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Bella Ciao mixtape (MAR-008)

Contributed by Fabian Maier-Bode on Oct 17th, 2019. Artwork published in
circa August 2019
Bella Ciao mixtape (MAR-008) 1
Photo: Fabian Maier-Bode. License: All Rights Reserved.

I was asked by March 2004 to get together a playlist and create an artwork for it.
March 2004 is a platform for collaborative publications and events based in the United States and Ukraine.

The Cantiere typeface has his roots in Milan, Italy. It’s inspired by a construction sign that I spotted in the Porto Venezia quarter during my half-year long sabbatical in Milan. This sign read edilmafer, which is the name of a construction company. So I already got the DNA of eight glyphs for my Cantiere. Based on this sample, I’m now working on a complete typeface. It’s quite hard to get it done, and ironically, the name Cantiere means construction site.

In combination with its round basic form and the outstanding contrast, the very special descenders and ascenders give the typeface its special look. Cantiere acts strong and goofy at the same time. Maybe one can classify it as Roman contrasted slab serif. Or maybe not.

Bella Ciao mixtape (MAR-008) 2
Photo: Fabian Maier-Bode. License: All Rights Reserved.

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