Created in 1995 by Lizá Ramalho e Artur Rebelo, R2 is a design studio based in Porto (Portugal). R2 develops projects such as editorial design, visual identities, signage systems, posters, new media, video, exhibition design, as well as interventions in public spaces and architectural graphics.
The R2 is based on the Lizá Ramalho & Artur Rebelo’s perspective, betting on work initiated and shared by the two, which is built on an ongoing dialogue. R2 emphasizes research and experiments and values content, basing their process on a conceptual approach, without neglecting its formalization, in which typography is an element of a structural nature.
Ramalho & Rebelo explore different means — static, sequential or interactive —, as well as different materials, like paper, screen or even concrete. The dominance of different publishing platforms, dimensions and materials allows for a broad response that focuses the discussion on content and design concepts.
R2 celebrates partnerships with other project areas such as architecture, engineering, photography, writing or programming.
Ramalho and Rebelo have degrees in Communication Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts of University of Oporto, and Master’s degree in Recerca en Disseny from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona (2005). Having received a scholarship from the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Lizá Ramalho is currently doing her PhD at the same institution, while Artur Rebelo is doing his in the Arts College of the University of Coimbra.
Lizá Ramalho and Artur Rebelo combine their professional activities with teaching at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra, where they are guest lecturers. They run workshops, participate in juries, events and conferences at several universities and institutes.
They are both members of the Alliance Graphique Internationale since 2007. With the aim of promoting and disseminating graphic design, they created the association Dados Favoritos and, in 2010, they organized the AGI Open Conference in Porto, which involved running conferences and workshops and staging the exhibition Mapping the Process, which they curated.