My name is Cláudio Mendonça, I’m a graphic designer in Brazil. I was born as a designer. Yes, that’s right. My father is a designer, and since kindengarden I was encouraged to dive the visual side of life and since I was 8 years old I already wanted to become a designer. Well, a few years later, I was 14, and since I was still liking the idea of graphic design, my father arranged for me to become a trainee in an offset press company. “This way you will learn the smell of press…” he said. It was amazing. Later on, I turned 19, and it was time to engage in College, and Graphic Design it is. I graduated ate FUMEC University, in 2005.
While I was in college, I was already working on side projects at my fathers Design Studio, and started to grab some gigs with my teachers. A bit later, while still in college, I worked as a trainee at a nice studio in Belo Horizonte.
After I graduated, I worked on my own for 3 years, until I moved to Brazil’s capital, Brasília. For 3 and a half years, I worked in a press office in in Brasília where I learned a lot about the editorial design. With very tight deadlines and heavy workloads, I was forced to learn to work fast, with compromising the quality of the results. After that stage, I moved back to Belo Horizonte, to be Art Director for a new and promising Magazine.
Still in Brasília, I started working for the Centre of Direct Democracy in Switzerland. By then I was already focusing on webdesign and the interaction part of it just came naturally to me. It was time to venture myself in new waters. I started to work in FiCRM, a web app “startup”, exclusively with interaction design, while keeping some freelance works in the fields of branding, editorial design and regular website building.
Later on I got hired by the World Bank Institute, to work as a graphic designer for their Open Government branch. Since then, I’ve been working for them, doing branding, data visualizations and interaction designs of all sorts.
Long story short, I am an overall designer, being able to craft nice material for print and digital platforms.
I’m living in Belo Horizonte since december 2010. Working remotely for 90% of my clients, from Washington D.C., New York, Zurich, São Paulo, Brasília, and more.