Sunday, February 25, 2007

Fonts & Graphics of Milan

When I walk around Milan I keep seeing all these beautiful fonts on store fronts and on the packaging.
I am not a graphics guy but it seems like all their most beautiful packaging and signage fit into a few ,very specific, periods like Belle


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  1. Temo

    February 25, 2007 at 6:58 am

    Lovely. So elegant and timeless, like Milano. You really captured it. Also it was great to meet you in Milano. I am the Afro’d design student from Pittsburgh you met!

  2. AnaB

    February 25, 2007 at 7:01 am

    Yes! But I would say that even if they didn’t fit in the style of the blog, me being a graphic designer and a type junkie. Oh, how beautiful! I can’t wait until I get to Venice this fall…

  3. Carolina Lange

    February 25, 2007 at 7:05 am

    They fit on this blog all right, greart pictures of interesting fonts!

  4. mira

    February 25, 2007 at 7:22 am

    I think they fit completly…one more pleasure for us…

  5. Gudl

    February 25, 2007 at 8:01 am

    I think it is great how you capture the flair of Milan! For us who have not been there and wish we were (!) it is very nice. Thank you!

  6. lucianamalta

    February 25, 2007 at 8:34 am


    i am architect and i work with graphics and design, too, and i agree with you!!!

    more great informations to get here.

    just perfect.

    tudo a ver!!!

  7. Vicki

    February 25, 2007 at 8:45 am

    they are beautiful. more typography please!

  8. Candid Cool

    February 25, 2007 at 8:48 am

    I like shots like these.

  9. Carlene

    February 25, 2007 at 8:53 am

    Are you kidding me? Graphic packaging, second only to street fashion!! It’s gorgeous.

  10. Anonymous

    February 25, 2007 at 9:17 am

    You got a great eye

  11. Butch

    February 25, 2007 at 9:24 am

    Yes–style is everywhere. The more you show of it, the happier for all…

  12. iopine

    February 25, 2007 at 9:46 am

    I love them, too (maybe because I did graphic design for 16 years). Please keep them coming.

  13. Angus

    February 25, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Yes, the font theme works great for Sartoialist, imho, or even the broader theme of lovely signage. Words that have really had a great look put together for them.

  14. Anonymous

    February 25, 2007 at 10:52 am

    Hey, I am a graphics guy I’m a graphic designer here in New York and I come to this site a lot for inspiration. Sometimes an attitude or a scarf or a bicycle inspires me in a way a design annual or a beautiful poster never could. So I think it’s a two-way street: the (s)Art of seeing, n’est-ce pas?

  15. Style Scout

    February 25, 2007 at 11:47 am


    You should consider exhibiting at a gallery.

    I did not see Saks which I assume was a great night; and great for them, by making them look good to your readers.

    But at a gallery you can focus on the artistry of your work presenting a showcase of your favorite images combined with a video presentation of your best clips…We are discussing doing one in Berlin in April and it is great printing all the work in tabloid size and looking into the soul of your subjects…Viewed from London…

  16. Anonymous

    February 25, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    great idea, sart!
    it speaks to us graphic-designer-by-day-fashionista-by-night types marvelously!

  17. Jennine

    February 25, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Ah bellisimo! Hehe… These are just gorgeous. I’m a total sucker for typography and packaging, and these just make me long for Europe. They’re just so other worldly. Thank you for posting this!

  18. Anonymous

    February 25, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    If you want to put fonts on your blog you will make me very happy indeed! :)

  19. Anonymous

    February 25, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    sure they fit here! ;) Nice addition to your blog imo.

    I also like taking series of photographes in my trips, like “door handles” or “policemen” :)

  20. alosha

    February 25, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    nothing matches your taste and sensibility more than good design- in my opinion. graphics and fashion go hand in hand when considering sophistication. keep up the good work!

  21. NYC Fashionista

    February 25, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    Very beautiful fonts indeed. In NYC, you can see such fonts at the Santa Maria Novella store and places like Balthazar and Pastis.

  22. muse

    February 25, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    They *are* beautiful, aren’t they? And one of the things that makes them so beautiful is that they are typefaces, not fonts. An antique concept indeed!

  23. Jack Daniel

    February 25, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    the first picture is definitely of your best.
    it’s…got that ‘something’.

  24. Marcellus

    February 26, 2007 at 2:52 am

    LOVE IT! Love your detail shots–reminds me of the first posts you ever had.

  25. Anonymous

    February 26, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Find the old “baci” (the chocolate confection by Perugina) typefaces/fonts — you’ll love them! (Tasty treat, too.)
    I adore your work and, because of it, don’t feel like I have to return to l’Italia or Europe — you inevitably photograph the details and the light that enchant me!

  26. Jane Maynard

    February 26, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    if a sign was a stylish person, these fonts would be the cool red socks or the great belt. :) so glad you shared these… they’re stylish, and when do most of us get to see fonts in milan? this graphic designer says thank you for posting!

  27. Anonymous

    February 27, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    Funny how details I saw a thousand times before seem completely different shot from a different view!
    Thanks, the next time I’m on a city walk I’ll pay more attention!

  28. Anonymous

    February 27, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Napoli too, if you get the opportunity.

  29. sip

    February 27, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Simply love it.
    Fits perfectly with the gentlemen in your blog.

  30. Maria

    February 27, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    Heritage and legacy are the main values on the Italian aesthetic. The type is pretty because appeals to a sense of familiar security…
    Nice tangent!

  31. Jammie

    March 5, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    You are right on!
    I love typography its like a killer pair of shoes when used correctly. More type as fashion please!!

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    May 16, 2009 at 2:14 am

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