Rapida is a serif typeface family distinguished by a mixture of historical conventions and abrupt details. The family initially started as an investigation of how the Italic, in relation to the Roman, could be described and shaped across different parameters. The resulting family is a system where the Italic itself becomes its own entity, claiming its space with a distinct tone of voice.
Michelangelo Nigra is a graphic designer, type designer and illustrator based in Turin, Italy. Before honing his skills in type design, he studied graphic design and illustration in Turin. In addition to practicing design on a freelance basis, he teaches at IED (Istituto Europeo Design).
Type and Media is a master’s course in typeface design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK). During the first semester, the students have several ongoing modules with concurrent projects, interspersed with a diverse set of workshops. During the second semester, each student focuses on a single project. This site showcases the final projects of the class of 2019. Enjoy!
Special thanks to the faculty and supervisors at Type and Media for their expertise, wisdom, and support: Erik van Blokland, Peter Verheul, Paul van der Laan, Peter Biľak, Françoise Berserik, Frank Grießhammer, Petr van Blokland, Marja van der Burgh, Fred Smeijers, Just van Rossum, Jan Willem Stas, Ilya Ruderman, Kristyan Sarkis, Timothy Donaldson, Bas Smidt, our guests Paul Barnes and Henrik Birkvig, and our neighborly friends Tânia Raposo, Namrata Goyal, and Phill Specter.
The t]m19 graduates are Alexis Boscariol (France), Anya Danilova (Russia), Céline Odermatt (Switzerland), Ethan Cohen (United States), Eva Abdulina (Latvia), Fabiola Mejía (Costa Rica), Joona Louhi (Finland), Luke Charsley (United Kingdom), Michelangelo Nigra (Italy), Ricard Garcia (Catalonia), Rutherford Craze (United Kingdom), and Ryan Bugden (United States).