Porto Centre #2

The organisation of guided design tours is an excellent opportunity for people from all over Europe to get a first-hand experience of the local design scene.
Four studios in the vicinity of each other are picked up and are invited to host visiting groups of international visitors, to exhibit their work, discuss their challenges, their solutions and their methodology, to interact and to exchange views and experiences.

In this specific walk through the city centre, you will get to know:

White Studio
White Studio is a multidisciplinary design studio based in the beautiful city of Porto, with offices in London and Santiago. White Studio works on several design areas, from press to web, from editorial design to signage systems, from packaging to interior design. It focuses on the essential: the concept. This is why each of its projects has an expression that makes it unique. Always working in close connection with its clients, White Studio has been experiencing design for more than two decades.

Bondlabs is a technology & digital bureau. Because it has a unique understanding of how to combine aesthetics force with logical functions, has earned a reputation for teaming up with sophisticated clients and delivering work of an unparalleled quality in highly demanding timeframes.
Bondlabs has developed Bondlayer platform to deliver tailor-made multi-device digital projects on schedule, on budget, and on target. Its output is so impressive that a former client decided to invest and make it available to the world as ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS).
Bondlabs serves its clients using Bondlayer complemented with consultancy and design that algorithms and artificial intelligence cannot deliver.

Atelier D’Alves
Working between Porto (Portugal) and Eindhoven (Netherlands) the studio stands for a critical view of the design field and the society. The philosophy of the studio is one of constant learning and change. Each new design product opens up fresh possibilities to be explored. With open dialogue between the studio and the client, we develop design solutions where that dialogue in the creative process is the key element for the construction of the solution. Answering to a big variety of challenges and ideas we developed a pluralistic and eclectic design language who let grown and work in so many distinct areas like editorial design, branding, installations and social design.

Madalena Martins
Madalena Martins is an interdisciplinary studio that focuses on communication design and unique pieces of product design. Inspired by the everyday humour, Madalena explores a universe dedicated to the design and imagery of Portuguese culture, reinterpreting objects, materials, and stories, returning emotions in the form of design objects.
Most of the projects are developed in their early stages by inmates of the Prisons of Northern Portugal and users of social reinsertion associations giving the final product a very strong social component. Environmental sustainability is also very present in the production process, turning industrial waste or discards from cultural materials into new parts.

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The organisation of guided design tours is an excellent opportunity for people from all over Europe to get a first-hand experience of the local design scene.
Four studios in the vicinity of each other are picked up and are invited to host visiting groups of international visitors, to exhibit their work, discuss their challenges, their solutions, and their methodology, to interact and to exchange views and experiences.

In this specific walk through the beautiful sea-side area of Matosinhos, you will get to know:

Another Collective
Another Collective is a design studio formed in 2014 and based in Matosinhos. Considering branding, web design and editorial design as the main areas of intervention, Another Collective believes in an engaging work methodology. With a focus on experimentation and exploration of concepts, it relates customer and company in a relational symbiosis, having as a principle the clients’ claims, always favoring direct contact with them.

This is Pacifica
Pacifica is an independent communication studio, established in 2007 by Pedro Serrão, Pedro Mesquita and Filipe Mesquita. Pacifica believes in ideas, solving problems, taking opportunities.Its focus is on the good ideas without barriers, formulas or specific tools. Its method is based on visual thinking.
Pacifica does anything from branding, and packaging, to mobile and interactive design. From advertising to events and relationship marketing (and everything in between).

Founded in 2005, and currently, with offices in both Coimbra and Porto, Bürocratik is an international award winning studio, specialising on Branding and Digital with an absurd passion on typography.
Designers and engineers driven by exceptional experiences and craftsmanship.

Canvaz Design Studio 
Canvaz is a UI/UX Design studio based In Porto, Portugal.
With a special connection to sports, technology and great challenges, we are proud of having awesome clients on our side helping us deliver digital experiences for the users and a portfolio with released, loved and featured work.




Porto Centre #1

The organisation of guided design tours is an excellent opportunity for people from all over Europe to get a first-hand experience of the local design scene.
Four studios in the vicinity of each other are picked up and are invited to host visiting groups of international visitors, to exhibit their work, discuss their challenges, their solutions and their methodology, to interact and to exchange views and experiences.

In this specific walk through the city centre, you will get to know:

Studio Dobra
After 10 years of working individually, in January 2014, André Cruz and João Guedes joined forces and created Dobra, a graphic design studio based in Porto. They work with cultural institutions, independent publishers and like-minded companies. They are also fortunate to do a lot of work for music and theatre companies.

GSA Design
GSA is a design studio based in the city of Porto, since its foundation in the Fine Arts School of Porto in 2001. Currently, there are three designers working at GSA: Isabel Arouca, João Tiago Santos and Lígia Magro.
The studio collaborates with several institutions from different areas, from Culture to Science and in many design areas including editorial design, branding and identities and illustration.

AND Atelier
And Atelier is a small, independent design studio run by João Araújo and Rita Huet and currently based in Porto. Their work always tries to accomplish a strong conceptual approach, through clear solutions with a strong typographic component and respect for letterforms and reading rhythms.

Mother Volcano
Founded in 2013, Mother Volcano is an independent creative studio that specialises in illustration based communication, content and digital products. It brings together storytelling, animation, interaction design and code to create beautiful, relevant and exciting work that takes the message further.

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Ten years of European Design Awards

The European Design Awards were launched exactly ten years ago in Athens Greece. 
During this time eight different studios have managed to fulfill the very strict criteria needed in order to be awarded the title “European Design Agency of the year”.
These are: Beetroot Design Group (2008), Lava (2010), Les Graphiquants (2011), Silo (2012), Jäger & Jäger (2013), R2 (2014), Ermolaev Bureau (2015) and Raffinerie (2016). In total it’s two studios from the Netherlands, and one from France, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Russia and Switzerland.

For the first time in the history of the ED-Awards, we gather all these top performers in order to exhibit some of their finest work at the same place.
The result is, of course, an exciting exhibition with some of the best communication design output on a global scale.

Awards Ceremony 2017

This year’s award winners will be revealed in a ceremony hosted by stand-up comedian Alistair Barrie taking place in Porto’s Rivoli Theatre.
All winners will then walk to the nearby dos Aliados for their gala dinner. The night will wrap up with the annual Winners’ Party.


Welcome Reception at the City Hall

The Câmara Municipal do Porto is actually one of the city’s landmarks, situated at the top of Aliados Avenue, at the heart of downtown. Along with Clérigos Tower, this is one of the most famous monuments among tourists. With its solid 70m high tower with a carillon clock, the Porto City Hall is an imposing building that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century.

This is going to be the venue for a welcome reception thrown by the City itself, and the mayor or Porto Rui de Carvalho de Araújo Moreira, personally, in order to stress the city’s dedication and acknowledgement to the design profession.



Special prices through the Star Alliance network


The Star Alliance member airlines are pleased to be appointed as the Official Airline Network for the European Design Festival 2017.
To obtain the Star Alliance Conventions Plus discounts please visit Conventions Plus online booking tool.

Registered participants plus one accompanying person travelling to the event can qualify for a discount of up to 20%, depending on fare and class of travel booked.
The participating airlines for this event are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Airways, LOT Polish Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines and United.

Discounts are offered on most published business and economy class fares, excluding website/internet fares, senior and youth fares, group fares and Round the World fares.
When making your travel plans please present confirmation of your registration or proof of attendance for the European Design Festival.

The Portuguese Scene

Helena Sofia Silva and Eduardo Filipe Aires lead a conversation with three young and upcoming studios from Portugal. They each introduce themselves and discuss with each other and the audience the realities of the local design scene.

The Royal has a deep conceptual and strategical approach to the design wonders. It also has a romance with graphic contexts and form. The Royal is methodologically denying the mark of its authorship, but it consistently tends to fail in doing so. The Royal cares for the socially contextual problems and strives to develop their solutions in order to pursue richer answers. It longs for poetry and its hands are vibrantly humanistic. Mental. Loyal to culture, it researches, it lectures and it designs. Established since 2010, it adds clients across cultures: from Australia to Kuwait, from London to New York, jumping to California and back to Porto. Is continuously developing cross-media solutions, promoting dialogues between the client-context-public realms and it still happily jumps on self-promoted projects as a way to justify the caffeine intake.


José Cardoso was born in Fafe, Portugal in 1984.
He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto in 2008 and has been working as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator ever since.
He was the co-founder of the multidisciplinary arts collective Salao Coboi in 2010, the online record label Gentle Records in 2013, and has been involved in multiple projects from very different areas like photography, music, graphic design, sculpture and illustration.
He’s currently producing under the Tomba Lobos alias.


Inês Nepomuceno/Mariana Marques

Inês Nepomuceno was born in Viseu, in 1986. She moved to Porto in 2004 to study Communication Design at the Fine Arts Faculty of Porto (FBAUP). After graduating she moved to Barcelona, where she collaborated with Twopoints.net. In 2011 she enrolled in the MA Communication Design in ESAD – Escola Superior de Artes e Design. Inês currently works as a designer at esad—idea, Investigação em Design e Arte from ESAD.

Mariana Marques was born in 1987, in Porto. She graduated in Product Design from ESAD in 2005. In 2010 she integrated the MA in Communication Design in ESAD. Between 2015 and 2016 she was the art director at the magazine Attitude Interior Design. Mariana currently works at Studio Dobra.

As freelance designers Inês and Mariana have been working together since 2015. Together they were responsible for the the graphic image of the centennial celebrations of Theatro Circo de Braga (2015) and the graphic identity of the Galeria Municipal do Porto (2015/2016). Together, they designed the image of the 40º International Theater Festival of Iberic Expression (FITEI 2017) and are currently working on an exhibition catalogue for the Contemporary Art Museum of Serralves.



mariana marques


Bleed is a multi-disciplinary design consultancy based in Oslo and Vienna, established June 2000.
It creates identity and experience through concept development, art direction, graphic design and service design.
Representing a mix of cultures and disciplines to challenge today’s conventions around art, visual language, interaction, media and identity.




Perniclas Bedow is the founder and creative director of Stockholm-based design studio Bedow. The studio mainly works with branding, packaging and book design and for the last decade, their work has been widely acknowledged around the world through books, lectures, and exhibitions. Perniclas’ work has been awarded by Art Directors Club, Cannes Lions, D&AD, Epica Awards and European Design Awards, to mention a few.

The title of his presentation in this year’s ED-Masters Conference is “Playful Is the New Serious



As an interactive design agency CleverºFranke fuses strategy, design, and technology to help their global clients develop innovative products and services.
With a client list that includes names such as Google, Wired, Philips, Red Bull, AirFrance-KLM etc, CleverºFranke excels in all fields, having won numerous international awards for its creative output. 



Smörgåsbord is an independent design studio offering ‘Branding, Strategy and Content Creation — a selection of good things’.
It offers a curated service and adopts a scaleable approach. For each project Smörgåsbord assembles a bespoke team of talented individuals from its international network, thus being able to work across a wide range of disciplines on inspiring projects of all scales. Nation brands to beer brands, broadcast design to editorial design, fashion houses to hotels.

A Tumblr Manifesto: the Critical Intentions of the Interface Deco – workshop with Post Eady

This workshop originates from a perceived dearth of coherent direction within contemporary Graphic Design as a discipline. Where movements such as Futurism, Modernism, Postmodernism once defined the arts we now have no readily discernible ideologies within design to follow. We participate in the maelstrom of the internet and its myriad communities, where ideas can change from moment to moment and groups form and disperse within a matter of days. Neoliberalised and networked capitalism has atomised the practitioners of the discipline further and further, and as such, the debate surrounding ‘the state’ of graphic design has been rendered ever more in flux. Manifestos and writing concerning the condition and purpose of graphic design are rare and perhaps increasingly futile; outdated before they are even published. With this in mind, what does it now mean to be a critical practitioner? Critical of what? Without defining the terrain upon which you stand adopting a solid stance becomes increasingly difficult and traditional fixed positions of design are exposed as more and more lacking.

Despite this perceived ‘lack’, graphic design continues to somehow progress. Vitrines of design can be found everywhere online, showcasing images of work removed from their original context. Endless streams of flattened content lost in an ever-shifting mass. Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook. All of these play out similar roles and it is on these platforms that visual trends are primarily developed, disseminated and dispersed. Are these the new movements? Small, but many, agile in their fragility.

This workshop mines Tumblr as one such repository and dissects its contents. We aim to take on the absurd task of reading into and over-intellectualising graphic design trends in the hopes of mapping a territory. Discussion will drive this section as we pluralise popular graphic forms. Following this, we will attempt an inversion of this process by mapping both current and ‘dead’ or inert trends to contemporary contexts in a bid to examine if trends can be used as a plural set of heuristic responses. We will eschew ‘originality’, whatever that may now mean, and replace it with ideas of networked commonalities. 

Post Eady is a collective formed after graduating from the Royal College of Art as a follow up to the graphic design forum named ‘Eady Forum’.
It is intended as a space for workshop creation and critical discussion around graphic design.
The current members are Joana Pestana, Max Ryan & Vilja Achté.

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Design for Porto

The city of Porto is considered by many as Portugal’s design capital.
Among others, it is the home of a studio that has won the title of “European Design Agency of the year” and another that has won an “ED-Awards Best of Show”.
To a certain extend, the City (municipality) of Porto is a major contributor. 
By assigning work, relative to the identity of its various services and institutions, to a number of locally based studios, it has without a doubt helped a lot towards this end.
The specific exhibition is going to showcase some of this work.

Flying to Porto

Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport or simply Porto Airport is an international airport located just eleven km away from Porto’s city centre.
The airport is currently the second-busiest in the country, based on aircraft operations; and the second-busiest in passengers, based on Aeroportos de Portugal traffic statistics.
The airport is a base for easyJet, Ryanair, TAP Portugal and its subsidiary TAP Express.

Airport’s official website

Two Pages Workshop

Two Pages project invites graphic designers and illustrators from around Europe to explore Porto’s visual language and urban culture. The participants will be asked to exchange information and experiences in relation to Porto and discuss the city’s visual structure, influences and identity. Based on the concept of Two Pages, this workshop will focus on visual interpretations and spontaneous mark making.

The workshop will be run by Two Pages team: Konstantinos Trichas (designer) and Dionysis Livanis (designer and visual artist).

The participation to the workshop is free but booking is essential.

Apart from your design materials (pens, tapes, sketchbook, etc), please bring with you an object that best represents Porto.

25 May 2017


Silo Auto, 180 Rua de Guedes de Azevedo, 4000-111 Porto, Portugal

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Konstantinos Trichas is a designer based in London. His work is both playful and conceptual, focused on the creative process and engagement with the audience. His practice expands from design for print to the creation of objects and installation of three dimensional experiences.
Konstantinos graduated from MA Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art and has worked in several design, branding and advertising agencies. His work has won prizes at the European Design Awards and the Greek Design and Illustration Awards and has been exhibited in London, Berlin, Athens and Barcelona. Konstantinos has led and organised workshops in Germany, Greece, South Korea and England. He is the co-organiser of Ten Images for Ithaca and in 2012 he initiated Two Pages, a collection of nomadic sketchbooks which, so far, have traveled in more than 20 countries.

Dionysis Livanis is a graphic designer and visual artist with 15 years experience in the UK, Greece and Spain.
His work has been awarded with Golden, Silver and Bronze Prizes at the European Design Awards. He has contributed to international publications such as Eye Magazine, 365Typo, Neshan and +Design. Dionysis has led workshops and given lectures on graphic design and branding in Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Beirut and Istanbul. He founded Ten Images for Ithaca in 2002 for which he has been organising workshops, exhibitions and design competitions. Dionysis’ art practice includes performance, interventions, photography, video and mark making. Through individual and collaborative projects he raises questions around power and control between the artist, the subject and the audience. He holds an MA in Typo/Graphic studies and an MA in Fine Art Photography.

Two Pages Project

Two Pages Exhibition
23–28 May 2017
Silo Auto, Porto

As part of this year’s European Design Awards Festival held in the city of Porto, Two Pages will present a selection of works from designers, illustrators, and artists who have participated in the 15 completed sketchbooks of the project. More than 450 artists have already contributed to the project from locations such as New York, London, Seoul, Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Athens, Santiago de Chile and Porto to name but a few. The exhibition will showcase a selection of 112 spreads covering different approaches to responsive mark-making with illustration, photography, and design.

As part of the exhibition, Konstantinos Trichas and Dionysis Livanis will lead a workshop exploring the visual language and urban culture of Porto, on Thursday 25 May, at 12pm.

Silo Auto
7th floor
180 Rua de Guedes de Azevedo
4000-111 Porto

Opening: Thursday 25 May: 6.30–8:30pm

Opening Hours
Tuesday 23 May: 4–7pm
Wednesday 24 – Sunday 28 May: 12–7pm


Two Pages is a collection of sketchbooks that started in 2012. Since then it has brought together more than 450 artists from Europe, Asia, and America. Graphic designers, illustrators, and visual artists depict their ideas within the pages of the sketchbooks and build an international chain of creative people.

The project has been graced by established artists such as Niklaus Troxler, Ahn Sang-Soo, R2, Christoph Niemann, Jean Jullien and Olimpia Zagnoli. Students and emerging artists have also participated allowing the project to record fresh ideas and trends that will shape visual communication in the coming years.

The project was initiated by Konstantinos Trichas, a London-based designer.

Photo: Filipa Brito


Getting from the airport to the city centre


Whether you need to get to the airport or to the city centre, an efficient public transportation network is at your service to get you where you need to go. 

• You can easily get to the airport or to the city centre by metro. Line E (Purple) runs every 20 or 30 minutes, depending on the time and day of the week.
• STCP and Resende provide bus connections from the airport to various areas of the city.
• Taxis circulate 24/7 all throughout the city, and are always available at taxi ranks. The cost from the airport to the city centre usually reaches the amount of €25.