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The Ballast launches Tipografia di Sicilia

November 23, 2010

A book that we have been working on for a few years now after a jaunt to the gritty isle of Sicily is finally launching on Kickstarter.com, a wonderful platform website for funding art and other creative projects.

The book was created by our publisher Adam G. Mignanelli, and his explanation is below. If you are interested in contributing we are giving away some great things to those who do! We added some images to peak your interest.

Check out the project on THE KICKSTARTER PAGE

During a trip to Sicily in the summer of 2007, I was in awe of the rich typographic landscape that scattered the cities and towns throughout the independent island off the coast of southern Italy. The tattered and gritty signs, scrawls and messages, seemed to be telling a story, creating a narrative for the land and the communities these signs inhabited. I photographed hundreds of signs and lettering throughout the island, in cities and in small towns. The archaic and raw landscape of Sicilian towns and cities juxtaposed with these signs create a wonderful mixture of the new with the old, while showcasing the coarse reality of communication.

With my love for typography and photography, I started laying out a book to help narrate the story the signs tell, about communication and Sicily as a modern and historical island of harsh realties and their proud independence.

I have been color correcting, editing and pacing the pages of the book for the past 3 years. I have written the introduction, edited down the book to 117 pages of full color photographs and now I am finally ready to go to press with the book! You can take a look at some of the images, and some extras at the book’s website
This has been a dream of mine to make this project come alive, so others can see the blend of type and environments come together in such a unique place on earth.

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