Albert Pinggera

Indices : Designers : Albert Pinggera

Albert Pinggera comes from Southern Tyrol, the German-speaking region in northern Italy. Realizing that the letters interested him more than the medium, he apprenticed to the typesetting and graphic design department of a newspaper in Bolzano. In 1993 he went to Munich where he worked with Gert Wiescher, and a year later he moved on to MetaDesign in Berlin to assist Luc(as) de Groot in the type department. In 1995 Albert moved to The Hague for the postgraduate course in type design and typography at the Royal Academy of Art. After graduating cum laude in 1997 he returned to Italy, to the mountain town of St. Leonhard in Passeier, and founded the company design.buero. Clients range from local institutions to multinationals and the work is varied: custom typeface design, concept/design/production of complex book projects, designing exhibit spaces and signage systems, corporate identities, etc. From 1998–2002 Albert Pinggera taught and gave seminars on type and typography in Bolzano. In 2003 Albert Pinggera’s FF Strada was a winning entry of TDC2 2003, the Type Directors Club’s annual type design competition.

FF Strada

Indices : Typefaces : FF Strada

Albert Pinggera, 2002

FF Strada was originally designed for forms in a thesis project. It is very legible in small sizes and offers an alternative alphabet for a second language which is invaluable in bilingual forms. This is also why the italic has its own strong character. The typeface has been developed, applied and adjusted over a period of 5 years, and the result is three sub-families: Text, Small Caps and Condensed. Possible future extensions are Compressed and Mono/Correspondence fonts. The faces have OSF and TF figures which enables the user to apply the fonts in complex projects, corporate design solutions or orientation systems. The Italic has a clear contrast to the Roman but corresponds in form and character. The letters have little contrast and ascenders and descenders are quite short, thus it works well in small sizes with small line spacing. In large sizes the harmonic details of FF Strada are clearly visible and can give a product a special identity.

Building Letters

Indices : Publications : The Building Letters Project

The project Building Letters was launched in 2003 by Jim Richardson. The profits from the sales of 36-page magazine on African design were donated to the support of two African orphanages for children with AIDS. The success of the project was boosted by the CD with free fonts created, amongst others, by Max Kisman or David Carson. Second issue was dedicated to India, and the profits went to the aid of Indian children and of children from a Ugandan orphanage. Again, the issue contained a CD with fonts designed by Donald Beekman, Bruno Maag, Rian Hughes and others. Jim begun working on the third issue shortly after the deadly tsunami in 2004 on the impulse of Rathna Ramanathan from the University of Reading, who was at Sri Lanka when the tsunami came.


Indices : Typefaces : Myriad

A Humanist sans serif design that was the product of the collaboration between Robert Slimbach and Carol Twomblywith Fred Brady & Christopher Slye. Myriad was orignally released in 1992.
A prominent use of this typeface is by Apple (it is actually Myriad Pro Semibold).

A comparison of the principal differing characters in Myriad and Frutiger*.
* This is actually Bitstream’s Humanist 777, which is based directly on the Frutiger typeface.

Adrian Frutiger on Myriad

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University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Art and Design

The School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago is an art school that teaches discipline in Graphic Design. It has a strong focus on the International Style of typography.

Students are trained to compose works without the use of computers. They must print out type in various sizes and set it, not unlike photographic typesetting. After they are satisfied with the work, the reproduce it on the Max OS X platform to be archived and printed for display. o TCL, es el primer sitio sobre tipografía en Chile. El proyecto es desarrollado por Kote Soto Y Tono Rojas en sus inicios, pero actualmente cuenta con Francisco Galvez y Rodrigo Ramirez en su Equipo.