AFD is a Portuguese design studio based in Oporto, Portugal. The focus of our work is to transform brands and businesses with vision, value and fair investment.
Inform when you ask why, inspire when you ask how and act when you’re ready for a remarkable work. The biggest thing we like in our activity is to create with morality, clarity and objectivity. Passion, sincerity and determination are natural characteristics of us. People are at the soul of our work and what we design; people first, last and always. Thirty years on, AFD is one of the most experienced graphic design studios in Portugal. We come from many generations. Speak many different languages. We like to create unique atmospheres and intemporal solutions, with true moral and the least noise possible!
Consultancy: concept, strategy, naming, branding, text, photography, interiors, design production.
Design: logo, visual identity, illustration, editorial, packaging, signage, infographics, web.
For over three decades the studio has been the place where collaborators, consultants and friends, contribute to our growth. We would like to leave our appreciation to some of them, including past: designers Abigail Ascenso, Anna-Carin Skytt (SE), Arcadi Moradell (ES), Celestino Fonseca, Cláudia Alves, Costanza Puglisi (IT), David Laranjeira, Eduardo Sotto Mayor (AO), Enric Tormo (ES), Gonçalo Calheiros, Helena Barbosa, Hugo Morais, Inês Laranjeira, Joana Galhano Alves, Jorge Serra, Leonor Cutileiro, Linda Klint (SE), Luís Eustáquio, Luís Reis, Manuel Pereira da Silva, Maria João Vasconcelos, Mariana Aires Pereira, Nuno Fisteus, Oriol Moret (ES), Pedro Amado, Pedro Serapicos, Pilard Pauline (FR), Rita Bastos, Rose-Marie le Corre (FR), Sara Martins, Sofia Assalino, Tiago Andrade and Tiago Bettencourt; past photographers Alexander Koch, Cassiano Ferraz, Cláudio Capone, Graça Sarsfield, Ivo Guimarães, José Luís Dias, Júlio de Matos, Luís Maruta, Manolo Laguillo (ES), Manuel Magalhães, Oscar Almeida, Sérgio Barbosa and Virgílio Ferreira; past administratives and others Amaro Ferreira, Carlos Plasencia (ES), Helena Ferreira, Helena Sampaio, Jorge Martinho, Kim Bui, Luciana Vieira Campos, Manuel Egino Ferreira and Paula Pelayo Valente.
We work for the small and the big client, from the private one to the industrial group, from the micro-company to the economic group, our main clients are or were: Alquimia da Cor, Amorim, Araujo & Sobrinho, Archive of the University of Coimbra, Aveiro City Museum, Caixotim, CCDRN, Central Models, CVRVV, Eduardo Marques ophthalmologist, Fantasporto, Isar Rakoll, ‘O Meu Mercedes’ bar, Metalocaima, Nuno Gama, O Batô club, Ordem dos Médicos, Picos textiles, Porto Comercial, PortoLuso, Porto Poças, Pratik, Procalçado, Sogrape Vinhos, Symington Family Estates, Têxtil Manuel Gonçalves, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, University of Porto, Valducci and Valentim de Carvalho.
Our work has been recognized and cited by numerous institutions and national and international publications, including: [countries] Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and USA; [institutions/publications] Adobe, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Biblioteca de Catalunya, Bienal de Cerveira, Bienal Internacional del Cartel en México, Biennial of Graphic Design Brno, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Cinanima, D.Sign, deForma, DesignAustria, Eco Design Europe, European Community Design, Fantasporto, FICAM, Golden Pen of Belgrade, Grafema, Graphis, International Council of Design, National Library of Portugal, North Light Books, Novum, P.I.E. Books, PBC International, Portuguese Review of History of the Book, Publish, Quon Editions, Rockport Publishers, Rua Larga, Swiss Typographic Magazine, The Graphic Euro Competition, University of Barcelona, University of Coimbra, Warsaw Poster Biennale and ZGRAF.
since 1998: Rua de Manuel Pinto de Azevedo, 65 H (Porto, Portugal)
2000–2005: Rua de Meixomil, 20 – web
1993–1998: Rua de Roriz, 203
1987–1993: Rua de 5 de Outubro, 293 5.º T