Giulio Cittato


Giulio Cittato (1936-1986) was an Italian graphic designer and teacher who worked for Unimark International during the mid 60s and was also a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). Not much of his work is available for viewing on the web or in books, but the works I’ve seen are truly inspiring and unique. AGI and AIGA have small galleries of Cittato’s work and there’s this wonderful poster design in the book Basic Typography.

There isn’t much info about Cittato other than this short bio on the AGI site:

After he graduated from the Venice University in 1963, Cittato spent two years working as a designer with La Rinascente in Milan. He moved to the USA in 1965, where he worked for Unimark International, the Center for Advanced Research in Design and the Container Corporation of America. In 1971, Cittato returned to Italy and from 1971-74 he taught visual design at the Corso Superiore di Disegno Industriale and the International University of Art in Venice. He was involved in a wide range of design projects, corporate programmes and signage, which he taught at the University of Urbino from 1978-80.

A one-man exhibition was held at the Smithsonian Institute in 1969. Clear colourful compositions were typical of his work. More exhibitions were held in Milan, Montreal and Venice. Samples of his work can be found in the NY MoMA, as well as in museums in Italy and other countries.

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