The Path

Month: June, 2011

Scarpa and Spritz in Venice

After “The Book Affair” and many Spritz (beer for me) we had a little time in Venice, so Luca took me to see the just restored Olivetti Space in San Marco square.
It was wonderful as I expected. Even in Bologna there is a little masterpiece.
Not all the Art Biennale posters along the streets had a good design, hope that soon I’ll be able to check if the exhibitions are better.

Widely recognized for their Ettore Sottsass-designed Valentine typewriter, one of Olivetti’s less celebrated design accomplishments is the company’s Venice showroom and store. Architect Carlo Scarpa spent two years conceiving the space with a focus on transparencies and materials after commissioned by Adriano Olivetti in the late ’50s, leading to what became one of the most significant architectural achievements of the 20th century.

The Book Affair

A week ago, in conjunction with the preview of the Venice Art Biennale, I went with a Master Photographer and friend of me Luca Capuano,
to visit The Book Affair, a small but interesting exhibition of independent art publishers. Our goal was to find design inspiration for a photo book that we are going to do, unfortunately it wasn’t useful at all for that, but the event was well organized, the publishers were interesting and the some books had a good design.

In the last period many independent art/design publisher are being born all around the world, often they build a network between each other and with artists, graphic designers, and book stores. Almost all projects are limited editions, printed in digital.

We have several book projects underway, and we are very undecided between limited edition (self publishing) or international release. From one hand big publishers and large retailers can reach many people, but from the other and the limited edition allows us to have a much higher quality. Digital printing is often the only way for them because offset printing is too expensive, especially for limited editions.
But the question also is: it isn’t a contradiction to use a digital print to do a quality limited edition?
Event organized by: Automatic Books

Alma Mater

Alma Mater, the University of Bologna, was probably the first University in the western world. In the nineteenth century a committee of historians, led by Giosuè Carducci, attributed the birth of the University to the year 1088. Some days ago, I was random walking after a good breakfast when I met an historical flag parade. The most interesting one was the Alma Mater historical flag with many coat of arms. The flag bearer did’t give to me a lot of info about it, but I think the arms were related with the poles of the university at that time.