Francisca Amorim Alves

Communication Designer
Porto, Portugal
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I'm an enthusiast graphic designer from Porto, Portugal. I enjoy framing small details, and 􀃕nding happiness in small things. I've graduated Communication Design degree in July 2018, and since then I've been trying improve my digital skills while working as a tour guide at Porto Bridge Climb and volunteering as a graphic designer in a non pro􀃕t organization. One of my big passions is understanding the human mind, and behavior, analogue photography and music. I'm a curious person, i enjoy making questions, and getting unexpected answers. Also, I'm somehow hyperactive (in a good way, i hope) I 􀃕nd myself exploring and working in di􀃠erent 􀃕elds, i like to take my free time to travel, going to concerts and exploring the analog photography world.

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Work Experience
Kolkata Monsoon Relief
Communication and Web Designer
Apr 2019 – Present
Porto Bridge Climb
Tour Guide
Apr 2019 – Present
Garrett Apartments
Graphic Designer
Apr 2019 – Present
University
Escola Superior de Artes e Design
Skills
Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Blender, After Effects, InVision
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Can't say I'm the BEST candidate, because there are so many kick-ass talents over there. But i can tell you that I have all the motivation it takes (and a little bit more :) ) to be part of this.* I speak Adobe Creative Cloud fluently: I've been working with softwares like Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, AfterEffects and Premier.* I also have some experience with Blender for 3D modeling; and Figma, InVision and Sketch for UI/UX centered designI'm an open minded person. I haven't been working for top companies, but I have a lot of experience working with people. And I think that's crucial when it comes to communication, and in this case- communication design.* I've been volunteering for a long time, I've coordinated teams at some non profit organizations, helping to reduce food waste, rebuild homes burned by the fires and so on.* I've been working with children, something that really boosts my creativity* Communication Design and Web Design for small companies, including apartments, and start ups.I believe any field of design only exists if it's made by humans to humans. And for that reason I'm always curious about any job that includes dealing with people and creating something to communicate with them.

1. Why are you interested in wgi?

Well, to be honest this year after graduation was a big struggle when it comes to decide which steps to take first, where to begin. It was a long spiritual and emotional ride for me to understand what I want to do with my career and to set some priorities. After following last year's internship program, i got really exited with the possibility to be part of this. It would be an amazing opportunity to get in touch with top professionals, and to lose the fear of improving my skills and finding out the direction i want my career to move. Another thing that made me so exited is the identity of the WGI itself, so good i could be convinced just for that.

2. What are you looking to gain from an experience such as WGI?

From this experience i would expect to be more confident to face the creative industry and the professional world, to acquire and absorb multiple tools and strategies for futer projects and design practice

3. What would be your goals after completing WGI if you were selected?

If I'm selected, my goals after completing the WGInternship are * being more confident about working as a professional * get a better understanding of the direction i want my career to move * have better skills * new opportunities, and good contacts for the future * improve as a human being * new tools and methods * more visual culture

4. How did you hear about wgi?

* I'm following Collins on instagram. * In 2018 i got curious about the interns posts, I followed WGI on instagram as well and baaam here i am :)

5. Share an example of a time you were most motivated and a time you were most demotivated.

hmm let's start with the bad part, to end with a positive one. I think the time i was most demotivated was in the begining of October 2018. I was a fresh graduate with a lot of new projects and ideas, until the moment my external hard drive broke. Auch! It still hurts to think about that, the framed memories and all the hours of work i lost with it. It was a time of setting goals

6. In your opinion, what creates a great culture at a company?

*in my opinion* Their values, what they support and being interested in a lot of different fields are the the pillars of a good culture * hiring people that know and share the same values and mission of the company is a must * having all elements working as a team

7. What brands and companies do you admire and why?

One of the companies I admire is Canal 180. Is a community of artists, with a TV channel, and the best creative camps in Portugal. They write, and talk about meaningful subjects such as refugees, music, culture, artificial intelligence, public space, and so on. They are great story tellers, creating space for creative people to meet and exchange ideas Another company I admire is a portuguese travel agency called NOMAD. As traveling has such an important role in my life, the way NOMAD does it and supports it really inspires me. They support amazing film documentaries about traveling, collaboration with exhibitions about the environment, and subjects that matter. They also have a partnership with a brand I like that produces traveler notebooks, called Mishmash.

8. What do you do to stay sharp and improve your craft?

I've been working with children since the age of 14, that's something that really boosts my creativity. Also, my grandmother is an artist and i like to spend as much time as possible at her studio. She reuses all kinds of materials, and tools. For me is a way to experiment and find out what works better for me

9. What’s your favorite quote?

> ### > It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known. Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994 https://planetary.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/images/3-earth/20140801_PIA00452.jpg (not exactly a quote, but an excerpt from Sagan's book)

10. If you could solve one problem in the world what would it be?

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