Maria Helena

Graphic Design
Visual Identity
Art Direction
Editorial Design

+351 964 377 794


Maria Helena is a designer, illustrator and creative director, based in Porto, practicing her craft for more than 16 years.

She has been working with a wide range of clients, as an in- house designer and independently for brands, educational projects, fashion and retail. With a multidisciplinary experience, she’s been art directing and designing visual identities, campaigns, digital media, and creating illustration work for books, clothes or objects.

Alongside her design and artistic practice, her work has been exhibited in several galeries, design exhibitions and events. 

Creativity & business

She believes in creative communication aligned with strategy and research. The result is a coherent bond between creativity & business. For each project, a singular approach and tools, tailored to the idea.
More details & complete cv upon request.


Communication Design at ESAD — class of 2003


Lupa Brand — 2014
Selected for the first edition of the Startup Accelaration Program by UPTEC (Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto)

Two Dot Two Studio — Co-founder (2010-2016)

Lupa Studio — 2020


Casa Barbot/Casa da Cultura de Gaia, Câmara Municipal de Gaia, Casa Museu-Teixeira Lopes, Arquivo Municipal de Gaia, Saber Fazer, Red Bull Music Academy Hub, Empresa Têxtil Nortenha, BHS, Debenhams, John Lewis, Amazon, Cost Plus, World Market, Crispim Abreu, Parfois, Li&Fung Portugal, Osdm, Paladar da Alma, Manga Curta, Ornitorrinco, Algaplus, Flexipol, Escola Secundaria Alcaides de Faria, European Meeting of the 2nd Chance Schools.  

Exhibitions / Exposições

Homesick • 100% London Design Festival’06, Old Truman Brewery, London, 2006.
Homesick • Milan Design Week’06, Zona Tortona , Superstudio13, Milan, 2006.
Homesick • Artesania Catalunya, Barcelona, 2007.
Mapa Mental
• Collective, ESAD, Porto, Portugal, 2003.
Porto na Rota dos Vinhos • Collective, Porto, Portugal, 2003.
Lovevideo • Digital Arts Show, Contagiarte, Porto, Portugal, 2004.
Diversidades • Collective, Ordem dos Médicos, Porto, Portugal, 2007.
Homem T • Collective, Espaço T, Av. dos Aliados, Porto, Portugal, 2009.
Traga o seu postal à Bienal • XV International Art Biennal, Vila Nova de Cerveira, 2009.
Feiras Francas • Palácio das Artes, Porto, Portugal, 2010.
Oportoshow • Edíficio da Alfândega do Porto, Porto, Portugal, 2010.
Entre Pólos • Collective, Av. do Brasil 53, Lisboa, Portugal, 2010.
Erro • Galeria Ap’arte, Porto, Portugal, 2010.
Interferências Festival • Posters exibited in several street locations in Lisbon, Portugal, 2010.
Red Bull Music Academy • Handpainted mural at Rua Cândido dos Reis, Porto, 2011.
The Heartbreakers • Individual exhibition, Ó!Galeria, Porto, 2011.
Pangrama Exhibition • at Maria Vai com as Outras, Porto, 2011.
Teia Exhibition • at Ó!Galeria, Porto, 2012.

Film Festivals / Festivais de Cinema

Short-movie  Eye Spy, Portugal, 2003, EXP, Betacam SP, Colour, 3’50’’

Ovarvideo Portugal 2003
Dot.Mov Festival, Japan, 2003
Fike, Portugal, 2003
Fest, Portugal 2004
Némo, France, 2004 e 2005
Cannes Short Film Corner, France, 2004 Mostra De Vídeo, Portugal, 2004 e 2005
Festival Internacional De Curtas Metragens de Vila Do Conde, Portugal, 2004
Arte Non Stop, Portugal, 2004
Backup, Germany, 2004
Imago, Portugal, 2004
Interfilm, Germany, 2004
Clemont Ferrand, France, 2005, Fantasporto, Portugal, 2005
Artes de Macau, China, 2005
Caminhos Do Cinema Portugês, Portugal, 2005 | Videolx, Portugal, 2005
Tinklay, Lithuania, 2005
Timeline, Portugal, 2005
Festival Internacional de Jovens Realizadores de Granada, Spain, 2005  Invideo, Italy, 2005
Up And Coming, Germany, 2006
Festival Internacional de Artes e Cultura Portuguesa, Spain, 2006
Ollin Kan, México, 2007.

Awards / prémios

Eye Spy • Best Experimental Video • FEST, Festival Nacional de Cinema e Vídeo de Espinho, 2004.
Homesick • Special prize, Books, Magazines e Brochures, Inapa Portugal, 2006.

Press / Publicações

Living Etc UK Magazine / 2006
Mix Future Interiors Magazine / 2006
Única Magazine / 2008
Caderno Expresso Newspaper/ 2008
Expresso Emprego Newspaper / 2008
Time Out Porto Magazine / 2010
Don’t Panic / 2010
O conspirador / Red bull Music Academy / 2011

Magic Packaging
Designers Universe – The Wow Factor!

Magnética Magazine
Lovely Package
Fine little day
Desire to inspire
Design work life
All the mountains...
Ready Made
Where the lovely things are
Modern Museum: perfect.
Package Machine
Better living through design
Designer Ebol :: 네이버 블로그
A prancheta
Feather and webb
Red Bull Music Academy
Magnética Magazine  AnormalMag  
Público / P3 

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