Large poster, written and illustrated as a means of propaganda of what we do more or less every day for many years.


Lo Sai? Ripassa con lo smartphone

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.


Nurturing Youthful Humanism

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.


What Ariosto saw when he closed his eyes

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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Become an Inventor 2016

For Mantova Ambiente we designed and organized the competition Diventa Inventore [Become an Inventor]. Forty-six classes from local primary and secondary schools were enthusiastic participants, proposing their ideas, inventions and designs, drawing inspiration from the company's Fantastic Patents.

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 five classes selected by the jury 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, Mantova (IT).
Year. 2016.

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


7 Fantastic Patents

The Fantastic Patents use a combination of irony and positiveness to talk about the deepest aspirations of Mantova Ambiente. We took them as a starting point to reconsider the company's identity and communication.

How. The key element of the communications redesign for Mantova Ambiente lies in the 7 Fantastic Patents. Rimiserve, Raccobista, Separino, Ricicletta, Fermolì, Spazzavolo, Potabene: seven inventive creations that illustrate seven of the company's actions and values.

What. Analysis, design, coordinated image.
Client. Mantova Ambiente, Mantova (IT).
Year. 2015.

The values of Mantova Ambiente expressed by the Fantastic Patents are:

  1. We do not destroy what has been created
  2. We do not throw away waste
  3. The difference is more than just subtraction
  4. Everything is illuminated
  5. Useless things will eventually become useful
  6. A clean environment makes for a better life
  7. Of all the colours, green is the most fertile Federambiente


With Federambiente, we brought to life an anti-waste manual, to transform rubbish into riches. The manual is designed for teenagers, and is intended to provide support for cultural, scholastic and educational activities.

How. Trashedu is full of pictures, illustrations and diagrams, and includes interactive experiences that can be used in the classroom or at home. The aim is to spread a culture of attention and care for the environment.  

What. Graphic design and page layout.
Year. 2002.

The manual was a great success, and indeed, over the following years three updated editions were reproduced. Federambiente

Alc.Este Urban regeneration

With Real Este Ferrara, we created a website documenting and communicating the regeneration process taking place at the former distilleries of Alc.Este in Ferrara.

How. Participation is a fundamental part of the entire process of urban regeneration, which will give a new lease of life to a currently disused area. The website brings together the various proposals of ways to use the area, and gives an account of the workshops on which all stages of the project are based.

What. Visual identity, design and architecture of website content.
Client. Real Estate Ferrara, Ferrara (IT).
Year. 2016.

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Maestra Natura

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.

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Bozza Chimera Fiera del Libro 2017

Back at work for BCBF 2017

After a one-year break, we have resumed work on the design and development of the visual identity of the Bologna Children's Book Fair. We have been taking care of it since 2009, rising to the challenges of each new edition with glyphs, alphabets, icons, colours… never with illustrations!

How. For the 2017 edition, for the first time in the history of the event, the visitor is accompanied by illustrations, in the form of a series of images created by Daniele Castellano. With him, we created a flexible identity that could tell some stories. His chimera enabled us to put together the fundamental soul of Bologna Children's Book Fair in a single animal, while the unique characteristics of the various fantastic creatures from which it was made gave voice to the contents of the event.

What. Selection of an illustrator, development of an idea and of the central theme, planning.
Client. Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna (IT).
Year. 2017.

The story of the idea, the project and the first developments is also told on the BCBF website.

Our work together at Bologna Children’s Bookfair


Another view

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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Metaphysics in Movement

The Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara asked us to produce a short video presentation of the exhibition De Chirico a Ferrara. Metafisica e avanguardie [De Chirico in Ferrara. Metaphysics and the Avant-garde].

How. Many metaphysical masterpieces are imbued with an atmosphere of suspension and rarefied stillness. We took up the challenge of conveying these sensations in eighty-five seconds, offering a view from up-close to reveal the substance of the works.

What. Video concept and production.
Client. Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara (IT).
Year. 2015.
Partnerships. Muschi&Licheni.

De Chirico in Ferrara, video.

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Parole cruciali

Crucial words - Fiori Group at Ecomondo 2015

Rimini, Ecomondo 2015. This year the Fiori Group stand takes the form of a crossword 1 metre high and 14 metres long, containing 320 words of crucial environmental significance.

Each year we develop a new strategic concept, but the challenge remains the same: to communicate what Fiori Group does, encouraging people to interact, take part, have fun, and share the experience of enjoying this space.

How. A maxi-crossword in which to find over three hundred words crucial for the environment, the ones that really make a difference in the Fiori Group's modern mine.
What. Analysis, design and production, staging, catalogue.
Client. Fiori Group, Valsamoggia (IT).
Year. 2015.

Our projects for Fiori Group

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Ambinoi becomes an inventor

Ambinoi: we are the environment

Ambinoi is the fruit of a publishing workshop, designed and created for Mantova Ambiente, which became a magazine.

How. Forty-eight 17x24-cm pages, to help children aged eight to thirteen to reflect on environmental topics. Art, science, comic strips, games, reports, interviews… the ingredients are all there, and were produced by Marco Bassi, Luca Capuano, Carlo Favero, Luisa Mattia, Lorenzo Monaco, Giuseppe Palumbo, Matteo Pompili, Bruno Tognolini.

What. Publishing project, graphic design, editing and page layout.
Client. Gruppo TEA, Mantova (IT).
Year. 2015.

The digital version of Ambinoi can be seen on BiblioTEA.

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100 years of gauze and plasters

Plastod is an Italian company that has been producing gauzes and sticking plasters since 1915 and marketing them around the globe.

How. We designed a publication with photos, interviews, drawings and patents to tell the story of the first hundred years of Plastod.

What. Publishing project, graphic design, editing and page layout.
Client. Plastod, Bologna (IT).
Year. 2015.

“… the first natural rubber zinc oxide plaster made in Italy”.

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Agenda Cultura: what to do in Bologna

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.


Interactive eBook

A new school year begins. Students open their books. Our Zanichelli Interactive eBook (in Italian) has grown with new functions and the online version.

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has published their report (which you can read here) on the impact of digital technologies at school (but not only).  A few months ago, an article by Fabio Di Giammarco (in Italian) was published in Nòva, the online magazine of "Il Sole 24 Ore", on digital learning and cites Interactive eBook as one of the innovations of Italian publishing.

The Interactive eBook - one of the most advanced digital books - represents Zanichelli's main product for digital schooling.  
It includes all of the content of the printed version but it is enriched with more in-depth multimedia activities with the addition of sharing services among students and professors.  It is easily accessible - thanks to excellent graphics - from any device: from a computer screen to a tablet or smartphone.


Egyptian Museum

The Egyptian Museum in Turin is getting renovated.

The publisher Franco Cosimo Panini, who will curate the new editions, has entrusted us with the graphics and layout of the official museum catalogue. 268 pages, 24.5x27 cm, with case binding and Sole (Molotro) typography, the catalogue was prepared in advance for the inauguration of the museum and is already being reprinted. From the great, one of a kind sculptures, to everyday objects, every page is a treasure, a new discovery with every turn of a page.

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Books & Seeds

Books & Seeds is an exhibition bringing together a selection of over a hundred books from across the globe, dedicated to the main themes of Expo Milano 2015: agriculture, organic cultivation, biodiversity, food surplus and deficit, cooking. 

It was held at the Salaborsa library in Bologna and at the EXPO Bio Diversity Park in Milan. 

How. We designed an exhibition system derived from the fruit stands that we see on provincial roadsides. Nomadic architecture, made with basic materials, simple to set up and to move, everything can be dismantled and reassembled in five minutes. The illustrated canvases attract distracted passers-by, while the crates contain not only fruit, but also books, seeds, figures and ideas.
What. Design, staging of exhibition.
Client.Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna (IT).
Year. 2015.

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Code name: temporary

Nome di battaglia: Provvisorio [Code name: temporary] is a small anthology, a book and an educational journey dedicated to the Italian Resistance. It brings together thoughts, stories and characters from books for young people.

How. We designed the volume and arranged the page layout, freely interpreting the eight-module grid to set out a wide and varied range of contents on the page. Nome di battaglia: Provvisorio is also an exhibition that we set up in Biella, at the Museo del Territorio Biellese museum.

What. Graphic design, page layout, staging of exhibition.
Client. Giannino Stoppani edizioni, Bologna (IT).
Year. 2015.

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Zanichelli Collections

The Zanichelli Collections website was created to give teachers and students a single environment where they can search for, collect and share multimedia resources (videos, images, texts, audio clips), which are often dispersed in various contexts, with the greatest of ease.   

Creating your own collection is simple and intuitive: the search for multimedia resources can start with the Zanichelli archives, but it can also continue on to the internet or personal archives like DropBox and GoogleDrive.

Zanichelli Collections is useful for teachers in preparing and managing their lessons and for students to organize materials and do research.  

Collections was designed and developed for Zanichelli editore. To take advantage of the full potential of Zanichelli Collections, you must register at MyZanichelli.

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