Since 2022Temístocles GonçalvesCommunication Designer

How did you get into design?

I have enjoyed drawing since I was 8 years old. Over the years that skill always kept me close to an artistic/visual side, and that led me to apply for a bachelor's degree in design. It was a great fit, and now I fluctuate between multiple areas of design (graphic, motion, 3D…)

Why are you at Liferay?

To develop my career as a designer, to challenge myself to work in a new environment, to meet new colleagues and expand my skills about working with a team, to train my english… Many reasons!

Favorite tool?

Cinema 4D for 3D in general, After Effects for motion design.

Best lifehack?

Youtube is arguably the best source for learning the basics of most softwares and technical skills.

Where do you find #inspiration?

Pinterest, Behance, Vimeo, Youtube, CGArchitect, Instagram…

One thing you are getting better at?

My 3D skills (modeling and rendering specifically).

One misconception about Design you try to clear up?

It’s not just about “beautiful things”, most design decisions (if not every single one) are there for a reason, either functional, symbolic, emotional...

If you weren't designing, what would you be doing?

Right now, probably trying my chances as a 3D Archviz artist.

What does your desktop/home screen look like?

Completely empty, not a single icon on my desktop. Everything is tucked and organized as much as I can in folders. My smartphone screen looks pretty neat as well.

Favorite place to visit?

Anywhere my friends might be. :)

Favorite superhero?

Monkey D. Luffy \o/

Favorite hotkey?

Shift+c to bring up the search bar on Cinema 4D, and F9 to ease a keyframe on After Effects.

Advice for ambitious designers?

Do it with purpose. Any small or big decision in your design process benefits from having a solid reason why. Always avoid making decisions “just because” (especially big ones).

Last book you read?

The Lord of The Rings Series. I’ve also tried reading “The Capital” from Karl Marx, but the language was too dense for me, so I couldn't go much further.

Most effective productivity booster?

If there’s a big project that feels overwhelming, separate it into small tasks.

What keeps you up at night?

I might need extra therapy if I think too hard about that question! 😅

Favorite quote?

"When education is not liberating, the dream of the oppressed is to become the oppressor" - Paulo Freire

Where else can we find you?


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