Tipos das Letras (TdL) is an independent digital type foundry based in Lisbon, created in 2013 by Aprígio Morgado, Ricardo Santos, Rúben Dias and Ricardo Dantas. This collective borned from the RUHA Stencil project and aims to create, produce and commercialize some of its products.
Graduated from ESAD.CR with a degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia. Ricardo Dantas has joined Item Zero design studio as a Junior Partner in 2015, were he develops editorial work, typeface design and typography consultancy. Has also co-founded the typography workshop Tipografia Dias where he gives letterpress workshops and creates comissioned pieces from handset type to proof print. Ricardo has become a member of Tipos das Letras collective since early 2017.
has a degree in Graphic Design from the Institute of Art, Design and Enterprise (IADE), a postgraduate degree and a PhD in Graphic Design from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon (FAUL). He has been developing research in the area of Typeface Design, namely on aspects of letterforms that are influential in textual decoding. Since 1996, he has been working in Communication Design and has collaborated with some of the most prominent branding agencies in Portugal. Since 2009, he teaches Typography and Graphic Design at School of Fine Arts and Design of Caldas da Rainha (ESAD.CR), having collaborated, as an assistant professor, with other higher education institutions such as FAUL and ESTAL. Since 2012, he regularly organizes Typeface Design workshops in several national and foreign events and educational institutions with the aforementioned collective. In 2015, he founded his own studio, Estúdio Cabala.
A typeface designer, Ricardo Santos studied at the António Arroio School and holds a degree in graphic design from the Institute of Art, Design and Enterprise (IADE). He also has a Master’s degree in advanced typography from (EINA) in Barcelona. A lecturer in typography and typeface design at the Higher Institute of Arts and Design in Caldas da Rainha (ESAD.CR), he organises regular workshops in these areas. In 2000 he created his own foundry, Vanarchiv, and he has published several typefaces on MyFonts. In 2011 he founded the international typography collective Tiponautas.
With a PhD in design on the subject Portuguese Royal Printing Office typeface revival, developed at the Technical University of Lisbon’s School of Architecture (FA-UTL) he graduated in design from IADE. His subsequent trajectory took him to the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and University of Reading. He currently lectures at ESAD Matosinhos after a decade at ESAD.CR, having collaborated in schools such as ETIC, ESTAL and AR.CO. He is also a researcher and writer on the history and evolution of typography in Portugal contributing with papers to conferences and organising typography and typeface design workshops. Developed the printing office Tipografia Dias where he promoted regularly movable type workshops. He also works as a graphic and type designer. In 2003 he founded the Item Zero design studio.