May 12, 2020

POSTED BY

Rafael Esquer

CATEGORY

Portuguese Design Legend Sebastião Rodrigues

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When thinking of Western European designers, it’s easy to think of names from countries like Germany, England, France, Italy, and Switzerland, but can you name one designer from Portugal? I bet you had a hard time thinking of one – if you are not Portuguese, that is. That’s why today, …

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When thinking of Western European designers, it’s easy to think of names from countries like Germany, England, France, Italy, and Switzerland, but can you name one designer from Portugal? I bet you had a hard time thinking of one – if you are not Portuguese, that is. That’s why today, I’d like to spotlight the work of Sebastião Rodrigues and the magnificent work he created for Almanaque magazine.

The son of an advertising executive, Rodrigues was born in Lisbon in 1929. He began his career working for his father at the advertising department the newspaper A Voz before fully diving into graphic design. Little did he know that by dedicating himself entirely to graphic design he would become one of the most influential design figures in Portugal and beyond.

I first became aware of his work through his covers for Almanaque. I was taken by their graphic stopping power: fresh and timeless, playful and serious, and unpretentious and sophisticated all at once.

Almanaque was a Portuguese magazine that, between 1959 and 1961, published a total of eighteen issues. Centrally located in the heart of Lisbon, Almanaque attracted an incredible group of collaborators made of artists, writers, essayists, art critics and the like including Alexandre O’Neill, Luis de Sttau Monteiro, Augusto Abelaira, José Cutileiro, João Abel Manta, Baptista Bastos, and Vasco Pulido Valente among many others. Under the creative leadership of Sebastião Rodrigues and his pioneering work, the magazine became a fundamental milestone in Portuguese graphic design.

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