A humanist designer with a 360º approach to problem solving. Inês uses design as a shifter of society, through visual identity, concept and community. Born in São Miguel Island in the Atlantic Ocean between Europe and America in 1994, she graduated in 2016 from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon in the Communication Design course, where in the final year she was part of the development team of the finalist exhibition and collaborated with the atelier TVM designers. In 2017 she left for Berlin to do an internship at Superunion.

After this period in Germany she decided to embark on a volunteer project at a school in Thailand. On her return to Portugal, she came back with greater motivation to invest in new social initiatives such as Decoding Creativity Barcelona, High Potentials ADCE, The Design Kids Lisbon, OFFF Academy powered by Adobe, Próxima Geração Apolitical Academy, Girls in Tech Columbia University and United Nations SDG. Programs that influenced and defined her path to build her independent design atelier, founding Studio Ayer in 2019, a practice that in 3 years of existence has already collaborated with 12 countries in building +80 projects. She has also pursued a Post Graduation program in Applied Management and Economics at the NOVA business school in Lisbon to reinforce her leadership skills. She holds an MFA in Design Entrepreneurship from School of Visual Arts and Master in Design for Distributed Innovation, a Worldwide experience from Fab Academy and Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. 

Currently she is based in New York working as a Senior Designer at Pentagram and developing project Aliquoti, focused on reducing neonatal mortality for BIPOC women in the U.S. She keeps her scope of interests broad with a keen interest in culture and engineering biotech. Advocating to generate discussions about democracy, climate change and social equity. 

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AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

FORBES PT

Listed as Forbes 30 under 30 

2024

TYPOGRAPHICS

Speaker Call to Action: Unlocking Advocacy

2023

AIGA NY

Speaker at Fresh Grad 

2023

THE ONE CLUB OF CREATIVITY

Portfolio Shortlist YOUNG ONES

2023

SVA NEW YORK

Paul Rand Achievement Award

2023

THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS

Creativity in the Workplace Talk

2023

COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL

Hack For Good With Girls In Tech — 1st Prize Team Winner

2022

WIX PLAYGROUND ACADEMY

Selected for Europe Online Edition

2022

YOUNG LIONS PORTUGAL

Silver award on design category — 2 times winner

2019 & 2021

OFFF ACADEMY MENTORSHIP

Powered by Adobe & Vasava Studio — Graphic Power Project Winner

2019 - 2020

ADCE FESTIVAL'18

High Potencials — Portugal Representative

2018

ELISAVA BARCELONA

Decoding European Creative Skills — Selected Portfolio

2018

PENTAGRAM LONDON & GOOGLE

The Dots Portfolio Masterclass — Selected Portfolio

2017

GULBENKIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Junges Orchester Junge Deutsch-Franzosisch-Ungarische Philarmonie

2012 - 2015

I BELIEVE THAT LABELS ARE OVERRATED.

HERE ARE MY OPEN JARS OVERFLOWING 
WITH DIVERSE SKILLS & INTERESTS.

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360º approach to problem solving.

Using design as a society shifter.

SERVICES

Branding — Identity — Strategy — Storytelling— Naming — Art Direction — Web Design — Ecommerce — Wordpress Development — UX / UI — Illustration — Packaging — Typography — Print — Signage — Research — Social Media


FEATURED

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INTERVIEW

Forbes Portugal

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PODCAST INTERVIEW

The struggle of a Graphic Designer

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PROJECT SPOTLIGHT

Homebound — AIGA eye on design

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RADIO INTERVIEW

Apanhados na Rede RDP 

CONTACT

mail@inesayer.com