Gabriele Fumero

Archivio Tipografico

Alfa-Beta is the first book by the type designer Aldo Novarese, from 1964. The volume is one of the few works written in Italian addressing theory and practice of type design. Its original and dynamic cut makes it a source of inspiration still nowadays.

During 2020, Novarese’s centenary year, the book was reissued with a crowdfunding project set up by a team of designers and printers revolving around Archivio Tipografico, one of Italy’s main cultural centers on letterpress and typography. The reissue was carried on in a completely independent way, resulting in a long and difficult but ultimately successful path!

Gabriele Fumero lives and works as a graphic and type designer in Torino, Italy. He is one of the core members of Archivio Tipografico, a lively, collaborative space where both new and old generations of printers, typographers, and designers gather to develop artistic and commercial printing projects.

Its mission is to preserve and sustain the craft of composition with movable type and high-quality letterpress printing, while also giving these historic practices new life in contemporary work.