naples who is based in Bristol, UK. At Behance, one can enjoy his semi-industrial typeface NeoEnz (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vincenzo Silvestroni

Italian designer in Russi. Home page. Creator of Eros Simboli and Eros Simboli Simboli (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vincenzo Vuono

Palermo, Sicily-based designer of Gravity, a compass-and-ruler font that is going to be used as an official font by Accademia di Belle Arti Palermo. He created the free experimental type family Mun (2012).

Behance link. Graphicbox link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Virag Nobile

Virag Nobile (Milan, Italy) created the Bauhaus stencil / piano key typeface ComuniGó (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Virginia Nardelli

In 2012, Cecilia Negri and Virginia Nardelli, both located in Milan, took the Fiat logo, and set out to design a full (condensed, octagonal) alphabet by extrapolation, called the Fiat Typeface. Virginia is a designer and illustrator. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vittorio Schiavo

Graphic designer and illustrator in Milan. In 2009, he made a Mexican fiesta--meets Russian industry face called Vibskov. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vittorio Turla

Graphic designer in Rovato, Brescia, Italy, b. 1975. He cofounded Studio Charlie with Carla Scorda and Gabriele Rigamonti, with whom he codesigned the futuristic Stereotype family (2005). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Walter Paggioro

(Italian?) designer of the dingbat font Linotype Caciocavallo (1997).

His free---mostly hand-drawn---fonts, shown in 2013 on Dafont, include Catena (connect-the-dots), Ludico, Mussati, Asilum, Anoressis, and Cancello.

Fontshop link. Klingspor link. Dafont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Wilma Traldi

French-Italian graphic designer who made an experimental star-studdedc face in 2011. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yonatan Sheinker

Graphic design student at Shenkar Collage in Israel, who says he is from Italy on his Behance site. Flickr page. Creator of the Hebrew face Urbanica (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yuri Ferrari

Graphic designer in Lecco, Italy. In 2010, he designed Nervo Ottico 1, a (free) sans face that was inspired by Herb Lubalin's Avant Garde. It was part of Yuri's type design course project at Politecnico di Milano, done under the guidance of Andrea Braccaloni. Nervo Ottico 2 was made by co-sdtudent Roberta Donatini. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Zara Avdalyan

Florence-based designer of the octagfonal typeface Zeta Squared (2013). She also created Fairytale Icons (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Zeina Georges Baaklini

Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1986, Zeina graduated in 2008 from NDU (Notre Dame University Lebanon). Presently she is a print and media designer in Florence, Italy.

Creator of the Arabic simulation face Gibran (2012), which was created for Lebanese author Gibran Khalil.

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Zetafonts

Zetafonts is a font foundry created by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Debora Manetti. Almost all of these fonts were created as part of the design process for logos and printed materials. Many were created for the experimental magazine ego[n]. Foundry in Florence, Italy, although the Behance page places them in the United States. [z]fonts is the font development section of Studio Kmzero, a Florence (Italy) based Design and Communication Agency. Studio Kmzero is an Italian design firm in Firenze consisting of three graphic designers, Francesco Canovaro, Debora Manetti, and Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini.

Also called ZeroFont.

Francesco Canovaro and Adolfo Monti are the designers of the simple bold sans face Arista (2007). They also made the basic sans faces Cibreo, zProzak-Bold, zProzak and zProzakLight in 2006, and Sugo in 2007. We also find Antipasto (2007, clean elegant sans, by Matteo Di Iorio), Arsenale White and ArsenaleBlue (2009, children's hands, done by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Francesco Canovaro and Jonathan Calugi), Bistecca (2005, a bellissima extra-condensed serif font created for ego[n] 5 and for the cover of ego[n] 4), Braciola (2006; monospaced and octagonal, with stencil styles added), Bubblebody, Byron (2006, handwriting), Delizioso (2008, art deco), Docporn (comic book style), Duepuntezero, Handvetica (2005, arched), Happyfruhzero, Modulo3 (2008, an artsy beauty), New Romantic (curly grunge), Prozak (2006), Sala de Fiestas (2005-2006, free download at OFL), Senzacuore, Square80 (2009), Sugo, Taller Evolution (2009, geometric sans), Taller, Tallest (2009, ultra-condensed), Targa Monospace (inspired by license plate lettering), Targa (2002), TargaMS (2002), TargaMSHand (2002), Tutor (2006, rectangular, pixelish---what I call a piano key font), Toller (2009, ultra-condensed), Filetto (2009, a sans modeled after DIN 1451 done with Francisco Canovaro and Katiuscia Mari).

In 2014, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Francesco Canovaro codesigned Amazing Grotesk (+Ultra).

Dafont link. MyFonts link.

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Zetafonts (or: Studio Kmzero, or: ZeroFont)
[Francesco Mistico Canovaro]

Italian design firm in Firenze consisting of three graphic designers, Francesco Canovaro, Debora Manetti, and Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini. Dafont link. Canovaro's Behance link. Also called ZeroFont and Zetafonts. Typefaces:

  • A Day Without Sun (2014, by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini).
  • Antipasto (2007, by Matteo Di Iorio). A clean elegant sans by Canovaro.
  • Arista (2007) and Arista 2.0 (2010). A simple rounded bold sans face designed by Francesco Canovaro and Adolfo Monti.
  • Arsenale White and Arsenale Blue (2009). Children's hands, done by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Francesco Canovaro, Andrea Mi, Debora Manetti, Katiuscia Mari, and Jonathan Calugi.
  • Bistecca (2005). A bellissima extra-condensed serif font created for ego[n] 5 and for the cover of ego[n] 4.
  • Braciola (2006). Monospaced and octagonal, with stencil styles added.
  • Byron (2006). Handwriting.
  • In 2010, Canovaro designed the Bubblebody Fat and Bubbleboddy Extra Light.
  • Cibreo. A basic sans face by Canovaro and Monti.
  • Delizioso (2008). Art deco.
  • Digitalino (2013).
  • Docporn (comic book style).
  • Duepuntozero (2010). By Canovaro.
  • Filetto (2009). A sans modeled after DIN 1451 done by Canovaro, Debora Manetti and Katiuscia Mari.
  • Handvetica (2005). Arched.
  • Happy Frush Zero (2014). A random note font.
  • Modulo3 (2008). An artsy beauty.
  • New Romantic (curly grunge).
  • Panforte (2013) and Panforte Serif (2013): hand-drawn typefaces.
  • Prozak. Consists of zProzak-Bold, zProzak and zProzakLight (2006). A basic sans face by Canovaro and Monti.
  • Sala de Fiestas (2005-2006). Free download at OFL.
  • Square80 (2009).
  • Sugo (2007). By Canovaro and Monti.
  • Taller (2009, ultra-condensed), Taller Evolution (2009), Tallest (2009, ultra-condensed).
  • Targa Monospace. Inspired by license plate lettering.
  • Targa (2002), TargaMS (2002), TargaMSHand (2002).
  • Tutor (2006). Rectangular, pixelish---what I call a piano key font.

Klingspor link.

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