Freelance Graphic Designer & Web Developer, creating design work for private clients and companies with Manifesto Design.
In 2011 I started my college course. Studying the work of so many great designers left me inspired—and not a little amazed by the sheer creativity and vision they displayed.
During my course, I seemingly spent a thousand hours without sleep, with numerous projects to deliver—and loved every moment! About a billion clicks later I graduated with honours and an award recognising all the hard work I had done.
While dancing my career as a Graphic Designer and Web Developer continued to grow but until 2008 most of my skills were in coding. I had been working for private clients and the greatest demand was for websites as simply gaining an Internet presence was the number one business priority at the time.
I started coding with the "notepad" application for Windows XP and most of the websites I created were pure HTML and CSS. For each project I had to hire a Graphic Designer and a Photographer as I felt I was lacking the requisite skills—a frustrating experience as I had all the ideas needed!
This was the main reason I decided to enroll in a Graphic Design course.
I browsed the web and found the Marbella Design Academy, a small university in the south of Spain that offered a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design. From that moment my path was set
—I was ready to move to Andalucía to start a new life.
I left dance and my group—a phase of my life was over as I believe to be good at something one must dedicate 100% to it. I now had a new passion and nothing was going to distract me from fully committing to it.
2004 was the start of a project that engaged me in the world of performing arts.
I understood that art and design are ways to express feelings, messages, statements and more. A few friends at the time were expressing themselves through dance, something that I found extremely interesting and inspirational. Without doubt, dancing is an art form and was one route for me to develop artistically in a way that was resonated with me.
After a year of daily dedication to learning how to express myself through dance, my friends invited me to join their group, Momentum Crew. There may have only been four of us, but our minds were set to make our mark. Time passed and more people became involved.
Supreme effort and dedication had their rewards as we evolved quickly—so much so that by 2006 we started to participate in national and international championships.
As a group, we managed to win several titles and sponsors became interested. One member from our group was experienced in business and got us involved in event planning. He hosted and planned an annual event called Eurobattle in our hometown of Oporto, which opened many doors to international relationships in the dance field. With this I gained the ability to speak to big crowds of people confidently.