Design for readers, education for empowerment.
Hi, my name is Susana. In 2005 my partner Kai Bernau and I co-founded Carvalho Bernau. We design publications, identities, typefaces etc. After 18 years in The Hague, we moved to Porto in 2021.
If you are curious about my takes on design, feminism and design education listen to this: https://www.errata.design/en/#e2-susana-carvalho.
I am taking a break from teaching after 10 years of graphic design in the Graphic Design BA course at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague (2011–21). I previously taught typography in the BA programme Graphic Design at ArtEz Academy, Arnhem.
My interest in education led me to receive an MEd in Education in Arts in 2019 from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, where I researched the potential of space as a pedagogical tool in the graphic design classroom. You can download my thesis “Counterspace: Classroom Space as a Pedagogic Tool to Share Authority and Empower (Design) Students” here.
With Carvalho Bernau, we have been making custom typefaces for projects and clients big and small — for identity projects like Amsterdam’s Sandberg Institute or type-as-a-subscription-model for Esquire UK’s Big Black Book (art direction by David McKendrick).
There are others, from publications to corporations — too many to list here. You should hire us for custom type projects, too!