A curtain-raiser for the Nebiolo story
Marta Bernstein, James Clough, Alessandro Colizzi, and Riccardo Olocco
A quick look at Italy’s major type foundry with M. Bernstein (Nebiolo’s early years), A. Colizzi (Giulio da Milano’s Neon), R. Olocco (light on Alessandro Butti’s work), J. Clough (150 years of Microgramma and Eurostile).
About Marta Bernstein
Marta Bernstein is a designer, researcher, teacher and co-founder of the digital type foundry CAST. Type and typography are her true passions and the common threads of all her projects. She has a soft spot for 19th Century type, a topic she’s been researching for a decade. She’s given talks on various type topics at Typographics NYC, ATypI, The Letterform Archive, Typelab, Kerning Conference. She is a member of Nebiolo History Project, aiming to research archival evidence of Italy’s most renowned type foundry. Marta collaborates with international companies, start-ups and public institutions internationally. She has decade long experience in developing identities across various media, designing exhibitions, and signage systems. She is currently Associate Creative Director at Studio Matthews in Seattle. Her teaching roles have included: part-time faculty at USC Roski, adjunct professor in Typography at Milan’s Polytechnic University, visiting professor in Architecture and Design at the University of Navarra, and lecturer for the Interior Design master at Tongji University, Shanghai. Marta completed her B.Sc. & M.Sc. in Graphic Design at Milan’s Polytechnic and her M.Des in type design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Follow Marta on Twitter and Instagram.
About James Clough
Following his training in typographic design at the London College of Printing, James Clough moved from London to Milan in 1971 and pursued a career in typography, lettering and calligraphy. In 1991 he was a founding member of the Associazione calligrafica Italiana and in 2016 he was convenor of an international conference in Milan on the future of handwriting. For the past thirty years he has deepened his knowledge of the history of writing, type and the graphic arts and he has lectured on these subjects in Italy and various European countries as well as the USA. Besides his many articles and lectures on Bodoni, Clough is the author of Alphabets of Wood, a history of Italian wood type, and Signs of Italy. From 2016 to 2019 the Italian newspaper La Repubblica published his Sunday column on historical and modern Italian inscriptions and signs. In 2021, as a member of the Nebiolo History Project, he gave a talk for the Herb Lubalin Lecture Series on Microgramma and Eurostile and another on Bodoni.
About Alessandro Colizzi
Alessandro Colizzi is associate professor of design at the Politecnico di Milano. He researches and teaches graphic design history, typography, and type design.
About Riccardo Olocco
I’m a designer and researcher, visiting research fellow at the University of Reading where in 2019 I completed my PhD 'A new method of analysing printed type: the case of 15th-century Venetian romans'. In the early 2010s I lectured in Typography at the University of Bolzano, and from the late 1990s I freelanced as a type and graphic designer in Milan and elsewhere in northern Italy. I publish articles and lecture across Europe and I’m a board member of the Nebiolo History Project. I'm a member and co-founder of CAST, Cooperativa Anonima Servizi Tipografici.