Icon System, Booklet, & Posters, 2016

Os Movimentos das Secuências de Mestre Bimba (The Movements of Mestre Bimba's Sequences)
Communication Design, 2016

A system of icons designed to represent fundamental movements of the Afro-Brazilian martial art, capoeira, which combines combat, dance, and acrobatics. The icons were then deployed in a series of bilingual posters explaining the steps of 8 foundational training sequences, with an accompanying booklet explaining the movements in greater detail.

The primary language in capoeira communities is Portuguese so the posters were designed to be bilingual, with instructions for the sequences in Portuguese and English. 

The icon system is organized into categories based on type of movement, indicated by the enclosing marks. The movements themselves were distilled into two strokes, one interpreting the movement of the arms and the other the movement of the legs. The colors used are each distinct colors in the belt system of the ABADÁ Capoeira school.


About Capoeira

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art first developed around the 16th century in the Portuguese colony of Brazil by West African slaves brought over in the Transatlantic slave trade. It combines martial arts, dance, acrobatics and gymnastics, and music into a total art form. After centuries of repression and secrecy, it has become a cornerstone of Brazilian culture and symbol of anticolonial resistance. In addition to its physical components, capoeira is infused with a vibrant and joyous communal spirit and philosophical tenets of inclusivity, mindfulness, and connectivity.

Students of Mestranda Edna Lima, Cacau and Carrapato perform the eight sequences of Mestre Bimba. ABADÁ-Capoeira New York.