“I see design as a tool for the creation of visual solutions and experiences that can have social impact and promote change. It’s the intersection between design and other artistic languages that fascinates me. As so, an MA in Contemporary Art History has allowed me to pursue further specialization and broaden my understanding on other areas of study such as art education and art therapy.”
Joana Paz is a freelance designer based in Lisbon.
Her professional experience in graphic and web design includes the development of creative solutions applied to a great variety of media, with special emphasis on children’s books and games. Co-author of six publications, with input on design and illustration, but also writing and art direction, she has guided several illustration workshops for children, mostly in portuguese schools (2012-2015), but also in ‘Favela da Maré’ (Rio de Janeiro, 2014), as well as during the dynamization of the exhibition “Como as cerejas”* in the Berardo Collection Museum (former CCB, Lisboa).
Having graduated in Communication Design at the University of Lisbon’s School of Fine Arts, during which she studied at the ‘Accademia di Belle Arti di Torino’ (Torino’s Art Academy, Italy) as an exchange student, she also complemented her artistic training with a three-year drawing course at ‘Sociedade Nacional de Belas-Artes’ (National Fine Arts Society, Lisbon).
In 2015 Joana decided to pursue an MA in Contemporary Art History at the NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities to pursue further specialization in fine arts and broaden her understanding on other areas of study, such as Art Education and Art Therapy.
* This was the same exhibition that followed the successful event of 2012 Bologna Children’s Book Fair where Portugal was guest of honor. The workshop was in partnership with Danuta Wojciechowska (illustration) and Dulce Gonçalves (creative writing).