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We use ad-blockers as well, you know. We gotta keep those servers running though. Did you know that we publish useful books and run friendly conferences — crafted for pros like yourself? E.g. our upcoming SmashingConf London, dedicated to all things web performance.


Maurizio is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Milan, Italy. Addicted to “pencil & paper”, type, letterpress and details, even the smallest ones: they always make a difference. He loves cooking too, but who cares.
He is the creator of Letterpress is better: la stampa tipografica è viva e lascia il segno (letterpress is still alive and makes a great impression). Online he is “ilpiac”.

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Designing Badges (And More) For A Conference

To badge or not to badge? That is the question. Because badges — and a lot of stuff designed for conferences — often look the same. But if you have a little, different conference, you need different kinds of things. Badges included.

Designing Badges (And More) For A Conference

It all started in 2013 with the first Kerning conference. I was asked to design the official notebook: we ended up with a really typographic design for the cover and a funny pattern on the back. And an Easter egg on the cover — more on that later. It was a really funny project, so when my dear friend Cristiano Rastelli, a member of Kerning’s organizing committee, asked me to design the notebook and some printed materials for Kerning 2014 I immediately said “Yes, let’s start!”


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