♞ I’m Rui da Paz, a Art Director & multidisciplinary Designer. In my life, I
have studied ceramics, organised parties for hundreds of people when I was too young to legally drink alcohol, moved
to London, gotten kicked out of Central Saint Martins, dealt art through a contemporary art gallery I co-founded
in Soho, moved back to Lisbon to focus on design, moved to Stockholm, completed a degree in Interactive Art Direction
at Hyper Island. Moved to Copenhagen, then Milano, left, now lost in Northern Italy.
In my spare time I read & pile books, research odd topics, go hiking, track and collect interesting objects, listen to classical music,
explore historical places specially old castles and travel as much as i possibly can. Formalities: worked with clients
from Corporate to Fashion, Startups to Concerts & Parties. Selected clients: Pleo, Airbus Group, Sang Bleu,
TTTism, Parlamento Lisboa ®, Sony Music, Jeffrey Deitch, Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte, Teatro Praga, Électricité de France, Luxfrágil,
Faber Ventures, A CO HAUS, Reif Life, W-O-S.ru, La Grand Boutique, Maus Habitos Porto, Leon magazine, Slanted Magazine, A.V. Farming, Stadin A. Helsinki,
Good barber, Fernão Cruz, Horacio Frutuoso, Rekki, Saco Azul productions, Eye for an eye Records, C.A.R.O, Rive Rouge, S*M, Queen's yard, & a lot more.
Lights out was a project comissiones by Rekki ↗,
a raw glimpse into the routine of those who feed us. Shot entirely on a Bolex 16mm in several different locations in London.
Film director Filipe PenajoiaCreative direction & concept by me and David Anastacio ,
Director of Photography Joao de Botelho, Production by Sophie Cantopher, Editing Sergio Pedro
Sound production Nucleo Audio.
Website created for the project was designed by David & coded by Vasco Gaspar. Ps - Those are some of the storyboards I illustrated.
I was challenged to create an identity & brand by Xana & Joao, who back in 1996 opened the first Portuguese streetwear store called Big Punch, a legendary institutions to those growing up
not only in Lisbon, but Portugal, 22 years later PARLAMENTO ® is born. A menswear store located in Lisbon, specialised selling brands brands like Stüssy, Aries, Comme des Garçons Parfum,
Carhartt WIP, Brain Dead, Heresy, Asics or New Balance. Logotype and type curation by the ever talented David,
tone of voice, words & many creative ideas from the also talented Mariana copy going here copy going here
Illustrations and details from an unused concept. Presentation for a shop window front for the Italian fashion
Graphic identity for "A Longa Sombra", a contemporary art exhibition curated by Horácio Frutuoso, produced by Saco Azul & Maus Hábitos, Porto Portugal.
Designed somewhere between Lisbon and the beautiful island of Faial.
Part of the Sang Bleu group, TTTism is the leading publishing and online platform dedicated to showcasing contemporary
tattooing. We developed a dynamic feed, in which images change size according to their popularity based on likes, a
hashtag search system and the possibility of sharing and bookmarking posts, maximizing the TTTism experience.
On Fast Cars
A visual research publication exploring the violence, dangers and aestethics in the world of Formula 1 racing.
S*M is a Lisbon based clothing brand by Portuguese fashion designer Sara Maia. We collaborated closely with the
designer, observing the process of creating a collection. Coding and interaction by Vasco.
These are some fun initiatives started for Parlamento® store, a sort of a cinema & book club or at least motivational social media content
to get folks to read more / watch more cinema, or get inspirated to read different things. There are also guests recommending some of their favourite books / films.
A design studio I co-founded with Vasco. Our website
focused on creating an experience that mirrors us, rather than displaying client work. We gave users the possiblity
of submiting drawings, messages or money. This project has been used tons of times as a reference + example of
brutalist webdesign, like here or here, pretty
// artwork covers projects //
Music is a big drive and inspiration behind a lot of what i do,
one of the reasons i got into designing in the first place was artworks in record covers, posters and so on
Website for Teatro praga is a contemporary theater company was born in 1995, Lisbon. The group has been regularly
creating theatre plays co-produced by the most prestigious contemporary cultural institutions in Portugal and have
performed at several festivals and events worldwide.
Ivory & Black Gallery
Co-Founder & Director
I led a team of 5 art professionals that worked with a total of 28 artists in London and Miami, created eleven
exhibitions and published two books. I led the gallery’s creative direction and overseeing everything from brand
and identity to interior design, communications, PR and art dealing.
Luar Do Matrix
Unused record cover for Luar Do Matrix, an old highscool friend who has now traveled the world with his music.
10 + years later we met again and collaborated.
I got comissioned to create a set of illustrations to accompany the words of Matilda for Leon magazine, Helsinki based independent food and culture magazine.
I created an App for Borda d'Água, a Portuguese almanac published annually since 1929, continues to be printed
in a traditional way and to maintain the same editorial line since its foundation.
- I'm from Lisbon, I've lived in London, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Milan and now lost somewhere in
the beautiful landscape of Northern Italy. I do art direction, creative management, consultancy, research, design at
large and photography, u̶i̶ ̶u̶x̶ ̶&̶ ̶s̶o̶l̶u̶t̶i̶o̶n̶s̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶d̶i̶g̶i̶t̶a̶l̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶d̶u̶c̶t̶s̶. Also, I do artworks and posters for interesting people.
Random fact: I was featured in Japanese public television once, back in 2012, for a good half an hour, crazy.
Anyway. In my spare time I read & pile books, a lot, research odd topics, go hiking, track and collect interesting objects,
listen to classical music, explore historical places specially old castles and travel as much as i possibly can.
✳︎ Things I want to do: travel more, read more, make more objects, learn how to sail at some point, design a camouflage pattern,
get a dog, host a radio show at Antena 2, Attend the Bayreuth Festival, creative direction for an opera, or ballet i'm not picky,
cover for a Mathias Énard book, get back into ceramics, try to make some actual product design, more flags, more working with good people who have nice ideas
✳︎ I like reading as i said, here is my goodreads ↗
✳︎ Things, People and topics i want to learn more about, Basil Zaharoff, Nestor Makhno, Pepin the short, the Dulcians, Fra Dolcino, the Fraticelli order,
the black hundreds, very isolated outposts and potencial base locations ↗, Marga d'Andurain, Von Ungern-Stenberg, the barbary pirates, Niccolo Machiavelli, Estoril in world war espionage tales, Alois Musil, Mata Hari,
Baroness Anne Blunt, Arthur Conolly, Borgias family, more of Sir Richard Burton's books, Savitri Devi Mukherji, that crusader castle in Aleppo, Qasr Al Hayr,Modern conflicts & Warfare ,
Knights templar influence in the Iberian peninsula, Julius Euting, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, the austrian Lloyd line, the tuareg, the baron hotel in Aleppo, Qalaat Fakhr,
worked with clients from Corporate to Fashion, Startups to Concerts & Parties. Selected clients: Pleo, Airbus Group, Sang Bleu,
TTTism, Sony Music, Jeffrey Deitch, , Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte, Teatro Praga, EDF, Luxfrágil, Parlamento Lisboa, Faber Ventures,
A CO, Reif Life, W-O-S.ru, LaGrand Boutique, Leon magazine, Slanted Magazine, A.V. Farming, Stadin Ammattiopisto Helsinki,
Good barber, Fernão Cruz, Horacio Frutuoso, Rekki, S*M, Eye for an eye Records, C.A.R.O,
Rive Rouge, Queen's yard, & a lot more.
I'm not looking for new job opportunities, although I don't have much free time for small projects nowadays i'm always up to hearing about something interesting, specially within creative
and visual research field, remote or in real life. So if you need me, either shout my name under a full moon or email me ↗.
This website was designed by
David ↗, Vasco ↗ helped too, because making your website is cool but trusting your friends to do it is even
cooler if you ask me. And if you have made it this far, thanks for reading have a great day, godspeed with whatever you have going on in your life.