Rashomon is a 1950 Japanese period drama film directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film is known for a plot device which involves various characters providing alternative, self-serving and contradictory versions of the same incident. Rosanna Rossi is a famous artist from Cagliari, who in 2012 organized a series of simultaneous exhibitions, showing similar but slightly different works and installations. In this project I have tried to reflect that philosophy, with titles and graphics following the triangular grid arranged in similar but different ways for each of the exhibition sites.
During the first two weeks of september, 2012, the University of Cagliari, Faculty of Architecture, together with the Carbonia-Iglesias Province administration, organized an international summer school of architecture, focusing on the wild nature and ancient history of the Sulcis. A place were the hard work underground, into the coal and silver mines or on the sea, in the tuna fishing boats, show an extraordinary strength and pathos. Many international Masters of architecture, art, photography (Eduardo Souto de Moura, Hans Kollhoff, Jannis Kounellis, Mimmo Jodice among them) taught how to preserve wildlife and history suggesting a way to sustainable economic development. Here are shown some graphic works designed for the event.
Mogoro is a small center in the countryside of Sardinia, well known for its handmade wool carpets, which show coloured and rich decoration. This workshop has been organized by the Architecture Department, University of Cagliari, focusing on landscape and typical architecture. The two capital letters M and L were combined to form a star/flower pattern, wich is one of the strongest symbol of the local textile tradition.
Cagliari City Administration has got its logo: a red stripe that stylizes the Sella del Diavolo (The Devil’s Saddle), the shape-characterized Cape which plunges into the Cagliari Gulf. The simple profile of the Cape also designs a lip (the sensual face of Cagliari’s lifestyle), an arabic or medieval script (its history), the same shape of the Gulf of Cagliari (also known as Golfo degli Angeli, the Angels’ Gulf) as seen from a satellite, and finally the flight of a seagull, a strong symbol for a free, easy, beautiful mediterranean city. I designed this logo for Didaxa advertising agency.
During the last year, the University of Cagliari re-discovered an important collection of engravings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the venetian visionary architect of XVII century whose influence on artists and works lasts still nowadays. The collection has been forgotten for many years into some lost room, so that even its memory was difficult to find among university teachers, librarians or employees. We organized an exhibit to present to the citizens this public treasure, showing some of the over 1100 printings into the space of Il Ghetto, an exhibit centre in the ancient heart of Cagliari, called the Castello quarter. Together with architect Paolo Sanjust we looked after the graphic and exhibit design. A modern art exhibit inspired by Piranesi’s works, has also been organized near there, at the ancient City Hall.
During the recent workshop “Tessere il racconto dei luoghi – Grafica e Tessitura” (Weaving the tales of the places – Graphic design and textures), organized by Associazione Culturale Malik www.associazionemalik.it/ and held in Armungia together with Tommaso Lussu and Barbara Cardia (two modern weavers who rediscovered the ancient art of handloom) we taught a class of ten students to understand the weaving basics and the graphic design methods, trying to wrap the two themes together. We developed some ideas as “the talking carpets”, applying some local identity concepts and figures to find new ways to design without any betrayal of the tradition. For example, we started a new carpet (1) which shows an abstract decoration that is in fact an histogram of Armungia’s population historic series since the Italy’s unification in 1861. Some months ago I saw some videos which transformed music into graphic plots. I went the opposite way, transposing into music one of the traditional subjects of Armungia’s carpets, (2) “su priali” (almost each sardinian village has his own). I put the dots on a Garage Band scheme (3) and presented to the students the sound of a piece of the “identity matrix” of Armungia. Also, I designed some new projects for the traditional Sardinian carpets. Here I show (4) “Nuraghi e frecce” (Nuraghe and obsidian tips, built fitting full and empty spaces on the whole surface), “Emilio Lussu” (Inspired by the figure of the legendary commander and politician from Armungia, Tommaso’s grandfather). A lot of fun.
L’Ingegnere Italiano is the house organ of CNI (Consiglio Nazionale degli Ingegneri, see related post). The twin I of the headline has given the possibility to enhance the CNI corporate. We have used only two colors, red and black, and two typefaces, Bodoni and Franklin. Here is the first issue (september 2012) with the new look designed together with Armando Milani.
The new logo for the italian national professional association of engineers is a simple capital I in Bodoni typeface. This powerful abstract sign is a letter (engineer = ingegnere, in italian, but also Italy), and its shape is a metric, and perhaps the section of an IPE girder.
Poster for an international meeting on the history of cadasters, held at Cagliari University, School of Architetcture.
Carbonia was founded in 1938 near Italy’s largest coal mine. After a decline lasting more than 40 years, the city is now a monument to civil and industrial modernist architecture. The identity design goes from the logo (seven white dots that glow in the dark like miners’ lanterns) to museum exhibition design, paper products, videos, jingles, street furniture, merchandising. In the following pages: 1. logo, 2. poster, 3. 2x2x4 m Corten steel totem and 4. folding brochure for the open air modern architecture museum. The font used for the titles was specially designed by Stefano Asili. The Carbonia project won the Council of Europe 2010-11 Landscape Award.