How did you get started in type design, and what advice would you give to those wanting to get started?
I studied graphic design at Politecnico of Milan and, during my internship, worked with my professor Antonino Benincasa at his studio, helping him develop a font he had started. He gave me the FontLab manual, and I put my head around it.
For my final thesis, I decided to focus on type design history and did a research project about the origin of the italics. The research included going around Europe to interview significant figures in type design, including Gerrit Noordzij. I was fortunate enough to meet and talk to him. He’s a major influencer of today's type design.
Erik Spiekermann in Berlin also agreed to be my interviewee. Erik is an incredible source of inspiration in type. He was proud that I studied his book “Stop Selling Ships and Find Out How Type Works,” from cover to cover. He encouraged my interest and offered me an internship and, eventually, a job.
After a few years working at Spiekermann, I decided I wanted to be a full-time type designer, so I applied at KABK and graduated in ’08. This master's program helped launch my career.
My path to type design was shaped by my curiosity, the kindness of exceptional teachers and designers, and some fortunate events. If you have a passion for type and persist in pursuing your interests, there is a unique path for you. Your personal journey does not have to be like anyone else’s.