Discover the interview of Vasco Padrão in Lisbon, Portugal.
How did you become a designer?
I studied sciences in high-school and attended for 2 and a half years a Mechanical Engineering degree. I realised I was on the wrong course (the fact that the subject I liked the most was Technical Drawing should have been a hint), dropped out and started thinking what to study next. I draw practically since I was able to hold a pencil and I painted graffiti for 10 years. That helped me to find the right course. Design ticked all the boxes for me, so I went for a Design degree and after for a MA in Graphic Design. After 10 years of experience I can say it was the best decision I ever made.
How would you define your vision of design, your style ?
Each brief is unique and brings unique challenges and problems, so the solution is always different. You may notice some common traits throughout my work, but I think I don’t have a defined style.
For the future, what are your professional projects ?
A new freelance branding project is starting soon. Other than that I have no idea what the future holds. My goal is to always keep learning, improving and working with interesting people and clients. I’d like to work more in collaboration with other designers and illustrators. And I hope to have my own studio someday.
What do you like the most in your job ?
Getting to know interesting people and the fact that every project is different. I love taking a concept to a full functioning graphic system, either from scratch or a redesign. Then there’s the moment when you see your finalized product and hold it in your hands. And ultimately when you see a brand you helped create having great success and realize you had a big part on it.