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Since 2011, Porto, The Royal Studio is a practice led by João Castro that instrumentalizes Design as an artistic discourse. Subversive, performative and layered, both in commissioned work and as autonomous practice, it often operates between the boundaries of identity, culture, and authorship. A stone of nerve and attitude. And Affection. And blood. Expanding on the role of the designer as a source, it exercises in the fields of design, art direction, consultancy, education and research. Content and culture-driven it sums routines from -9h to + 11h in 24h.



  The Royal Studio

  Rua José Falcão, 156, S3

  4050-315 Porto, Potugal


CONTACTS:


  Design & Art Direction: hello@theroyalstudio.com

  Exhibition & Lectures: joao@theroyalstudio.com

  Press & Social Media: press@theroyalstudio.com



LECTURES:


  • PDP Conference Serbia, 2019, Novi Sad, PT

  • Plug&Play, 2019, Porto, PT

  • ADOR Moldova, 2019, Chișinău, Moldova, RO

  • MAD Summer School, 2019, Póvoa de Varzim, PT

  • Brief festival, 2018, Madrid, ES

  • FBAUL Crise de Identidade, 2018, Lisboa, PT

  • 28th International Biennial of Graphic Design, 2018, Brno, CZ

  • Let’s Talk About Design, 2017, Braga, PT

  • ESAD, 2017, Matosinhos, PT

  • European Design Awards, 2017, Porto, PT

  • Torino Graphic Days, 2017, Turin, IT

  • World Graphics Day, ESAD, 2016, Matosinhos, PT

  • ESAD, 2015, Matosinhos, PT

  • Ravensbourne University London, 2015, London, UK

  • ENED, 2015, Aveiro, PT

  • Comunicar Design IX, 2014, Caldas da Raínha, PT

  • World Graphics Day, ESAD, 2014, Matosinhos, PT

  • Get Set Festival, 2014, Porto, PT

  • Yaşar Üniversitesi, 2014, Izmir, PT

  • Push Porto, Circus Network, 2014, Porto, PT

  • ULP, 2014, Porto, PT

  • ULP, 2013, Porto, PT

  • 20x20x30, ESAD, 2012, Matosinhos, PT


TEACHING:



WORKSHOPS:


  • Here But Not Here, on collaborative design, environmental & performative design, visual systems to be upscaled, de-localization & space,
    180 Creative Camp, 2018, Abrantes, PT

  • To Be Brainless and to Stay Conscious Without Stealing Gum from the Taxi Driver, on collaborative design, graphic compositio & riso printing,

    Torino Graphic Days, 2017, Turin, IT

  • To Build vs. To Destroy, on collaborative design, graphic systems in experimental identity contexts, environmental & performative design,

    Ravensbourne University London, 2015, London, UK


JURY & CURATION:


  • Porto Design Biennale, Satellite Exhibitions, Porto, Matosinhos, 2019, PT 

  • Bolsa de Ideias 17, Links, along with Ana Resende, Matosinhos, 2019, PT

  • International Academy of Arts & Sciences, Public Service & Activism, Education & Discovery, Weird & Experimental, 

    Best Art Direction, Best Overall Social Presence, 2016—2020, London, New York City, UK, USA

  • Experimenta Design, As Far As The Mind Can See, along with Marco Balesteros & Mirko Ilić, 2015, Lisboa, Porto, PT


EXHIBITIONS:


  • ESAD, A Story a Day Keeps The Virus Away, 2020, Matosinhos, PT

  • Um Por Um, I’m Leaving You, 2020, Porto, PT 

  • Design Biennale, Post Millennium Tensions, Millennials - Design do Novo Milénio, by José Bártolo, 2020, Porto, PT

  • Já Podemos Entrar em Pânico?, by José Guilherme Marques, 2019, Porto, PT

  • Bauhaus - 100 Anos, 100 Objetos, by Carla Cadete, Casa Museu Guerra Junqueiro, 2019, Porto, PT

  • Café au Lait, by Ana Martins, 2019, Porto, PT

  • 5ª Bienal Iberoamericana di Diseño, 2018, Madrid, ES

  • 180 Creative Camp, 2018, Abrantes, PT

  • 100 Dollar Bills Y’all, Circus Network, 2018, Porto, PT

  • Data Walking, A research project exploring data gathering & data visualisation, Ravensbourne Research Office, 2018, London, UK

  • Weltformat — Graphic Design Festival, The Moving Poster #2, by Josh Schaub, 2018, Zurich, CH

  • Porto Post Doc, Dragofly Eyes, 2017, Porto, PT

  • 36 Days of Type, by Nina Sans & Rafa Goicoechea, 2017, Barcelona, ES

  • Design by Porto, Porto by Design, 4 Anos de Design da Câmara do Porto, 2017, Porto, PT

  • Desejo, Tensão, Transição — Percursos do Design Português, ESAD—IDEA & Experimenta Design, by José Bártolo, 2016, Matosinhos, PT

  • Portugal By Design, by Jorge Silva, 2016, Lisbon, PT

  • Letters are What Matters, Caldas Late Night, 2015, Caldas da Raínha, PT

  • ESAD 25 Anos, 2015, Matosinhos, PT

  • 20x20x20, by Bolos Quentes, 2014, Porto, PT

  • Soirée Graphique #10, by KOMET, 2014, Bern, CH

  • Philantra, O Que Queres Ser Quando Fores Grande?, 2014, Póvoa de Varzim, PT

  • Âncora, Circus Network, Stray, 2013, Porto, PT

  • Take Away Porto, Em Cartaz, by Luís Mendonça & Rui Mendonça, 2012, Porto, PT

  • NFOACQFOD, on John Keats, by José Bártolo, 2012, Porto, PT

  • Red Bull Music Academy, by Dama Aflita, 2012, Porto, PT

  • Oporto Show, Chair, Skills Made of Douro, 2012, Porto, PT

  • Vandal Jackpot, by Dama Aflita, 2011, Porto, PT


CLIENTS:


  • 9–6, Basel, CH

  • Adobe, California, USA

  • Adult Swim, Atlanta, USA

  • Ágora Porto, Porto, PT

  • Alkantara, Lisbon, PT

  • Associação Comercial do Porto, Porto, PT

  • AVNGR, Porto, PT

  • Black Hand Path, Washington, USA

  • Brewbot, New York City, USA

  • British School of Kuwait, Kuwait City, KW

  • Centro Cultural Vila-Flor, Guimarães, PT

  • Coliseu do Porto, Porto, PT

  • Commercial Bank of Kuwait, Kuwait City, KW

  • Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos, Matosinhos, PT

  • Câmara Municipal do Porto, Porto, PT

  • Doors Production, Kuwait City, KW

  • Elementi Magazine, Belgrade, SR, RS

  • Encontros da Imagem, Braga, PT

  • Esad, Matosinhos, PT

  • Esad—Idea, Matosinhos, PT

  • Facebook, California, USA

  • Fonoteca Municipal do Porto, Porto, PT

  • Fontlab, St. Petesburg, Panama, RU, PA

  • Galeria Municipal do Porto, Porto, PT

  • Human After All, London, UK

  • Lenahan Law, Dallas, USA

  • Maat, Lisbon, PT

  • Mickey McCooper Studios, Oppenheim, DE

  • Million Dollar Extreme, Atlanta, USA

  • Ministry of Sound, London, UK

  • Modus Magazine, London, UK

  • Monster Jinx, Matosinhos, PT

  • Morpheem, Stockholm, SV

  • Má da Fita, Braga, PT

  • Netti Hurley, USA

  • New Republic, New York City, USA

  • Ninja Tune, London, UK

  • Nomad — Viagens e Aventura, Porto, PT

  • Pigeon, Porto, PT

  • Porto Business School, Porto, PT

  • Porto Design Biennale, Porto, Matosinhos, PT

  • Portugal Fashion, Porto, PT

  • Prozis, Braga, PT

  • Slimcutz, Matosinhos, PT

  • TBWA, New York City, California, Paris, USA, FR

  • The Atlantic, Washington, USA

  • The Hospital Club, London, Los Angeles, UK, USA

  • The Lovie Awards, London, UK

  • The Unbabel, Lisbon, PT

  • The Webby Awards, New York City, USA

  • Wallpaper* Magazine, London, UK

  • White Haus, Porto, PT

  • WWD Magazine, Los Angeles, USA

  • Yahoo!, California, USA



SOCIAL MEDIA:



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Desde 2011, Porto, The Royal Studio é o exercício gráfico de João Castro. Instrumentaliza o Design como um discurso artístico. Subversivo, performativo, tanto em esferas comerciais como em práticas autónomas, opera na fronteira entre identidade, cultura e autoria. Uma pedra de nervo e postura. E afecto. E sangue. Construindo sobre o papel do designer como uma origem, desenha nos universos do design, direcção de arte, consultoria, educação e investigação. Constrói rotinas das -9h às +11h em 24h.