Interview: Bruno Borges

Last week we've posted an article about Bruno Borges, a brazilian who has been developing a great work and that made us very proud to publish it here.

Bruno gave us the pleasure of answering a few questions, talking about his style, how he deals with his projects and also why he'd decided to work with design. Check this interview out, and to get to know a little bit more about him, visit

1- Bruno, welcome to Abduzeedo! Tell us a little bit about you, where you from and how you've started as a designer.

I'm 25 years old, and at least 5 of them were dedicated to design and visual arts. I can't really tell when this passion started because I've always liked drawing, sculpting and assembling things. Since the choices we make in life are important, I've decided to mix things I love and work with that.

2- One of the main characteristics on your work is how you deal with typography, in some cases it's the main part inside a piece. Do you have any source of inspiration for that kind of work? How would you describe your style?

I think typography is a big helper to design and it's an element I really value, that I spend time researching. The coolest thing is that, besides carrying a message, it also shapes and give the content a mood, and it doesn't matter what kind of content it is. That's why I like experimenting with loose phrases to explore the possibilities that each type give us. So, I guess that if I have a style, definetily it is experimental.

3- Tell us a little bit about your work process, your every day routine. What are your sources of research and what sites do you commonly visit?

I usually see lots of things. I see it, save it and all that. That's because I think it's important to know what's going on out there, what possibilities have been explored and which may be discovered yet. When I notice a new pattern being established in world production, I tend to run away from it and to search for something new. It's a search, an attempt to make a fresher design. And my references are many. I guess a book may inspire you as much as a movie or a song, until the point when it wakes you up to that willing to change, to make new things. Or turn to do other stuff.

4- What about your tools? What software do you use? Is there any special effect you always use or maybe a tip to share with us?

Photoshop, Illustrator and a few 3D softwares. But photoshop is the one I use the most. I think there are no tricks... these softwares are amazing tools and made possible to create a lot of things since computers began being used to make art. It's important to know how they work to use them to its full potential, to use them in the middle of the process, and not start it.

5- We've noticed in your portfolio that you have many works that you call experimental. Do you usually make these pieces to test a concept or effect? Are any of these, works that were not finished? And tell us if you got any running project.

Many things in the site were published, but most of them are only experimental. I like the briefing commitment, the deadline preassure, but if I don't do experimental works, I won't explore new paths, then I think there's no purpose on going on. I enjoy leisure time and a little uncommitment once in a while. :D
And my only project right now is to open a studio once for all, where many other projects will come to life.

6- And to chill out a little bit, what do you usually do? Sports, movies, television? Any tips on what to do while visiting São Paulo?

Damn, I live in São Paulo, but I'm a terrible local. I guess I don't even have to say that there's like a thousand things to do per second around here, but I'm really easy going. I think that tripping is really important, in the widest meaning of the word. I would easily spend 17 hours inside a bus to visit a new place, but I also enjoy very much spending the whole weekend at home, watching a movie or working on a new piece. I just think that dancing sucks big time.

7- Thanks for the interview! Any tips for the people who might be starting designing now, or maybe a last word?

Try things out!

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I'm a Brazilian product designer based in Oakland, California currently working for Google as a Staff Designer. I am also the founder of Abduzeedo, an award-winning digital publication about design and a personal project that has become the source of inspiration for millions of designers and enthusiasts.

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