Hi, this is Francesca, an independent
designer, passionate about Type.
Originally from Italy, I moved
to Montreal in 2018. I have worked
in many cities around the world,
and, for over a decade, I’ve created
high-quality visuals with Type.
I love working with others
sharing the craft, knowledge &
skills I developed over the years.
Please feel free to drop me a line:
2016 —— PRESENT,
I’ve been working independently on a variety of projects, with clients such as the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and an independent record label in Berlin. During this time I have also been pursuing an artistic interest in ceramics.
2010 —— 2016,
Senior type designer at Dalton Maag, London. I developed typefaces for general release (Volina Script) and for high-profile clients such as Amazon (Bookerly), Burberry, Hewlett Packard (HP Korean, Hebrew), Intel (Intel Clear CJK and Hebrew), Nokia (Nokia Armenian), and Pitney Bowes (Precision Sans).
2008 —— 2009,
Freelance Type & Graphic at The Print House, London.
Collaborating for a variety of clients and designers like Miles Newlyn & Monotype.
2005 —— 2007,
Graphic designer at Edenspiekermann, Berlin.
Worked for a variety of high profile clients, such as Bosch, Messe Frankfurt, Birkauser, and Tcho.
2007 —— 2008,
I graduated from the TypeMedia MA program at The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, NL. (KABK).
Developed a serif font family called ‘Kina’. The project — an experiment with extreme weights and interpolations which won an European Design Award, and was featured in a variety of design publications.
2000 —— 2005,
I received my master's degree in Graphic Design from Politecnico of Milan, IT.
Thesis title: “The origin of the Italic Style”
1995 —— 2000,
Diploma liceo Artistico P.Aldi, Grosseto, IT.
Equivalent of British A-levels with a specialization in design & applied arts.
Awards, Exhibited, Published, Teaching,
Ed awards, bronze 2009 — Kina
Ed awards, gold 2009 — Tcho
Itc tokyo 2008, nominated — Kina
If international forum awards 2007 — Birkhäuser
If international forum awards 2009 — Tcho
Grandshan 2012, First Price — Nokia Armenian
Icograda of Torino Design City 2008
Itc Tokyo 2008
Linea Grafica nº 349, 2009
Progetto Italic 2.0, 2009
Étapes 169, 2010
Eye 71, 2010
Graphic #16, 2010
Type Compass, SHS Publishing, 2012
Millennials, aiap edizioni, 2015
Slanted, The Yearbook of Type 2016
Interviewed in Design Week 47, 2009
Calligraphy, Broad-nib Pen, Roman & Italic.
Internal training @DaltonMaag,UK
Introduction to Typography.
Internal training @Amazon,USA
“What the font?” Friday Late
Evening Workshop @V&A Museum,UK
“Play with shapes & make Type”.
Day workshop @Boston Green Academy,USA
Type design of Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Armenian.
Visual identities with a strong typography approach
including, lettering, calligraphy, logotype, editorial
Italian: Mother tongue
English: Spoken, Written
French: Spoken, Written
Website build with cargo.site
Fonts used: Nitti by Pieter van Rosmalen,
Freight Big Book by Joshua Darden,
Volina by me.