Font for italian train tickets

Otto Climan's picture

Hi to all!

I'm a young graphic designer who has to graduate in september and for my graduation project I want to restyle and redesign the tickets of the italian railways (you can see the actual tickets here: )

I need help to find a great font that can be used on a train ticket and that can express "italianism" by his shape.

This is the only font that I could find:

what about it? A made in italy font designed for maps

hrant's picture

Trying to express a geography too literally in a typeface is dangerous; except in a display face, you can really only aim for a vague mood of a place.

That said, I personally see nothing at all Italian in Titillium.


JamesM's picture

Have you researched how they are printed? Tickets consist largely of type that is variable (destination, time, etc) and are probably printed on specialized equipment that may have limited font options. You may need to "italianize" the tickets via color and design rather than font choice (except for pre-printed portions of the ticket).

Té Rowan's picture

Studio di Lena would likely be a better source of 'Made in Italy' fonts.

hrant's picture

Shame they used the name "Selene" - Simoncini has a great font by that name (originally called Armstrong) waiting to be revived.


Otto Climan's picture

Yeah, I know, and I wrote to Trenitalia but no answer about print system...
Thanks all for the suggestions of fonts, anyone know any font used in train tickets? (or airplanes tickets..). The first value I need for this project is that the font must be engineered for cramped conditions (something like these?

nicolacaleffi's picture

Otto, it looks like you're after a monospaced fonts:

That said, Trenitalia's corporate typeface, as you will know, is Futura:

Otto Climan's picture

Yes, but in the tickets they don't use Futura, but a strange monospaced font..

JamesM's picture

> in the tickets [they use] a strange monospaced font.

Is it possible that they print them using a mechanical system? Metal characters that physically transfer ink to the ticket?

David Somers's picture

Otto, these tickets are a fairly common format, and I've seen them used in other countries (Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium, etc.). The only differential is the logo of the operator in the top-left. The printers are thermal, so its black print only. If you want to find out more, I suggest you ask nicely at the train station if they can tell you the name and model of the printer, and who makes it, you should be able to get more information on their capabilities (or lack of).

As a lot of rail operators are moving to e-tickets, you might want to consider a redesign for those instead as you would (potentially) have more flexibility (color, format, etc.).

Otto Climan's picture

thanks David!

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