who, what, where, when.
I design and build physical and digital artifacts used by thousands of people on a daily basis. I also teach and do research in the digital experience design field, speak at design and tech events and travel whenever possible.
I'm a Portuguese designer born in 1984 in Porto and currently living and working in Lisbon. I’m Head of Design and Multimedia at the Instituto Superior Técnico of the University of Lisbon, Lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon and Founder of Playout. Communication design, digital experience design and human computer interaction are my main fields of work.
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In the last 10 years I had the pleasure to work in a wide range of projects for dozens of clients in a wide spectrum of areas, that encompassed strategy, brand, editorial and digital product design.
The last 4 years of my life were primarily spent in a leadership position: I’ve been managing a multidisciplinary team of more than ten designers, developers, videographers and photographers at Instituto Superior Técnico, a school of architecture, engineering, science and technology from the University of Lisbon. Strategy, creative direction and management are my daily focus there.
In 2015 I co-founded a new course in Digital Experience Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, where I also teach. I'm proud to be shaping the future of education in this field and amazed by the outstanding response from the design and tech community so far.
I have also been managing my own studio, Playout, where we mainly develop self-initiated experimental projects.
- Since 2015: DXD Course Co-founder and Lecturer — Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon
- Since 2013: Head of Design and Multimedia— Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon
- Since 2006: Founder — Playout
- 2010 – 2012: Designer — Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon
- 2008 – 2009: Designer — Seara.com
- 2007 – 2008: Designer — Público
- Since 2018: Toptal — Designer
- Since 2017: Artistic Studies Research Centre (CIEBA/FBA/ULisboa) — Researcher — Communication Design Research Group (Interaction Design)
- Since 2017: CSS Design Awards — Jury
- Since 2016: Startup Lisboa — Mentor
- Since 2014: Designlab — Mentor
- Since 2015: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) — Member
- Since 2015: Interaction Design Foundation (IDF) — Member
- Since 2011: Interaction Design Association (IxDA) — Member
study, research and teach.
Let's breadcrumb this: Art › Graphic Design and Advertising › Communication Design and New Media › Fine Arts. What's next?
I have a fairly boring and predictable path as a student: I studied Arts in high school, then took an undergraduate course on Graphic Design and Advertising.
I started my career at Porto and later moved to Lisbon, where I took a graduate course on Communication Design and New Media and developed a study focused on the relationship between visual design and perceived credibility on the web.
I'm currently a PhD student in the Fine Arts (Communication Design) Doctoral Programme at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon. I'm developing a study focused on the design process of digital products, services and experiences. I'm trying to create some order out of the caos, and hopefully to devise a system that could help teams worldwide build and ship better products, services and experiences for humans. Design, technology, strategy and business go hand in hand.
Master of Fine Arts (MFA),
Communication Design and New Media — Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Bachelor of Arts (BA),
Graphic Design and Advertising — School of Management and Industrial Studies, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal
Talks and events:
giving back to the community.
I had the honor to speak in front of hundreds of designers, tech pros and entrepreneurs, in major events and institutions.
Sapo Codebits, Experimenta Design, University of Lisbon, University of Aveiro, ISEP-IPP and IADE-U were some of them, to name a few. There I had the opportunity to lecture on topics that are dear to me, such as Creative Direction, Communication Design, Digital Experience Design or Online Credibility, among others.
If you have a design or tech event and would like to have me on board, drop me a line.
I have a really busy schedule, but love new challenges — they're usually an opportunity to meet new people and grow in some way. Have something in mind? Drop me a line.
Speaking at design and tech events, judging at design competitions and mentoring and advising the board on public and private institutions of all sizes are challenges that always motivate me.