Design for readers:
Concept, art direction,
type design, typography.
Hi, my name is Kai. In 2005 my partner Susana Carvalho and I co-founded Carvalho Bernau. We design publications, identities, typefaces etc. After 18 years in The Hague, we moved to Porto in 2021.
Together with Christian Schwartz, we developed Atlas Grotesk and Typewriter, see http://carvalho-bernau.com/atlas/ in 2012. It too is available from Commercial Type. (This text is set in Atlas Typewriter, for example)
Lyon’s news-oriented headline sibling Lyon Hed, originally commissioned by Mark Porter for Internazionale (see below) has been released in 2021 at the Commercial Type Vault. Lyon Hed has been deisgned with help from Robin Mientjes.
With Carvalho Bernau, we have been making custom typefaces for projects and clients big and small — for identity projects like Amsterdam’s Sandberg Institute or type-as-a-subscription-model for Esquire UK’s Big Black Book (art direction by David McKendrick).
There are others, from publications to corporations — too many to list here. You should hire us for custom type projects, too!
Since 2011 I am a professor for type design (and sometimes publication design) at the MATD Master programme in Type Direction at Écal, Lausanne.
In 2019/2020 I supervised Shuhui Shi’s AIZI/AI字/爱字 post-master research project at ÉCAL together with my boss Matthieu Cortat, as well as Mathieu Salzmann from EPFL’s Computer Vision Lab. One of the project’s outcomes is a free and open source database of Hanzi cahracter composition. Following a presentation of the project at ATypI Tech Talks 2021 (sadly not accessible), I wrote a small article about AI in type design called GAN and GAN’t for the project website.
In 2014/2015, I was a visiting professor in Wigger Bierma’s Typo-Grafik course at HfbK Hamburg.