Nurturing Youthful Humanism

Coltivando un giovane umanesimo / Nurturing Youthful Humanism è una mostra, con relativa immagine coordinata e catalogo, che esibisce 200 libri per ragazzi raccolti in tutto il mondo a partire dalle parole di Papa Francesco. L’abbiamo realizzata in occasione della visita del pontefice a Bologna il primo ottobre 2017.

Nurturing Youthful Humanism is an exhibition, complete with coordinated image and catalogue, exhibiting 200 children's books from around the globe, starting with the words of Pope Francis. We organized it to mark the Pope's visit to Bologna on 1st October 2017.

How. The tree is the key idea for the structure of the exhibition, communications and catalogue. The exhibition comprises nine trees in natural wood, each three metres tall, with the books displayed on the branches.
What. Staging design, graphic design and catalogue page layout, archi-graphics and coordinated image.
Client. Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna (IT).
Year. 2017. 
Partnerships. Cooperativa Culturale Giannino Stoppani.

The digital version of the catalogue is available for download here.

The project was developed from an idea by Elena Pasoli (Bologna Children’s Book Fair) with scientific supervision from Cooperativa Culturale Giannino Stoppani. The catalogue is published by Giunti Editore.

The exhibition runs from 4 October 2017 at the church of Santi Bartolomeo e Gaetano, Bologna.


Maestra natura: Abbecedario

Abbecedario è l’allestimento di uno stand fieristico progettato per il Gruppo TEA, che promuove i valori della sostenibilità e comprende anche una pubblicazione cartacea e digitale.

Abbecedario [reading primer] is a trade fair stand designed for Gruppo TEA, promoting the value of sustainability. It also includes a printed and digital publication.

How. We designed and created an interactive reading primer for the Millennial  Fair of Gonzaga, with twenty-one rotating letters, each revealing sustainable behaviours naturally adopted by animals. Abbecedario is part of the Maestra Natura [learning from nature] project.
What. Analysis, design and production, copywriting and editing of contents.
Tools and technology. IeBook.
Client. Gruppo TEA, Mantova (IT).
Year. 2017.

“Why a reading primer? Because, like good schoolchildren, the first thing we need to learn is to read nature. Letter by letter, step by step, nature teaches us how to take care of the environment. Each animal, even the smallest one, can prove to be a great life teacher, ready to reveal to us, page after page, the art of protecting, helping, preserving and working together to live in perfect harmony with the environment. Naturally sustainable.” (translated from the pages of Abbecedario)

The digital version of Abbecedario-Maestra Natura can be seen on BiblioTEA.



MaturitApp è un’app per smartphone che contiene 540 quiz di biologia, chimica, fisica e scienze della Terra su tutti gli argomenti da ripetere prima dell’esame di maturità. Aiuta i ragazzi a verificare la loro preparazione, confermare ciò che sanno bene ed evidenziare velocemente i punti deboli da ripassare

MaturitApp is a quiz app for smartphones containing 540 Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences tests on all topics to be revised for the Italian high school leaving exams. It helps students to check how well-prepared they are, confirming what they know well and rapidly highlighting any weak areas for further revision.

How. We designed and developed a tool to encourage students to test themselves, making revision more fun. MaturitApp is designed for students approaching their leaving exams, but it can also help those preparing exercises for students, by identifying the most difficult topics, and thus creating exercises more suitable for revision work.
What. Strategy, design, UX, UI, development, promotion.
Method and technology. Agile, ScrumDNASynapse.
Client. Zanichelli Editore, Bologna (IT).
Year. 2016.

MaturitApp and UniversitApp in detail

“The app that needs to be on the smartphone of every candidate is undoubtedly MaturitApp by Zanichelli, available free of charge from Apple Store and Google Play. This highly functional app allows students to assess their level of preparation across a range of subjects, such as Biology or Earth Sciences, using quizzes on the main topics that have to be memorized in order to be sufficiently prepared and pass the third exam with ease.” (Smartworld, June 2016)


Another view

Un altro sguardo. Figure e storie di disabilità nei libri per ragazzi è un’esposizione di tavole originali che trattano quello che viene classificato come diversamente abile. Noi non vediamo confini tra abilità e disabilità. Vogliamo che tutto sia normalmente super-abile. Così, con un altro sguardo, abbiamo ribaltato lettere, tavoli, comò, comodini, scritte…

Un altro sguardo. Figure e storie di disabilità nei libri per ragazzi  [Another view. Illustrations and stories of disabilities in children's books] is an exhibition of original plates regarding what is classified as differently abled. We do not see the boundary between ability and disability. We want everything to be normally achiev-able. Hence, for Another View, we turned out letters, tables, chests of drawers, nightstands, books…

How. Around the original plates, taken from books in the special Disability section of the BolognaRagazzi Award 2016, we built up our exhibition, hosted by the Fondazione Gualandi foundation for the deaf.
What. Staging design, graphic design and catalogue page layout, archi-graphics and coordinated image.
Client. Fondazione Gualandi, Bologna (IT).
Year. 2016.
Partnerships. Giannino Stoppani Cooperativa Culturale, Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

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Maestra Natura

Maestra Natura è il company profile che abbiamo progettato per il Gruppo Tea, una pubblicazione cartacea e digitale dove si raccontano i valori, i servizi e le strategie ambientali della multiutility.

Maestra natura [learning from nature] is the company profile we designed for Gruppo TEA, with a printed and digital publication that talks about the values, services and environmental strategies of the multi-utility group.

How. Services regarding energy, water, waste collection and cemetery management are described and narrated through animals that have a virtuous relationship with the environment. Bees, pond skaters, fireflies and butterflies are the masters teaching us how to relate with the surrounding environment.
What. Publishing project, graphic design, editing and page layout.
Client. Gruppo TEA, Mantova (IT).
Year. 2016.

“The soul of the world, my friends,
is there, in a speck of dust or pollen
or purpurin, in a strand of hair,
in an ant.”
[Translated from Leonardo Sinisgalli, Furor Mathematicus
Milano, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, 1950]

The digital version of Abbecedario-Maestra Natura can be seen on BiblioTEA.


Lo Sai? Ripassa con lo smartphone

Lo Sai? Ripassa con lo smartphone è un’app per smartphone legata ai libri di testo Zanichelli che propone esercizi e schede di teoria. Aiuta gli studenti nell’autovalutazione e a ripassare rapidamente prima della verifica o dell’interrogazione.

Lo Sai? Ripassa con lo smartphone  [Do you know it? Revise with your smartphone] is a mobile phone app for use with Zanichelli text books, offering exercises and revision sheets. It helps students with self-assessment and rapid revision when preparing for tests at school.

How. Lo Sai? is designed in collaboration with publisher Zanichelli Editore. Students helped to analyse their own needs and habits, and took part in trials to evaluate their satisfaction regarding the user experience and graphic interface. The team worked simultaneously on the design, development, editing and testing. A website simulating the app enables editors to enter the questions and calibrate them to the screen dimensions of smartphones.
What. Market analysis, design, UX, UI, development, testing, coordination of content editing.
Method and technology. Agile, ScrumDNASynapse.
Client. Zanichelli Editore, Bologna (IT).
Year. 2017.
Partnerships. Edigeo, Mondora, SPX Lab.

Lo Sai? Ripassa con lo smartphone was a finalist at the Lugano Grand Prix Moebius 2017 in the Evolving Publishers category.


Become an Inventor 2017

Diventa Inventore è un concorso promosso da Mantova Ambiente, rivolto alle scuole elementari e medie, per ridurre la produzione di rifiuti sensibilizzando le nuove generazioni sul tema del riuso.

Diventa Inventore [become an inventor] is a competition promoted by Mantova Ambiente for elementary and middle schools, to reduce the production of waste and raise awareness among the younger generation about reuse.

How. We designed an activity kit, comprising materials to cut out, instructions and suggestions. The kit was distributed to the different classes, where the pupils had a go at the difficult art of design for reuse. The winners were rewarded with a selection of 100 children's books about the environment, in a big bin-shaped library on wheels.
What. Analysis, design and production of kits, communications and a library-bin. Organization and direction of the prize-giving day.
Client. Mantova Ambiente, Mantua (IT).
Year. 2017.
Partnerships. Maurizio Cardillo - actor and entertainer, Gianumberto Accinelli - entomologist, Lorenzo Monaco - science journalist, Silvana Sola - pedagogist and bookseller.

Become an Inventor is part of the environmental awareness raising campaign Differenti Positivi [positively different] developed for Mantova Ambiente.

The Differenti Positivi project
The Diventa Inventore competition

Metalli come fiori

Metal as flowers - Fiori Group at Ecomondo 2016

Metalli come fiori è l’allestimento progettato per il Gruppo Fiori alla fiera Ecomondo 2016, pensato per rendere il visitatore protagonista delle infinite trasformazioni dei metalli.

Metalli come fiori [metal as flowers] is the name of the display created for Fiori Group at the 2016 edition of the Ecomondo trade fair, conceived to give visitors a sense of involvement in the infinite transformations of metals.

How. The key idea for this edition was colouring, with visitors brightening up the walls of the stand and generating large, colourful flowers based on the shapes of the scrap metal. Thus, the stand was transformed into an art gallery full of constantly-evolving shapes and colours.
What. Analysis, design and production, staging, catalogue.
Client. Fiori Group, Valsamoggia (IT).
Year. 2016.

Our projects for Fiori Group


Agenda Cultura: what to do in Bologna

Come avere le attività culturali di una città a portata di mano in base ai miei interessi e ai miei tempi? Bologna Agenda Cultura è la nostra risposta.

How do you get a city's cultural activities at your fingertips, according to your own interests and times? Bologna Agenda Cultura is our answer. A colourful visual field bursting with pictures, showing everything that is happening in the city, with filters to choose your personal interests. A visual field in which the identity of the city emerges spontaneously, through the events, their quality and quantity.

How. We designed a technological infrastructure, based on BEdita CMS, which searches and aggregates contents from the contents selected by the editorial staff. These are automatically gathered and catalogued to facilitate production flow and publication.
What. Design, UX, UI, development.
Method and technologies. HTML5, CSS and Javascript, BEdita CMS, API REST.
Client. City of Bologna Culture Office, Bologna (IT).
Year. 2015.
Partnerships. Channelweb (server methods and RSS BOTs).
The Agenda Cultura project
BEdita CMS

Agenda Cultura is growing: we have completed the development of the REST APIs for Agenda Cultura. This service provides all information on programmed events as raw data. This enables the City of Bologna to feed the data to other autonomous apps and services.


What Ariosto saw when he closed his eyes

Il Palazzo dei Diamanti di Ferrara ci ha chiesto di anticipare con sei brevissimi video la mostra Orlando Furioso 500 Anni. Ogni video apre un sipario dietro il quale il mondo di Orlando si anima: sei opere prendono vita rivelando ciò che (forse) vedeva Ariosto quando chiudeva gli occhi.

The Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara asked us to prepare six short videos, ahead of the exhibition Orlando Furioso 500 Anni [Orlando Furioso 500 years]. Each video opens a curtain behind which the great poet Orlando's world comes to life: six works which reveal what Ariosto (maybe) saw when he closed his eyes.

How. The challenge was to convey “What Ariosto saw when he closed his eyes” in a ninety-second video. The sensations aroused by tapestries, illustrated first editions, weapons, maps, sculptures, musical instruments and the masterpieces of artists of the period collected in museums around the world, from Mantegna to Raphael, Botticelli and Titian. A great Wunderkammer that comes to life on the screen.
What. Video concept and production.
Client. Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara (IT).
Year. 2016.
Partnerships. Muschi&Licheni.

The exhibition combines a wide variety of wonders, all associated with the character of Orlando. The idea is to reveal the huge influence that the poem has had on the imagery of so many artists over time, and to bring out the sense of discovery and adventure that it so powerfully conveys.

The videos can be seen on

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