Font Designer – Roberto Mannella

The German designer Roberto Mannella created the fonts Linotype Sicula™ (1999) and Bobotta™ Icons (2003).

Linotype Sicula is part of the Take Type Library, chosen from the entries of the 1999 International Digital Type Design Contest for inclusion on the TakeType 3.1 CD. This font is available in two weights, regular and oblique. Linotype Sicula will quickly win over any nostalgic spirits. Ornamental and sweeping, the figures line up on the paper, their contrasting strokes and playfully irregular forms giving them an exuberant, decorative character. The careful details of each figure come to light best when used in larger point sizes. Linotype Sicula is therefore best for headlines and can easily inspire typographic experiments and its capitals can serve as initials combined with other typefaces, especially sans serif.

Mannella first sketched out the idea his Bobotta Icons one vacation day back in 1999. Recently, he fleshed these sketches out into a full-fledged symbol font, which was awarded with an Honorable Mention in the 2003 International Type Design Contest, sponsored by Linotype GmbH. Bobotta Icons present a lively, spontaneous style of drawing, guaranteed to bring a new voice to your funkiest typographic work. The characters contained in this font are a wide array of comic symbols, word shapes, and fantastical creatures. There are symbols in this font that resemble happy crocodiles next to symbols that look like neon signs flashing the word "love."
Bobotta Icons was a winner in the 2003 International Type Design Contest, sponsored by Linotype GmbH. The font is part of the ITDC 2003 winners CD.
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