Typeface design is a slow and long process. Fonts can take years to complete. It is a craft informed by tradition, culture, and language. I infuse visual concepts into my fonts. These concepts are often derived from research on letterforms and ornamentation of Italian origins.
My interests in typeface design began as a student in the 1990s at the Basel School of Design in Switzerland, where I took a class in letterform drawing with André Güertler. There I learned the foundations of shaping beautiful letters. In 2014, I decided to revisit these lessons and focus my energy in typeface design. This work is below.
Designing type has led me to design custom-drawn logos for clients who want a visual identity set in a font that others cannot have. That work can be viewed on the design page of this website.
Binario is a sans serif & geometric typeface with tightly cornered forms that lend themselves nicely to screen-reading. The design contains elements of Italian Art Deco, early 1900s advertising, and modularity. The rounded counters are based on the curve of the classic Roman arch. It comes in three weights; bold, regular, and light. The bold and regular weights have a vertical emphasis and are well-suited for headlines or large body text. The light is more open and provides a nice pairing to the bold or regular as body text or as large display text. It comes with a small set of symbols; an arrow, a printer’s fist, a train, some flowers, and several basic interface symbols.
Binario Soft is a geometric sans serif typeface with subtly rounded edges to give a softer and warmer impression. It is the sibling of Binario.
Varese is a geometric and modular typeface inspired by early 1900s Art Deco posters. Its heavy weight is excellent for display or large body text. The lowercase is similar to the uppercase, yet many of the lowercase letters have interior spaces and several have some variations on the form (see H/h, E/e, F/f, I/i, J/j, L/l, N/n, T/t). The lowercase also has two alternate glyph sets that are half size and align with cap height. One of the alternate glyph sets has an underline.
Varese Soft is a sibling of Varese. It explores the boundaries between unity and variety with playful cadence. Use it when you need a warm, nostalgic, robust, and friendly tone for your content.
Scanno is a warm and modern sans serif typeface that comes in eight weights and one condensed. Each weight has an oblique. It is suitable for body, headline, and display text on screen or in print.
Its open forms set a welcoming and friendly tone that renders well in all media. Scanno has a nostalgic hint of the early sans serifs. It encapsulates both humanist and geometric qualities, while maintaining a sense of timelessness and neutrality.
Poeta is an ornamental font of floral, sun, and nature motifs with diverse cultural origins. This font began with sketches of patterns seen around Sicily; a land rich in poetry.
Designers can use Poeta to make unique line patterns, fields, borders, or other ornamentation. The forms are versatile enough for pure visual embellishment or for creating a festive seasonal or holiday mood. Poeta will surely to add a little poetry to any design project.
Poeta is a color ornamental font of floral, sun, and nature motifs with diverse cultural origins. This font began with sketches of patterns seen around Sicily; a land rich in poetry.
There are seven different fonts in this family. Each font has a different color or grey combination; solid (black), grey, gradient, primary, secondary, tertiary, and diverse. Each glyph has individual colored parts. Those who desire to make an entire glyph in a single color can do so with the solid font.
Designers can use Poeta to make unique line patterns, fields, borders, or other ornamentation. The forms are versatile enough for pure visual embellishment or for creating a festive seasonal or holiday mood. Play with layering and opacity to explore the additional color-mixing potential of this font.
Poeta is vector-based and fully scalable. Photoshop 2017 and Illustrator 2018 support color and gradient fonts. All software supports the solid font, which will appear black and can be colored in the usual ways.
In addition to the vendors listed at the top of this page, Poeta Color is also available at Creative Market.
FormPattern is a versatile set of shapes. It comes in four individual fonts with limitless visual possibilities. Each font is based on grid units of; one, two, three, or six.
Many of the forms from different fonts can flow together to make lines, borders, and patterns. Explore letter spacing to connect the forms into a continuous pattern or to space them apart to make borders. Explore leading to create large areas of pattern. Web designers can use FormPattern to make unique horizontal rules with the web font for scalable and faster loading pages.
In addition to the vendors listed at the top of this page, FormPattern is also available at Creative Market.
FormPattern Color Two is an ornamental font for creating borders, frames, lines, and patterns. It is a color version of FormPattern.
This font is made up of a versatile set of interconnectable precolored shapes that can flow together to make lines, borders, and patterns. Try different letter spacing to connect the forms into a continuous pattern or to space them apart. Explore leading (line spacing) to create large areas of pattern. Work with layering and opacity to discover the color-mixing potential of this font. Web designers can use FormPattern to make unique horizontal rules.
How does FormPattern work? Install is as a regular font and as you type you will get forms instead of letters. Most design software, such as Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop provide a glyphs palette where you can choose the precise form you want. Alternatively, you can refer to the pdf included in the downloads from the vendors. This displays the forms and their equlivalents on the keyboard.
FormPattern Color Two is a vector-based and fully scalable SVG OpenType format. Color fonts are supported by Photoshop 2017, Illustrator 2018, InDesign 2018, and QuarkXPress 2018 (and later versions). A solid uncolored font comes with every purchase and can be used in applications that do not support color fonts. It will appear black and can be colored in the usual ways.
FormPattern Color Three is the sibling of FormPattern Color Two. It has more complexity allowing for finer detailed ornamentation.
FormPattern Color Six is the most detailed sibling of the FormPattern Color family. Use its circles, polka dots, zig zags, and lines to ornament. It comes in these precolored sets; primary, secondary, tertiary, analogous, dark, old world, vintage, greyscale, cool grey, and warm grey. There is also a solid font that can be colored in the same way as regular fonts.
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