Compulsive Bodoni project and Parmigiano Typographic System are directed and produced by Riccardo Olocco and Jonathan Pierini.

Riccardo Olocco is a type designer. Prior to a four-year stint as a lecturer in typography at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bolzano, he freelanced as a graphic designer in Milan and elsewhere in northern Italy. He is currently taking an MA in Typeface Design at the University of Reading. Riccardo also writes on type design and type history. Besides his ongoing investigation into Francesco Griffo’s roman types, the research he is now doing with James Clough on Bodoni’s types will be published by Codex in 2014.

Jonathan Pierini is a graphic and type designer. He studied graphic design and visual communication at ISIA in Urbino and later he gained an MA in Type Design and Media studies at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. He is currently working at the Free University of Bolzano (Faculty of Design and Art) as a researcher and lecturer in graphic design. His research projects focus on the relationship between written communication and inhabited spaces.


The Parmigiano Typographic System is a type-design project originally conceived by Riccardo Olocco, co-directed and co-produced by Jonathan Pierini. It involves a group of designers from different countries. Besides Jonathan and Riccardo – who designed four Serif styles and the Sans – Irina Smirnova is taking care of Cyrillic, Irene Vlachou is working on Greek and Rana Abou Rjeily is in charge of Arabic.

Irina Smirnova is a type designer living and working in The Hague since she graduated from Type and Media at the KABK in 2010. Previously Irina taught type and calligraphy in various higher education establishments in Moscow. Being specialized in her native script, she is pleased to share her skills by giving Cyrillic workshops.

Irene Vlachou is a typeface designer based in Athens. She graduated from the graphic design program of Vakalo School of Art & Design in Athens and she holds an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading. Currently she’s collaborating with various international type foundries and working as a Greek consultant on several projects.

Based in Beirut, Rana Abou Rjeily teaches design and typography at Notre Dame University and is currently developing a typeface for teaching Arabic as a second language. She studied Graphic Design and later graduated from Central Saint Martins London with an MA in communication design. In 2011 she published her book ‘Cultural Connectives’ which bridges Arabic and Latin scripts.

Rodrigo Saiani, founder of Pau, type and brand identity studio based in Rio de Janeiro, has been developing the design of Parmigiano Typewriter.

 Alessia Castelli, and Philip Santa helped us in the first steps of the development of Parmigiano Italic.


Parmigiano on stage at Amsterdam (October 10, 2013)
The Parmigiano exhibition at the UvA Special Collections was held in occasion of the 57th ATypI Annual Conference 2013

Exhibition set up
Elisa Spigai, Sabrina Vegetti

Print and binding
Elisa Spigai, Daniel Tschurtschenthaler

Sabrina Vegetti

Compulsive Bodoni clips
Matteo Carlomagno, Mirko Ciorciari, Francesco Elippanni (editing)

Brigate Lebowski (Daniela Moretto with Massimo Gonzato), Daniele Capo, Michele Galluzzo, Mistergatto, Paolo Palma with the support of Grafike Genesi, Leonardo Sonnoli, Typeklang (Max Maritz), Andreas Trenker.

Elisa Spigai, Sabrina Vegetti

Special thanks
Mathieu Lommen, Marina Chaccur, the UvA personnel.


The Parmigiano preview at Bolzano (September 20–22, 2012)

Short Play

Authors–actors: Matteo Carlomagno, Mirko Ciorciari (as Bodoni)
Audio–video: Francesco Elipanni, Lorenzo Greco, Marco Rizzo, Ermanno Zanella
Editing: Matteo Moretti, Philip Santa
Music: Marco Florio

Print and binding

Gaetano Calapà, Daniel Tschurtschenthaler

Exhibition set up

Max Edelberg, Gaetano Gibilras, Gloria Spallanzani, Dennis Rakar, Agnesa Vavrinova


Julius Stauber

Irene Beltrame, Tobia De Marco

A special thanks to Giorgio Camuffo, Maddalena Dalla Mura and the all Unibz Design Festival 2012 staff.

Max Edelberg, Gaetano Gibilras, Gloria Spallanzani.

The typefaces displayed at the UniBz Design Festival 2012 were designed by Riccardo and Jonathan with the contribution of Khajag Apelian (Armenian), Pilar Cano (Hebrew), Riccardo De Franceschi (Serif Italics), Michele Patanè and Luciano Perondi (most of Cyrillic).

Many of the letters for the non-Latin scripts are going to be reworked. Anyway all the design presented can – and probably will – be subject to changes. The Parmigiano Typosystem is work in progress.


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Text editing
Ann Barnett, James Clough, Massimo Gonzato