Marcos Mello

Oficina Tipográfica São Paulo

My platen press is the extension of my hands and my head!

How long have you been printing?

I'm a platen letterpress printer. I started printing in the 90's, when we started the Oficina Tipográfica São Paulo (

Describe your first encounter with letterpress

My first contact was while working at a printing company. There was a complete typography department ...

Where did you learn?

Typography, design and history of culture.

Who was your most influential teacher?

My master, Persio Guimarães, an old typographer from my worker_city who taught me a lot ...

What super power would you like to have?

Print 24 hours a day

Do you prefer to work alone or with others?

It depends on the job. I enjoy working together but I also print several hours alone, myself and my machine.

What do you most value in your friends?

The sincerity

When do your best ideas occur to you?

When my mind is open, carefree ...

If you were to die and come back as a typeface, which would it be?


What tool do you use more often than any other?

My platen letterpress machine. She is the extension of my hands and my head!

What books are currently on your nightstand?


If you could study with any printer throughout history, who would it be?

Aldo Manucio

If you have your own shop, what equipment do you own?

Vandercooks, platen presses, Linotypes ... In total about 20, 25 ...

When and where are you the happiest?

When I am printing ... when I do not print I get depressed ...

What is your greatest fear/worry?

Stop being near typography.

What’s your day job?

Every day

Do you use any other techniques or media besides letterpress?

Digital printing, silk screen and photography