Featured Awards Winner

Ana Abreu

April 2019

A big congrats to Ana Abreu (@studiohumana), one of our 30 TDK Awards winners' for 2019. A University of Évora graduate from Lisbon, their work was chosen by Toby Johnston from @shiftpartners Singapore: "Loved this restrained work and her idea of reducing the scales of justice down to their purist form. It was a welcome breath of fresh air minimalism in a sea of extremely vibrant zingy folio submissions." We asked Ana to answer a few questions for next years TDK Awards hopefuls.

What do you wish you’d known now when you started your design course?

I wish I could tell myself not to expect someone to give me opportunities, but to create my own ones.

What originally lead you into design, and how has that changed - what do you want to do/are doing now?

Design was unknown to me until the day I had more fun doing the explanation book of my art project than the project itself! Since then, I’ve chosen to help people to communicate their ideas.

Any hot tips for getting ahead at uni?

I think it’s important to be unique and try everything that comes to your mind because everything is possible. Just be yourself and always strive to be different.

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I wish I could tell myself not to expect someone to give me opportunities, but to create my own ones.

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What do you love about the design scene in your city and what companies are on your dream list to work or collaborate with?

I love that it's definitely something happening and moving, it’s recovering from the ashes of the 2008 global financial crisis, so now people have more power and self- control to develop new things. I praise beautiful aesthetic but I’m even more fascinated by all the process and the development of the concept behind a good design. Agencies like Made Thought, Collins and Mother Design are a big reference for me!

Where do you see your career in 5 years?

I see myself working on new things every day that I don’t know how to do yet, and developing projects that I truly believe in that reflect my vision of improving our lives in this world.

2019 for you in a sentence

Everything can happen!

Website: humanastudio.com

Instagram: @studiohumana

Behance: /studiohumana

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