Rafael Bernardo is a German-Brazilian typographer, graphic designer and founder of the eponymous branding communication design studio.
Bernardo grew up in the Caribbean, lived in California, studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague and graduated from HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd. He has taught typography at universities, co-founded his first designstudio in 2009 and founded the new one in 2017.
Resetting his professional identity as a designer, he started the personal project »Be Water my Friend« [BWMF]. A quote, that initiated an ongoing creative journey, bringing forth an output of personal and collaborative projects, exhibitions and festival contributions. A statement, that triggered the inspiration to explore structures, functionalities and holistic relations between context, motivation and process. A fascination, that lead to the elaboration of a methodology to analyse and train creative mindsets of teams and individuals.