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António Lacerda

President, National Association of Designers and Director (Master of Communication Design), University of Algarve

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António Lacerda, is a graphic designer, researcher and professor in the Department of Arts, Communication and Design at the University of Algarve, Portugal. António is the coordinator of the Master's degree in communication with a focus on design in the tourism and cultural sectors.

He received his PhD degree in Communication Design – specialiasing in visual identities for public sector – from University of Lisbon (2011), and has a post graduate degree in Multimedia Technology from the Faculty of Enginering at University of Porto (2004), and he holds a Bachelor’s degree in communication design from ESAD – Matosinhos (1996).

He has been a member of Research Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Design (CIAUD) at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon since 2007. His research interests focus on visual identity, in particular symbols, logotypes, typographic colours, images and photography – looking at the role that visual identities have in economical, social and cultural development.

He has worked for several graphic design studios in Porto and Lisbon and was the founder of Locomotivo Design and Fuel-Design (Porto) and Designthinking studio (Faro). He has worked on a number of projects, seminars and exhibitions, connecting the fields of communication design and culture. He has published work on communication design, branding, design management, culture and tourism.

He is currently the president of the National Association of Designers in Portugal. More information about António and his works can be found on