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Bernardo Marques Dalla

Did you know that learning a new language is easiest at age 18, but learning a song can last for years? Bernardo knew this and created #duelingo!

Interview with the 2021 Vega Digital Awards Winner - Bernardo Marques Dalla

1Please give us a brief bio of yourself and your design background.

My creative background started with the curiosity to ask why and interpret things differently. Starting my undergrad in law school brought me the knowledge of interpretation and the ways that society works. As controversial as it may seem, my creative career began in law school. I would be the creative person around people to develop business and bring innovative ideas, design, and video skills to the table. I was the founder of one volunteer junior enterprise business during undergrad and a coworking & conference space business. As I had a will to grow my career (and still have), I moved to the United States to pursue what I love the most - creativity with direction. In other words, art direction. Graduated in 2021 with a master's in mass communication - Global Strategic Communications - at Florida International University and Art Director at Miami Ad School. While attending the masters, I was the Jr. Art Director/Marketing Assistant at the Office of Social Justice & Inclusion at FIU. That allowed me to work with the team to expand social justice awareness with great campaigns and events on the campus. At the moment, I'm embarking on opportunities to develop myself as an art director.

2What made you become/why did you choose to become a digital designer/artist?

It definitely started to fulfill what I believe the most and utilize my creativity for good as a way to have a balanced life full of joy, where you know that you are working because you believe in it so much that you are a part of something bigger.

As for why digital - It’s such an interesting time with rapid technological advances, I felt like it’s time to bridge the gap between toy product and tech.

On a bigger picture, I believe in teamwork - that we are better, stronger, and determined together. Working with art direction means solving business problems in different ways. This requires many good people, the will our belly to connect and inspire people in different ways. The intention is to bring the unexpected when people would never expect that connection. I believe it all, and I dream about a better creative World.

3Tell us more about your business/company, job profile, and what you do.

I recently graduated from Miami AdSchool and Florida International University with a combined master's program for communications and art direction. As an Art Director, ideas are a playground. The mission is to bring brands to life, work with a copywriting partner, and explore new concepts and ways to communicate your client's promise.

4What’s your favorite kind of digital design and why?

My favorite kind of digital design are the ones with typography inspirational techniques that have a strong concept behind it.

5To you, what makes a “good” design?

An organization of thoughts, shapes, space, and type appealing to the human mind.

6Describe your design style and its main characteristics.

My design style is based on typography, collage, and image merging, where I can bring inspiration, a message, and a final thought to be asked by the viewer.

7Tell us about your design process.

I first visualize what I believe and want to create, then research the meaning behind the brand. Look out for references and keep trying, trying and trying until I figure out the right solution and vision to be seen.

8Where do you draw inspiration from?

From the connection of the universe. The cosmos has so much mystery that I believe I can show a little of the quest for curiosity and knowledge throughout designs.

Alternatively, I recently mis-took a piece of broken plastic on the street for something completely different, which spawned a new game concept.

I try to stay in an abundant mindset. This keep ideas flowing.

9What current trends in digital design (or really anything digital related) are you most excited about?

The way trends evolve and adapt in regards to existing cultural aspects and technology, bringing aspects of nostalgia, flat design, anti-design, brand memes, and inclusive visuals.

10Congratulations! As the winner of the 2021 Vega Awards, what does it mean to you and your company and team to receive this award distinction?

I'm so thrilled to see good work coming to life, and most importantly, being recognized. With great (a lot!) teamwork, Kapil Khemlani (copywriter) and I (art director) developed this campaign for Duolingo, and we won a Canopus the 2021 Vega Awards competition! It is an honor, and I will keep pushing forward and working as a team.

11Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2021 Vega Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?

We created the #duelingo project based on our own difficulties in learning a new language. This process could be tedious, but if we find meaningful ways to learn, maybe people could engage more in learning another language. Why not try it with music? Our ability to learn a new language is strongest "until the age of 18". Even though learning an entirely new language may get tougher, our ability to involuntarily remember songs remain with us for a long, long time. Hence, Duolingo brings #duelingo, a new way of learning languages - through karaoke experiences of the songs we already know, to duel with people we love to sing along with.

12What was the biggest challenge with this project?

Sintethize such a complex trend campaign into the Duolingo platform, creating advertising on different mediums, such as TikTok, PR stands, print, and digital ads.

13How has winning an Award developed your practice/career?

It has been giving me recognition of outstanding work coming to life and into the advertising industry.

14What are your top three (3) favorite things about the digital industry?
  1. Fast pacing.
  2. Adapted to cultural relevance.
  3. Power of exponential growth.
15What makes your country specifically, unique in the digital industry?

Brazil is basically a mixture of many races. As a result, people possibly became more creative, sensual, musical, talented, and good-humored. People usually have a high sense of humor and are willing to connect. The advertising industry embodies the culture of the people and their behavior for meaningful messages.

16Where do you see the evolution of digital industry going over the next 5-10 years?

I believe the world will be even more sharable, connected, and where users are understood as real people having rights among their data content and creation.

17If you were a student entering this industry or an aspiring Vega Award submitter, what advice would you give them?

To pursue, think and ask whether this idea is working 100% or if it could be taken a step ahead. While that, keep looking for inspiration. We never know when the Eureka moment could arrive.

If you’re creating this way, you’ll learn so many things - about yourself, others, the way the world works. You only have 1 life, so why not?

18What resources would you recommend to someone who wants to improve their skills in the digital industry?

To keep developing campaigns, learning from experts, partnering up with people, and looking for inspiration, either on other portfolios, Behance, Pinterest, etc. Our goal is to develop great thinking, ideas and make an intelligent direction. On the side, I do believe that looking out for our inner creative talent enhances our vision. Mines are design and video making.

19Tell us something you have never told anyone else.

My greatest inspiration comes from the movements and positions of the planets in our solar system. The whole cosmos is a wonder, and we can understand so much of ourselves as we dive into the unknown - with a direction, of course.

I used to feel guilty about this but my wife is always telling me that I need to listen to my body.

20Who has inspired you in your life and why?

My father is the greatest career inspiration of my life; as a fantastic lawyer, he can create intelligent insights from the Constitution and laws for his client's concrete case and bring the voice of justice. In parallel, it is the same that we do in the advertising industry.

21What is your key to success? Any parting words of wisdom?

Effort, discipline, and most important of all - consistency.

22Do you have anything else you would like to add to the interview?
It is an honor to be a part of the Vega Awards. I will keep pushing forward and creating outstanding campaigns. If you liked our talk and would like to reach out, please let me know at

Winning Entries

#duelingo - Learn a song, sing a language! | 2021


According to a study from three Boston-based universities, our ability to learn a new language is strongest “until the age of 18”. Even though learning an entirely new language may get tougher, our ability to involuntarily remember songs remain with us for a long, long time.
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Bernardo Marques Dalla

Did you know that learning a new language is easiest at age 18, but learning a song can last for years? Bernardo knew this and created #duelingo!

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