Since it’s inception in 1994, the studio has established a portfolio of clients drawn exclusively from the cultural and educational sector. This has been, and continues to be a strategic objective that reflects a commitment to the creative value of design as a form of social exchange and dialogue. It is within these areas that we continue to find the most rewarding collaborations between the skills we have to offer and the possibilities for their application.
One of the unique commodities that designers can offer is their ideas. And because we believe that design is first and foremost a process which centres on the organisation of ideas, we encourage clients to incorporate design thinking at the earliest stages of planning so that together, we can work forward and arrive at strategies and visual solutions based on a shared and detailed understanding. In this way design becomes a method of thinking linked to visual expression rather than simply a pursuit of aesthetic vocabularies to manipulate the appearance of things.
The studio develops projects that are able to fulfil a wide range of production needs, from the creation of visual identities and promotional materials to exhibition and magazine design. In particular, the studio has wide experience and knowledge of book and catalogue design. Every project is accompanied from it’s initial concept stages to final print production, ensuring continuity throughout the consultation and design process.
The studio team
The studio team has changed various times over the years but all the full-time designers make a significant contribution to the work of the studio. Working under Andrew's art direction every designer has brought their own particular outlook and skills, adding to and complementing the studio's body of work and reputation.
Probably one of the most notable features of the studio is it’s output in comparison to it’s scale. The design team has never exceeded 4 full-time people including Andrew himself. Normally 2 full-time designers are employed in the studio and other designers are invited in on a freelance basis to work on individual projects as the need arises. This is part of an ongoing strategy to build up a pool of collaborators around the studio who, as well as helping to fulfil project demands, also help to shape it’s potential and create opportunities for self-initiated projects.
Currently in the studio are João Lima (January 2011–) and João Torres (Jan 2012–). For web programming thanks to the continuing collaboration of José Martino (Webprodz).
A special thank you to the following people who worked in the studio over the years:
Mariana Carvalho / Sept 2010 – June 2011
Rita Carvalho / 2005 – 2010
Pedro Pina / 2007 – 2010
França Gomes / 1999 – 2005
Júlio Pinto / 1999 – 2004
Alejandra Jaña / 1999 – 2000
And a special mention for João Martino who devoted six years of his talent to the studio (1994 – 2000).
Temporary and project designers
Eurico Sá Fernandes
Bruno Rodrigues (Jan–april 2012)
Paulo Catumba (Feb–June 2012)