James Clough

A London-based calligrapher and scholar, he studied Typographic Design at the London College of Printing. He worked as a designer and calligrapher mainly in Milan, where he settled and has lived since 1971. He teaches typography and the history of typography at Italian and Swiss universities and has curated three printing museums. He lectures in Italy, England, the USA and Turkey. He writes about typography for Italian and international publications, such as Matrix, Eye, Codex among others. In 2014 with Chiara Scattolin he wrote Alphabets of Wood, published by Tipoteca Italiana.

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    The freedom, detached from pre-established models, the skill of the artisans and their creativity make the Italian signs truly extraordinary. In the book L’italia Insegna, James Clough examines them from a historical-aesthetic perspective and critically illustrates the best and worst sides of this unique expression of applied art.

    Jost Hochuli, one of the best known and most appreciated Swiss graphic designers, explains in his essay Il dettaglio in tipografia, how to ensure the best possible experience for readers. To do so, he introduces us to the world of typographical detail or microtypography and analyzes one by one its constituent elements: letter, space between letters, word, space between words, line, line and column of text.

    The edition Fear, finally, through a visual narrative choral, collects the work of the international conference of typography held every year in Milan, «Letterpress Workers». The text explores the sociocultural aspects, starting with the graphic design, freely inspired by the work of the Dutch designer Willem Sandberg, who with his human and professional example has embodied the very spirit of this edition of the conference.

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    Proceedings of the International symposium / Turin, 16–17 September 2021

    The Nebiolo company of Turin was Italy’s greatest type foundry on both national and international levels for most of the 20th century until its closure in 1978. Originating from a small type foundry established in 1852 and bought by Giovanni Nebiolo in 1878, Nebiolo was officially set up in 1880. By the turn of the century the company experienced a rapid commercial expansion that would lead it to successfully develop the production of printing presses, a sector in which it would dominate the Italian market until the 1970s.

    Nebiolo is especially remembered for its contributions in the field of typeface design. Its Studio Artistico – headed successively by Giulio Da Milano, Alessandro Butti and Aldo Novarese – released influential typefaces that had a strong impact on the history of 20th-century printing and graphic design in Italy and elsewhere. Due to the dispersion of the company archives, a critical evaluation of Nebiolo’s heritage has been lacking until now. With this first international symposium, and the publication of its proceedings, the Nebiolo History Project offers at last an overview of the latest research on hitherto underinvestigated aspects concerning Nebiolo and its role in the history of industry and the graphic arts in Italy.

    Edited by Nebiolo History Project: Alessandro Colizzi, Riccardo Olocco, James Clough, Riccardo De Franceschi, Marta Bernstein, Massimo Gonzato
    Texts by various authors

    19 × 27 cm
    376 pages
    Paperback
    Original language edition (italian/english)
    Isbn 978-88-98030-89-7
    First published July 2023

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    Whimsical and intuitive, original, humorous, improvised, elegant: Italian signs are a mirror of Italian society. What distinguishes the most interesting Italian signs and inscriptions is the variety of original letterforms.

    Before typefaces and fonts dominated the scene, there was no standardization in Italy of letterforms for commercial signs and there were no printed manuals for signwriters. This freedom and detachment from standard models of letters as well as the craftsmanship and creativity of the signmakers and designers are what make Italian signs so extraordinary.

    In this book, the Italian-based British designer, teacher and writer, James Clough, examines Italian signs within a historical perspective and from many standpoints. From the ornate Tuscan style of the 19th century to the eccentric letters of Art Nouveau, from the grandiose architectural lettering of the 1930s to the exquisite surviving examples of the old signwriters, from fascist ghost signs to lettering on manhole covers, Clough points out the highs and lows of this artistic expression as he takes readers on a fascinating lettering tour of Italy.

    Text and illustrations by James Clough
    Cover design by Luca Barcellona
    Book design by Bunker

    12 × 8½”
    248 pages
    Over 300 photographs
    Hardcover
    English edition
    Isbn 978-88-98030-08-8
    First edition September 2015