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Portugal by Sebastião Rodrigues’ pencil

Portugal by Sebastião Rodrigues’ pencil

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Portugal by Sebastião Rodrigues’ pencil The recent history of design in Portugal in general and graphic design, in particular, is certainly still to be written. In other words, it is a story that is written every day, thanks to the work, often in difficult contexts, of thousands of professionals and teams. It is a story that is looking for her own story. From borders and styles in exploration and still dealing with the question of identity, whether or not there is a unique “national style” for Portuguese graphic design.In addition to the identity debates on Portuguese graphic design, there is also a challenge to memory. History, whatever it is, not only has the mission of eternalizing thoughts but also, especially in an area such as design, to inspire the present.Among the many historical readings that can be made of graphic design in Portugal, one of them will undoubtedly be based on the personal journey of many of the Portuguese designers, perhaps in times when even this name was not recognized as such. When talking about this history, its authors and movements, yet in discovery, one of the unavoidable names is that of Sebastião Rodrigues. A journey that is intertwined with the country’s historySebastião Rodrigues lived in a time of great political changes. Born in Dafundo, on 28 January, a year after Salazar joined the Council of Ministers as Minister of Finance in 1928, he was the son of a middle-class family. Sebastião attended primary school, like many others at the time, where he started in 1936. There he would also find one of the figures, which he himself mentions as one of the most outstanding of his life, his primary education teacher, D. Clotilde. As a result of the economic difficulties that plagued practically the whole country at the time, Sebastião Rodrigues starts working at the age of 13 in the office of a Swedish company, Electro-Lux, while simultaneously helping his father in the advertising department of the newspaper “A Voz”.At the same time that the Second World War ended, from which Portugal managed to stay away, Sebastião Rodrigues is invited to work at APA — Artistic Advertising Agency, we were in the year 1945. It was also at APA that Sebastião found, the one that would be practically his workmate, Manuel Rodrigues. The closeness between the pair remained for more than twenty years, a relationship that was only interrupted by the death of Manuel Rodrigues in 1965. The National Secretariat for InformationSebastião Rodrigues can easily be coined as a designer of the regime. While he did collaborate with the National Information Secretariat, the SNI, he was not involved in politics, maintaining his focus as a designer in solving the graphic problems that were posed to him. This close collaboration with SNI was also the opportunity for Sebastião Rodrigues to be able to embrace body and soul that craft that until then had been an occupation of free time, graphic design. More on this later on this article. Portugal by Sebastião Rodrigues The AlmanacOne of the most significant pieces of work of Sebastião’s career was the magazine “Almanaque”, for which he was responsible for the graphics between the years 1959 and 1960. “Almanaque” was a small monthly magazine, emanating an aura, both of boldness and of interventive, who played with his reader using both written and drawn subtlety. The publication had 14 issues over the course of its life.The importance of this magazine in the global work of Sebastião Rodrigues could be easily compared to the importance of the figures who were also involved in the project,  » Read More

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