Vitor Carvalho

Graphic Design


Contemporary Theatre Collection

The Contemporary Theatre Collection is a growing series created by the publishing house Javali with the goal of publishing affordable paperbacks that celebrates contemporary authors.

The very specific theatre script structure was broken down into a system that uses two different typefaces, one acting as the passive voice that describes the scenes and the other as what is being spoken by the characters, creating an efficient structure for both conventional readers and rehearsing actors.

Keeping the red as the series brand, each book cover features a different typeface that reflects the book’s content and that permeates the interior whenever possible. For the first book in the series, Trilogia Abnegação by Alexandre Dal Farra, an obnoxious stacked all-caps Akzidenz-Grotesk echoes the author’s simple but rather strong use of language.

With Amanda Goveia

12,25 × 18,5cm, offset print, paperback
Trilogia Abnegação: 208 pages

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Trilogia Abnegação bookcover.
Spread from the book Trilogia Abnegação.
First chapter opening spread from Trilogia Abnegação.
Spread showing technical information from the Trilogia Abnegação original play.
Trilogia Abnegação spread of pages 18 and 19.
Chapter ending spread from Trilogia Abnegação.
Second chapter opening spread from Trilogia Abnegação.
Epilogue spread with running text from Trilogia Abnegação.
Last spread of the epilogue section from Trilogia Abnegação.
Third chapter spread from Trilogia Abnegação.

Electronic Postcards

A series of postcards conceived to emphasize the relationship between analog and contemporary digital tools as a working methodology.

A collection of forty french postcards from the 19th century were overprinted using fluorescent blue ink as a metaphor for the screen, giving new meaning to a set of objects that already had their previous lives expired.

9 × 14cm, screenprinted in 2 colors

Overprinted typographic ligature on top of a postcard of the architecture of a french cathedral.
Overprinted typographic ligature on top of a postcard of the interior of a 16th century cathedral.
Overprinted typographic ligature on top of a postcard of an old french castle.
Overprinted typographic ligature on top of a yellowed postcard of a crowded french beach.
Overprinted typographic ligature on top of a postcard of the interior of a king's bedroom.

Flower Power

A poster designed with an excerpt of Abbie Hoffman’s famous quote from Workshop in Nonviolence magazine, 1967: ‘The cry of Flower Power echoes through the land. We shall not wilt. Let a thousand flowers bloom’.

14¾ × 18¾", screenprinted in 3 colors

Poster with black and white flowers and type that reads 'We shall not wilt'.
Close-up photo of the poster highlighting its texture.

Homelessness in New York City

A series of posters designed after sorting New York City’s facts and myths on homelessness. A set of four posters were screenprinted on top of The New York Times’ real estate section and then hung/discarded on the streets.

Street photography by Vitor Meuren

22 × 24", screenprinted in one color

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Published on The Design of Dissent (Milton Glaser & Mirko Ilic) and Typography (Sandu Publishing)

Fact — New York City has more vacant buildings and lots than it has homeless people.
Close-up of the poster highlighting its texture.
Fact – New York City has record number of billionaires and homeless people.
Myth – Outsiders abusing NYC's right to shelter are the cause for homeless record.
Myth – Homelessness is not a housing problem—it is only a jobs problem.
Poster on the ground of a park in New York.
Poster on the ground of a park in New York, children passing by its side.
Poster being shown on a ad display in New York.
Poster on the Union Square main subway entrance, New York.

Leo Santana

Responsive website design and development for Brazilian visual artist Leo Santana, devised to organize his large body of work, spanning from as early as 1987.

A simple yet refined typographic approach conveys a literary feeling to Santana’s work, which consists mostly of commissioned public pieces. Each one of the main pages were treated as to suggest the nature of their content: stillness, scale, permanence, ephemerality etc.

The website was updated in 2017 to include a CMS and an online store that aims to sell some of Santana’s small and medium scale pieces to potential collectors.

Visit website

Website home page, showing a list of projects with thumbnails.
Project interior page.
Exhibitions page, showing a list of exhibitions that took place between 1987 and 2016.
Biography page, listing all of the projects and exhibitions.
Storefront showing a selection of products sorted from A to Z.
Cristiano piece page.
Fullscreen photography of the previous work (Cristiano).
Mobile mockups of the website.

The Holocaust

A type-only pocket-sized paperback book made from a wikipedia article and designed by playing with both ideas of heaviness and voidness.

A series of typographic devices were used to keep the body of text as heavy as possible while maintaining a degree of readability. Quotations inside the text were treated like fading memories and the introduction to each of the chapters fall into the gutter in order to create a slight feel of discomfort.

4¼ × 6.88", 136 pages printed and perfect bound at

Cover of the book with the introduction of its text.
Opening pages of the book, continues the text previously on the cover.
Ending of the introductory spreads with oversized type.
Spreads showing the book's layout system.
Cinematic entrance to one of the book's chapters that reads 'Wansee conference...'.
Continuing the text of the previous image—'...and the final solution 1942–1945'.
Another spread showing the book's layout system.