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Fabrizio Schiavi Typography




Fabrizio Schiavi — ‘a turbo engine for typography’

This feature has grown from the original plan of just showing the fantastic new Abitare Sans font / specimen to after discovering the quality of Fabrizo Schiavi’s work / type design — a huge profile!  — Thank you to Fabrizio for all the images and information below


Fabrizio Schiavi was born in Piacenza in 1971 and graduated in Graphic Design in 1989 at the Art Institute of Parma. He is graphic designer, web designer and type designer. His works are characterized by an aesthetic research and content that often materializes in conceptual design.

After working for three years as a graphic artist for the record company Expanded Music in 1998 he founded his studio, FSD (Fabrizio Schiavi Design) in Piacenza.

He worked for Ferrari, C.P. Company, Mandarina Duck, Philip Morris, MTV, Nike, Abitare magazine, Stone Island, Fabbrica d’Armi Beretta and many others.

Abitare Sans™
designed in 2011-2013 by Fabrizio Schiavi

Abitare Sans™ was originally commissioned by the group Rizzoli Corriere della Sera. It’s a typeface of 30 weights designed to be used for the magazine Abitare.

The request of the president Mario Piazza was a new CP Company™ with some redesigned glyphs, but the result is a radical evolution of its concept being intended to be used as a font for text far more readable.

In Abitare Sans™ was kept the geometric structure without neglecting the numerous editorials requirements.

Abitare Sans™ will be available as retail typeface from August 2013

I design fonts for my needs. It is the best way to reach the needs of other designers.

I designed Pragmata and then PragmataPro because I needed a readable font for coding and time ago there are Monaco and Courier only.

I tried to design also a system font called Sys™ to use as aliased font to read web pages.

C.P. Company first and then Abitare, asked me to design typefaces to use at small size and for screen.

The architect Duccio Grassi asked me to find a low-cost solution for the wayfinding system for Al Hamra Kuwait and I designed Siruca, a rounded stencil font with pictograms.


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