Nebiolo Type Foundry, 1878–1978: New critical assessments
Torino, Castello del Valentino
September 16–17, 2021
Landi Echo (Alessandro Butti, 1939)
The Nebiolo company of Turin was Italy’s great type foundry on both a national and an international level for most of the 20th century until its closure in 1978. Founded in 1852, by the turn of the century Nebiolo successfully expanded as a major manufacturer of printing presses. It dominated the Italian market for printing machinery and type for handsetting until the end of commercial letterpress in the 1970s.
Today Nebiolo is especially remembered for its contributions in the field of type design. Its Studio Artistico, headed successively by Giulio Da Milano, Alessandro Butti and Aldo Novarese, released influential typefaces that shaped the history of Italian 20th-century graphic design. A lack of investments to embrace phototypesetting technology proved critical to the foundry’s survival.
A critical assessment of the Nebiolo heritage has been lacking since the dispersion of the company’s archives. Organised by the Nebiolo History Project in collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino, this symposium – the first ever to address the story and relevance of the Turin foundry – will provide a timely overview of the most up-to-date research on hitherto underinvestigated aspects of modern typographic history.
The conference is open to the public for free and will be streamed online. The number of available seats is limited, so if you plan to attend in person please register on www.eventbrite.com.
You can check the up-to-date scientific programme here.
A curtain-raiser for the Nebiolo story
A quick look at Italy’s major type foundry with M. Bernstein (Nebiolo’s early years), A. Colizzi (Giulio da Milano’s Neon), R. Olocco (light on Alessandro Butti’s work), J. Clough (150 years of Microgramma and Eurostile).
The talk took place on March 29, 2021 as part of Type@Cooper’s Lubalin Lecture Series at The Cooper Union. You can watch the full presentation here.
ATypI Antwerp, and more from NHP
The Nebiolo History Project was officially announced at ATypI Antwerp Conference in 2018. While this site has been quiet for a long time, in the News section you can find useful links to talks and articles by NHP about Nebiolo at large.