Privet! Olá! Hello! 
I’m a Russian-Brazilian designer and educator. Currently based in Seattle, I specialize in typography and typeface design — the visual voices of language.

Inspiration often comes to me from shapes found in nature. While my type design practice is heavily influenced by decades of professional experience using typography. Vine Typeface is an amalgam of natural gestures and functional proportions. Stay tuned to Vine release. Join my mailing list!

I specialize in partnering with clients and graphic designers to develop original and effective brand identities.

Typography can make all the difference between a strong high-quality brand and one that doesn’t seem to deliver. As in many things, the devil is in the details. And details are where I thrive. I create top-quality logotypes that make brands shine with clarity, originality, and purpose.

I also help with redesign and brand refinement — when previous design work is outdated or not quite where it should be. I look forward to hearing from you.

FNLIJ Cecília Meirelles Award, Theory Book category, 2009.

Book design is one of my major passions. I spent most of my career designing covers, interiors, and even crafting the copy text in some unique projects.

This was also my entry point to typography — where I was able to develop typesetting skills, grow an extensive portfolio, and build partnerships with authors, editors, and illustrators.

Although in recent years I shifted my focus towards other areas of design, I still love working  special book projects.

If you like my work and need help with typography on your unique book project, let's connect!

If you share this passion, love good typography, and want to connect with me, just get in touch!

There is just something magical about the mechanical physicality of letterpress printing that I've admired it for ages!

Printmaking became a fulfilling hands-on practice when I discovered the Letterpress program at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle. Thanks to its welcoming environment and generous community I created many of the projects featured hereI also forged incredible new partnerships and merged what I learned into the development of my first typeface, Vine.

Academic Research
Design do livro brasileiro. Design of the Brazilian Book

During my Masters Program, I researched one of the most influential publishing houses in Brazil from 1959–70.

From original historical documents, I was able to uncover many facts, dates, and author names of some of the most iconic pieces of design in Brazilian history.

My major discoveries were around the extraordinary visual identity found in the  publisher's vibrant and expressive books covers.

I have been honored to share my discoveries at academic conferences, in lectures at Universities and in various publications, in magazines and books.

This experience had a profound impact on my own practice as a designer and educator.

 
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Typefaces used in this website:
Cycles by Sumner Stone – headings;
Lucida Sans by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes – paragraphs and captions.

© 2019 by Ana Sofia Mariz.

Example from a range of test for Vine, printed on a Vandercook 219 letterpress at Studio Saudade.