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.