09 to 29 November FICA – Oficina Criativa, Lx Factory, Lisbon


9 to 29 of November

What are you missing when you look at type?

This is the question that gave birth to the “Big Kitchen” exhibition, which through an exhaustive exploration of a single type family through an interactive experience that explores type anatomy. We open the kitchen where typefaces are developed, making it easier for everyone to understand what this craft is about making use of different graphic production methods, reinterpreting traditional formats to showcase type such as a poster or type specimen.

The exhibition will take place in Fica – Oficina Criativa’s gallery at Lx Factory in Lisbon from the 9th until the 29th of November 2018.

Big Kitchen is a combined effort between the designer João Miranda (Walking Fearless) and the design studio Desisto, counting with the collaboration of Serafim Mendes in the AR pieces.

Big - Type family

This exhibition is the climax of the development of the type family BIG , which origin comes from a wooden type found in estúdio Andrew Howard. The digitalisation process started 5 years ago with Bruno Rodrigues and it was in 2017 that João Miranda developed a single weight in to a family of 24 (including a stencil version). BIG is an elegant condensed display font created for strong and impactful headlines. A wooden type that reassembles the industrial victorian style which has now been expanded to 20 cuts, ranging from ExtraLight to Bold, with Italics and a stencil version, covering all your needs for a striking visual effect just with plain type with distinctive features and personality, standing out from the crowded world of display sans serif.



João Miranda

João Miranda (Walking Fearless) is 29 y/o, studied at IADE and he is a freelance multidisciplinary designer based in London. His focus is the development of typefaces, visual identity design, motion design and packaging. You can see is passion for letters when you look at logos like BBC Doctor Who, BBC Studios, Mistaker Maker and Add Fuel. He has collaborated with renowned agencies and clients such as Pentagram, Fullsix, BBC, Red Bull, Panasonic, P&G e Add Fuel. His work has been highlighted and awarded in many platforms such as Brand New, The Dieline, Behance and IV and V Encontro de Tipografia.


Desisto is an independent multidisciplinary platform, established in 2013.They create self-initiated projects and work within the cultural and commercial fields. They mainly design and produce Visual Identity Systems, Branding, Editorial Projects, Exhibition/Set Design and Web Design with a particular focus on typography and production.

Serafim Mendes

Serafim Mendes is a portuguese graphic designer based in Porto, Portugal. His main focus of work is typography, 3D illustration, AR and editorial/poster design. He has recently finished his master’s degree in Communication Design at ESAD Matosinhos and he’s currently working as a freelancer. His work has been featured over the web in pages such as Étapes, Fubiz, Visualgraphc, Designspiration, Domestika, Typeverything, Yorokobu, Betype, Abduzeedo, AIGA Eye On Design, VSO China, Unrated, among others. He has also been featured in printed publications, such as dpi 設計插畫誌 (dpi magazine Taiwan) #221, Computer Arts #265 (Spring 2017), and Geometric Trend, a book published by Monsa Publications in 2017.


A typeface. An exhibition

It could be just an exhibition, but we believe these talks will be a great moment to create synergies between everyone who is interested in our areas of expertise. This talk will present the designer’s career and also the collaborative process behind an exhibition that presents itself as a living “type specimen”.(This talk will be in portuguese).

Speakers: João Miranda & Desisto
Day: 15 of November
Time: 18:00h
Venue: IADE – Creative University
Free entry
Speakers: João Miranda & Desisto
Day: 22 of November
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Cowork Lisboa
Free entry


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