Elena is a designer with a particular interest in crafts and letterforms. Born in Northern Italy, she studied graphic design at the Ecole supérieure d’art et de design (ESAD) in Amiens, France and completed the type and typography curriculum at the École Estienne in Paris. She came to Berlin to work at the LucasFonts studio, but also brought her own foundry, Anatoletype.
She now works as an independent lettering artist and type designer. An active member of the Berlin type scene, she has organized numerous workshops, film screenings and more with her non-profit venture MAKE! Skilled Hands. After many years of digital type design and production, she decided to diversify and focus more on professional signpainting and other lettering techniques.
Elena now runs a sign painting, type design and lettering studio called La Letteria. The name is a pun on the Italian word Latteria (dairy) that well represents her interest in designing everyday things, trying to enhance the ordinary. She enjoys the interaction with her surroundings while working on hand-crafted signs for local shops, and finds support and inspiration for her lettering creations in the vernacular heritage of a particular place.
In 2017 she collaborated wth creative director Edouard Baribeaud to produce a laborious piece of shopfront signage for Viennese French restaurant MIDI. Involving inverse painting on glass and gold leaf, the project won them a first-place award during Vienna’s Sign Week.
As Elena’s friends at Fust realized that some of her fonts-in-development might never get to the next stage without a little help, we proposed to pull a bit of the weight.
Foto: Maria Silvano