olivia de gouveia

olivia de gouveia

contextual designer

Olivia is a multi-faceted international designer who’s focus is contextual design. Her work encompasses research and data visualization, as well as product, graphic, and communication design. She is driven by the desire to enable positive change and elevate the human condition through thoughtful and innovative design. Her use of contextual practices to develop human-focused creative solutions that interface with social, environmental and economic conditions, produces dynamic results and fits perfectly with the approach we take at symbologie..

Before joining our creative network, Olivia worked as assistant head of studio at CODE Design In Cape Town, S. Africa.  She has also worked for Robinizer Design Studio in Hamburg, and at the Benetton Group Communications Research Center in Trevisio, Italy.  Olivia’s professional experience also includes teaching.  At the AAA School of Advertising in Cape Town she was a full time Foundation Year Lecturer and part time Graduate Design Lecturer.

Olivia holds a Master of Design degree from the renowned Design Academy Eindhoven, in the Netherlands. There she studied Contextual Design under the direction of Gijs Bakker, founder of Droog Design, and won the UTTER Prize for best thesis. She earned her bachelors degree in Creative Brand Communication from the AAA School of Advertising in Cape Town, S. Africa, graduating with awards including Top Graphic Designer, Top Overall Creative, Bronze Student Loerie and Merit Award for premium packaging design. She also studied textile design in a summer study abroad program at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London. Olivia’s work has been exhibited at the Dutch Design Week and the Master in Design Symposium 2011.

Born and raised in Namibia to parents of mixed European origin, Olivia de Gouveia, is a self confessed xenophile. With a relentless curiosity derived from her experiences living, working, and studying in both southern and northern hemispheres, Olivia passionately explores new possibilities in design. Now based in Hamburg, Germany, she continues to work on a range of projects including, most recently, social design in Rwanda.