Area17 is a design studio specializing in creative research and in the relationship between concept and creative process. Area17 offers a multidisciplinary approach to creating visual solutions for print and screen. Every business, product or service represents a promise, a personality - it has a story to tell. Our mission is to contribute to the transmission of this story. We visually project our clients' knowledge and vision, unearth those unique traits and demonstrate how to creatively create the greatest impact. Through an inclusive process based on thorough exploration and sound strategy, we create communications that effectively articulate and reinforce the essence of the customer: Your brand.

José Pinto da Costa

Degree in Communication Design, Graphic Design in the Context of Digital Platforms. Mfa in transdisciplinary design, New Kind of DesignThinking.

With an extensive work as a designer, he founded and developed a professional activity as a designer and art director in a studio in Porto. In 2009, he moved to Vila do Conde. With critical thinking, at the right time and on the theme "earth artefact - we create oases" he starts work on his development as an individual and as a creative, redefines and directs the attention of his work to new forms and fundamentals of design, moments of reflection are executed in stimulating a stronger connection across a designer's idea. He creates Area17 conceptual design, which is his brand. Awarded by New Webpick and FBA in the United States and Japan as one of the best portfolio sites in 2010, it consolidates a list of clients of companies/products and cultural agents. He currently works as a freelance designer and develops projects for different areas of activity and types. The most recent publications and merits include: In 2014 with João Mansilha Branco and Virgilio Ferreira, he is the author of the publication of the book Traço de Tinto, which presents the Adega da Quinta do Portal project, a work by Álvaro Siza Vieira in the Douro. In 2013, he was invited by the Bienal de Cerveira and won first prize in the Educarte project.

Criamos marcas e desenvolvemos conceitos que se prolongam no tempo.

Fazemos a sua identidade “ganhar vida”, fazendo-a viajar sob diversas formas.

Design Editorial
Criamos design e paginação de catálogos, brochuras, e todo o tipo de suportes à medida.