|A Duet for DesignA look into the works of R2 Design
the second big city in Portugal, is one of the oldest European cities. It lies
in the north of Portugal on the coast of the Pacific and is halved by the Douro
River. The art and architecture of Neo-Classicism and Romanticism of the 19th
and 20th centuries have made it one of the most scenic landscapes in the world.
However, it has also been touched by modern art and architecture. Lizá Ramalho
& Artur Rebelo founded R2 design studio in this city. This city is the
symbol of the contingence between the last two centuries and today. Therefore,
it was apt for this design duo to initiate the organization of the conference
on the world contemporary graphic design of AGI 2010 congress in this city.
collaboration started from the time they were students and worked on class
projects and they have wafted their way to professionalism ever since. The
concomitance of their study and career improvement could be the key to their
success. Liza, upon completing her studies, won a scholarship to go on an
expedition to visit a European studio. She met with Alan Fletcher who left an
indelible influence on her professional life. Liza and Artur began their
profession by working with a small theatrical group: Teatro Bruto. Each play
had its own performance, poster and promotion. Both were the managers, curators
and anything else. As they once said, they both took risks, criticized
themselves, were dissatisfied, did overtime and that was all that mattered to
them and pleased them.
has been working on a wide range of visual identity designs, posters and books,
sign systems, installation and exhibition designs for cultural entities,
museums, contemporary artists and architects for over 15 years. They pay
special attention to the surrounding objects, materials and tools. They use
concrete, animation, neon, florescent ink, type and also typography. The
variety in their works results from avoiding a specific method.
poster I Love Távora has a structuralist typography and is a reference to urban
architectural design while the poster Molly Bloom has a poetic and free air
which is derived from the spirit of the work. Fernando Tavora, the architect
from Porto and the founder of Architecture School of Porto, is known to be the
most influential Portuguese modern architect. The expression I Love Távora has
come from a project Tavora had been working on when he was a teacher. He had
put this expression on his teacher at the time. On the other hand, the two-hour
monologue by Molly of Ulysses includes an inner feeling in a dauntless manner
where the words are uttered in different paces, rhythms and states.
arrangement of Unfinished Trajectories which was displayed in Casa da Música
was taken from the audience's emotions and points of view and was rooted in Rem
poster AGI Open Porto 2010 is a different world of endless multiplication and
patterned images of black and white. This tile mosaic forms have been regarded
as an expression of native art in Portugal for the past five centuries. Cheap
and ordinary materials are made into a beautiful and valuable work of art. This
poster is the result of Portuguese culture and the process of creative design.
In this poster, in addition to structural repetition, deliberate systematic
mistakes can also be seen which signifies their favorite contrast, that is, a
combination of ancient and modern motifs.
next year, the same experience was used in a colorful format to produce an
animated logo for the 20th anniversary of the Publico newspaper which is
well-known for its political independence. R2 applies the colorful
re-expression and its transformation to letters as a different result. As they
have claimed, they are far from computers and they try to experience everything
through photography and other materials. They are surrounded by things they
Ramalho and Artur Rebelo are both diploma graduates from Faculty of Fine Arts
of the University of Porto. Later, they graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts
of the University of Barcelona in design. Since 1999, they have been organizing
different workshops, lectures and educational seminars. On the one hand, they
have won several internationally recognized awards such as international poster
biennials and triennials of Tehran, Trnava, Chaumont, Hong Kong, Brno and Type
Directors Club of New York and on the other hand, the experience of taking part
in juries in recent years has introduced them as a professional duo to the
world of graphic design. The two R letters are the initials of their surnames
which also builds their studio title. Since 2007, they have both been members
of Alliance Graphique Inetrnationale (AGI).