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O templi, quarzi, vigne, fidi boschi!

Ortica   Ben Bovani

L Lgt L Rg L Bd A Bd

Foglio di bianco madreperla tra acque azzurre e chiare vesti

Messapia   Luca Marsano

Regular Bold

Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow

Halibut   Matteo Maggi

CnT Th ExpT Cnd Reg Exp


Grassi e proteine sarebbero da evitare in eccessive quantità

Apfel Grotezk   Luigi Gorlero

Reg Bkt Fet


Back in July of ‘eighty-seven, a “Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax” t-shirt was a required piece

Mattone   Nunzio Mazzaferro


The lazy dog jumps over a quick brown fox

Sinistre   Jules Durand

S† Caroline

The five boxing wizards jump quickly

Sprat   Ethan Nakache

18 Styles


Ahoy buccaneer Joaquin, the x on the gulf map is where dozen of violet kiwi are

Coconat   Sara Lavazza

Regular Bold Extended

The lazy dog jumps over a quick brown fox

Sneaky Times   Jules Durand


Typograf Jakob zürnt schweißgequält vom öden Text

Necto Mono   Marco Condello


Judge not, lest ye be judged

Porpora   Davide Montesano


Strangely, aerobic exercise doesn’t quite work with improvised free jazz

Ribes   Luigi Gorlero


Are those shy Eurasian footwear, cowboy chaps, or jolly earthmoving headgear?

Mazius Display   Alberto Casagrande

Reg It X-It

Dopo la morte del babbo pareva che gli fosse entrato il diavolo in corpo

Ignazio   Ruggero Magrì

Text Display

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Ortica is a calligraphic serif with two contrasting but matching personalities. Ortica Bold takes inspiration from the work of Czech designer Vojtech Preissig: like his Preissig Antiqua it’s made just of straight segments. Ortica Light has an apparently smoother personality: it has curves but it also has sharp and spiky serifs. Used big, Ortica fully shows its construction and character; in smaller sizes it still keeps its elegance and functionality.

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Sinistre is free interpretation of old Celtic lettering; ‘half uncial and a little bit gothic’, it borrows its ornamental aesthetic from medieval times. S† Caroline represents the less decorative cut of the type family.

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Sprat is a sharp serif variable font, developed on two axes: width and weight. Inspired by an old lettering from Eric Gill, it features long sharps serifs, high contrast and round curves. Its appearance changes a lot between styles, the thin ones have more of a hard and aggressive look, the blacks are smoother but keep their attitude. Its use is mainly suitable for titling, posters and logos but depending on the weight Sprat could also work in a mid-sized body text.

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Apfel Grotezk

Apfel Grotezk is a round and airy sans serif family, inspired by neo-grotesque and geometric typefaces. It features easy curves and an exaggerated x-height, granting it a very friendly attitude. Its lower-carbon-footprint twin, Apfel Grotezk Brukt, was designed to reduce the amount of ink used in printing through cut-outs of varying shapes and sizes.

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Coconat is a two style non-conventional type family: a flared fair-proportioned regular style which changes completely its impact in the extended bold version. While the letters drawing does not change, the oblique stress becomes extreme in this fat and proud display-only style.

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Sneaky Times

Sneaky Times is an inside joke font, a reworked version of Times New Roman by Stanley Morison with a recurrent easter egg. The tiny hand doing a circle represents a famous trickery game. Invented in 80s by a kid in elementary school as a way to punch his friends, it was popularized thanks to an episode of Malcolm in the Middle and quickly spread 'till it became an internet meme. So this Circle Game can happen anywhere, even in font, and here it is!

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Necto Mono

Necto Mono is a sans serif font characterized by low contrast, medium apertures and slanted terminals. Necto Mono is an aseptic, neutral font designed for any kind of visual mutiny.

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Messapia is a type family with two styles: the first is inspired by an old font from the 19th century, the second is a sans serif bold extended.

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Porpora is a new take, single-cut, on the classic geometric sans-serif. Closed counters, low contrast and slightly narrow proportions make it a nice alternative for short texts.

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Halibut is a roman typeface, with an oblique stress, big countershapes and sharp unbracketed serifs. Halibut has a very wide and a very narrow versions, which are uncommon for a roman, with long spiky serifs and rounded curves.

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Ribes Black is a reverse-stress typeface with mixed proportions and a bipolar disorder. Borrowing from the Fifties and Funk aesthetics, Ribes has one softer personality — with solid strokes and warm curves — struggling against its cursive variant — tense, un-stable, twisted. Ribes is a decorative typeface, meant to be uniquely used at display sizes on printed and digital matter.

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Mattone is a highly visible sans serif with generous width proportions and loud curves – as round as they can be. Initially started in 2017 as a display face, Mattone can now set longer text pieces at smaller sizes with a broader language support.

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Mazius Display

Mazius is a high contrast serif typeface with old style proportions and a strong calligraphic feel. Influenced by chancery hands, it features two italics, each one with distinct personality. Use it at big size to create sleek headlines. Combine the three styles together for maximum expressiveness.

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Ignazio Sans is a humanistic sans serif designed for the signage of Catania's underground. Born from the epigraphs and the signage that characterized the city across the centuries, the typeface is divided in two optical sizes: one for the stations’ names and the other for the information displayed at a smaller size

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Collletttivo is an expanding group of designers working on type-based projects and occasionally releasing Open Source typefaces through the platform. Goal of the collective is to create a network of people that challenge themselves to improve though practice and mutual exchange in the very competitive fields of graphic and type design.

We are always looking for new collaborations. If you would like to work with us or release a typeface through Collletttivo, write us an email at

Ethan Nakache 2020 Collaborator
Jules Durand 2019 Collaborator
Marco Condello 2019 Collaborator
Luca Marsano 2018 Member
Matteo Maggi 2018 Member
Sara Lavazza 2018 Member
Benedetta Bovani 2018 Member
Alberto Casagrande 2017 Collaborator
Ruggero Magrì 2017 Collaborator
Nunzio Mazzaferro 2017 Member
Luigi Gorlero 2017 Member
Davide Montesano 2017 Collaborator


Dec 17, 2022

Sign up for TYPE AROUND, a workshop in collaboration with SALGEMMA

From ancient inscriptions to the most recent signs, typography creates the identity of the places we inhabit and experience daily. We are curating an in-presence workshop in Bari, Puglia, Italy, to re-discover the typographic heritage of the Apulian territory, providing the tools to recreate and build new letter-shapes in digital and analog form. Registrations close November 27, 2022.

Font Update
Oct 18, 2022

Get ready for a catalogue refresh

Lately, we committed to updating a large portion of the Collletttivo font catalogue with the aim to standardise character support and polish a few rough edges. Following Halibut, Messapia by Luca Marsano is the next to go live!

Font Updatə
Jul 11, 2022

Apfəl Grotəzk gəts support for inclusivə Italian orthography

On the occasion of the Milano Re-Mapped Festival by Pirelli HangarBicocca, SPRINT invited Collletttivo to extend Apfel Grotezk support to the neutral glyphs for Italian orthography, to make the typeface an even more porous communication tool for everyone’s needs (with special inclusive ligatures, try typing a/o, or e/i).

Font Update
May 24, 2021

Apfel is now available in a new chubby guise!

One apple a day keeps the doctor away; many apples double the weight! Apfel is now proudly available in Regular, Brukt and Fett cuts, retaining its joyful and playful attitude in this brand new bolder cut.

Font Re-Release
May 17, 2021

Mattone is back! Sturdier than ever.

We are celebrating our 4-year anniversary with a little throwback to how things started and with the re-release of Mattone by Nunzio Mazzaferro – one among the first three tyefaces released on Collletttivo – after a massive rework and expansion towards a soon-to-be a 5-style variable type family.

Jan 9, 2021

Join our “La Lettera Neutrə” workshop for free!

“La Lettera Neutrə” is a workshop organized by Collletttivo in collaboration with SPRINT and Istituto Svizzero Milano on inclusive language and typographic experimentation. The workshop will be held in Istituto Svizzero, Milan the 16th and 23rd of January. Admission is free! Follow the instructions to join at the link provided above.

Collateral Release
Jan 7, 2021

“Meglio qui che altrove” rug collection is now on sale on Hansel Grotesque

“Meglio qui che altrove” (Better here than elsewhere) is a collection of two hand-tufted rugs aimed to reconsidering our domestic spaces and creating a place of togetherness, play and discovery. The rugs are designed by Collletttivo and produced in collaboration with Hansel Grotesque.

Nov 19, 2020

Join Caratteri Inediti OPEN CALL

Collletttivo is collaborating with Pittogramma magazine on their second issue, dedicated to unreleased student typefaces. If you are Italian, have an eye for type and are still bogged down in an old, dodgy and disconnected education system, click the link above!

Font Release
Jun 18, 2020

𝔖𝔦𝔫𝔦𝔰𝔱𝔯𝔢 𝔒𝔘𝔗 𝔑𝔒𝔚

This was teased a long time ago, but it's finally here. Travel back in time with Jules Durand's uncial-gothic free-interpretation of old Celtic lettering (+ extra secret style).

May 5, 2020

Going uncovered on Live Talk From

Collletttivo was invited to take part in the very special corona-talk “LiveTalkFrom”, organised by Italian designer Gianluca Alla. Tune in Monday 3pm CET to hear about the project and monitor the members' health conditions.

Font Update
Apr 10, 2020

New hooky surprise

Matteo Maggi's Halibut Serif grabs all the attention again with a new pointy Light cut and variable support. Handle with caution (it's sharp!)

Font Release
Mar 22, 2020

Sprat: wght 125 wdth 100;

When Eric Gill’s lettering met 80's movie posters vibe, Sprat came to life. Ethan Nakache’s 18 styles family is also Collletttivo’s first variable typeface to be published. Play with it now!

Mar 22, 2020

OTVar is now supported

An updated Type Family window now supports variable fonts and variation axes. Click on a typeface with the “Variable” pill to try it!

Jan 23, 2020

Talking environment on It's Nice That

We discussed with Ayla Angelos –from It’s Nice That– about Apfel Grotezk Brukt, climate change and the role of graphic and type designers when it comes to spreading awareness. If you missed our presentation at SPRINT Milano, give her article a read!

Font Release
Nov 22, 2019

Apfel Grotezk is served in Regular and Brukt cuts

Love it or hate it, doctors’ most recommended fruit is now a text typeface. Apfel Grotezk is available for free. Have a taste of its delicious ink-saving qualities.

Nov 7, 2019

Collletttivo × SPRINT Milano

Great news! Collletttivo will be SPRINT 2019 edition’s special guest. Come visit CLT table from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th to discover our exciting new projects and the new typeface released for the fair. On Sunday 4pm we will host a talk, do not miss it! If you’re planning a trip to Milan, come say hi!

Font Release
Sep 10, 2019

Coconat released

You cannot pirate this one. Sara Lavazza’s Coconat is now out in Regular and Bold Extended cuts, free to download, use and distribute. AHRR!

Font Release
Sep 10, 2019

Sneaky Times released

You may have seen it giving you the circle on Instagram, Sneaky Times by Jules Durand is available for free in full Open Source fashion.

Sep 10, 2019

Website updated

An entirely new web redesign is now live! Featuring a diary, a donate button and a widget to subscribe to our erratic newsletter, alongside our expanding collection of Open Source typefaces.

Font Release
May 28, 2019

Necto Mono released

Necto Mono had been sitting in Marco Condello’s Hard Drive for a while, and now he has decided to release it on Collletttivo under SIL Open Font License. Enjoy the 450+ glyphs and the extra-wide language support.

May 16, 2019

Talk at Open Seed

Collletttivo will hold an open talk in Milan’s Digital Entity Studio about Typography and Type Design. Register to join, only 30 seats available.

Mar 26, 2019

Featured on Its Nice That

Jyni Ong from It’s Nice That asks Collletttivo about the collective, their approach to typography and graphic design, Open Source and how Halibut, Ortica and Ribes were developed.

Font Release
Mar 20, 2019

Messapia Family released

Messapia (/Me's:àpja/) from Luca Marsano is an unconventional duo that displays two centuries of type development in a single family. Regular and Bold now available for download.

Feb 22, 2019

Featured on FrizziFrizzi Magazine

A big thank you to Simone Sbarbati from FrizziFrizzi Magazine for the funny interview after our brief meeting at Fruit Exhibition 7. We talked about Collletttivo, words and type freedom.

Font Update
Feb 17, 2019

Mattone updated with Eastern Europe language support

Selected for “Mihuț e mort” (Mihut is Dead, a Romanian documentary set to be displayed at Cannes Film Festival) opening and closing titles, Mattone’s glyphset was expanded to support East European languages.

Font Release
Feb 13, 2019

Ortica Family released

Benedetta Bovani releases Ortica, a sharply designed Light and Bold family with pointy serifs and two distinct personalities.

Feb 5, 2019

Mentioned in Typewolf's TypeTuesday

Collletttivo was featured in this week’s Typetuesday, Typewolf’s weekly typography digest. Subscribe for type news every Tuesday!

Feb 1, 2019

Collletttivo at Fruit Exhibition 7

Find our table at Fruit Exhibition 2019 in Palazzo Isolani, Bologna, from 1st to 3rd of February. Be ready to witness a new updated specimen, exclusive clothing pieces and fancy stickers.

Font Release
Jan 30, 2019

Porpora released

Porpora by Davide Montesano is now available for download. Available in a single Regular weight, the geometric sans-serif sticks out from the numerous impersonal Futura-inspired typefaces with its quirky legs and proto-grotesque shapes.

Jan 29, 2019

FC Europe Scarves are out for sale!

Sneak peak from a piece of Collletttivo hardware at Fruit Exhibition 7: FC Europe scarves are now available for sale. Send an email at to order yours now!

Font Update
Dec 14, 2018

Ribes updated

Ribes (formerly Ribes Black) has been given an updated look with revised letterforms and numbers.

Dec 11, 2018

Find us on Instagram

Follow us on Instagram! You can now tag us on your next post featuring Collletttivo typefaces.

Font Release
Nov 5, 2018

Halibut Family released

Halibut is Matteo Maggi’s first experiment in type designing, a sharp-seriffed contemporary calligraphic typeface inspired by the shape of fishing hooks. The family is released in 3 widths: Condensed, Regular and Extended.

Oct 13, 2018

New website refresh

All styles are now displayed inside “Typefaces”, reviewed try-it widget and new windows parallax effect.

Oct 12, 2018

Collletttivo at All fonts look the same

A big thank you to Tilly, Timmy, Giordano, Trent, and Lili for including Mattone, Ribes and Mazius Display in their “All fonts look the same” exhibition in Wellington, New Zealand. Check our Instagram for a complete coverage of the event.

Font Update
Sep 20, 2018

Mazius updated with wider glyphset

Alberto spent some time refining Mazius Display’s glyphset and it now features a wider language support, OpenType contextual alternates and swashes.

Jun 2, 2018

Benedetta, Sara, Matteo and Luca join Collletttivo

University mates Benedetta Bovani, Sara Lavazza, Matteo Maggi and Luca Marsano have been hopelessly corrupted by typography and have now joined Collletttivo for the greater good of Open Source type.

Feb 2, 2018

Collletttivo at Fruit Exhibition 6

Collletttivo and Black Cloud collective will share a table at Fruit Exhibition 6 in Bologna. Come find us at Palazzo Re Enzo from 2nd to 4th of February. Fresh specimens and publications available while supplies last.

Font Release
Jan 17, 2018

Ribes, Ignazio, Mazius Display and Mattone released

Ribes Black, Ignazio, Mazius Display and Mattone are now out for personal and commercial use. The typefaces are released under SIL Open Font License. Submit your work using our fonts at

Jan 17, 2018

Website online

Collletttivo website is now live on

Nov 22, 2017

Alberto and Ruggero join Collletttivo

Former CFP Bauer Type Design course classmates Alberto Casagrande and Ruggiero Magrì join Collletttivo, bringing the member count up to 5.

Apr 6, 2017

Davide, Luigi and Nunzio start Collletttivo

With no clear intent and purpose, Davide, Luigi and Nunzio found Collletttivo, a (soon) online digital font publishing platform showcasing their type design experiments.


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