"With his unmistakable drawings, Giorgio Camuffo brushed away pompous encrustations, devoted curtseys and the sacred aura which has surrounded Giambattista Bodoni for two centuries. Camuffo undresses the man, literally and figuratively, and offers us an original and surprising comedy." James Clough
Inspired by the historical biography of Bodoni, Vita del Cavaliere Giambattista Bodoni tipografo italiano, written by Giuseppe da Lama in 1816, Giorgio Camuffo constructs an illustrated biography of the most celebrated Italian typographer. Camuffo's ironic and original drawings are in stark contrast with the nineteenth century language of the text and they take the reader on an amusing journey through episodes of his life and some lesser known anecdotes, allowing the figure of Giambattista Bodoni, a man, citizen and inventor of typographic characters, to fully emerge.
Giorgio Camuffo, graphic designer, is associate professor of visual communication at the Design and Art faculty at the Free University of Bolzano. He has created and curated a number of different exhibitions and initiatives dedicated to design. Among his recent publications are: Graphic Design, Exhibiting, Curating, About Learning and Design and Graphic Design: History and Practice (edited by Bolzano University Press). Before moving into teaching, he ran Studio Camuffo for more than 20 years (from 1990), in his hometown of Venice. Coordinating a team of young designers, he worked with institutions and businesses including Fabrica and the Gruppo Benetton,, Coin, Palazzo Pitti, Palazzo Grassi, Fondazione Bevilaqua La Masa, Fondazione Querini Stampalia and the Biennale di Venezia.