My purpose is to bring powerful messages to life through design and to help and inspire people. I'm determined to create the absolute best.

Read my full story below

My purpose is to bring powerful messages to life through design and to help and inspire people. I'm determined to create the absolute best.

Read my full story below

What I do
Branding + Print + Multimedia + UI + Strategy​​​​​​​

My Story
The year was 1988 and the place Lisboa, Portugal. It was on a cold December morning that I, David seven-other-names-later Leal was born. I grew up doodling an insane amount of non-sense drawings that my parents had proudly displayed around the whole modest house. The next stage was LEGO's. My sweet LEGO's. So many possibilities. My abstract stage started when I began imagining futuristic cities from the back-side of random styrofoam packaging cutouts from whatever, really. All those awesome angles and curved shapes were too cool. Soon after I started envisioning and forming shapes on random wall textures, depending on the light setting. 
Before high-school, I started attending photography extracurricular classes where we'd walk around the school property and shoot film photography, which we later revealed. At 16 years of age I already had realized that what I loved doing was design, and that's what I'd vow to become, a Designer. In high-school I got into I.T., which kicked ass for the most part, but I never felt like a programming enthusiast, that is until I started messing with HTML and CSS. On my free time I started experimenting with design tools. I remember some self-taught Adobe Photoshop projects, like logos, flyers, wallpapers and so much other stuff that should've never be done in Photoshop. I also played around with Microsoft Frontpage building random (basic) websites... I miss those scrolling marquees and hit counters. I also remember doing some sweet 3D wallpapers in Microsoft Word. Yes, you heard me right. Pure non-sense. After high-school I had missed the college boat, so I didn't get into anything. I just did some odd jobs here and there, like working in a basement at a computer repair shop, ghosting drives and fixing other people's computer problems.
It was in 2006 that I enrolled in a Associate's Degree in Communication and Multimedia Design. Best thing I ever did. I learned how to properly use design software for both print and digital. Soon after I landed a small role as a Jr. Designer in a small local agency in Lisbon. My station consisted of an iMac G4... Slow as hell. In the meantime I ventured on my own with some freelance work. In 2009 I enrolled in the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon, to pursue a sculpture course, in hope I could later transfer to Design. That never happened. It turns out I really enjoyed opening up to the whole 'new world' of Fine Art. In my last year, I was awarded a scholarship to study abroad in Southampton, England for six months. While in England, I managed to extend my academic stay to a full-year. It was in that time that I met the most beautiful girl from Pennsylvania, whom I fell in love with. After graduating in 2012, I moved back to Portugal and then travelled to Boston, where I met up with my love. 
We were in Massachusetts for about one year. I was working three internships at once. 7 days a week. No pay. I finally was hired as a Gallery Administrator on Newbury St, hanging, shipping and storing hand-signed artwork by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dali and so many other great names. No pressure, it's just a $200,000.00 painting. That was pretty sweet though. Me and my (now) wife, moved to Maryland, where we stayed for six months. I was hired as a studio assistant, at the Red Dirt Studio in Mt. Rainier, mostly cleaning the space, welding, some carpentry and assisting a phenomenal local artist. In the meantime, I had been working as a special effects makeup artist, supporting National Guard exercises nationwide. Thanks to that gig I visited 35 states in three years.
We moved to Pittsburgh in late-2015 and bought a small little place that we call home. Now, we're here to stay, where I've been working as an in-house designer for a renowned local financial institution.
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