Andren / dark side of typography.
Born in 1981, still alive.
I work and swim on the flatlands.
The creative studio Artiva Design was founded in Genoa in 2003, thanks to the coordinated efforts of designers Daniele De Batté and Davide Sossi. The work done by Artiva Design, which appears and is published in Italy and abroad, covers a variety of genres including visual art, graphic arts, illustration and multimedia, concentrating on a minimal palette of colours (mostly black and white): their works are based on primary geometrical forms and how they relate with each other, on the relationships between presence and absence, and on a rigorous graphic composing mesh.
Bomboland is a studio that was founded a few years ago. We work in the city of Lucca and deal with illustrations applied to a variety of fields, from publishing to advertising and children’s books. Our studio is currently composed of its founder, Maurizio (aka Bombo), and of Elisa, who joined Maurizio three years ago. We both received our diplomas at the ISIA in Florence, after which we did jobs as graphic designers for various studios and agencies. Our work ranges from illustrating articles for magazines, to creating press campaigns, including posters and billboards, for a variety of trademarks. Actually, the majority of our jobs are in foreign lands, especially in the United States and England. Among our clients we boast: ENI, Nokia, Mini, Kolln, Unilever, Kraft, Luxottica, The Washington Post, New Scientist, Runner’s World, Financial Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, Emme Edizioni, Bayard Edition, and ELI Edizioni.
When you cross the threshold of their studio in Turin, you run into a large green table, with a net in the middle, then you go down along a corridor, and reach a vast and well lit living room. Seated behind a large desk, buried in stacks of paper are the Boumaka. They are three designers, with their faces lit up by the light from their computer monitors. You notice a rather heterogeneous group, whose interests vary from literature to photography, one analogical and the other digital. They think up and create identity systems, and according to them, the systems are part of the realm of visual communication. They arrange and do the layout for books, editorial products, posters, etc.. They form words, experimenting with ever new materials, and when their fingers get dirty, they get clean again by typing at the computer.
The Boumaka always talk with each other, but they’re not very used to talking about themselves.
Laura Cattaneo is an information designer of Milan, with a passion for video and illustration. Currently she is working as a journalist for the financial newspaper Sole 24 Ore, and she is also the art director for La Vita Nòva, which is an application created for Ipad offering a collection of scientific, technological and innovative subjects. After completing her studies at the Politecnico of Milan, she worked for Leftloft and collaborated with many foreign newspapers. She loves dogs, getting muddy on her bicycle, geometry and essential forms.
The creative studio Due Mani Non Bastano, meaning “two hands are not enough”, was founded in 2005. It deals with visual communication, and especially with graphic arts and illustrations. Their working philosophy gyrates around cooperation, interaction, and sharing. The company is based in Milan, and it is made up of Davide Longaretti (Longa025) and Ilaria Faccioli (Uila).
They have done jobs for: Altreconomia, CAF Onlus, Fa la cosa giusta!, Feltrinelli editore, Homesleep Records, MY PR, Naturello, Pandora Design, Pearson editore, Plurigas, Sharra Pagano, Slow Food, Sperling&Kupfer, Salani editore, TobeUs and many more.
He received his degree in graphic arts and visual communication from the ISIA institute in Urbino in 2006. His thesis was “Tickets, viaggio nella grafica italiana” (Tickets, travelling in Italian graphic arts). He worked for a studio called Zup Associati based in Perugia from 2006 to 2007, and has been working for Heads Collective from 2008 until the present. As a graphic arts designer and illustrator he experiments with expressions in the realm of promiscuity and splash-over between languages. His works have been awarded and published at Italian and international shows and competitions, and his illustrations have become part of the permanent collection at the “Museo dell’Immaginario” of Cosenza.
Mister Gatto is a creative workshop that deals with visual design and communication systems. We do our designing according to a specific method: research, observation, originality, uniqueness, creative error, experimentation, serendipity, manual skill and participation: and that’s about everything in designing that currently stimulates us. Mister Gatto is composed of: Gianluca Camillini and Margherita Micheli.
Marco was born in Apulia, grew up in Tuscany, and lives in Milan. He puts his heart and soul into illustration and lettering, working mostly for magazines, daily newspapers, and casual clothing labels, both Italian and foreign. Although he does possess the talent of being synthetic, actually he is chronically fixed on horror vacui. During his free time, whenever that is, he experiments with typography, drawing entire sets of letters, never, however, finishing a single set. He is a passionate self producer: recently he bought everything necessary to produce the fanzines of his dreams. He loves T-shirts, and owns a whole bunch of them, they’re all art T-shirts. His favourite dish is Chirashi sushi served at the Poporoya in Milan. I’m quite sure that he is one of the greatest consumers of Chinotto in Italy.
Iknoki is a graphic design and visual communication studio. We deal with visual identity, editorial graphics, web and multimedia design, we do exhibit outfitting and creative management for companies, organizations and associations. A central role in the activity of our studio is to continuously research even beyond the realm of applied communication. Such activity has become an integral part of our studio’s work, and it is carried out by means of participating in research projects, workshops, conferences, and the publication of articles and editorial projects. The studio has been active since 2009, with offices in Trieste and Treviso.
Sarah Mazzetti is an illustrator from Bologna, born in 1985. After receiving her degree in Communication Sciences at the University of Bologna in 2008, she further pursued her academic activities at the Istituto Europeo di Design of Milan, where she finished her studies in 2010. Since 2009 she has been working freelance not only with Italian clients but also foreign ones, boasting the New York Times, The Fader, Link Magazine, GQ, Eni, Festival Internazionale del Cinema of Rome, Anorak Magazine, Kuš!, Strane Dizioni, and Biancoenero Edizioni. In addition to her freelance activities, she also works for the Teiera self productions, with Giulia Sagramola and Cristina Spanò. And finally she teaches at the IED institute of Milan.
My name is Simone Massoni and I’m a visual artist. So, what does that mean? I deal with everything which is visually stimulating, consequently, my profession and my personal quest often coincide. For over 10 years now I have been living in Florence. Some of the clients that I have worked for are Nokia, Guess, and Wired.
A few of the magazines that have granted me awards are Print Mag, Communication Art, and 3x3Mag. And, among the cities where I have exhibited let me mention Florence, Milan, and New York.
Gloria Pizzilli, whose father is from Lucania and mother from Germany, is a person who is not at home within normal schemes.
She’s a no-frills type, a person who loves cold air and opaque colours, and she never gets up before 10 AM. She doesn’t accept halfway solutions. As a freelance designer from Florence, she has always expressed her unbridled passion for form, going back as far as she can remember. She’s a lover of pure geometry, just as she loves liquid gesture, without limitations: she works with signs and symbols, playing with curves in her search for fluidity. Two souls are dwelling in her breast, as she speaks the language of minimal graphics, in which the rules of usage are dosage of elements, clean curves, colour precision, but also more complex illustrations, generous and rich in lines, details, references, tattoos and dragons.
Filippo Taveri was born in Monopoli, on the beach, with the sea in his eyes. Simona Gallo was born in Rome, on the concrete but with wheat in her hair. They met each other in Urbino, already adults.
They observed each other for months, from near and from far.
They were brought together by the photographic set.
Reciprocal admiration was consolidated over salmon-sauce spaghetti, with zucchini and green beans; and respect followed with dessert: cheesecake with chilled mint tea. Promises of eternity were exchanged, among allusions to favourite dishes, and they started to search for the materials to build their future home, perhaps with a thatched roof. Now they live in Urbino, happily united under the same roof: the bricks are a museum, their favourite dishes only a dream and, in the fields, they enjoy the marvels of nature remembering the love that linked them.
La Tigre is an independent graphic design studio in Milan, managed by Luisa Milani and Walter Molteni. Ever since it was first opened in 2009, La Tigre has tackled every project, from illustration to infographics, from identity to branding, and from publishing to holding events, and they do so by exploring complex scenarios, inventing original realities, implementing them by a great variety of media, ranging from the press to the web.
T W O – Think Work Observe is a graphic planning studio, founded in 2012. Our work, as we intend it to be, consists of creating objects and giving form to contents, but also of creating relationships which generate new meanings. We like to believe that our work derives from a flow of skills from all the people involved, and this is also at the base of our company philosophy, intrinsic in its name: our focus is on twoness, and not on words like “design” or “studio”.