Emigre magazine:
design, discourse and authourship

Emigre magazine (1984–2005) was a provocative fusion of self-initiated publishing, critical writing, and experimental typography. Co-curated with Rick Poynor, the exhibition investigated a key period in the development of graphic design as a mode of authorship and showed how Emigre’s typefaces and page designs embodied new thinking about the designer’s role in communication.

In Use: Triplex and Triplex Italic by Zuzana Licko and John Downer


‘Classics’ suggest influential texts that cause change, inspire, broke down barriers. There is certainly the need to constantly redefine the idea of what graphically defines a ‘classic.’ Thinking of reading War and Peace in a Grotesque looking page might seam odd at first. The design of this series of annotated texts – from Rilke and Laozi to Shakespeare and Tolstoy – proposes a ‘consistently inconsistent’ look, with the use of a sans serif face for extended reading.

In Use: Gerard Unger’s Demos, Praxis, & ITC Flora




Radical Ideas

If critical theory force us to rethink what we know and understand as common, a selection of theorists thought of being avant-garde, even radical in their particular context, acted as the perfect point to interrogate the conventions related to the form of a book series. Approaching the design proposal from a differentiating point of view, instead of a unifying one, each book aims to be different from each other in format, print method, and/or binding, responding to the needs of the text.

In Use: FF Meta by Erik Spiekermann


Lettering studies for Vale da Santa olive oil.


Decisão magazine

Graphic concept and design of a bimonthly Luxembourg-based business magazine.

In Use: Tobias Frere-Jones and Cyrus Highsmith’s Benton Sans & Frank Hinman Pierpont and Robert Granjon’s Plantin Std

2013 — present

Manuel Vicente, Plot and Emotion — Macau

Publication to support the launch of the exhibition of arch. Manuel Vicente’s work in Macau. Adaptation to Mandarin of the concept designed by Itemzero for the itinerant exhibition.

In Use: Hiragino Kaku Gothic and Hiragino Sans by Osamu Torinoumi and Tsutomu Suzuki


From Portugal. London based. Interested in words and letters.

Francisca is a typographer and book designer. She works as a Senior Text Designer at Penguin Books and is always looking for new freelance opportunities, and to meet people doing interesting work.

Since 2012, she has been collaborating with independent publishers and studios on several books, magazines, exhibitions, type design, and lettering projects.

Francisca’s interest in the relationship between writing and design led her to a MA in Book Design at Reading University. She focused on the role of the designer as editor and critic and curated an exhibition on design, discourse, and authorship.

Currently Senior Text Designer at Penguin Books, UK
Website in Mrs Eaves XL
PDF portfolio available on request

Website by Mathieu Triay