Nightmare before Christmas

If there is a graphic designer in your life, you already know that they can be the hardest people to please with a gift, and this task becomes especially complicated before Christmas. Gift buying for the design-savvy is not only difficult and time-consuming, it can even become intimidating. Graphic designers might seem a bit weirdoes… Continue reading Nightmare before Christmas

Music copyrights f**k

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Since the origins of humankind, music has enriched people’s personal lives, but today, we also know that music can enrich our professional life too. Some studies affirm that, people who listen to music while they work, perform quicker and make fewer errors. Listening to music while working is, in fact, very important to me. For… Continue reading Music copyrights f**k

Ink traps ahead of times

Simoncini Garamond showcase

Last friday I attended the opening of the exhibition “Metodo Simoncini. Ricerca di un’estetica dell’insieme” at the Museum of Industrial Heritage in Bologna. The exhibition lives in the context of “Griffo, the great gala of letters” curated by Elisa Rebellato and Antonio Cavedoni under the art direction of Dina&Solomon. It is a journey through the successful business model and creations of Francesco Simoncini, a key figure for the fifties-seventies typography… Continue reading Ink traps ahead of times

Punk & Paradox

Pissjar Sans, a typeface made of piss © pissjar.com

Can you mention a craft where discipline and patience are very necessary other than Type Design? Surely there are a lot, still I believe designing a typeface is among the most intense. Probably constraining yourself to urinate for six months onto 50cm framed bed sheets is quite intense too. And you need a lot of discipline. Not… Continue reading Punk & Paradox

Please welcome (back) title safe area

iPhone X rounded corners radius

Anticipated by spoilers the iPhone X is here, and rounded corners are back with a vengeance. I did not peek through the leaked iOS 11, I probably wouldn’t know where to look for because I am a designer, not a developer, still, using the official marketing images I took sometime to imagine the measurements of the… Continue reading Please welcome (back) title safe area

Goodby to Medium isometric flat hills

Medium Monograms Comparison, from 2012 to now (august 2017)

As you probably already noticed Medium has just gifted itself with a new logo, again. The last one did not last two years, and for how much I did like the style I never quite understood the design process behind it. The today one makes much more sense to me as it fits in a… Continue reading Goodby to Medium isometric flat hills

Francesco Franchi on Robinson

Francesco Franchi - Come si disegna un settimanale (Robinson)

After being internationally awarded for “IL” Francesco Franchi, Art Director of Robinson, talks about his latest creature, the 40 pages sunday insert of arguably the main newspaper in Italy, Repubblica. In the great surroundings of MAST museum, in Bologna, Repubblica today met readers to talk about “How to”. Franchi was there to speak about his job in the… Continue reading Francesco Franchi on Robinson

Paper lovers little rascals

And while the perverse discussion about whether eBooks sells better than paper books is making people go crazy, a bunch of “little rascals” is organizing a festival (or a party, as they prefer to define it) devoted to paper. But, how? Wasn’t it dead? It seemed to be only good for wiping our butts and blowing our noses; nevertheless, paper is here to stay. Paper. What is… Continue reading Paper lovers little rascals

Kerning 2017

Kerning Conference 2017

I am just back from “Kerning” Faenza, where I spent the last couple of days attending Richard Rutter “Responsive web typography” workshop and enjoying the conference on friday. After Richard guidelines on web typography first thing I will have to dedicate some time to better fine tune this website… And I honestly can tell you… Continue reading Kerning 2017