Paulo Castro

Universidade de Aveiro
Golden Glassberry 2015

The Glassberries Design Awards was perhaps one of the best things that ever happened to me in life.

I participated in the contest with the aim of challenging myself and doing something I had never done before; but never, in any circumstance, did I imagine that I could become a finalist, let alone one of the victors.

The Glassberries have me the opportunity to travel, to meet another country, another city and several fellow designers who share the same taste I have for design and the same ambition to take this passion as a career.

Today, thanks to this competition, I am working at BA, thus having the opportunity to enter the labor market, where I am learning a lot and counting with the support of extraordinary people.

This job has been excellent for seeing and understanding the industrial process of a product from conception to production, as well for learning how to work as a team, how to respond to all challenges in the best possible way and last but not least important, to grow not only professionally but also as a person.

Luís Gomes

Golden Glassberry 2014

Who said that winning is not painful? Seeing 11 prizes being given out before ours is painful, extremely painful, but having our work being recognised by a company just as big and enhanced as BA Vidro is a great feeling of pride and self-accomplishment.

Everything became more real when I arrived on my first day of training and was encountered with a different reality from my academic world. I was absolutely astonished and this showed me what it is to work in the industrial universe.

Tiago Pinheiro

Universidade de Aveiro
Golden Glassberry 2013

It is absolutely overwhelming when you hear your name as being the first-prize winner to such a magnificent award, as Glassberries Awards is. Seeing your work being recognized by a company, within the glass industry and an international icon, such as BA, is beyond any shadow of a doubt, extremely rewarding. This, surely, grants you with a colossal motivation and aspiration to achieve more and better.

One may not forget that, inherent in being the first-prize winner, the maximum exponent of any designer, emerges. No, it’s not the trophy that I’m talking about! And as much as I try, it was not the trophy that took the anxiety away from me on that first day that I went out to “enjoy” the real prize. The truth is that I owe everything to BAVidro, it was my first contact with the working world, and in a very affable and with all the patience of the entire world, they showed me the reality that involves industrial design. It was during my internship that I absorbed all the know-how, which at university is not taught, and thanks to each and every colleague of mine, who were kind enough to share their knowledge with me, you were the main reason for my success and professional performance.

Rui Costa

Universidade de Aveiro
Designer and Assistant in the Communication and Art Department

Since the beginning that the course Degree in Design from Universidade de Aveiro has dedicated its last year to the relation between the social and economic fabric, observing the implicit constraints. The collaboration with Barbosa e  Almeida, through the Glassberries contests, have come along with many other partnerships and for many years.

What really interests us is the comprehension of differences and the identification of common features, if there are any. On the contrary to what some people may claim, universities should not respond uncritically to the industry requests, but should in fact convert questions into drawings, products, images into words. If it is not a dialogue, then it will not be worth the effort of communicating, neither for the university nor for the industrial fabric. If this relation is expected, it will die soon.

Is that the attitude, which proves the respect for the interlocutor, who has nourished the work, the learning, the education and the training? Creating partners more and less perennial. The results obtained in this edition of Glassberries 2013 are so positive, and are a consequence, as so surprising as predictable.