Just updated the portfolio section with new work: visual identity for an event called Autumn Colloquium. It is an annual colloquium (this year the thematic was “Peace and Freedom”) and for the past years I’ve been designing/programming stuff for it: website, posters, booklets, etc.
I choosed as the motif for the design the famous photo of Thích Quảng Đức who burned himself to death, protesting the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government led by Ngo Dinh Diem:
An interesting side note: the “dictator” Ngo Dinh Diem was catholic (with some roots also on confucianism), and imposed those values on others, resulting in the persecution of other religions; his family was originally converted to catholicism by portuguese missionaries and priests forced conversions on the population – one could say that the portuguese indirectly contributed to these sad affairs in Vietnam, by interfering on their culture and native religion.
I always loved this photo, if I would make a list of the most important ones in the 20th century I would include this one for sure. Side note/curiosity: the band Rage Against the Machine also used this image as the cover of their first album. For this reason my initial plan was to also use a song from this band as the background music of the website, but I doubted the organizers would approve that (their lyrics are too honest and hardcore), so instead I used an other song, originally from the portuguese band Madredeus “Os Senhores da Guerra”, adapted to metal by the most famous/successful band outside of Portugal: Moonspell (I prefer their version).
I’ve been recycling the original template of the website for some years, there is no need to build a new one from scratch each time, but each year I add something (little) new (parallax effect on the background, alternative backgrounds, music, etc.). When I have time I’ll clean it up and will add here the source-code of the template/back-end in open-source format for free use and build a new one from scratch for my use (for security reasons I don't like to share code while keeping using it), it is waiting on my checklist for some time.