Manuela Silva

Senior digital designer and art director

Barcelona, Spain
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About me

Freelance digital designer & art director with over 14 years experience in agencies across Brazil, Italy, London and Barcelona. My design approach is based on insight, instinct and commitment. The essence of my work is guided by a core philosophy: to make functioning, timeless and beautifully simple work. I provide clients with meaningful user-centered experiences based on strong concepts that come alive in any format, from print to digital. I’ve had the pleasure of working with many talented people alongside clients ranging from small startups to large global brands like Honda, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, ESPN, Unilever, British Telecom, Ericsson and more. I offer my imagination worldwide. Let’s talk.

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  • Corporate Identity
  • Art Direction
  • Applications
  • Websites
  • Brand Identity
  • Interface Design
  • Interactive Design
  • Responsive Design
  • UI

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Saatchi & Saatchi

    Saatchi & Saatchi

    • Advertising
  • Digitas


    • Publishing
  • B

    BZZ Comunicacao

    • I


      Work history


      Freelance Designer

      freelance IAMMANU.COM

      Feb 2008
      • Freelance
      • I am available for new projects, commissions and collaborations small or large.  I offer my imagination worldwide. Let’s talk.


      Senior Designer


      Jan 2010 - Feb 2015
      • Full Time
      • I held the role of Senior Designer at DigitasLbi London (Publicis Group), a top 3 global marketing and technology agency that transforms businesses for the digital age.  Responsible for turning concepts into crafted designs, leading junior designers, prototyping, making the most of the new technologies to deliver innovative solutions.  I had the opportunity to pitch and won a number of prestigious projects including Honda and Coca-Cola and was fortunate to work with leading companies such as Microsoft, ESPN, Unilever, British Telecom, E.ON Energy, Ericsson, National Trust, Barclays and more.


      Graphic Designer

      Saatchi & Saatchi

      Jan 2008 - Jan 2009
      • Full Time
      • Worked in the design department (Rome, Italy) creating and designing concepts, brand identities, packaging, magazines and print materials for brands and clients: White Gallery, Procter & Gamble and Alitalia 


      Art Director jr


      Aug 2005 - Aug 2006
      • Full Time
      • Worked as Art Director Jr. creating advertising campaigns and print materials for the Government of Santa Catarina State, Imperatriz and further leading Brazilian clients.


      Trainee & Assist. Art Director

      BZZ Comunicacao

      Dec 2003 - Jul 2005
      • Internship
      • Worked as assistant Art Director supporting senior members of the team with creating above the line advertising campaigns for clients: Beagle, Amauri Honda, Shopping Itaguaçu, Schaefer Yachts and more.



      Masters in Creative Direction Graphic Design

      Istituto Europeo di Design

      Jan 2006 - Dec 2007
      • Italy


      Social Communication Advertising

      Universidade Do Sul de Santa Catarina

      Jan 2002 - Dec 2005
      • Florianópolis, Brazil