Aldo Novarese

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Aldo Novarese
Born (1920-06-29)June 29, 1920
Pontestura Monferrato, Italy
Died September 16, 1995(1995-09-16) (aged 75)
Turin, Italy
Nationality Italian
Known for typography
Notable work(s) Microgramma, Eurostile
Awards Compasso d'Oro

Aldo Novarese (b. 29 June 1920 in Pontestura Monferrato – d. 16 September 1995 in Turin) was an Italian type designer who lived and worked mostly in Turin where he produced an impressive number of unique designs.

Training and career[edit]

After learning woodcutting, copper engraving, and lithography at the Scuola Arteri Stampatori] in Turin, Novarese worked as a draftsman at the Nebiolo type foundry. He became art director there in 1952. He taught at the Scuola Viglandi Paravia for ten years beginning in 1948. By 1977, foundry type had become largely obsolete, and Novarese left Nebiolo to become a freelance designer. [1]

Fonts designed by Aldo Novarese[edit]

One of Novarese's most famous designs is the Microgramma typeface (designed in collaboration with Alessandro Butti), which was later renamed Eurostile with the addition of lower-case letters. It utilized shapes based on rectangles with rounded corners, reflecting the modern designs that were gaining popularity at the time, such as television screens and airplane windows. It became very popular as a typeface that evokes technology (it can be seen on the speedometers on many cars and vehicles, particularly older models).

Novarese's designs were innovative and classical, and those still available display great variety and memorable characteristics.

Foundry Type[edit]

  • Landi Linear (1939-43, Nebiolo), variations on "Welt."
  • Athenaeum (1945, Nebiolo) with Alessandro Butti.
  • Normandia (1946-49, Nebiolo) with Alessandro Butti.
  • Augustea (1951, Nebiolo) with Alessandro Butti.
  • Microgramma (1951, Nebiolo) with Alessandro Butti.
  • Cigno (1954, Nebiolo)
  • Fontanesi (1954, Nebiolo)
  • Egizio (1955-58, Nebiolo)
  • Juliet (1955, Nebiolo)
  • Ritmo (1955, Nebiolo)
  • Garaldus (1956-60, Nebiolo)
  • Slogan (1957, Nebiolo)
  • Recta (1958-61, Nebiolo)
  • Estro (1961, Nebiolo)
  • Eurostile (1962, Nebiolo), basically Microgramma with a lower case.
  • Magistier (1966, Nebiolo)
  • Oscar (1966, Nebiolo)
  • Forma (1966-7, Nebiolo) Supervised the design team of Grignani, Iliprandi, Munari, Negri, Neuberg, Oriani, and Tovaglia.
  • Metropol (1967, Nebiolo)
  • Elite (1968, Nebiolo)
  • Stop (1970, Nebiolo)

Photo-Type[edit]

  • Delta (1968)
  • Dattilo (1974)
  • Lapidar (1977)
  • Fenice (1977-80)
  • Novarese (1978)
  • Floreal (1980)
  • Mixage (1980)
  • Symbol (1982)
  • Expert (1983)
  • Colossal (1984)
  • ITC Symbol (ITC, 1984)
  • ITC Mixage (ITC, 1985)
  • Arbiter (1989)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Friedl, Ott, and Stein, p. 404.