What type of Twitter are you?


Well, this was one of Joana’s posts; a couple of days ago. We though this could make a neat poster. Even if we don’t really know what this one would stand for….. Any ideas?

By: Joana Maciel (text); Pedro Monteiro (design)

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Visualisation Magazine Volume 2 – Circles


I’ve worked with Chris Watson (from Visual Think Map) on the redesign of his great project Visualization Magazine.

This magazine collates some of the most creative and innovative visualisation of information that try to simplify the complex. This volume is based around circles. You can see it on issuuu here.

Please check it out because it includes some amazing works from some brilliant people around the world.

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The end of print? We think not!


Here at whatype we don’t believe this are the times of the end of print. Sure that the crisis isn’t helping newspapers but the real deal is that the newspapers industry is an old one. What’s keeping readers away from newspapers is the way that the industry isn’t able too change within itself.

With every newspaper that is closed, with every journalist that is fired, a bit of freedom of speech, a bit of democracy is being lost. There’s no way to substitute the role of good journalism (the citizen journalism is a good thing but it’s still no substitute).

To try and change this, whatype is starting a movement. We’ve made 4 different posters A4 sized so that everyone can print them and post them everywhere. In each poster we’ve included a message to everyone in the newspaper industry.

Our challenge for you is to print as much as you want/can and post them where you think they can make a difference – newsrooms (outside and inside), near distribution points, etc.

By supporting your newspaper you will fight for your own voice. By telling what you want and expect from a newspaper, one that’s worth both your money and your time, you will be fighting for a better world.

You can download the posters here, here, here and here

By: Pedro Monteiro

Poster: A4, type: Helvetica

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It’s always about the music


This is a set of posters I’ve done about 4 different albums that where (are) really important for me and my loving of music. Each one was discovered in a different time of my life and showed me something more, something new.

Each part of this image is meant to be a poster by itself, all share the same template based on the golden proportion and the different type sizes relate by using the Fibonacci series.

By: Pedro Monteiro

Posters: A1, type: Helvetica

(this work is meant to be a homage to this bands, all the lyrics are copyright to their writers. Any mistake in the lyrics is mine)

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Time asked time… (o tempo perguntou ao tempo…)


This is a Portuguese small text that plays around with words. In a ‘free’ translation it goes something like this:

Time has asked time, how much time does time has. Time has answered time, that time has as much time as time has

I wanted to do something with this for sometime now. For this poster I’ve developed a simple horizontal grid with 12 divisions (as much as the ones in a watch) and made a vertical division using the golden proportion. The word TIME is set at 123pt and the smaller words are set also in the golden proportion to the larger type. After that I’ve placed the circles all also in the golden proportion with both the page and the divisions of the page. The text inside the circles rotates at various angles, ‘showing’ time in matter of minutes (each 2ΒΊ is a minute in a real watch).

By: Pedro Monteiro

Poster: A2, type: helvetica

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Quoth the raven ‘Nevermore’


This is a poster I’ve made to celebrate the 100 years of the birth of the great poet and novelist Edgar Alan Poe. The Raven is one of my favorite poems and it was almost impossible to resist the temptation of using a quote from it.

If all goes well there will be more work coming about Poe.

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,

Tonight my volume is a Mac πŸ˜‰ Hope you enjoy this.

By: Pedro Monteiro

Poster, type: Alte Haas Grotesk

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Complex grid template

13/11/2009 – I’ve made a 2010 Calendar using the Complex Grid and I’ve explained it step by step. You can check that article here. I hope you like it

Antonio Carusone from The Grid System was very kind to post a Indesign template that I’ve made of the complex grid. You can check it here http://www.thegridsystem.org/2009/templates/indesign-a4-gerstners-complex-grid-system-12/

This is great because it ‘fills a gap’ when I wrote this article and wasn’t able to share the template with you because of wordpress not allowing to upload zip files.

I hope you can enjoy this and find it useful.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to ask everybody that used the complex grid to send us some examples of their work so that we can show it here on Whatype.


Pedro Monteiro

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In what type of mess are we in right now?


About 5 months ago, Pedro asked me to collaborate for his project. Due to the lack of time (and forgetfulness :-P), I wasn’t able to complete it until now.

The only thing i could say about this piece is that I hope more people realize what the government is doing (more specifically, the Fed) by printing more of the money that they don’t have.

By: Network Osaka
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Poverty Rate By Age in America


Nathan, from Flowing Data, posted a data set and asked readers to visualize it. This is my visualization.

The first thing I wanted to avoid was showing this over a map. This, for me, is a common mistake, people tend to show numbers using maps. But maps are the visual representation of geographic data, therefor there’s no real relation between the size of the states and the number of people that live in those states (this was a common mistake on most maps during the last USA elections). By doing a cloud of words, where each state name was represented with the type size relating to the number of it’s population, one can be more accurate on the info.

Another thing to take into account is that 17% of the California is very different to 17% of the Wyoming population, so by charting just percentages without taking into account the number of people each state has is not the best way to approach this. So I went to the Census Bereau and got the population by state data.

But even after doing the word cloud, I wasn’t representing the amount of people that lives in poverty, at least not in a visible way. I then made the circles in the background all in proportion to the total of people living in poverty in each state. Please notice that the intention of this circles is to give a visual understanding of the number of people, but not to give the precise number of people that live under poverty.

Well, this is my approach to this ‘problem’ that Nathan presented. My guess is that there are a number of questions that my visualization didn’t answer and that there are much better ways of solving this. Please let me know what you think of this. You can download the pdf here.

By: Pedro Monteiro

Type: Helvetica

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The Complex Grid


13/11/2009 – I’ve made a 2010 Calendar using the Complex Grid and I’ve explained it step by step. You can check that article here. I hope you like it

Karl Gerstner designed this grid for his work on the CAPITAL magazine. This is actually a six-column grid with a four-column grid superimposed. Karl suggests that this grid requires considerable study, and a designer would have to spend a great deal of time working with it before he could make free use of it in a creative sense.

Continue reading here

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