Lygia Pires is an awarded graphic designer, lettering artist, and illustrator based in Brazil. She has qualifications in Fashion Design from the Faculdade Santa Marcelina, Graphic Design and Motion Graphics from the Panamericana School of Art and Design, and Drawing and Illustration from the Quanta Academy of Arts. She is currently a freelancer and works out of her studio producing lettering, illustration, calligraphy, and design pieces for prominent national and international names like Facebook, Louis Vuitton, Mont Blanc, Budweiser, and Puma, to name just a few.
She also teaches calligraphy and lettering courses across Brazil and online since 2015. Her work has been published in the Australian book Typism in editions 5 to 9 in the North American book Women Of Type, and in the German book Yearbook of Lettering. In 2020, she received the Communication Arts Typography Award of Excellence and the Type Directors Club New York (TDC 66) Certificate of Typographic Excellence.
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Lygia Pires é designer gráfica, artista de lettering e ilustradora premiada, que vive em São Paulo, Brasil. Ela é formada em Desenho de Moda pela Faculdade Santa Marcelina, Design Gráfico e Motion Graphics pela Escola Panamericana de Arte e Design e em Desenho e Ilustração pela Quanta Academia de Artes. Atua como freelancer em seu próprio estúdio, produzindo trabalhos de caligrafia, lettering, ilustração e design, atendendo grandes clientes nacionais e internacionais como Facebook, Louis Vuitton, Mont Blanc, Budweiser, Puma, entre outros.
Atualmente, ministra cursos de caligrafia e lettering em diversas cidades do Brasil e online desde 2015. Teve trabalhos publicados no livro australiano Typism nas edições 5 à 9, no livro americano Women Of Type e no livro alemão Yearbook of Lettering. Em 2020, recebeu o Prêmio de Excelência da Communication Arts Typography 2020 e o Certificado de Excelência Tipográfica do Type Director Club de Nova York (TDC66).
Awards & Achievements
2019
– Typism Book 5 - “Don’t feed your monsters”
2020
– Communication Arts Typography 2020 – Award of Excellence

– Type Directors Club New York  (TDC 66) – Certificate of Typographic Excellence
– Typism Book 6 - “Você define o que é sucesso”
2021
– Typism Book 7 - “Across the Universe” and “Sorrir”
2022
– Typism Book 8 - “Picture is a poem without words”
2023
– Women of Type Book - “Across the Universe”
– Yearbook of Lettering - “Across the Universe”
– Typism Book 9 - “Self Love Club”
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Exhibitions
2015
– “Poetry Now” - Portuguese Language Museum – São Paulo
– “MALC” (Open Show of Contemporary Lettering) - Sinlogo Gallery – São Paulo
2016
– “Contínua” - Creative Club Festival Brazil – São Paulo
2018
– “Portraits of Citizenship” - Ministério Público de São Paulo

2022
– "Customization of the Master Chief's helmet" - Paramount - São Paulo
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Lectures
2016
– “Typography x Lettering x Calligraphy”
Diatipo Curitiba
With Camila Actum, Victor Tognollo, Henrique Beier, Thiago Bellotti and Lygia Pires

2018
– “A Letra Dela Project”
With Aline Kaori and Lygia Pires
2019
– “What I’ve learned with Lettering” - FMU Design Week

2020
– “Drink and Draw: Lygia Pires” - Diatipo x
Education
– Faculdade Santa Marcelina – FASM
Bachelor of Fashion Design
2002-2005
– Quanta Academia de Artes
Drawing
2010
– Escola Panamericana de Artes e Design
Graphic Design and Motion Graphics
2012-2014
– Quanta Academia de Artes
Illustration
2014
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Workshops
2011
– Foundational – Andrea Branco
– Copperplate – Andrea Branco
2012
– Italics – Andrea Branco
– Blackletters (Textura) – Cláudio Gil
– Blackletter (Fraktur) – Cláudio Gil
– Experimental Calligraphy – Yomar Augusto

2013
– Sign Painting – Caetano Calomino
– Lettering – Marina Chaccur
– Brush Calligraphy – Cláudio Gil
– Rulling Pen – Silvia Cordero Vega (Argentina)
2014
– Brush Pen – Jackson Alves
– Carolingian and Uncial – Cláudio Gil
2015
– Italic Script – Luca Barcellona (Italy)
2016
– Chalk Lettering – Cristina Pagnoncelli
– Calligraphy with Brush – Guilherme Menga
– Roman Capitals – Cláudio Gil
– Copperplate – Andrea Branco
– Letterpress – Claudio Rocha and Marcos Mello (Oficina Tipográfica São Paulo)
– Calligraphy Expressions – Guilherme Menga
2017
– Roman Capitals – John Stevens (USA)
– Foundational – Cláudio Gil
– Calligraphy – Style and Composition – Luca Barcellona (Italy)
– Script Lettering – Martina Flor (Argentina / Germany)
– Sign Painting – Victor Tognollo
– Lettering – Yani & Guille (Argentina)
2018
– Blackletter Variations – Julian Waters (USA)
– Italic Variations – Julian Waters (USA)
– Spencerian – Christopher Hammerschmidt
– Letterpress (Tupigrafia Edition) – Claudio Rocha (Oficina Tipográfica São Paulo)
– First steps in Type Design – Joana Correa (Portugal)
– Typographic Sketches – Sabrina Lopez (Argentina)
2019
– Capital Romans – Guilherme Menga
– Watercolor – Renato Palmuti
– Explosive Calligraphy – Maximiliano Sproviero
2020
– Watercolor – Renato Palmuti
–  Bruta – Cláudio Gil
2021
–  Empty Space, Womb of Shape – Marina Soria (Argentina)

2022
Flourishing, the Art of the Oval - Suz Cunninghan

2023
–  Mushin - Hiro Kawahara
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