Autumn 2019

Faenza mon amour

Kerning conference

Cinema Teatro Sarti, Faenza, Italy. 5 – 7 June 2019

Faenza is a pleasant little medieval Italian town with a name meaning ‘glazed earthenware’ (as in the French and English words faïence and faience). Its International Museum of Ceramics, founded in 1908, is a reference point for ancient and contemporary ceramics from Italy and elsewhere. As James Clough noted in his Signs of Italy (see Eye 91), ‘ceramic tile signs with hand lettering can be seen everywhere, from small plates displaying names of dentists, lawyers and other professions to shop signs, institutional signs and street signs.’ Add to this the fact that Faenza is located in the Emilia-Romagna region – internationally renowned for excellent food and culinary wisdom – and you can understand why it has turned out to be a great location for the Kerning type conference.


Top. The appeal of letterpress: wood type at Tipoteca Italiana whose Director Sandro Berra spoke at Kerning.

Massimo Gonzato, freelance journalist, copywriter and editor, Verona

Read the full version in Eye no. 99 vol. 25, 2019


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