As an acronym of ‘Olivetti Type Lettera 22’, the OT L22 font is inspired by the founding principles of the Olivetti experience: Italianity, mobility, lightness and beauty. The font, created on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the birth of the iconic Lettera 22, is a celebration of the Olivetti style, and a symbol of Italian innovation and creativity.

The design of OT L22 is the result of a fusion of historical research and specific analysis of the 1950s, creatively reinterpreted in a contemporary style. The design is placed in the category of the first gothic characters that appeared at the end of the 1800’s as a response to changes triggered by the Industrial Revolution, which inevitably have influenced the communication style of the Olivetti Company. 

Engineered with Open Type Format and Web Open Font Format, OT L22 represents an unprecedented project, in which historical and technical knowledge converge in an authorial interpretation that makes the new font completely original, from a formal and technological point of view. OT L22, released as the first version in bold, is now enriched with new character weights and variable versions. As an homage to the Olivetti world and to the eternal Lettera 22, the font is usable on any digital or traditional device.

The font is designed by the Cappelli Identity Design studio by the designers Emanuele Cappelli, Fabio Zanino, Antonio Pace and Lorenzo Properzi and created in collaboration with the Olivetti Historical Archive Association. 

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About Associazione Archivio Storico Olivetti

Established in 1986, the Olivetti Historical Archive was founded on the initiative of the then Secretary General of Olivetti, Paolo Mancinelli, in collaboration with the Adriano Olivetti Foundation. Today, it is considered of significant historical interest by the Superintendency of Archives for Piedmont and the Aosta Valley. The archive works to preserve and promote funds pertaining to Olivetti personalities and those of the Olivetti Company, together with various capacities to entrepreneurial figures and the company. The heritage conserved by the Olivetti Historical Archive Association consists of documents, letters, books, newspapers, magazines, posters, drawings, photos, films, audiovisuals, products, models and scale models. 

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Lucia Alberton