After independently illustrious careers, Tony Di Spigna and Bill Hilson founded Thinstroke in 2009. Now, after a dozen years distributing Di Spigna’s meticulously-crafted typefaces, they’ve chosen to join 33 other top foundries in Type Network.
Elegance and precision in every stroke.
Founded in 2009 by Tony Di Spigna and Bill Hilson, Thinstroke publishes the typefaces of Di Spigna, each of which is hand-drawn with ink and white-paint before being meticulously digitized. When you work with a Thinstroke typeface, you connect directly to Di Spigna’s vision, sensibility, experience, and history.
Tony Di Spigna
Tony Di Spigna was born on the island of Ischia, Italy and is a graduate of New York City Community College and Pratt Institute. Tony was a partner in the legendary studio of Lubalin Associates where he worked on all aspects of visual communication and graphic design. Mr. Di Spigna has achieved international recognition for his letterform and typographic designs including exclusive newly designed corporate typefaces and logo designs. He has won numerous awards and his work has been widely exhibited in the United States and abroad. In 2007, he was honored with a one man show in Italy. He currently teaches at The New York institute of Technology, and is a tenured professor at Pratt Institute where he was given the institute-wide Distinguished Professor Award.
Bill Hilson started his design career in architecture, then turned to graphic design and illustration for his professional focus. He has spent most of his career attempting to blur the line between technological innovation and creativity. He has been a group leader at the Creative Problem-Solving Institute, and was creative director for the HiFi Color Project – one of the first to print with stochastic screening and extra-trinary printing techniques. Bill is an adjunct professor CCE at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Communication Design Department, serving since 1991. Bill is a Founding Director of The Institute for Sustainable Communication, a 501(c)-3 organization devoted to improving sustainability practices focused on advertising, marketing, and communications business.