Recently, a new website archiving the history of Italy’s graphic design heritage and its global influence has been launched, called Archivio Grafica Italiana, the database is founded and edited by Nicola-Matteo Munari, who wishes that the world would look at Graphic Design made in Italy similar to the architecture and furniture made in the country.
A digital catalog of sorts, Archivio Grafica Italiana presents images from categories like logotype, packaging, typeface, periodical and signage along with details of the pieces, all its images and description with short biographies of the designers.
Talking to Fast Co. Design, Munari a graphic designer himself, saw the sharing of the graphic design as a duty: “As designers, we should work at promoting the art form by not only preserving its history but also contributing to its future, something which isn’t possible without promoting culture.”
The archive which includes design’s past including Lora Lamm, Massimo Vignelli and Enzo Mari; and the present Carlo Fiore and Daniele De Batte as a way to propel the movement forward instead of keeping it a nostalgia-driven enterprise. Check out the archive.