The Studio / Andrew Howard

Since it’s inception in 1994, the studio has established a portfolio of clients drawn exclusively from the cultural and educational sector. This has been, and continues to be a strategic objective that reflects a commitment to the creative value of design as a form of social exchange and dialogue. It is within these areas that we continue to find the most rewarding collaborations between the skills we have to offer and the possibilities for their application.

One of the unique commodities that designers can offer is their ideas. And because we believe that design is first and foremost a process which centres on the organisation of ideas, we encourage clients to incorporate design thinking at the earliest stages of planning so that together, we can work forward and arrive at strategies and visual solutions based on a shared and detailed understanding. In this way design becomes a method of thinking linked to visual expression rather than simply a pursuit of aesthetic vocabularies to manipulate the appearance of things.

The studio develops projects that are able to fulfil a wide range of production needs, from the creation of visual identities and promotional materials to exhibition and magazine design. In particular, the studio has wide experience and knowledge of book and catalogue design. Every project is accompanied from it’s initial concept stages to final print production, ensuring continuity throughout the consultation and design process.

The studio team
The studio team has changed various times over the years but all the full-time designers make a significant contribution to the work of the studio. Working under Andrew's art direction every designer has brought their own particular outlook and skills, adding to and complementing the studio's body of work and reputation.

Probably one of the most notable features of the studio is it’s output in comparison to it’s scale. The design team has never exceeded 4 full-time people including Andrew himself. Normally 2 full-time designers are employed in the studio and other designers are invited in on a freelance basis to work on individual projects as the need arises. This is part of an ongoing strategy to build up a pool of collaborators around the studio who, as well as helping to fulfil project demands, also help to shape it’s potential and create opportunities for self-initiated projects. 

Current project designers and collaborators
Rita Carvalho – Graphic design
João Cruz – Architecture
Joaõ Oliveira – Interior design
Marina Soares – Graphic / Exhibition design 
José Martino
 – Programming (Webprodz) 

A special thank you to the following people who worked full-time in the studio over the years:
João Lima / January 2011–2013)
João Torres Baptista (Jan 2012–2013
Mariana Carvalho / Sept 2010 – June 2011
Rita Carvalho / 2005 – 2010
Pedro Pina / 2007 – 2010
França Gomes / 1999 – 2005
Júlio Pinto / 1999 – 2004
Alejandra Jaña / 1999 – 2000
Raquel Santos
Angela Calheiros

And a special mention for João Martino who devoted six years of his talent to the studio (1994 – 2000).

Past temporary / project designers
Ana Ferreira
Ana Raposo
André Hernâni Meca
Pedro Gonçalves
João Sousa
Mariana Gavina
Telma Sá
Rui Moreira
Ana Farinha
Sancha Campos
Artur Moreira
Alexandra Mendes

Student Placements
Eurico Sá Fernandes
Bruno Rodrigues (Jan–april 2012)
Paulo Catumba (Feb–June 2012)
Sara Bastai