Claudio Rocha and Tony de Marco founded “Tupigrafia” magazine at the beginning of the millennium in São Paulo and have been working on it ever since. They are editorial designers and have always been a reference point for visual artists, communicators, researchers, teachers, calligraphers, street writers and typographers in Brazil. They created “Tupigrafia” because they wanted to have fun with letterforms and stay in touch with like-minded readers, exchanging ideas and experiences on the typographic scene. Their surprising and unconventional magazine has always reflected the state of typographic arts and lettering in Brazil and around the world.
Now, after more than 20 years and 13 issues only available in Portuguese and almost all out of print, the masters of “Tupigrafia”, Rocha and De Marco, launch the first English-language anthology of the original magazine. A powerful and colourful 208-page volume presenting the vibrant content of “Tupigrafia” for an international audience of lettering and typeface enthusiasts.
This unpredictable and unmissable anthology will feature some of ‘Tupigrafia’s most inventive and innovative subjects such as, among others, the sign painters known as “abridores de letras”, who work on boats in the Amazon; the Dutch postage stamps created by Gerrit Noordzij, Wim Crouwel, Joost Swarte and others; Fefê Talavera’s wall paintings for the ‘concrete jungle’ of São Paulo; the bizarre wooden typefaces of the Tipoteca Italiana and even the hidden typography of a pencil collection.
Special edition limited to 50 copies for collectors also available with: 60 × 40 cm dust jacket/poster with alphabet by Luca Barcellona, Canvas slipcase with hot foil stamping.
Design and curatorship by Claudio Rocha and Tony de Marco Cover title by Luca Barcellona
15.5 × 22.5 cm 208 pages with letterpress insert Hardback Isbn 978-88-98030-41-5 First published September 2021
A cult book, dedicated to the undisputed master of visual communication Bob Noorda, which reviews half a century of his career in which he created more than one hundred and sixty brands.
In a long and impassioned dialogue with graphic designer Francesco Dondina, Noorda retraces contemporary icons whose sign, with its deep-rooted rationalist imprint, has given face and identity to industry and recognisability to our metropolitan routes. A timeless communication, Noorda’s, as demonstrated by the fact that many of the logos and designs he designed have survived the visual trends of recent decades, remaining almost identical to the original versions: the signage of the Milan and New York subways, the logos of Coop, Mondadori, Touring Club and Feltrinelli are just a few examples.
The book also reveals a strong regret for a cultured Italy, open to the new, where the company directors were Enrico Mattei and Adriano Olivetti; where Milanese culture was marked by Gio Ponti’s Pirelli and Piero Bassetti’s Regione Lombardia; where architects, designers and intellectuals exchanged views with each other and with the world, in a free flow of thought and planning. According to Bob Noorda, reflection on visual design cannot elude the need to bring the culture of design back to the centre of debate, from academic lecture halls to boards of directors and even the seats of politics. After the first edition in 2009, Una vita nel segno della grafica (A Life in the Sign of Graphic Design) returns in this renewed 184-page edition, 48 of which are in colour, with a selection of the great master’s most representative works and an unpublished text by Massimo Vignelli, founder together with Noorda of the internationally renowned agency Unimark.
The book is aimed at the entire world of visual design, enthusiasts, teachers, students of graphics and design, and of course the connoisseurs of this now legendary figure.
Interview by Francesco Dondina with Bob Noorda Book design by Bunker
13.5 × 21.5 cm 184 pages (48 full colour) Paperback Italian Isbn 978-88-98030-37-8 First published April 2021
“So you have to know the trees to design parks; know them one by one, and also know that the design of a park is the design of a ‘becoming’, the proposal of a mechanism of transformation, growth, life and death.” – Franca Stagi
The drawings in the book L’Architettura degli Alberi (The Architecture of Trees) by Cesare Leonardi and Franca Stagi represent an unsurpassed tool for the design of green areas.
The result of a study that lasted over twenty years, the book contains the treatment of 212 tree species, drawn in scale 1:100, with and without foliage, accompanied by diagrams of the projections of shadows during the hours of the day and during the course of the seasons, tables of seasonal chromatic variation of the foliage and 393 descriptive cards for each family (53), genus (128) and species (212), with 185 particular drawings of leaves, flowers and fruits.
A fundamental text, now available again in this renewed edition with a more up-to-date graphic design, appropriately revised, corrected and updated. Aimed at professionals, architects, landscape architects and designers, and anyone who suffers the irresistible charm of the wonderful world of trees.
Texts by Laura Conti, Augusto Pirola and Franca Stagi Introduction to the new edition by Andrea Cavani and Giulio Orsini Original illustrations by Studio Leonardi-Stagi Book design Bunker
25,5 × 38 cm 424 pages Over 550 illustrations Hardcover Italian Isbn 978-88-98030-19-4 First published December 2018
Cesare Leonardi. L’Architettura della Vita / The Architecture of Life narrates the eclectic and interdisciplinary character of Cesare Leonardi’s research. Busy in a continuous and passionate investigation, far from notoriety despite the fact that some of his works are found in the most important museums of the world and are published on international magazines, Cesare Leonardi is the example of a life dedicated to architecture and planning. Through a flow of images, interspersed with thematic essays, his production is described: a kinetic system that has passed seamlessly from design to photography, from photography to drawing, from drawing to architecture, from architecture to sculpture.
The book comes out on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name, organized by the Galleria Civica of Modena, from September 15, 2017 to February 4, 2018. A tribute from the city of Modena to the work of Cesare Leonardi over the course of four decades. The publication would not have been possible without the decisive contribution of the Cesare Leonardi Architect Archive, in particular thanks to the efforts of Andrea Cavani and Giulio Orsini, researchers at the Archive and curators of the catalog.
More than 500 images including photographs, drawings, sketches and drafts show the work of Cesare Leonardi throughout his life, accompanied by texts written specifically by Veronica Bastai, Stefano Bulgarelli, Andrea Cavani, Andrea Costa, Daniele De Luigi, Eugenio Gazzola, Giancarlo Martinelli, Lucia Miodini, Giulio Orsini, Jessica Pagani, Francesco Samassa and Paola Viganò.
Edited by Andrea Cavani & Giulio Orsini Book design Bunker
23.5 × 28.5 cm 320 pages More than 500 images Hardcover Italian/English Isbn 978-88-98030-24-8 First published September 2017