Leonor Carvalho

Graphic Designer
Lisbon, Portugal
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I'm a young Graphic Designer based in Lisbon, Portugal who loves to experiment new techniques and explore di􀃠erent visuals. I studied Arts on Highschool and I have a BA in Communication Design from Lisbon's Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Lisbon (2014-2017). In the end of my degree I was responsible for the Graduate's Exhibition called "Sem destino a" (Not bound for) about the constrution of each student's creative path in di􀃠erent subjects and approaches. I really liked this project because we were a very nice group and we got to explore di􀃠erent areas within Graphic Design and were able to do things by ourselves and we learned a lot together and as individuals. Plus, we've organized some talks, workshops and movie sessions. I was responsible for the Graphic Identity, Project Management and Website Design. Here's the Exhibition's Instagram Pro􀃕le - https://www.instagram.com/semdestinoa/?hl=pt (I'm really sorry but the website is not working beacause the Faculty's server is down. I already warned them about the problem and I hope it will be on again soon.) In the beggining of 2018 I started to work as a Graphic Designer for a small portuguese brand of handmade sunglasses called FORA. I worked with them the whole year full-time and since January 2019 I work as a freelancer for them. Since the beggining of this year many challenges appeared: I'm also the designer of Umbigo Magazine (Portuguese Art Magazine), I work as an Illustrator for a North American patform called Talk Tabú and other smaller graphic and editorial projects. In addition to all this, I really like and feel the need to explore di􀃠erent and new visuals. I'm obsessed with textures and I've created my own archive. I love magazines stores, books, paper goods and stationary material. I like to go to some workshops once in a while, share graphic ideas with friends and always visit exhibitions, concerts, performances and other kind of events. I'm very interested in History of Art, Archeology, di􀃠erent cultures, travelling by myself and with friends and family, photography, collage and assemblage, typography, illustration and printing methods.

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Work Experience
FORA Sunglasses
Graphic Designer
Feb 2018 – Present
FORA Journal
Photographer and Designer
Jul 2018 – Present
A Catedral
Website Designer
Feb 2018 – Present
Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon
Graphic/Editorial Design, Typography, Web Design, Branding, Illustration, Different Printing Techniques, Collage, Photography, Exhibition Planning, Signage Design, Installation, Events
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I think that because of my professional path till now I have the ability to embark on this opportunity. I've learned a lot by myself so far and now I would like to learn from true professionals and to learn as a team in order to grow.. I believe I have both conceptual and technical skills for a great performance, I'm a quick learner and very hard-working person, focused to reach my goals the best way I can.I'm very passionate about Design, so I always give a 100% on every task. I'm punctual, attentive, fulfilling and careful with details and final deliveries.In addition to all this, I consider myself a nice and friendly person, easy-going, helpful and always on a good mood, who can bring fresh ideas to the table.

1. Why are you interested in wgi?

I've always wanted to do an internship in a Design Studio. During College, I wasn't accepted on Erasmus so I never got the chance to study/work abroad or have a full experience in another country. Right now, I feel it's the perfect time for me to have that experience because I've been travelling alone for some time and I feel the need to meet and work with other people in a way to expand my vision on Design and also my visual culture. To get to know other people's perspectives on Design and to get in touch with a different and inovative Design Cultures. Different from the one I'm used to. When I heard about WGI and saw this year's studios I became immediatly interested. This is something I've always wanted and at the moment I need a "breath of fresh air" on my starting career as a Designer and as a Creative.

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

Many things. I've always wanted to know how it works inside a studio: from first ideas to final objects. I hope I can gain professional experience, Design Thinking and Conceptual Skills, Project Management guidelines, maybe some technical and craft skills, to learn more about printing and digital contents, also to get some contacts and meet new people and, of course, a great relationship with the team, because for me that's also very important and makes a huge part of the work method. From me, you can expect lots of motivation and dedication because I truly love Graphic Design, effort on every task, will to work and learn more every single day and always a good mood.

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

I would try to continue to work abroad, probably in Europe. Find a role as a Junior Designer in a studio I like. I wouldn't leave some of the freelance projects I currently have because they make me happy and I really like to work on them and I think is important for us Designers to be versatile, to explore different things at the same time and to always be open to new ideas, if of course they don't interfere with your main work.

4. How did you hear about wgi?

I found the profile on Instagram. I follow Base Design studio and they posted a story about it.

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

I think I was most motivated when organizing my year's Graduates Exhibition in 2017. It had everything to do with what I like to work on and the group was also very nice and everything worked very well. I was less motivated in 2018, maybe since September, because I didn't like my job at the time. It has nothing to do with me, it doesn't allow me to be creative and most of the time it isn't interesting. I felt kind of depressed back then. That's also one of the reasons I would love to do this internship: because I'm sure it will be something I will love. 2018 also had good things when it comes to work, but I was wasn't happy about my full-time job. And this year I'm doing my best to "circumvent" the subject and find new projects and meet new people. So, now I'm motivated.

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

First of all, a great team. And that refers to good communication between members and different sectors, respect, understanding and mutual aid. Open discussion, lots of sharing and experimentation in every project and great work method. I think that in a great team everyone is different in it's own specific away but on the other hand, everyone shares a mutual interest about the same values, principles, references and aesthetics, that in the end create the studio's identity. Also, for a great team it's really important a nice relationship between members. I'm looking forward for an experience like this! Second, I think culture company is also very influenced by the work place and it's facilities. It needs to be a comfortable place for work, meetings, etc, and also a place where each member feels happy about their work every single day.

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

I like to keep an eye on several Design Studios (ex: R2 Design Studio, Studio Degrau, Folch, Studio Jimbo, Republique Studio, Studio Helmo, Jet Set Experimental, Base Studio, Collectif Blanc, etc) ; Publishers (Penguin, Waterstones, Slanted, etc); Magazines (Radical Cut-Up, Profane Mag, Eye Magazine, Printed Pages, Novum, Elephant, etc) and Artists/Creatives (Sascha Lobe, Erik Brandt, Patrick Thomas, Ludovico Balland, Luigi Ghirri, Brando Corradini, Isabel Lucena, Óscar Maia, etc). I'm a frequent reader of platforms like It's Nice That, MindSparkle Mag, Creative Review, etc. When it comes to brands, I admire smaller brands like Octaevo, Ohh Deer, Canal 180 and Claus Porto, and bigger brands like Ikea, United Colours of Benetton, Coca Cola, Lego and Nike. You can have a look at some references here - https://leonorcarvalho.com/references

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

My degree gave me a big background when it comes to conceptual midset and with that I became a more conscient and critical person. I try to develop that day by day with research, frequent readings and reflexions about several cultural and social topics. Also, since I got in the the world of Design, so to say, I feel the need to explore my identity as a creative through experimentation: visual references, looking for new and innovative techniques and graphic experimentation. This makes a big part of my identity as a Designer. Not as someone who is looking for it but who likes to push it to the limit and to look at things in a different perspective.

9. What’s your favorite quote?

PT - "Se podes olhar, vê. Se podes ver, repara.", in Livro dos Conselhos de El-Rei D. Duarte EN - "If you can look, see. If you can see, notice.", in El-Rei D.Duarte King of Portugal Book of Advices I think this has a lot to do with my personality and my way of interperting things around me. This quote is also associated to a book I love called "Ensaio sobre a Cegueira" (Blindness) from portuguese author José Saramago.

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

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