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Tankboys

Biography
Tankboys is a Venice-based independent design studio founded by Lorenzo Mason and Marco Campardo, in 2005. Tankboys Studio is specialised in art direction, research, print, identity and editorial projects. In addition to that, Tankboys Studio gives lectures, holds workshops and runs a publishing house, called Automatic Books.

All projects are treated with a conceptual approach and particular attention to contents, which result in a tailored language, expressed by a connotative use of typography. Tankboys studio’s practice is based on a artisan and multi-skills approach to complex projects, which involve the use of a network of trusted collaborators, such as curators, editors, artists, writers, photographers and architects.

Contact
San Polo 2811B,
30125 Venezia, Italy
T +39 041 5245285
we_are@tankboys.biz

A note on the website

This website was not conceived as a complete archive of our work. Rather, it presents a selection of projects which we believe may help illustrate our approach, ideas and thought process. More than showing our most successful works, it should serve as an expression of our design method, where the process is more important than the final result. We have designed this website as a manifesto of our approach, aimed at understanding how graphic design is not only about the visual flair and appearance, but should be about critically engaging with any content, topic or idea that arises from a project. For the same reason, the images chosen to illustrate each project aim at supporting the analysis of our approach, more than representing an exhaustive portfolio of work.

We would like to thank Rujana Rebernjak for helping us with the putting our ideas in words, Andrea Serrani for his impeccable programming skills, and Leonardo Azzolini and Enrico Bozzato for their help with photography.

Other projects
Automatic Books, The Book Affair, Manifesto

Places we go for lunch
Vini da Lele, Tolentini
All’Arco, Ruga Rialto
Bar Filovia, Piazzale Roma
Cafè Noir, San Pantalon
La Rivetta, Campo della Lana
Bar Rosso, Campo Santa Margherita
Cantinon da Schiavi, San Trovaso
Pasticceria Tonolo, San Pantalon

Clients include
22 publishingA plus A galleryBeyond Entropy Foundation, Circuito Off, DAP StudioFoscarini, Fondazione di VeneziaFuori Biennale, Jarach Gallery, Je T’Aime Festival, Kaleidoscope, Lorenzo VitturiMax DesignMy Art Guides, MoleskineMorphine RecordsMunicipality of Venice, Nisi Masa, Pig MagazinePalluccoSuper Sunglasses, Riso Museum, RotalianaSkiraSUN68Teatro Fondamenta NuoveTeatro Stabile del VenetoUnione dei Comuni del Camposanpierese, Via Piranesi, Voltumna

Curated Exhibitions
Manifesto”, Otrascosas de Villarrosas (Barcellona, Spain), “Manifesto”, Shandong university of design (Jinan, China), “Manifesto”, XYZ Gallery (Treviso, Italy)

Group exhibitions include
“Panorama”, Festival international de l’affiche et du graphisme (Chaumont, France). “The New Italian Design” (San Francisco, USA). “La mano del Grafico”, FAI (Milano, Italy). “Graphic Design Words”, curated by Giorgio Camuffo, Triennale Design Museum (Milano, Italy). “Quali cose siamo“, curated by Alessandro Mendini and Silvana Annicchiarico, Triennale Design Museum (Milan, Italy). “One Year of Photocopies”, DOCVA, (Milan, Italy). “Obsolescenza”, with Temp Studio (Pordenone, Italy). “Segni Divesi”, curated by Giorgio Camuffo (Venice, Italy). “Made in IUAV”, Venice Architecture Biennale (Venice, Italy). “Give Peace Another Chance” (Venice, Italy)

Teaching, workshops and lectures includes
Ailati 2.0, Lecture with Francesco Librizzi and Salottobuono (Milan), Radical architecture Workshop with Salottobuono, Iuav University (Venice), From boring to interesting, Workshop, Fondazione Claudio Buziol (Venice), Young Italian graphic design, Jury (Milano), Artists’ Book Workshop, Iuav University, (Venice), Tankboys VS Temp, Workshop, Iuav University (Venice), Object’s biographies, Fondazione Claudio Buziol (Venice), X Y Z, Workshop, Iuav University (Venice), Workshop at San Marino Design University (San Marino),
 B-Shirt Sucks, Workshop, Iuav University (Venice)

Features include
Apartamento Magazine (Spain, Italy), Graphic (South Korea), Abitare (Italy), 
Novum Magazine (Germany), Pig (Italy), I love type serie (I love Helvetica, I love Gill Sans, I love Avant Garde, Hong Kong) Kult (Italy)