Frederico Graça

A spotlight on Frederico with 8 questions and our favourite pieces.

Frederico is a designer from Portugal, specialising in Graphic Design, Motion, Web and anything else Digital. His excellent black and white type poster series caught our eye, with some great motion effects.

Do you remember the moment you knew you wanted to become a designer?

Yes! I did all my 3 years of high school (before college) on a Multimedia course. That was my first time experimenting with all Adobe products (photography, video, illustration, graphic design, and some coding).

That’s when i felt that this was what i was going to do for the rest of my life. It gives me so much fun while creating, that I don’t even remember that I’m actually working.


Did you go to design school? Do you think it was necessary to get to where you are today?

Well…I did my high school (before college) on a Multimedia Design course. Then I went to university (here in Lisbon), where I studied Design & Multimedia. So yeah, I think this was the beginning, where I learned the basics of design, animation, and web design. It helped me get started for sure, but when I entered the market as a professional, that was where I learned the most. And, the most important thing for me is being proactive and exploring every day…only by working hard and being curious every day, we can get our skill levels to mature and evolve.

Who is your favorite designer right now?

Difficult question too…i have several designers who i love and get inspiration from.

Graphic Design:
Lucas Grassmay, Erik Herrström, Noir96, Jeremy Rieger, Mitya Andrievskiy, Anthony Burrill, Patrick Thomas and Supremat.

Motion graphics and Video:
Ash Thorp (of course…), Beeple (of course…), kidmograph (of course…)  Jake Farmer, Nikita iziev, davidope (David Szakaly), Páraic Mc Gloughlin.

What is your all time favorite font?

Difficult question…i am a typography lover. I’m always searching for new fonts to try. But I have a list of Typefaces that i like to use on my projects lately:
Aeonik by Cotype Foundry
Sequel Sans designed by Oliver Jeschke
Druk Collection designed by Berton Hasebe
BT BRIK by BurnType

What is your method of getting out of a designers block?

I try not to panic and think much about it. It’s just part of the process i guess…
I go outside to have some drinks with my friends, ride my dirt bike into the wild where there is nobody around, spend time with my girlfriend (and cat), watch some of my favorite series and get some inspiration from my favorite designers and studios…
Sometimes I just switch projects. If i’m not “feeling it” for that one specific project, i leave it for later (if possible). Usually, when I come back to it, it flows like I’m starting it for the first time. It really depends on the project, clients and deadlines of course.

Can you describe your ideal working environment?

I Love working at the agency with my colleagues! Nothing better than having your fellow co-workers giving their feedback.. In my opinion, several “heads” will always think better than just one.

I Love working with a team who can make me and my approach to projects better! Can’t stand working with designers who think they know it all and never ask for feedback and act as if they are not part of a team.

So yeah, working as a team/unit is a very important thing to me. That’s how I learn and become a better Designer.

Some of our Favorites

What advice would you have given yourself 3 years ago?

The same advice I gave myself 3 years ago. Mindset in the word. Never stop learning…keep pushing. Keep exploring, keep the interest in what you love and do. Find what motivates you, and do it everyday for the rest of your life. Never settle.

What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your career so far? How did you overcome it?

Well, this one is easy. I just moved to another agency here in Lisbon (Portugal). Entering in a new team/agency from remote work was something that never happened to me before. This is the result of the Corona Virus of course. Everyone will work from home until 2021. I’ve done some freelance work for other teams around the globe for the last few years but working at specific projects.

This time, is a whole new story. I’m in a new team, new projects, new clients. I haven’t met the team yet…just by video-calls. I really think that. 2020 is a year where many challenges were given to everyone.

We must stay strong and adapt. We always do…So yeah, better days will come for sure, we just have to be patient and work hard to overcome all the challenges.

Want more info on Frederico?

Check out Frederico’s Instagram or connect with him on  LinkedIn.

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