Albert Pinggera comes from southern-Tyrol, the German-speaking region in northern Italy. Realising that the letters interested him more than the medium, he apprenticed to the typesetting and graphic reproduction department of a magazine in Bolzano.
In 1995 Albert moved to The Hague for the postgraduate course in type design and typography at the Royal Academy of Art. After graduating cum laude in 1997 he returned to Italy, to the mountain town of St. Leonhard in Passeier, and founded the company design.buero. Clients range from local institutions to multinationals and the work is varied: custom typeface design, concept/design/production of complex book projects, designing and realizing exhibit spaces and signage systems, corporate identity, etc.
From 1998–2002 Albert Pinggera taught and gave seminars on type and typography in Bolzano. FF Strada was a winning entry in TDC2 2003 – the Type Directors annual type design competition.
[Albert Pinggera, July 2004]