Nuno Coelho (1976) is a Communication Designer; an Assistant Professor of DEI-FCTUC â€“ Department of Informatics Engineering of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra, where he teaches on the Undergraduate and Master degree courses in Design and Multimedia; and an Integrated Researcher at the CEIS20 â€“ Centre for 20th Century Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Coimbra.
He holds a PhD in Contemporary Art from the College of Arts of the University of Coimbra. He has a Masters in Design and Graphic Production from the Fine Arts School of the University of Barcelona, following completion of his degree course in Communication Design and Graphic Art at the Fine Arts School of the University of Oporto.
As a freelance designer, he has worked for individuals and organisations predominantly in Portugal, as well as in other countries, mainly for culture related clients.
In his graphic work, he widely explores concepts like appropriation, vernacular, irony and humour. He has developed his own projects in the intersection between Design and Art, raising questions, in its vast majority, about social and politic issues. He has also been working on topics related to identity and memory by exploring the visual imagery of historic Portuguese trademarks. As a Design researcher, he is interested in history, material culture, visual semiotics and representation.
He has recently curated and organised collective design exhibitions and public conferences. He has two books published.
He has exhibited his work, gave talks, participated in conferences and/or conducted workshops in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Palestine, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, and the United Kingdom.