Giovanni Pignoni

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Giovanni Pignoni
23/07/1992 Italy

via Nazionale 203
40065
Pianoro BO
Italy

Write me, whatever, whenever, whoever:
pignoni.g [at] gmail [dot] com

Résumé

Giovanni Pignoni
23/07/1992 Italy

Education

-oct 2012 - mar 2016 Graphic Design and Visual Communication at ISIA Urbino, 110/110 (UxD related thesis project)
-feb 2012 - Cambridge English: First (FCE) at English Language Centre Bristol, Grade B
-oct 2006 - jul 2011 Secondary school Isart Bologna, 85/100

-2015 René Knip: 3D Logo Tag in Urbino w/ René Knip - ISIA Urbino
-2014 Type Design Week w/ Fred Smeijers - ISIA Urbino
-2014 Game de/Sign w/ Walter Obert - ISIA Urbino
-2013 X - Una variabile in cerca di identità - FF3300
-2013 Latin Calligraphy w/ Roman Wilhelm - ISIA Urbino
-2013 Teoria del colore w/ Narciso Silvestrini - ISIA Urbino

Work Experience

-2015 - Ongoing Freelance graphic designer / researcher
-2014 - 2016 Parametric Design junior researcher at ISIA Urbino
-2014 - 2015 Simplification Center Isia developer at ISIA Urbino
-2014 - Apio s.r.l. Corporate image and website development (no longer in use)
-Aug. 2016 - Ongoing collaboration with sudio Folder in Milan

Language

Italian - Native speaker
English - Proficient (FCE Grade B)

What I like to do:

Hardware

Raspberry
Arduino
Oscilloscope
Signal generator
Soldering
Hi-fi Repair (experience with vintage equipment)
Automotive repair (experience with vintage motorbikes)

Software

Adobe Suite
Vectorworks (cad)
Eye tracker (Pupil Labs)
Processing
NodeBox 1 & 3
DrawBot
Robofont (font design and parametric design)
FontLab
Google docs
Html Css
JavaScript
PHP
P5
jQuery
WordPress (theme design)

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-- all my projects

Type

Fahr'n fahr'n auf der autobahn

Code

Graphic

UxD


Yogurt Serif

The Yogurt serif typeface has been developed only for five days, during the 2014 Type Design Week. It has started as a modular stencil fonts and was later digitalized for completion. This is an ongoing project, still developed now and then.

If you are interested in this project, would like to use it as it is, continue the development yourself or even get me to finish it, drop me a mail.

Font developed during the 2014 Type Design Week w/ Fred Smeijers at ISIA Urbino.

Marche

The Marche typeface has been developed as part of a corporate image exercise regarding the identity of the homonym Italian region and is in fact inspired by the unique shapes of the marchisan hills.

The typeface was actively used in the logotype and applied on tourism advertisement and merchandise.

Different design stages

This is an ongoing project, still developed now and then.
If you are interested in this project, would like to use it as it is, continue the development yourself or even get me to finish it, drop me a mail.

Applications

Font developed during the course of “Corporate image”, held by professor Danny Kreeft, ISIA Urbino, A.A. 2014/2015.

Nefti

The Nefti is an evolution of the typeface developed by Emma Magrini for her the exam of type design (professor Albert Pingherra, ISIA Urbino, A.A. 2013/2014).

This is an ongoing project, actively developed in conjunction by me and Emma.
If you are interested in this project, would like to use it as it is, continue the development yourself or even get us to finish it just for you, drop me a mail.

Initial drawings (by Emma)

cozy lummox gives smart squid who asks for job pen the lazy major was fixing cupids broken quiver sympathizing would fix quaker afta objectives a quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog offagna quirky spud boys can jam after zapping five worthy polysixes the job of waxing linoleum frequently peeves chintzy kids sixty zips were quickly picked oflaga disco pax from the woven jute bag just poets wax boldly as kings and queens march over fuzz fiordo

cozy lummox gives smart squid who asks for job pen the lazy major was fixing cupids broken quiver sympathizing would fix quaker afta bjectives a quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog offagna quirky spud boys can jam after zapping five worthy polysixes the job of waxing linoleum frequently peeves chintzy kids sixty zips were quickly picked oflaga disco pax from the woven jute bag just poets wax boldly as kings and queens march over fuzz fiordo

Pgn Sans

The Pgn sans is the typeface I had to develop for the type design exam.

This is an ongoing project but the development is temporary on hold.
If you are interested in this project, would like to use it as it is, continue the development yourself or even get me to finish it just for you, drop me a mail.

cozy lummox gives smart squid who asks for job pen the lazy major was fixing cupids broken quiver sympathizing would fix quaker afta objectives a quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog offagna quirky spud boys can jam after zapping five worthy polysixes the job of waxing linoleum frequently peeves chintzy kids sixty zips were quickly picked oflaga disco pax from the woven jute bag just poets wax boldly as kings and queens march over fuzz fiordo

cozy lummox gives smart squid who asks for job pen the lazy major was fixing cupids broken quiver sympathizing would fix quaker afta bjectives a quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog offagna quirky spud boys can jam after zapping five worthy polysixes the job of waxing linoleum frequently peeves chintzy kids sixty zips were quickly picked oflaga disco pax from the woven jute bag just poets wax boldly as kings and queens march over fuzz fiordo

Font developed during the course of “Type design”, held by professor Albert Pingherra, ISIA Urbino, A.A. 2014/2015.

Savanna

The Savanna is a spin off / regularization of an early version of the Savana that is being developed by Riccardo Govoni.

This is an ongoing project but the development is temporary on hold.
If you are interested in this project, would like to use it as it is, continue the development yourself or even get me to finish it just for you, drop me a mail.

cozy lummox gives smart squid who asks for job pen the lazy major was fixing cupids broken quiver sympathizing would fix quaker afta objectives a quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog offagna quirky spud boys can jam after zapping five worthy polysixes the job of waxing linoleum frequently peeves chintzy kids sixty zips were quickly picked oflaga disco pax from the woven jute bag just poets wax boldly as kings and queens march over fuzz fiordo

cozy lummox gives smart squid who asks for job pen the lazy major was fixing cupids broken quiver sympathizing would fix quaker afta bjectives a quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog offagna quirky spud boys can jam after zapping five worthy polysixes the job of waxing linoleum frequently peeves chintzy kids sixty zips were quickly picked oflaga disco pax from the woven jute bag just poets wax boldly as kings and queens march over fuzz fiordo

Headphones collection

Bang & Olufsen Form 2

Bang & Olufsen Form 1

Bang & Olufsen U70

AKG K135

AKG K241

AKG K301

AKG K340

AKG K500

AKG K501

Beyerdynamic DT150

Beyerdynamic DT220

Beyerdynamic DT880

Beyerdynamic DT990

Beyerdynamic DT831

Beyerdynamic DT931

Beyerdynamic DT880

Revox RH3100

Revox RH310

Sennheiser HD540

Sennheiser HD560

Sennheiser HD580

Yamaha YH2

Leather cover #2

Leather cover #1

Headphone pouch

21-23

The 21 - 23 project aims to metaphorically reconstruct the experience of running, with special attention to three basic elements:

  • - Visual impediment consequence of constant motion.
  • - Fragmented attention span.
  • - Rhythmics of heartbeats and footsteps.

The raw images were shot by me, running, holding a digital camera equipped with a self-made pinhole lens. The experiment was divided in two running sessions around the small city of Pianoro, the first -21- picturing on to the industrial area of “Pian di Macina”, while the second -23- was shot in the residential and rural area. All the images have timestamps, later cross-referenced with a gps position registered using a smart phone.

The two videos have been produced using Processing for image sequencing and MetaSynth for sound design, visualization and geolocalization have been realized using NodeBox 1 (python).

Project realized during the course of “Photography”, held by professor Luca Capuano, ISIA Urbino, A.A. 2014/2015.

Volvo 240

A small project to narrate the relationship between me and my dear old Volvo 240.

Project realized during the course of “Graphic design”, held by professor Marcello Signorile, ISIA Urbino, A.A. 2014/2015.

AKG Packaging

As consequence of my deep passion for headphones I redesigned the packaging for the vintage AKG K241 stereo headphones (very similar to the still in production K240 Studio).

The packaging includes a fully functional paper headphone stand, cheaper to produce than the wood made ones and more appropriate for a mid-class / mid-priced model like the K241.

The K 241 was the first headphone to use semipermeable material (an acoustically selected paper membrane) to fine tune the frequency response and is there for a milestone in acoustic design.

Project realized during the course of “Packaging”, held by professor Francesco Tacconi, ISIA Urbino, A.A. 2013/2014.

Shadows and rainfall in Urbino

A data visualization project around different flows crossing the central street "Via Aurelio Saffi" in Urbino.

Sun movement, rainfall subjected areas, peoples and cars flows have been carefully measured measured during the research period.

In order to correctly assess the water flow a scale model of the street was built.

Group project, realized during the course of “Instruments for data visualization”, held by professor Marco Ferrari, ISIA Urbino, A.A. 2012/2013.
Simone Ellero, Giammarco Gaudenzi, Riccardo Govoni, Giovanni Pignoni.

REMC

'REMC' is a concept magazine about the information material aviable inside a cloistered monastery. The printed material was collected entirely at the local Monastery of St. Chiara in Urbino.

During the research the nouns where interviewed about their “media” habits, in order to better understand how informations can get in the monastery.

Surprisingly they manage to be actually very well informed, accessing information from some rather unusual sources, including a variety of missions around the globe (most based in Africa).

The general approach and overall quality of the magazines is questionable, still more varied than might be expected.

Project realized during the course of “Sociology of communication”, held by professor Matteo Guidi, ISIA Urbino, A.A. 2014/2015.

Camera

Exploring the possible views around an object. 3d modeling using vectorworks, color using photoshop.

Paper model

Exploded view

Side view

Project realized during the course of “Instruments for data visualization”, held by professor Marco Ferrari, ISIA Urbino, A.A. 2012/2013.

Visualize a day

The pictures taken during a day, every 8 minutes, from the point of view of a person, are converted into sound thanks to MetaSynth. The data from the white balance and EV is instead used to create a variable bayer matrix that represents the color dominance and general luminosity that originally hit the camera sensor.

Project realized during the course of “Graphic design”, held by professor Marcello Signorile, ISIA Urbino, A.A. 2014/2015.

Simplification Center

During the second and third year as an ISIA student, I have been an active part of the entity we used to call “Simplification Center Isia”.

Lending library modules

A small group of students, coordinated by the director and professor Luciano Perondi in the effort of redesign and simplify the paperwork that keeps our university running.

My major contributor has been developing easy to use pdf interactive forms. Fillable by hand or by computer, taking great care in measuring spaces in order to balance the two usage scenarios. In particular, I curated the multiple university enrollment forms, more than twenty, that are still in use today.

The appearance of the light gray fillable fields is so distinctive that it has become part of the institutional image of the University.

Extracurricular project, coordinated by professor Luciano Perondi, ISIA Urbino, A.A. 2014/2015.

Uncharted Exibit

“Uncharted—Footnotes to the Atlas” is an interactive installation made of a series of experimental visualisations about the infrastructure of contemporary cartography. It has been first presented as part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale exhibition at DOGA Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (September 8th–November 27th, 2016).

The project aims to unearth the traces of the global remote sensing apparatus, its agenda and patterns of ownership, through the mapping of its objects, facilities, and data managed by different nation states and private corporations.

"On Residence" exhibition at DOGA Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture.

The installation is composed of two main elements. The first one is a lightweight metal frame that supports a set of forty-five custom-made globes—a comparative cartographic tool for exploring the data coverage of the Landsat programme between 1972 and 2016. It shows the evolution and fragmentation of the global mosaic of satellite imagery, as an evidence of the biased interests (and the evolving capabilities) that determined the advance of remote sensing technologies over the past decades.

The second element is a table divided into three sections: a data visualisation about the Landsat spheres; a photographic catalogue of sample anomalies, fractures, and aberrations from satellite imagery of the Svalbard archipelago (home to one of the most important satellite ground station in the world); a set of three physical models that represent a vertical section cut through the sky of Google Maps, that shows how different image providers are covering the Earth’s surface from different altitudes and at different resolutions.

My major effort in the project has been reworking the meta-data extracted from the publicly available Landsat datasets. A geographical representation of the imagery’s distribution over time has been produced using python, tailoring the drawings around the capabilities of the drawing machine we wished to use for the final production.

The lines’ thickness, which represents the number of photos available for each year of activity, was originated by the increasing vibration of the robot’s arm, that hovers on the spinning globe while progressively drawing on it.

A set of forty-five globes were produced by mean of a silicon mould, the casted spheres were hand polished in order to obtain a smooth, matte surface.

Project developed during the collaboration with studio Folder.
Research and design: Folder (Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual, Alessandro Busi, Aaron Gillett, Pietro Leoni, Francesca Lucchitta, Giovanni Pignoni, Mariasilvia Poltronieri) / Design and production: Folder and Gisto (Alessandro Mason)

Braccio-mecc

"braccio-mecc" is degenerated exercise started from the basic assignment to experiment with matrix. Try in your browser, the new p5.js version here.

Project realized during the course of “Mathematic for design”, held by professor Igino Marini, ISIA Urbino, A.A. 2012/2013.

Pallinator

Pallinator is a small project, a simple python script that redraws a font using a grid of shapes. It can be adapted to do many thing, including recursive typography.

Personal project - 2015

Paratype "slab"

Parametric typography is a course about analysis of the relations between the typographic shapes of the letters. The analysis is then translated in mathematical models that can reproduce different part of a fonts parametrically using RoboFont and the powerful RoboFab library.
A lot of fonts.

My work group focused on the behavior of slab serifs and the various optical correction that are applied when a sans is turned in to a serif. I developed a crude but effective way of finding the intersection between a bézier curve and a line or another bézier, this permitted us to cut raw shapes with high precision.

Were the bézier intersection has been used

Project realized during the course of “Parametric typography”, held by professor Luciano Perondi, ISIA Urbino, A.A. 2013/2014.
Riccardo Govoni, Bianca Maldini, Giovanni Pignoni.

Interfaces and household appliances
'Thesis project'

Interfaces and household appliances
Interaction with everyday machines

The project I embraced in the last part of my training at the ISIA in Urbino has led me to investigate what the human machine interaction is made of. The core of this research has been washing machines and laundry in general.

The washer is one of the most complex “utility appliances” we have deal with on a daily basis, therefor a perfect starting point for an analysis that got much deeper that the limited extent related to washing machine.

As a final experiment, an interactive prototype has been developed in order gain first hand experience and evaluate a few technical solution identified during the analysis. The last of many revisions can be tried here.

The entire publication is available on-line, on Issuu, in english,
pretty neat, right?

Thesis project presented on the 31st of March 2016, supervisor Luciano Perondi, co-supervisor Valentina Rachiele, ISIA Urbino, link to the discussion(in Italian).

Uncharted Website

The web page “uncharted.ooo" has been developed for Studio Folder to document the installation commissioned by the After Belonging Agency, curators of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, as part of the "On Residence" exhibition at DOGA Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (September 8th – November 27th, 2016).

The mobile interface

My effort in the development in the physical installation is better documented here. More information on the project can be found directly on the official website.

This interface, part of the web page, has the purpose to give access trough a bi-dimensional device to the data representation we produced for the physical installation in Oslo: the amount of images token by Landsat satellites during the entire program from 1972 to 2016.

Project developed during the collaboration with studio Folder.
Research and design: Folder (Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual, Alessandro Busi, Aaron Gillett, Pietro Leoni, Francesca Lucchitta, Giovanni Pignoni, Mariasilvia Poltronieri) / Design and production: Folder and Gisto (Alessandro Mason)

Washi Washi

A Small side project conceived as a presentation of the thesis project, composed of two small booklets.

Volume I

The content of this project has been updated and integrated into my thesis and it's visible here.

Volume II

Project realized during the course of “Final synthesis”, held by professor Luca Pitoni, ISIA Urbino, A.A. 2014/2015.

Apio

Apio is a small start-up that designs, produces and sells DIY solutions for the Internet of Things. Thanks to the Apio broad a makers or a company is able to create smart object, remote controlled from a computer or smart-phone and interconnected to each other.

The mobile interface

The desktop interface

For Apio s.r.l. we developed the brand identity and the debut website, the prototype can bee seen here.

Group project, 2014/2015.
Giammarco Gaudenzi, Riccardo Govoni, Giovanni Pignoni.

H-Hub

As a corporate identity exercise we were assigned to invent a new between the following: dictatorial regime, religion, spiritual movement, satanic cult or student movement. My work group was assigned with religion. So we conceived the hub, a place, half virtual half real of connection between people, joining together in communal consciousness.

The graphical identity is based on a rotating matrix of eight sphere mounted on the vertex of an invisible cube, the parts makes up the all.

My effort in this group assignment has been developing the interface of the web-app the "followers" would use to stay constantly connected to the hub and to abduct more people in to it, the prototype is still hosted here or here (skipping the presentation).

The mobile interface

The desktop interface

a H-Hub user

a H-Hub temple

Group project, realized during the course of “Graphic design”, held by professor Marcello Signorile, ISIA Urbino, A.A. 2014/2015.
Marta Lonardi, Valentina Monacelli, Giovanni Pignoni, Michela Zoppi.

Who I am, very briefly.

I’m from the countryside near Bologna, deep in the hills marking the border between Emilia Romagna and Tuscany.
I grew up in a farm like environment, with machines and animals always surrounding me, and while this might not seem important, I believe it has most definitely shaped how I interact with my surroundings.