Gonçalo Duarte

We chat with illustrator and designer Gonçalo Duarte about freelancing, his top 5 Portuguese designers and his hidden screen printing talent!

Give us the elevator pitch on what you do.

I started by working on a design studio more towards the editorial while studying illustration and comics. Now that I'm a freelancer I do a little bit of everything from publishing, identity, posters, album covers and I'm also a musician.

What are some of your earliest creative memories and what lead you into design?

I remember making a poster for one of my band's first concerts

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What does a typical working day include for you right now?

In addition to being an illustrator and freelance graphic designer, I also work in a screen printing workshop. My days are a balance between the workshop where I print and my workspace.

Who are your top five design crushes right now?

There are 5 Portuguese designers who greatly influence my work: Sebastião Rodrigues, Marco Balesteros, Isabel Lucena, José brandão and Braulio Amado.

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It's important to look at what you've done in the past and try not to be dazzled by the trends.

How did you develop your style as an illustrator and what tips would you have for others?

I'm never satisfied with the things I do and I feel like I'm always looking for more in my style but I think it's important to look at what I've done in the past and try not to be dazzled by the trends.

What has been your highlights since you started out?

When I started, I was not very satisfied with the work I did and created a distance from them until there was a time when I felt an improvement. The highlight was the moment when I felt more confident about my work.

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