Andrew Howard is a graphic designer, teacher, curator, and design writer living and working in Porto, Portugal since 1993. He has specialised over the years (both in the UK and in Portugal) in design work for cultural and educational organisations and institutions. Much of his design work in recent years has been devoted to editorial and exhibition design.
Born in England he studied Fine Art (painting) at Stourbridge and then Nottingham Schools’ of Art & Design. He moved to London in 1980 and joined the Islington Bus Company collective, a multi-media resource group concerned with local community initiatives and media education. He became a freelance graphic designer in 1988 and built up a portfolio of clients which included the BBC, Greenpeace, the British United Nations Association, the international agency Voluntary Service Overseas, the national housing charity Shelter, as well as local government and health authorities. He first visited Portugal in 1987 and then again in 1989 when he was invited by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to run workshops for Portuguese teachers on the subject of creative community-based arts and media education projects.
Shortly after moving to Portugal he established Studio Andrew Howard, a design studio specialising in work for cultural and educational institutions. His clients include the Portuguese Centre for Photography (Centro Português de Fotografia), the Serralves Foundation (Fundação de Serralves), the Fundação Instituto Marques da Silva, the Porto Electric Tramcar Museum (Museu do Carro Eléctrico), the Silo-Espaço Cultural, NorteShopping and many other museums and cultural organisations. He has also been design consultant for the educational publishers Areal Editors, for the University of Porto publishers (Editora UP).
In 1993 he began teaching on the Visual Communication course at the Escola Superior de Artes e Design (ESAD) in Matosinhos. He is also involved in college activity as coordinator of the Personal Views project, an international seminar series which has so far bought together an unparalleled group of 44 of the worlds most prominent designers, writers and educators in the field of graphic design to explore the boundaries of contemporary communication design practice.
He devised and is currently course leader of the MA in Communication Design at ESAD.
In 2005 he was invited by the Serralves Foundation to curate and design a two year series of communication design exhibitions as part of the programme that the foundation has been developing at the Silo, Espaço-Cultural, NorteShopping. The series, entitled Idioms, explores the day-to-day world of graphic design by looking at the visual languages and forms that designers use, and the impact these have on the messages they create. The first exhibition which took place in January 2006 was entitled 175X120 and looks at Portuguese street posters; Read Before Using / Ler Antes de Usar (June 2006) in collaboration with Piet Westendorp explores the world of visual instructions; Alphabet / Alfabeto (February 2007) celebrates the graphic code we know as letters; Photographic Calls / Chamadas Photograficas (May 2007) explores mobile phone imagery, and Graphic Forest / Floresta Grafica (January 2008) looks at the omnipresence of graphic design in our daily lives. Finally, Gateways (June 2008) an international exhibition of book cover design which featured over 400 covers by 53 designers from 14 countries.
He has won various international design awards; from the International Society of Typographic Designers, the American Art Directors Club, the Barcelona Photographic Book Fair, and most recently from the New York Type Directors Club. He has been jury president of the Clube Criativo de Portugal and the Titan, Illustration in Design international competition, and jury member for the International Society of Typographic Designers student award scheme and the ESAG design school diploma in Paris. His work has been featured in various international publications.
He was one of the 33 original signatories to the First Things First 2000 Manifesto (simultaneously published in Adbusters, Emigre, AIGA Journal of Graphic Design, Eye, Blueprint, and Items). His writing on design has been published in Eye, the International Review of Graphic Design, and in the Canadian magazine Adbusters. His writing has also been included in the anthologies, Looking Closer, Critical Writings on Graphic Design, volumes 2 and 4 (Allworth Press, New York, 1997). In 1986 he collaborated in the authorship and production of Another Standard 86: Culture and Democracy, The Manifesto (Comedia Publishing Group, London, 1986).
1998 – Certificate of Excellence, International Society of Typographic Designers, UK
1999 – Honourable mention, Barcelona Photographic Book Fair, Spain
1999 – Merit Award, Art Directors Club, US
2001 – Certificate of Excellence, International Society of Typographic Designers, UK
2004 – 2 Certificates of Excellence, International Society of Typographic Designers, UK
2008 – 2 Certificates of Typographic Excellence, Type Directors Club of New York, US
2009 – Certificate of Typographic Excellence, Type Directors Club of New York, US
2010 – Best Fiction Cover, Ler/Booktailors, Prémios de Edição, Portugal
2011 – Best Fiction Cover; Ler/Booktailors, Prémios de Edição, Portugal
• 175 x 120, Exhibition catalogue, Idioms Series, 2006
• Read Before Using, Exhibition catalogue, Idioms Series, 2006
• Alphabet, Exhibition catalogue, Idioms Series, 2007
• Photographic Calls, Exhibition catalogue, Idioms Series, 2007
• Graphic Forest, Exhibition catalogue, Idioms Series, 2008
• Gateways, Exhibition catalogue, Idioms Series, 2008, ISBN 978-989-95889-0-5
• Art Directors Club Annual 78, ADC Publications, 1999
• Fully Booked, Cover Art & Design for Books, Gestalten, Berlin 2008
• We Love Books! A World Tour, Centre du Graphisme D'Échirolles, 2008
• Typography 30, The Annual of the Type Directors Club
• Typography 31, The Annual of the Type Directors Club
• Revista Pli: Arte & Design, Nª 1, Summer 2011 – Interview
• Computer Arts, Sept. 2011 issue – Interview
Texts published in:
• Printing is Easy, Greenwich Mural Workshop, 1986, UK
• Eye Magazine, Issue 13, Vol. 4, 1994, UK – 'There is such a thing as society'
• Looking Closer 2, Critical Writings on Graphic Design, Allworth Press, New York, 1997
• Eye Magazine, Issue 38, Vol. 10, 2000, UK – 'Design beyond Commodification'
• Adbusters, Issue 37, Design Anarchy, 2001, Canada – 'A new kind of dialogue'
• Looking Closer 4, Critical Writings on Graphic Design, Allworth Press, New York, 2002
• Revista de Comunicação e Linguagens, Nª 41, October 2011 – 'There is such a thing as society' (Portuguese version)
• Close-Up Catalogue, July 2011 – Essay, 'Close-up'.
• Contaminação (Contamination), Bienal de Cerveira, Portugal 2005.
• Contaminação (Contamination), Galeria da CM de Matosinhos, Portugal 2006
• Type Directors Club of New York, TDC 55 2008, Touring exhibition – USA, Canada, Europe and Asia.
• We Love Books! A World Tour, Echirolles, France 2008
• Type Directors Club of New York, TDC 56 2009, Touring exhibition – USA, Canada, Europe and Asia.
• Revolution 99–09, Experimentadesign, Lisbon, 2010
• Jury member, Joven Criador, Portugal, 1999
• President of jury, Clube de Criativos de Portugal, 2000
• Panel member, Student assessments, International Society of Typographic Designers
• President of jury, Titan, Illustration in Design International, Matosinhos, 2009
• International jury member, student diplomas, ESAG Pennighen, Paris, 2009