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Type and Written Language Studio 2021


Author’s Name:

Leonardo Passuello


Project Name:

New Venetic: a typeface inspired by the ancient Venetic language.


Project Description:

New Venetic is a typeface inspired by the ancient inscriptions written in Venetic language, a language spoken by the Veneti from the 9th to the 1st century BCE. The “Veneti” were an Indo-European population who inhabited the northeastern part of Italy, an area which nowadays would correspond to the modern-day region of Veneto.


The first part of the entire project was dedicated to historical research, in order to understand what is the Venetic language, who were the Veneti and what happened to them over the centuries. One path of my research process was outlined to understand the Venetic culture through the xreading of papers, books and texts; another to understand the Venetic culture through the visual analysis of the archaeological findings, in order to start to delineate the structure and the shapes of the typeface.


The second part of the project was dedicated to designing the typeface New Venetic, which also functions as the visual outcome of the research. Its shapes and dimensions were directly inspired by the ancient inscriptions carved in the stones found around the Veneto region.