1931-33: Attends the Scuola Arteri Stampatori in Turin, where he learns woodcut, copper engraving and lithography. 1933-36: attends the Scuola Tipografica Guiseppe Vigliandi Paravia in Turin. 1936: joins the Nebiolo type foundry in Turin as a draftsman. 1938: is awarded a gold medal in the national Ludi Juveniles art competition.
1948-58: teaches graphic drawing at the Scuola Vigliandi Paravia in Turin. From 1952 onwards: art director at the Nebiolo type foundry, 1956: is awarded a gold medal by the Milan trade fair and exhibitions center. 1975: leaves the Nebiolo type foundry and starts working as a freelance type designer. 1979: is awarded the Compasso d’Oro.
Landi Linear (1943), Arbiter® BQ (1989), Athenaeum™ (with A. Butti, 1945), Central, Normandia (with A. Butti, 1951), Colossalis® BQ (1984), Microgramma™ (with A. Butti, 1952), Cigno (1954) Fontanesi (1954), Egizio (1955-58), Juliet (1955), Ritmo (1955), Garaldus (1956), Slogan (1957), Recta (1958-61), Estro (1961), Eurostile® (1962), Eurostile Next (2008), Forma (1966), Magister (1966), Metropol (1967), Stop™ (1971), Lapidar® (1977), Fenice™ (1977-80), Nadianne™, Novarese® (1978), Expert (1983), ITC Symbol® (1984), ITC Mixage® (1985), Fluidum (1998).
Publications include: "Alfabeta", Turin 1964.
* TYPOGRAPHY – An Encyclopedic Survey of Type Design and Techniques Throughout History by Friedrich Friedl, Nicolaus Ott (Editor), Bernard Stein, published by Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft mbH.