Based in Porto, Portugal, design firm 1/4 Studio presents the creative partnership of cofounders Ana Mota and Jorge Araújo, who met during their studies at Instituto Politécnico do Porto (“Polytechnic Institute of Porto”). “We both took the same BA in visual arts and technologies, which gave us a diverse set of skills within the design field—calligraphy, graphic design, industrial design, photography and videography—but also in other fields like paintings, sculpture, ceramics and semiotics,” they explain. “After a while, we started working together on a couple of design projects, using all those references of materiality, texture, analog and digital, and others from the BA program in our work.” Once these few collaborations turned into many projects and the creative partnership was a success, the two decided to establish 1/4 Studio in 2019, with Araújo focusing more on 3-D, digital, typography and letterpress, and Mota focusing more on analog media with calligraphy, illustration and silkscreen printing. Besides letting them oversee a project through all stages of production, Mota and Araújo’s multidisciplinary design approach reflects their philosophy behind what makes distinctive design. “We have been working primarily with clients in the cultural sector,” the designers explain. “We like to come up with a strong idea and strategy that inform the content we produce. Regardless of the medium output, we try to have a well-structured argument behind the ‘why’ of each approach.”
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