Pino Trogu grew up on the island of Sardinia, Italy, where his father, who was a mason, taught him how to lay bricks in a straight line. He is currently Associate Professor of Information Design at San Francisco State University, where he teaches data visualization, hand drawing, and letterpress. In 2017–2018 he was a visiting scholar at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands, conducting research on bio-inspired design and transformable origami structures (meta-materials). He was a Fulbright scholar to the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received a master of fine arts in 1985. His recent publications include: Giorgio Scarpa’s Model of a Sea Urchin Inspires New Instrumentation, Leonardo, MIT Press, 52.2 (2019); Counting But Losing Count: the Legacy of Otto Neurath’s Isotype Charts, Visible Language, 52.2 (2018); and The Landscape of the Physical Book: Space and Memory in the Printed Page, TXT – The Book Issue, Amsterdam University Press (2018).