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    Original price was: € 97,90.Current price is: € 78,32.

    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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    Original price was: € 93,00.Current price is: € 79,05.

    Discover Franco Fontana, one of the most internationally renowned contemporary Italian photographers.

    This selection of two titles published by Lazy Dog Press includes «Invisible», Fontana’s latest effort, the return of a meticulous archival research from which many unpublished shots emerged: from more experimental research to more intimate evidence of expressive freedom of the author.

    The second volume is the re-edition of «Skyline», a classic of ’78 that helped pave the way for the new contemporary Italian photography.

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    Original price was: € 92,50.Current price is: € 78,70.

    Test yourself in the art of letters and deepen this ancient and fascinating discipline, through the teachings of the masters of the Italian calligraphy association.

    What could be better than a gallery of images to draw on to hone your style. Luca Barcellona is an internationally renowned calligrapher, «Take Your Pleasure seriously» is his first monograph.

    With «The Trait” Gerrit Nordzij laid the foundations for a fascinating approach to the discipline of the study of letters. The famous Dutch designer elaborates a universal theory of writing that spans centuries, from the first engravings to the most recent computer works.

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    Original price was: € 94,00.Current price is: € 79,90.

    Discover the master of American street photography .

    This selection includes the two titles of Charles H. Traub published by Lazy Dog. «Dolce Via Nova» is the diary for images of a journey made by Traub in Italy in the 80s, a collection that represents an Italy that has almost dissapered.

    «Skid Row» is a reportage, unpublished for half a century, of the urban undergrowth of America of the 70s. The black and white portraits in this volume depict the homeless of Chicago and New York, with an essay by philosopher Tom Huhn.

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    Original price was: € 87,00.Current price is: € 69,60.

    A careful selection of books and posters by the famous italian calligrapher.
    Use the discount to dive into the work of Luca Barcellona.

    The bundle includes the paperback edition of the first monograph published on the artist, the poster created for the original publication of the volume and the catalogue of the exhibition «Lost in Strokes», held at the Patricia Amorcida gallery in Milan.

     

     

     

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    «Less words more actions to survive».
    Armando Milani poster, part of the triptych with «Peace» and «War».

    50 70 cm
    Paper Fedrigoni Arena Smooth Natural 170 g
    First edition November 2023

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    «Let us stop the aggressor of peace».
    Armando Milani poster, part of the triptych with «Peace» and «React».

    50 70 cm
    Fedrigoni Arena Smooth White 170 g paper
    First edition November 2023

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    «A message of love for the world».
    Armando Milani poster, part of the triptych with War and React.

    50 70 cm
    Fedrigoni Arena Smooth White 170 g paper
    First edition November 2023

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    Faithful reproduction of the poster originally published for the first edition of Take Your Pleasure Seriously, the monograph dedicated to Luca Barcellona. The celebrated calligrapher offers us an exploration of the shape of the letters of the alphabet in his typical taste.

    50 × 70 cm
    Paper Artic Volume White 130 g
    First edition November 2012

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    In 1978, Franco Fontana’s book Skyline helped pave the way for the new Italian photography with its radicalism and typically photographic approach. This book, made in a very simple way, without excessive graphic pretensions, presenting one photograph per page, was the culmination of a work in full maturity, freed from all the tics in vogue in photographic circles, advertising or conventional photojournalism.

    Skyline praised no city, no local production, it was a work closed in on itself. Starting from tangible reality, in this case the landscape, and from horizon lines, he excluded all superfluous elements to preserve the essential, the exaltation of forms and colors. Fontana codified his familiar landscapes and unknown expanses in such a way that signs, space, form, and color became the only elements of the image.

    With Skyline, before Luigi Ghirri’s famous book Kodachrome and six years before Viaggio in Italia, Franco Fontana was one of the first to question the linguistic possibilities of the chromatic process and the aesthetic characteristics of photography, personally reinterpreting the world around him while initiating a new reading of the Italian landscape. 

    This book is based on the original Italian edition and soft cover, both in format and presentation and in the number of photographs as set by Paola and Luigi Ghirri. To improve quality, the photogravure has been redone from the slides.

    Photographs by Franco Fontana
    Text by Helmut Gernsheim
    Book design Paola Bergonzoni and Luigi Ghirri

    21 × 27 cm
    80 pages
    Paperback
    Italian/English
    Isbn 978-88-98030-63-7
    First published September 2023

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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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    The volume is a photographic testimony of the American urban fabric of the late 70’s. Charles H. Traub creates a series of portraits, depicting street tenants of Uptown Chicago and Bowery New York. 

    The author declares: «I wanted to see, to try to touch at least with my camera the experience of loss». The intent was not to satisfy a sort of voyeurism, but to witness the dignity and humanity of the homeless. They were very different from the contemporary ones; today they are no longer the result of individual destinies but of great social disparities. 

    A famous book by Nelson Algren, A Walk on the Wild Side, wondered «why lost people sometimes become greater human beings than those who have never been in their lives». Skid Row responds by highlighting a nobility that unites urban communities, even in the worst moments. 

    Unfortunately, this sensitivity, due to gentrification and indifference, is now systematically suppressed in favor of a transformation made by urban chic. 

    It is therefore even more necessary to recount these experiences, so as to recall the fundamental role of the “lost nobles” in the construction of the historical identity of a city. 

    Text by Tom Huhn
    Book design Bunker

    21 × 26 cm
    112 pages
    Hardcover
    English
    Isbn 978-88-98030-59-0
    First published June 2023

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    Photography is an act of self-awareness towards oneself and one’s cultural background. In his sixty-year career Franco Fontana has photographed what cannot be seen, succeeding in fixing through framing an ‘other’ image that is abstracted from reality, free from the portrayed subject. Geometry, proportions and composition have allowed him to reach, by progressive degrees, a conceptual synthesis that has been translated into linguistic unity and its formal manifestation, images. 

    Today, the crisis of the liquid society opens to the author the opportunity to explore new territories of the invisible ‘naked eye’, expanding the visual horizon and the iconographic structure while maintaining stylistic coherence and identity. If unity originates from the hybridization of differences, from the affirmation of unity itself originate the differences, in a system in constant balance between conceptual and formal, invisible and visible.

    Invisible, a 168-page book with more than 100 photographs, is the restitution of meticulous archival research from which many previously unpublished shots have emerged: from the most experimental research to more intimate evidence of expressive freedom, which constitute the fertile ground from which grew the unmistakable style that has made Franco Fontana internationally famous.

    Dedicated to those who know or approach the expressive path of the author, to those who want to explore that inner space, beyond reality, which belongs to the subjective interpretation, where you go in search of the image that is not yet there and that only the sensitivity of the photographer’s eye can capture and translate into a unique and unrepeatable shot. Thus, suddenly, the invisible becomes visible.

    Photographs by Franco Fontana
    Editing by Lorenzo Respi
    Book design Bunker

    22 × 27 cm
    168 pages
    Hardcover
    English
    Isbn 978-88-98030-58-3
    First published November 2022

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    Many typefaces created today are related to types of the past, and interest in older letterforms is stimulated by the great number of visual resources available. We are surrounded by digital fonts based in one way or another on historical models, but it is clear that we cannot consider all of them as revivals. So, how to distinguish a type revival from a typeface that is loosely based on historical forms? More reflection on this subject is necessary, both to help navigate the landscape of contemporary typefaces, and to give greater clarity to discussions on the history of type. This 104 pages pamphlet provides tools for researching and designing revival types. A concise publication that will show a practical perspective and fresh content, fuelling the conversation among and between designers and scholars.

    The content is organised into four parts. The authors begin by defining the theoretical ground, including a definition of revivals, and a discussion on the boundaries of a revival project. The second part introduces the framework of analysis developed for recording the relevant design features of the type used as a model. In the third part, Olocco and Patané apply the framework to the roman type cut by Francesco Griffo for the De Aetna (1496). Based on this analysis, the fourth part showcases the process of reviving this historical type.

    Although the authors are focusing on defining a procedure to design a type revival, those suggestions can be adopted beyond the scope of a revival project. Their approach will ensure a strong connection with the original source and a substantial help towards understanding how to employ historical models in a contemporary context.

    Texts by Riccardo Olocco and Michele Patanè
    Preface by Gerry Leonidas
    Book design by Riccardo Olocco and Michele Patanè

    12.5 × 21 cm
    112 pages
    Paperback
    English
    Isbn 978-88-98030-48-4
    First published May 2022

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    Early 1980s. From Milan to Marsala, Charles H. Traub composes an ironic and spontaneous portrait of an Italy that today we cannot say whether it really existed. The candid gaze of the American photographer immediately captures the idiosyncrasies of the Bel Paese: laziness, the unbearable and wonderful weight of history, the warm light of the countryside and the vivid light of the sea, the carefree and delightful life of the provinces. Bright blues, reds and yellows engulf the poses and gestures of strangers, transformed into affectionate archetypal caricatures, because Traub has in mind the work of another great master: Federico Fellini.

    On his travels in Italy, it is Luigi Ghirri who is his guide: the two do not speak the same language, but share a form of sincere curiosity for what surrounds them and the ability to observe reality with ever new eyes. So it was that in 2012 Traub recognised a lost magic in the photographs from thirty years earlier and decided to make a series out of them. Published for the first time in 2013, Dolce Via Nova renews the original sequence with a wide selection of previously unpublished photographs, edited by Giulia Zorzi and Francesco Ceccarelli, and transforms the book with a new design by Bunker. An essay by poet Luigi Ballerini and a dialogue with Gus Powell complete the work.

    Texts by Luigi Ballerini, Gus Powell
    Book design Bunker

    21 × 26 cm
    144 pages
    Hardback
    English
    Isbn 978-88-98030-49-1
    First published June 2022

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    “Cast it” is a publication that uses CAST fonts and deals with the history and culture of type. Issue 5 presents The Processes of Type-making, an excerpt from the first chapter of Plain Printing Types, a book written by the American scholar-printer Theodore Low De Vinne and included in his four-volume treatise The Practice of Typography (1900-1904).

    The excerpt focuses on De Vinne’s summaries of electrotypes, stereotypes, printing presses and especially his analyses of typeface wear. As pointed out by Paul Shaw in his preface: “De Vinne’s account of typography, typesetting and printing is that of a large-scale commercial printer” […] “His language is lucid and easily understood by a modern reader in contrast to that of Moxon, Fournier, or even Mackellar.”

    Co-produced with CAST Cooperativa Anonima Servizi Tipografici
    Type designers: Erasmo Ciufo, Alessandro Colizzi, Beatrice D’Agostino, Riccardo De Franceschi, Giovanni De Faccio & Lui Karner, Rafael Dietzsch, Alessio D’Ellena, Giulio Galli, Radek Lukasiewicz, Riccardo Olocco, Luciano Perondi, Leo Philp, Gianluca Sandrone, Tipiblu
    Preface by Paul Shaw
    Editing by Andrea Amato, James Clough, Massimo Gonzato, Riccardo Olocco
    Book design by +fortuna

    16.5 × 24 cm
    48 pages
    English
    Issn 2531-765
    Isbn 978-88-98030-44-6
    First published December 2021