Since my last portfolio site, I’ve decided to keep doing the country theme as a self-imposed design constraint. This time Italy comes on stage, and this site is specifically a tribute to Aldo Novarese, the legendary 20th-century type designer who worked for the Nebiolo typefoundry in Turin.
I chose Forma Deck for big text instead of Display or Banner, since the stem flaring is more pronounced, reminiscent of metal-type printing. Recta is used sparingly; its construction is more lenient and proportions more compact, making it more suitable for small headings.
A shout-out to Mr. Ross, who provided me with Forma on a student license.
According to an article by CAST, it turns out Recta was originally designed by Alessandro Butti, before Novarese stole the credit.
Very nice! I’m excited to see what you review for Typographica.
I was extremely excited to see that article too. It does seem like a lot of the available English-language writing on Nebiolo’s history has not had the benefit of access to good source materials, so I’m glad to see someone is looking hard at this.
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