Letra is the studio of Portuguese designer Marco Balesteros, who graduated from the ArtEZ Institute in the Netherlands in 2009, and has been producing eye-catching graphics ever since.
Using board-game elements – like consistently sized circular forms placed on flat background surfaces – his work has an extremely playful quality. To continue with the board-game analogy, there are rules, regularities, and systems – and these ensure that the work retains a highly considered appearance. The resulting images are also reminiscent of maps or brainstorming sessions, and the combination of ruled linear marks and separate geometric forms offers a visual language akin to that of mathematical textbooks. All very appropriate, then, for a graphic designer whose discipline must involve a huge deal of planning and measurement – and we can see this pay off in his posters and layout work. Balesteros is also co-founder of Random Press, which is run between Lisbon and Frankfurt.
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