Rúben Dias

Item Zero

The design and making of a book, fully drawn and produced based on movable type, in the twenty-first century.

This presentation will expose the details behind the process. We were making clear the decisions taken from the typeface selected to the glue used to finish bookbinding from concept to production.

The path will reveal how the movable type printing process influenced the layout or how the same paper of the book block happened to make the cover. Every detail is seen through an x-ray, revealing the reasoning behind every element or option taken.

PhD in Design and Professor at ESAD — Matosinhos. Teaches regular typography classes at esad Matosinhos, workshops and conferences in type-related subjects internationally.

Rúben is a design consultant and co-authored The Book Cover, The Book Block, The Typographer’s Practical Manual and Imprimere’s book and exhibition, promoted by ESAD — idea, Matosinhos City Hall and the Portuguese National Press.

With over two decades of experience, Rúben runs 0.Itemzero, founded the letterpress workshop Tipografia Dias and co-founded the collective Tipos das Letras.