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 decides 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 as 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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AZORES >>>> LISBON >>>> BERLIN >>>> BARCELONA >>>> NEW YORK >>>>
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Speaker Call to Action: Unlocking Advocacy
Speaker at Fresh Grad
THE ONE CLUB OF CREATIVITY
Portfolio Shortlist YOUNG ONES
SVA NEW YORK
Paul Rand Achievement Award
THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS
Creativity in the Workplace Talk
COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL
Hack For Good With Girls In Tech — 1st Prize Team Winner
WIX PLAYGROUND ACADEMY
Selected for Europe Online Edition
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
High Potencials — Portugal Representative
Decoding European Creative Skills — Selected Portfolio
PENTAGRAM LONDON & GOOGLE
The Dots Portfolio Masterclass — Selected Portfolio
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.
360º approach to problem solving.
Using design as a society shifter.
Branding — Identity — Strategy — Storytelling— Naming — Art Direction — Web Design — Ecommerce — Wordpress Development — UX / UI — Illustration — Packaging — Typography — Print — Signage — Research — Social Media