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Amanda de Oliveira Nobre . 2015 . A collection of my works for the Science Without Borders Programme

Personal Information

Amanda de Oliveira Nobre 20 years old Female Born on september 8, 1994 Av. Raymundo Magalhรฃes Junior 300, bl 02, apt 301 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil +55 21 993362351 3rd year of Visual Communication - Design at UFRJ

Language Skills

Fluent Portuguese Fluent English (7,5 on IELTS / 100 on TOEFL IBT) Basic Japanese (N5 level on JLPT) Basic Spanish

Past Experience

Jan/2014 - May/2014 internship at TRF (graphic design) May/2014 - Nov/2014 internship at Espaรงo Fashion (pattern and print design)

Extracurricular Courses

June/2013 Vegetal Stamping Workshop at Senai Cetiqt Sep/2013 Portfolio Workshop with Rafo Castro Nov/2014 Stamping Workshop with Clau Cicala

Hello! With this letter I wish to express my interest in studying at Royal Academy of Art as a Science without Borders exchange student. I was admitted at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in 2012 for Visual Communication - Design. Back then I was very young and I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to become. The only thing I knew was that I liked to draw, to manipulate images and to use my creativity, so the Design course was very appealing to me. As the semesters went through, I discovered my passion for Editorial Design. I had many great teachers and subjects that made me see the beauty in good diagrammed pages, in art books, and magazines. I worked really hard in the projects to make them functional and innovative, even though my university does not give much incentive for students in terms of infra-structure. At the same time, influenced by a friend of mine, I began paying attention to Pattern and Print Design. However, I had to look outside my University for courses about this subject, as UFRJ do not offer any class on this topic. I was highly struck by the fact that I could put together Graphic Design and Fashion, one of my hobbies. People could potentially use the patterns I created in the streets, as a symbol of their personality and they would be seen by everyone, and that would be the summit of my fulfillment as a professional. Then, in my second Internship, I had a great opportunity to work in an important Brazilian fashion brand as Pattern

and Print Designer. The work was intense, the deadlines were very short, but I learned a lot there. Besides, I had a wonderful boss that made me realize my talents and be more self-confident, since I have always been insecure of my creations. I traveled to The Netherlands this winter, and I had the opportunity to visit some universities and to schedule a portfolio review. There, the professor pointed that I should develop my conceptualization ability, which is something I had noticed before, as my University focuses in making a beautiful final product than on the concept itself. Besides, I feel that I’m missing opportunities to experiment new ways of thinking design. Also, I could visit KABK. As I walked through corridors and saw students working, I knew that the Academy would be the right place for me to develop the skills I need and strengthen the ones I already have. I felt that I could accomplish many things studying there, professionally and personally. This Exchange Program is a unique opportunity for me. It is the chance to be living and studying in a country that I admire and that I fell even more in love during this trip. As The Netherlands is really different from Brazil, it is the best opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and learn more in Graphic Design and also in life. I really hope to be accepted at KABK, to begin a year full of discoveries and learning, and to share my experiences with other students. This will certainly be a great step toward becoming a better and distinguished professional.

Redesign of Major Lazer’s CD made for a workshop october 2013

This was the last exercise of one workshop I did. In this one, each person had to listen to a unkown music from a unknow band and based on our feelings and toughts about it, we had to create a fictitious band. We had to develop its name, musics and its concept. The music I listened to felt very “adult”, with a dancing rhythm. I decided that the central element of the CD had to be something funny, that everything should be a joke. A band that made fun of the young-clubber culture.

Close-up of one pattern.

First version of the booklet.

I created the typeface for the cover and the “double meaning” patterns, to make it feel funny. Later I was told that the music I listened to was called “Bubble Butt”, by Major Lazer. I became very interested in it and researched more. It was very surprising to find out that the music was indeed a joke about young north-american culture, and so I decided to improve and expand my project and make it a redesign of the original CD, with its original musics.

Final version.

First book made for an academic project wich consisted of diagraming 3 different books april 2014

This is a book about Ariano Suassuna, one of the greatest Brazilian writers. Besides books, he also wrote plays for theatres and poems. This book was a tribute to his death in 2014, and the texts were predetermined by my teacher. One of the particularities of his work is that, being born in the northeastern part of Brazil, he often used popular themes of this region, which is very poor and dry, but also has a very rich culture.


The challenge here was to show through my book the duality of the stories Ariano wrote. Based on my conception of the north-east, I wanted to show two different points of view: the drought, the poverty, the hardship; and the colours of the festivities, the garments, dances and ornaments. This duality is always present on Ariano’s works, making it impossible to understand the complexity of the north-east region not having at least two distinct conceptions, and also being impossible to understand a character as complex as Ariano not looking firstly at the inspiration for his works: his land.

Photographs I took for the book.

I chose to represent that duality through transparent paper, it shows the crude reality, but also make it possible to see the colours and liveliness of Ariano’s stories. You can see the two realities separately, but the first image presented to the reader is that of them combined.

Second book made for an academic project wich consisted of diagraming 3 different books may 2014

In the second exercise of the project, we had to diagram a book based on the life of Nelson Mandela. The texts and the big format were predetermined by my teacher. After a research about him and his culture, I decided to make the book imposing, yet simple, as him. I also intended to show through the pages the fight against the apartheid that changed South Africa, as he was the greatest symbol of it. Based on this, I chose to use the redish-orange as the only color (wich is a recurring color of the african handicraft and represents the blood shed and difficulty of the fight against apartheid), to contrast with the strong, full of meaning, black and white photographs.


“There is no easy way to freedom”

The lines permeating the book are a important graphic element. They represent the harsh long path and fight Mandela undertook for his people. The pattern, inspired in south-african textiles, was made by me to enrich the book graphically.

Social media pieces made in my internship at Espaรงo Fashion august 2014

La vie en Rose

La vie en Rose La vie en Rose

Initial tests for Instagram pieces and possible fonts.

These are some pieces I made for social media during my internship. This was an Editorial for the Fast Fashion line of Espaço Fashion. The Editorial’s photos are very delicate and give a feeling of a relaxing atmosphere and warmth. Also they are very feminine. I wanted to convey these ideas through a hand-lettered typography, that usually is more delicate than a computer font, so I made some tests. The result was stiff and not what I imagined it to be, so I thought a real handmade typography would be the best. I wrote it down on the paper and refined it in Illustrator. I have not much experience in lettering, but the final result was very pleasant to me. I believe it represents well the atmosphere of this Editorial.

First version of the handmade lettering. Still too bold and stiff.

Final version. Much more fluid and delicate.

Final version of one Instagram piece.

Pieces on the official Instagram.

Email-marketing art.

Brand and product developed for Design and Marketing class october 2014

In this project we had to develop a brand and a product for it, showing what we learned in the class: the concepts of marketing combined with design. My group and I developed a brand called ‘Garupa’ focused in sustainable transportation, that intends to stimulate the use of bicycles on our city and the rest of Brazil. ‘Garupa’ means, in portuguese, the back space on the bicycle that you can give a ride to another person. It gives off an idea of collectivity and friendship. The first product of this brand is the ‘Tijupá’, a protection for bicycle riders on rainy days, as we conducted a survey and noted that most people don’t use their bikes when it’s raining. ‘Tijupá’ is an word of indigenous origin and means ‘small hut’ and ‘tent’ and reinforces national identity. Brand’s logo, reduced logo and institutional font and colors.

Product’s logo. It is a changing logo, designed to meet the taste of different consumers. These are examples of patterns clients can use on their Tijupás.





easy assembly

Tijupå’s sketch.



estruturas acoplagem

´ e como se Desmonta um tijupa?

Instructional poster on how TijupĂĄ works and how to disassemble it.

“Let it rain� advertising . The poster was made with watercolor.

4-fold infographic done for an academic project november 2014

The proposal here was to chose a sport that we didn’t know anything about and make a infographic, to be a magazine special insert folder. Each person had to create a different visual identity for it. The format was given by my teacher and it should contain the rules, origin, timeline, curiosities and other relevant information. The biggest challenge was that I have never done a infographic before. I had to learn how to make it explanatory, non-confusing and informative, yet visually appealing for readers. Also, I decided to make a version of it in english so it could reach more people worldwide.

Bilingual landscaping architecture magazine made for an academic project november 2014

The proposal for this project was to create a bilingual academic magazine for the Urban Architecture Master in my University, that focus in Landscaping Architecture. The texts were given by my teacher, but we had to create the name and the concept of the magazine, so my class did a series of brainstorms. We came up with ‘Scena’ to represent a scene that is always changing, like the landscapes, and it is easy to be pronounced both in english and portuguese. We wanted the magazine to be a window to showcase these ever-changing scenes.

Projects, mosaics, paintings by Burle Marx and landscaping architecture magazines were among my references.

Also, we had to pick out a special theme for this issue, so I chose to talk about Roberto Burle Marx, one of the most renonwed brazilian landscape architects. He did an overall amazing job, but what fascinates me more are his colorful and intricate mosaics and gardens. This was my first time doing a magazine, so I had to learn how to work with different subjects under the same project, maintaining a more stern visual identity, since it was intended for an academic target audience.

A collection of my personal and commercial works

Stamp patterns These were made for the Vegetal Stamping Workshop, were we should try new techniques, like photography, vector, drawing etc, in the making of the patterns. The technique used here was stamping with dry leaves coated in gouache paint. This was my very first attempt in the world of patterns.

Tropical pattern This one was developed in a Workshop were we had to create a motiff based on a tropical atmosphere in only 6 hours. Me and my group focused in the florals, vegetation and the sea. Also, we had to work with Copics markers and it was my first time working with this kind of material, which was a challenge.

Prints for Espaรงo Fashion Some of my works made during my internship at Espaรงo Fashion, a famous brazilian fashion brand. I always try to make my patterns based on handmade drawings, collages and paintings, and only use the computer to put everything together and give the final touches. I think it gives me more freedom in the creational process and differentiates my work from a lot of nowadays computer-only patterns. It gives a unique feeling to the patterns and prints. Handwriting and strokes on nankin.

Final result.

Drawing with black pen on paper. It was printed on the collar of a tank top blouse.

Handwriting with black pen, charcoal and photography of a piece of cloth to make a more realistic effect.

Detail of the embroidery on the sleeve

Digital collage.

Acrylic paint on paper.

Flower on watercolor, black scotch tape and line, and branches done with nankin.

Published on Vogue Brazil’s website. There were produced two types of this print, one with horizontal stripes and other with vertical.

Collage with texturized paper, nankin and charcoal. It originated two prints. For the blouse a blue form was added on photoshop.

Charcoal flowers and acrylic paint background. The colors were changed to match the collection’s color palette.

Attempts of making a fluid handwriting.

Both of my prints were published on Espaço Fashion’s offical Instagram.

Portfolio KABK  
Portfolio KABK