12 Questions: Meet Moisés Ferreira (Brazil)

In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community. Be professional, treat others with respect, help us build something very special, and we’ll take notice.

We’re very proud to feature Moisés Ferreira (crowdSPRING username: moisesf ) today. Moisés lives and works in Brazil.



1. Please tell us about yourself.
Hello friends from all over the world.
It is a pleasure to share a little more about me.
I’m an artist, interior designer, graphic designer and musician.
I live in a very quiet town, but it was not always so.
I spent the longest time of my life in a big city called São Paulo, in terms of comparison, we can compare it with New York.
I had a busy life and did many things at once.
Working as a web designer, artist, designer events and still enjoying myself. One day I was visiting a small town in the state of Parana, called Ponta Grossa, where my parents had moved a little time. I was charmed by the city, the people and the climate.
I could walk through it with ease and come and go from one place to another very quickly. I worked twenty-five kilometers from the center of São Paulo and took about two hours to arrive. Now go through my town in ten minutes. I have considered that it could work online and earn a living in a more peaceful place, even earning less. Eleven years ago now that I’m here and do not intend to leave.
In the meantime the world of technology has changed a lot and I could relate to people around the world and with great speed, but because of my age, some ports work closed. When a relative of mine who lives in the USA showed me the possibility of working in the cloud, introducing me to crowdSPRING, I signed up immediately. I will not lie, at first it was very difficult. I thought it was going to bulldoze, but actually I have to relearn and change my concepts for introducing me to this world. Designing for the world is different from designing for a particular group. Today caught my initial drawings and see how much I learned. The work in the cloud opened a new world of possibilities and learning, where else could find it all? I found on crowdSPRING.


2. How did you become interested in design?
I am interested in drawing since my childhood. I had many problems with my teachers, because my books had pictures everywhere. Nevertheless I always had good grades, but my notebooks may not be used .. rssss
I got to do cartoon, paint pictures and draw booths for events, with booths for events has to earn well.
After this phase started for digital design, I had a shock initially. How can I turn my graphite drawings in digital design?
While this was not possible because there were no programs vector in my power, I dedicated myself to programming and web.
Only with the release of vector programs I resumed the dream of making digital drawings, which do today.
Not only do logos, I also do digital frames, two of them left the sample at this address: http://mfdigitalarte.blogspot.com.br/

3. Which of your designs are your favorites and why?
I have two drawings in my portfolio that pretty much sums up what I like to draw, and I am pleased to show everyone.
1) https://www.crowdspring.com/portfolio/moisesf/logo-design/item/2405039_fruits/
2) https://www.crowdspring.com/portfolio/moisesf/logo-design/item/2409369_character/


I realized that often make mistakes in interpretation and draw out the concept that is expected by the customer.
You may wonder: The design is very good, where I went wrong?
I’m pretty sure we err on the concept. Beautiful designs, but for the wrong project. Today I am less anxious when developing and seek a better balance.

4. Who/what are some of the biggest influences on your design work?
Initially in my teens I was influenced by cartoonists as a large Brazilian named Ziraldo, he does not know me, but I always admired his work. I was a student in arts and admirer of Speltri, a great artist from São Paulo, it is easy to recognize this in my artwork, posted here: http://www.flickriver.com/photos/mfgalerybanjoesax/sets/72157626251844766/
And all this took me to the digital drawing, I’m still adjusting.

5. How do you come up with ideas for concepts after you read a buyer’s
creative brief?

After reading the briefing, I have to make sure the product that the company is selling and what the target audience, what impact they may have on the market and what the customer expects, (product, public impact and client). Very, very important is to describe what his art is the context.
But what really helps me in my work is the following sentence: “Less is more”.
I have to concentrate on it, breathe, eat, and think this sentence. Sometimes we sin in creating great works ….

6. Mac or PC?
Use a PC i7 with 700GB HD and 8GB memory. Initially design everything on paper, pencil or pen. After photographing or scanning and do the vectorization work manually. Rarely do directly on your PC.
Often when I vetoctorize the idea, it is not as good as on paper, then do it all over again, and this often happens.
My favorites softwares are: CorelDraw and Adobe Illustrator.

7.  What is your dream design project?
I don’t have a project in particular, but my dream is to be able to meet the demand and the large differences found in the world, such as customs, traditions and language. Why is this so fascinating draw for the world, because all these things have their weight.

8. How do you promote your work?
I promote my work through my portfolio on crowdSPRING , on my website http://moisesferreira.tk, and social tools.
But the biggest promoter is the client himself. That is indisputable.


9. Please describe your typical work day.
I don’t wake up early because I have to draw during the night because of the world several times. I spend my afternoon between my garden and my PC, I have attached two photos. I have orange, tangerine, lettuce, cabbage, zucchini, pumpkin, all planted by ourselves. Detail, many, many birds, but what prevails is the thrush.

10. What is the deign industry like in Brazil?
Ninety percent of my work is focused on the outside, because I have faster response and compensation is also higher. Gradually I’m re-entering the market but backstop worth of pay. Sure, we design and passion for blood, but we need to pay the bills. I hope that in the near future before the quality is everything.

11. If you weren’t designing, what would you be doing?
When I was out of crowdSPRING, was performing my art exhibitions: http://moisesferreira.tk, but it was not helping much, as living art in Brazil is very difficult. Reeducate myself in the drawing area and devote myself to logos, was and is my lifeline. I am looking to learn more and more, to provide a good job.

12. What do you do with your free time?
My free time … rsss
I spend the whole day with my wife, we work alongside one another, she has a blog: www.petiscoserabiscos.com.br.
On my day off I do breads, pizzas, take care of my garden and mainly give attention to my dogs. (See photo.)


Obrigado Moisés!