Lisbon-based graphic designer and founder of TF Concept - Design, Tânia Filipa, is one of our newest collaborators whose geometric Hexagon print features in our highly anticipated SS16 menswear collection (available through our Kickstarter Campaign here).
Having established her namesake design brand in 2013, the projects of “self-taught Portuguese artist Tânia Filipa embody an abstract vision” and range from creating graphics for high profile brands to design work for smaller independent clients.
Filipa’s practice is largely influenced by minimalist art and electronic music, crafting bold, yet refined designs for use on a range of products, including fashion, packaging, logos and album artwork; Filipa explains that “the beauty of simple elements is what she stands for.”
Above: Upcoming SS16 Syndicut swim shorts with Tânia Filipa’s Hexagon print - available on Kickstarter now!
What are the inspirations behind your practice?
“The inspirations behind what I do is trying to make a mark on the Graphic Design world. Every project that I create is based on trying to make people have another perspective in terms of Art, it all resides on my fundamental believes in Geometry and Minimalism. I’m also very inspired by music, my project is very connected with that sector.”
In three words how would you describe your creative practice?
“Simple, objective and catchy.”
With what medium do you predominantly work?
“I work with Illustrator, CorelDRAW and Photoshop.”
Above: Vinyl artwork by Tânia Filipa
What are your feelings about Syndicut and our ethos of collaboration with emerging artists and designers?
“I think it’s amazing, honestly we need more projects like Syndicut… Projects that believe in the work of emerging artists. Syndicut is doing an amazing job by supporting and helping artists and designers from all over the world to expose they work. It is not easy to find a project that does this nowadays, personally I find it very gratifying.
Above: Flyers designed by Tânia Filipa for Frenzy
What are your current ongoing projects? How do these feed into your designs?
“I’m working with a very close-client base from the electronic music world. People who see the same potential that I do in the connection of Art with Music. The projects I have been working more lately are: Vinyl artwork, Digital covers for EP releases and Party Flyers.”
How did you discover your creative discipline?
“I guess Art was something that I have always enjoyed growing up, so I decided to take the step of making part of it and contribute with my ideas.”
Above: Album covers designed by Tânia Filipa
What initially encouraged or inspired you?
“Honestly by seeing others people work! It encouraged me to do something better than that! Initially it was all about presenting a different perspective of art for the music world. To kinda encourage people to stop using images from the internet for example, to let them see that something can be create originally and that a their project can grow with Art!”
Above: T-shirt prints designed by Tânia Filipa for North East
Is your work a response to any particular issues or topics of interest to you? If so, how do you explore and express these through your practice?
“No, not at all. It is only my point of view in Art.”
Please name one or two artists or artworks that have particularly inspired you, or changed the way you approach your practice.
“Ray Sison (SkilledConcept) and Jack Featherstone.”
Above: Logo designs by Tânia Filipa