Construction, communication, and expression were the means that Humankind developed to evolve and thrive as individuals and later on, as a society. It’s by looking at design history, that we know how it was done.

For that reason, it’s important to look back, reflect, and support it. From Pre-Historian times…

Emojis are impossible to ignore. Even if you don’t use them that often, they’re everywhere. In messages with family and friends to newsletters from brands, up until the communication within your company (not to mention social media).

Though we don’t remember when we started using them, emojis are a recent…

The rainbow flag, also known as the pride flag, is one of the most recognizable and embraced symbols worldwide. And even though it has been more than 40 years since then, the flag is not only a banner of acceptance but much more about the constant fight for equal rights.

Can graphic designers adopt a sustainable approach?
Though there’s a demand for digital designers, printing materials are unlikely to disappear.
Packaging, billboards, books, leaflets, there’s so much going on in the design world, and the waste is immense.

According to studies, every year, people receive about 105 billion pieces of…

How many times did you find yourself lost in Internet traps, taking quizzes that can tell your zodiac sign by your pizza choices? Then you take another one and another one, and before you realized you’ve spent too much time doing these quizzes to see if you find something new…

Everyone has their opinion about entering and competing for design awards.
Personally, I’ve been tempted to enter in A’ Design Award but always felt like the judges would give me a hard time. However, I know that the fact I haven’t won an award has nothing to do with being a…

Graphic design isn’t a subject simple to define and can vary slightly according to different countries. In Portugal, although both terms are used almost with the same meaning, I’ve learned that there is a significant difference between graphic design and communication design. …

It’s one of those subjects that everyone fights over.
Ether because the designer thinks it’s perfect, and the client finds it dull, or maybe because two friends don’t agreed on a wallpaper’s color.
Regardless of the dispute, this is one of those topics where there isn’t a right or wrong way.
There…

Typography is a term that refers to the usage of reusable parts of metal or wood to print a letterform — a type.
Before that, calligraphy was the method used to communicate all social events.
Nowadays, typography represents both the technique and the computer produced-text applied to design. …

What are brand and identity? These two terms are connected but represent very distinctive attributes. Identity is possibly the most intuitive one since it’s a commonality between companies and people. We can define identity as a set of traits that differentiate people or companies from one another. …

Natacha Oliveira

Independent Designer. Pancake lover. Proud owner of two sassy cats and melted.design 🤓

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