Martin’s primary areas of teaching are Design and Typography. Her academic research explores the areas of Brazilian Graphic Memory and Typography, especially in the Amazon region. She founded and coordinates the project Letras que Flutuam (Floating letters) that investigates the traditional Amazonian boat painters and the Amazonian decorative letters. The project was selected in the Rumos–Itaú Cultural program in 2016, which resulted in the documentary “Marajó das Letras.” In 2018 the project received the Rodrigo de Mello Franco de Andrade Award, from the Ministry of Culture–IPHAN, the most important cultural heritage prize in Brazil, and also was awarded in the Bienal Intermericana de Diseño in Madrid.
Fernanda holds a PhD in Design History at Escola Superior de Desenho Industrial–ESDI/UERJ where she investigated the history of Printing in Pará State, she also holds a Master in Graphic Design and Typography at the School of Design in Basel, Switzerland, and master in Semiotics and Visual Culture at the Federal University of Pará. Fernanda Martins has a bachelor degree in Arts at the School of Communications and Arts at USP–University of São Paulo.