During the late 1990s and 2000s, Brazil experienced a rapid increase in universities, including both public and for-profit institutions. This expansion led to the creation of new Graphic Design programs, events, and publishers.
In 2003, Henrique Nardi initiated an educational project called "Tipocracia: Typographic State” with the aim of promoting typographic culture in Brazil. The project offered courses, lectures, and events, and donated typography and design books to universities. Recognizing the need for typographic education among graphic design students, Henrique started traveling throughout the country to offer talks and a crash course on type anatomy, history, letter drawing, and font usage. To date, the Tipocracia project has taught over 150 workshops in seventeen Brazilian states and abroad.
Over the years, the Tipocracia project has expanded to include a range of educational activities, such as documentary screenings, exhibits, workshops for children, book donations, and more than a dozen typography conferences.
As the Tipocracia project celebrates its 20th anniversary, it provides an opportunity to reflect on the growth and expansion of the Brazilian typographic scene.