Alessio D'Ellena


Laica is the Italian translation for Laic. Laica is a slightly conflicting type family, with a lot of hidden details, often not completely compatible. The initial idea for Laica was to design a typeface for a running text covering the specific range-size of 9—12 pt. In order to obtain a certain rhythm on the page and a kind of personality in the curves, Laica is based on the misrelation between two common tools (broad and pointed nib) used to practice and sketch letterforms, balancing the curves between these two different approaches: a patchwork of shapes with the tradition of calligraphy as starting point but with a contemporary and fresh appeal.

1985, Frattocchie (Rome). I am a type and graphic designer as well as an occasional illustrator. My aim is to investigate the processes of type design —and design itself— as a non-dogmatic practice. Stressing the form, stretching the concepts up to corrupting rules and misuse of tools. I like to conceive typography as system and medium.






Alessio D'Ellena



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