I recently realised that when I was younger I had the necessity of personalizing my toys, such as cars and trucks with some homemade stickers. I also love flags since I remember, there is something about them that keeps me attracted, so when I was younger I use to paint some flags on toilet paper. Insane I know.
I never liked regular school, I used to be good at arts and physical education.
Graphic Design came at me first when I went to a professional school in Lisbon (ETIC), at that school, it was the first time I felt completely happy about studying something. After that, I went to college (ESAD-CR), which I never finished because I was already doing some parallel works for some local gigs/parties. At first, I didn't have clients so I started to organize some parties for friends with the excuse to do the posters for it.
One of the most important thing for me as a graphic designer is the ability to create, express yourself and be recognized by your own graphic style. Don’t follow trends mate.
Keep growing as a professional.
As we speak, Lisbon is becoming more fashionable and this brings a sense of gentrification that makes me itchy. I think that this shatters in me a need to create and participate in projects with clear messages and concrete goals. I do not want to be part of this Lisbon disposable, however, the line is often blurred. Basically what I mean by this is that I have become more ideal, political if we want, as to the kind of work I want to do. However, I also have to eat. It is a constant struggle.