Fresh out of the starting blocks, Eurico is barely out of his teenage years. He is a great talent, albeit one you probably haven’t heard of yet. His youthful, invigorous style is threaded with fiery Portuguese notes and we’re pleased to have found him in order to bring you an exclusive font with his name on it.
So with the introduction out of the way, let’s kick things off with a brief Q&A…
1. TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF?
I was born in 1991 in a small town near Porto, Portugal. At the age of 14 years old I enrolled on a graphic design vocational course at Escola Artistica e Profissional Arvore. After a gap year I moved in the summer of 2010 to London where I joined the London College of Communication to study graphic design. Alongside this I also began work as a freelancer and started to develop a special interest for typeface design. Following this I formed a studio called Ponto with Mariano Lobao.
Research book about the French cinematographic movement called “Nouvelle Vague”. This is the research book of my exhibition “Tribute to Nouvelle Vague” that I made in the well known art space in Porto, called “Maus Hábitos”.
2. PUTTING TOGETHER A PUBLICATION FOR A PORTUGUESE ILLUSTRATION IS QUITE AN ACHIEVEMENT. HOW DID THIS IDEA COME ABOUT, AND HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO FINISHED?
Colher is a project I started towards the end of 2009. The project aims to explore and promote the Portuguese graphic design scene. The idea came around long before we knew exactly what to do with it. It was only when I moved to London that Mariana suggested we used a magazine as the prime form of media to get the concept together. When I started to organise this publication at the start of 2011, my idea was originally to create a very small magazine about the new wave and blood of Portuguese illustration. So with that in mind I started to invite a few people and ran a contest on the Colher’s website. We ended up having so many amazing submissions that the publication turned out a lot bigger than we initially imagined. After a few months we finally released the publication in April. I think this offline approach to projects is very important to me, and it also helps to keep that design flame alive. Off the back of this project we organised a series of tours, lectures, and exhibitions around Portugal last summer.
3. BEING FROM PORTUGAL, WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE THE LONDON COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION FOR THE BASIS OF YOUR GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIES?
When I was 15 years old instead of choosing to go to high school, I decided I wanted to pursue an education in graphic design. Obviously I didn’t really know if that was something I wanted at the time, however I always had an interest in graphic design and animation. When I finished my course I didn’t want to go straight to University, however my mother persuaded me otherwise. I applied to go to the Fine Arts University of my city, however unfortunately I wasn’t accepted and so following this I decided to take a gap year. It was during this gap year that I started the Colher project, and I also started to create the Colher typeface. During my year out I applied to a few courses in London, and I was lucky enough to be accepted on the FdA Design for Graphic Communication course in London. Looking back this was the best thing that ever happened to me.
4. WAS YOUR LOVE OF TYPE INTRODUCED TO YOU THROUGH GRAPHIC DESIGN, OR WAS THIS SOMETHING YOU FOUND EARLIER?
During the second year of my course at Arvore we had the opportunity to apply for an internship. My internship was with Atelier Martino & Alejandra Jana. Whilst working with them on studio projects Alejandra Jana proposed a personal project idea to me. This was to create a leaflet to explore the anatomy and terminologies of typography. I already had a passion for typography, however I was naive about the finer details. Since completing that project, it has made a huge difference to my understand and knowledge based around type, and it has also given me a great platform to learn and educate myself further.
Watch out for Eurico’s Exclusive Faces font coming very soon!