Francisco Pestana

Design Strategist and Project Manager

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About me

 

Experienced professional and entrepreneur, with over 25 years working in the Design industry, possessing extensive knowledge planning comprehensive projects, managing teams, suppliers and partners, supervising the initiatives to their completion. Since 2011, I have spearheaded LifePICNIC.com, a design e-commerce platform, taking on the role of General Manager and Design Curator, overseeing all areas from concept generation, product selection, UI, customer service strategy, communication and marketing, logistics and managing powerful web analytics tools. I co-founded and managed a multidisciplinary consultancy and design company, FPGB Consultoria e Design. In the design and communication management field I was distinguished with 2 Red Dot Design Awards and 1 Designpreis Deutschland nomination, of which I am proud of, as they were all for comprehensive projects of the portuguese pavilions developed for the recent World Exhibitions in Spain and China - Expo Zaragoza 2008 and Expo Shanghai 2010. As a Design Manager Consultant I have worked for several organisations including industry related initiatives with several programme structures, from the recruitment process, budgeting, industry partnerships, workshops, training plans, designer and mentorship collaborations, industry specific requirements and production timeframes, product universes and market targeting, exhibition and media campaigns to entrepreneurial missions and evaluations. Expertise: Project Management, Strategy Definition, Innovation Processes, Design Consultancy & Action Plans, E-commerce, Communication Design, Exhibition Design, Product Design, Production Management, Digital Marketing, Brand Repositioning, Consumer Experience, Service Design. I am also author and speaker on Design Management.

Skills

 

  • Branding
  • Art Direction
  • Presenting
  • Account Management
  • Budgeting
  • Design
  • Management
  • Production Management
  • Project Management
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Creative Direction
  • Interactive Design
  • Ideas Development
  • Logistics Management

Work history

Currently

Founding Partner Project Manager

FPGB Consultants

Nov 1996
  • FPGB is a Design Consultancy company whose mission is to develop innovative and multidisciplinary solutions to our clients challenges. We develop global strategies, structured in a way to insure all project phases, with straightforward communication and a profound comprehension of our client’s real problems and goals. Our vision is aimed towards excellence. Our values embrace accuracy, innovation and creativity. Consultancy: · Design Management · Strategic Planning · Brand and Product Development Communication: · Visual Identity · Branding · Editorial Design · Signage Systems · Packaging · Advertising · Marketing Services · Interactive | Systems · WebSolutions | Mobile | Apps . Motion Environments: · Space Planning · Commercial Outlets · Exhibitions · Stands · Events · Augmented Reality Product: · Product Design · Service Design

Currently

Design Management Consultant

FPGB CPD

Jan 2001
  • My work as a Design Consultant, mainly as an invited Design Consultant for the Portuguese Design Centre (CPD), includes industry related initiatives with several programme structures: from the recruitment process, budgeting, industry partnerships, workshops, training plans, designer and mentorship collaborations, strategy definition, industry specific requirements and production timeframes, product universes and market targeting, exhibition and media campaigns to entrepreneurial missions and evaluations.

Currently

Founding Partner General Manager & Design Curator

Lifepicnic.com

Jan 2015
  • I am Founder and Principal at LifePICNIC.com, a design e-commerce platform that promotes and sells quality designed items. Our mission is to showcase carefully selected products that reflect insight into a high standard life, aimed at a travelled, urban epicure and design lover. At LifePICNIC.com, I have established partnerships with over 60 companies, curated the product selection of over 1000 items, implemented a complex international logistics system, defined and coordinated all online media strategies and communication plan. I also oversee website traffic growth, website UI, statistics systems, graphic/interface design and content, and am responsible for the project’s financial supervising. LifePICNIC.com ships worldwide being Europe and the US our prime markets. Discover our amazing products at: www.lifepicnic.com. Follow us here: https://www.facebook.com/lifepicnic.international https://www.pinterest.com/lifepicnic

1996

Designer

Omeleta LDA Design and Advertising Agency

May 1994 - Jun 1996

1993

Technical Draughtsman & Model Maker

Pão de Açúcar Project Department Large Retail Stores

Aug 1989 - Nov 1993

1993

Technical Draughtsman

João Vasconcelos Marques, Arquitectos Ltd Hotel Design

Jan 1993 - Sep 1993

Education

1996

Industrial Design

Glasgow School of Art and CPD

Aug 1995 - Apr 1996
  • Postgraduate Study

1995

Industrial Design

IADE Superior School of Design

Aug 1991 - Nov 1995
  • Graduate Degree

Awards

2011

Red Dot Design Award 2011

Red Dot

  • Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen - Essen, Germany Project: Portuguese Pavilion at Expo Shanghai 2010 Exhibition and Communication / Design Management http://www.fpgbdesign.com/shanghai/

2011

Designpreis Deutschland - Nominee

  • Project: Portuguese Pavilion at Expo Zaragoza 2008 Communication / Design Management FPGB has been nominated for the Designpreis 2011 - Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany 2011. The Designpreis is the highest official recognition for design excellence in Germany, awarded by the Federal Minister for Economics and Technology and is organised by the German Design Council. It is known as the

2009

Red Dot Design Award 2009

Red Dot

  • Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen - Essen, Germany Project: Portuguese Pavilion at Expo Zaragoza 2008 Communication / Design Management http://www.fpgbdesign.com/expo2008

2007

Futura Award - Best website design

  • http://www.alfaprint.pt