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Case study: the development of Sao Paulo Subways visual communication

Grant number: 11/03858-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2011
Effective date (End): July 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning
Principal Investigator:Issao Minami
Grantee:Olivia Chiavareto Pezzin
Host Institution: Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The São Paulo subway is in a transition moment of of its signage design, caracterized by the urgency of adaptation to new publics and new station lines. Its visual planning is, however, an emblematic case of the brazilian modern design paradigm - the so called "total design" - which aimed to integrate architecture and design in the daily life of the urbe (that was becoming increasingly complex). In the time of its creation, more than fourty years ago, Cauduro and Martino had made a huge project, choosing all the graphic elements, taking international references to set up the signage (the standart typographic family with optical kerning, exclusive pictograms, cromatic system and all the others informative patterns, like internal and external maps), which resulted in a project considered "impeccable", flawless. (AU)

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PEZZIN, Olivia Chiavareto. São Paulo subway signage design: case study of this maintenance. 2013. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU/SBI) São Paulo.

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