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Monday 12 June ore 09:30 - Friday 23 June ore 17:00

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The Art of Alphabet in Northern Italy


TipoItalia 23
The Art of Alphabet in Northern Italy

June, 12–23, 2023

Bill Moran
Riccardo Olocco

To register or for furter information, please email to

The Italian landscape is full of exotic characters. Some are 2000-year-old classics, others are 20th century newbies. Some hide in plain view and others require a dedicated search. Join Tipoteca Italiana for a typographic excavation and digital revival of letters from the streets of Venice, inscriptions in Milan and their own collection of Art Nouveau and Art Deco wood and metal typefaces. In this two-week workshop you’ll explore old alphabets, print them via letterpress, analyse and revive them to achieve computer-ready fonts. Type historians and designers Bill Moran and Riccardo Olocco will be your guides on this alphabetic excursion as you unearth and refresh the best of Italian lettering and typography.

TipoItalia23 encourages learners to see the alphabet in its myriad forms and trace their evolution to the type collection held by Tipoteca. This program fosters a “typographic archaeology” that can then be translated into digital type allowing the participant to bring Italian typography to their desktop computer.

Who is this open to? Why should I do it?
Tipoteca Italiana offers a program of this format to attract educators, designers and type lovers to increase awareness of the rich typographic legacy in the Veneto as well as the museum’s collection and cultural offerings. Experience with letterpress is helpful but not necessary.

To register: please email to workshop@tipoteca.it

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Find out the details
12 workshop days, 12 participants

Fees and deadlines
$1690.00 until February 1, 2023
$1790.00 until May 1, 2023
$1890.00 after May 1, upon availability

This fee covers all transportation and admission to museums. Participants pay their own airfare and ground transportation to Tipoteca.

A $500 reservation fee is required to hold your place in the workshop upon registration. Final payment is due on or before April 1, 2023. If you need to cancel, the reservation fee is fully refundable until April 15, 2023. After May 1 we will refund half of your fees. After June 1 funds are not refundable. 

Participants will stay at Villa Bolzonello.

Located just a 10 minute walk from Tipoteca, this beautiful bed & breakfast offers stunning views of the Dolomite mountains, a rustic farmhouse central room and nutritious breakfast daily to suit all tastes and dietary needs.

$910 for 13 night’s lodging including breakfast (single room)
$650 for 13 night’s lodging including breakfast (shared room with one person)

On the days when we’re at Tipoteca you may enjoy lunch or dinner at le Corderie for a flat fee of 15 Euro including wine pairings. This restaurant showcases the freshest meats, fish and vegetables of the region. The city of Cornuda also features other lunch options and coffee shops within easy walking distance of the museum.

Per the schedule shown, we will visit Venice, Milan and Rovereto during the workshop. We will offer a tour bus or train to each location as part of the cost of the workshop.

Computers and software
All participants must bring a laptop with a version the Glyphs software loaded. Please be sure to load and test the software before you arrive.


Bill Moran is a third-generation letterpress printer, graphic designer and Artistic Director emeritus of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. He is a professor of typography and letterpress printing at the University of Minnesota, USA. Moran’s artworks, known as LetterBugs, have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe and are included in the permament collections of the Newberry Library, the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, and Tipoteca Italiana.

Riccardo Olocco is an Italian type designer and researcher, and president of the Italian typefoundry CAST, Cooperativa Anonima Servizi Tipografici. He graduated form the University of Reading. Since 2015 he returns annually to contribute workshops on the design of type revivals. His interest in history is central to his design work, and underpins his approach to contemporary design with lessons from historical models. With Michele Patanè, Olocco is the author of Designing type revivals (LazyDog, 2022): with this book they aim to  share ideas, procedures and practices distilled from that experience.



Monday 12 June ore 09:30
Friday 23 June ore 17:00
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