My name is Álvaro Franca, I'm a designer and visual artist from Rio de Janeiro, currently living in Barcelona, Spain.

I’m getting a post graduate degree in Project Management from BAU, here in Barcelona. Last year I got a masters in Advanced Typography from EINA also in Barcelona, and a post graduate degree from the Expert Class Type Design of the Plantin Instituut in Belgium.

I have two undergraduate degrees from ESDI in Rio, in graphic and industrial design (but let's not talk about this one), and I was also an exchange student at Cambridge School of Art for a year.

I have worked at places like Fundació Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona, Dalton Maag, in London, Hipertipo in Amsterdam, and Jair de Souza in Rio. In each of these I had the opportunity to learn a lot working alongside teams that ranged from two to 50 people, and for clients of all sizes.

My work has been shown in solo shows and group exhbitions in Brazil, France, Germany, Canada and Belgium. It was also selected for group shows like the 8th Tipos Latinos Biennial of Latin American Typeface Design; Pangramme International Student Type Design Competition and the Brazilian Biennial of Graphic Design.

Since 2015 I have worked as a freelancer, collaborating with brands and studios in Brazil and abroad. My services range from custom type design to illustration commisions, typewriting portraits, book and publication design, lettering logos, painting murals, making videos, doing calligraphy and font production to name the usual ones.

My clients include Sony Music, Relampago, TV Globo,Leo Burnett, Resistenza, Blackie Books, Oblíquo, Giros and I'd love it if yours could be the next name on this list!

We should work together some time! Drop me a line!

+34 653 257 631

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(Post-Grad) Design Management
BAU Centro Universitario de Diseño de Barcelona
Barcelona, Catalunya

(MA) Advanced Typography
EINA Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art de Barcelona
Barcelona, Catalunya

(Post-Grad) Expert Class Type Design
The Plantin Institute of Typography
Antwerp, Belgium

(BA) Graphic and Industrial Design
Escola Superior de Desenho Industrial
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

(BA) Graphic Design
Cambridge School of Art
Cambridge, United Kingdom


Vasava Studio
Barcelona, Catalunya

Fundació Mies van der Rohe
Barcelona, Catalunya

Dalton Maag
London, United Kingdom

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Jair de Souza Design
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil