Rui Sampaio was born in Mozambique, Africa. He got his Master’s in Industrial Design (MA) from IADE, in Lisbon, Portugal. Studied Product Design at the École National Supérior de Création Industrielle, Les Ateliers in Paris and at the Domus Academy in Milan.
Has worked in a diverse range of design fields, from automobiles and motorcycles to packaging, medical, biomedical, industrial and consumer product design.
His ethos is to inspire intuitive human-centric driven creative thinking. His constantly evolving collaborative process is enhanced by a distinctive aesthetic and a technological and humanistic approach to new opportunities for unique high-quality designs that resonates with business goals.
He has been a visiting professor at Lisbon Lusiada University and also lectured at Lusofon University, Lisbon Design and Fine Arts Academy, TDC, Taiwan Design Center, TAITRA, Taiwan External Trade Development Council and Computex.
Senior Designer at Novodesign, from 1995 to 1996,
Design Manager at Novodesign, from 1996 to 1997,
Design Director at Brandia, from 1997 to 2003
Design Director at BrandiaCentral, from 2003 to 2006,
Co-founder and Head of Design at Snord, from 2006 to 2012,
Design Director at Process-Group, from 2012 to 2013
Design Director for Product Design at Vetica-Group, from 2013 to 2017
Design Consultant from 2017 to present
Founder at thehumans since 2018.
2019 / April
red-dot award winner 2019 for the outstanding quality and good design of the BenQ Anscare NPWT system, Essen.
2018 / December
Taiwan Excellence Silver Awards for the BenQ/Anscare Simo NPWT showing the technological innovation and dynamism of Taiwan's biotech and healthcare industry, promoted by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Taipei.
2017 / June
15 times the Taiwan Excellence Awards for 15 products on Sapido’s 36 new I.O.T. range, for the technological innovation and dynamism of Taiwan's ICT industry, by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Taipei.
2017 / May
red-dot award winner 2017 for the outstanding design quality of the Microlife NC200 contactless thermometer, Essen.
2016 / May
red-dot award winner 2017 for the Komax Mira200 tabletop cable processing machine for its outstanding product and industrial design, Essen.
2015 / June
Taiwan Excellence Silver Awards for the 9 products in Sapido’s I.O.T. Smart Home Total Solution product range, by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Taipei. 3 times the Taiwan Excellence Awards for the Sapido’s I.O.T. Dual-WAN Smart Home Center, the Single-WAN Smart Center and the Communication Center SMC33c, by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Taipei.
2006 / November
iF Product Design Award 2006, Hannover. For the Excellency of Design for the Hotspot interior domestic heater for Galp Energia.
2006 / October
Gold Designpreis Award by the Germany’s Governments in recognition for the Pluma and it’s design excellency.
2006 / September
Good Design Gold Award for the Pluma, by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, Chicago.
2006 / July
Gold IDEA2006 for the Pluma, by IDSA, Industrial Designers Society of America and “BusinessWeek “, Austin.
2006 / July
Gold Award at the 2006 ADC*E, Art Directors Club Europe, Award, Barcelona, for the Pluma gas bottle.
2006 / June
red-dot: best-of-the-best design award for the outstanding design quality of the Pluma, Essen.
2006 / May
Grand Prix at the 8 ̊ Festival do Clube de Criativos de Portugal for the Pluma gas bottle, Lisboa.
Gold Award for Packaging for the Pluma at the 8 ̊ Festival do Clube de Criativos de Portugal. Innovation and Originality Award for the Pluma Meios & Publicidade magazine, Lisboa.
2006 / February
“Design Distinction” for the Pluma at the “Annual Design Review 2006” by I.D. Magazine, in New York.
2005 / November
iF Product Design Award 2006 for the Pluma, Hannover.
2005 / June
“Best Product” Consumer’s Choice for the Compal Ketchup Top-down packaging.
2003 / October
“Best Design of the Year“ award for the Design of the Galp Energia’s retail network by the “Briefing” business magazine, Lisboa. Special Design Prize for the signage for the “Academia do Sporting Club de Portugal”, by the “Briefing” business magazine, Lisboa.
2003 / April
Silver Design Award by CCP-Clube dos Criativos de Portugal, for the Design of the Galp Energia’s retail network.
2002 / April
Bronze Design Award by the CCP-Clube dos Criativos de Portugal with the “Parque de Alvalade” signage design for the City Hall, Lisboa.
2001 / April
Bronze Design Award by the CCP-Clube dos Criativos de Portugal for the “Vitamina K” packaging, Vodafone, Lisboa.
2015 / October
2015 Lite-On Innovation Award- Design Innovation Category. Beyond the Design Innovation into new optoelectronic, eco-friendly and intelligent technologies: a new platform to showcase technical innovation and team spirit. Taipei.
2007 / May
7 ̊Festival do Clube de Criativos de Portugal [ the Art Director’s Clube, Portugal ] Design Category Award, Lisboa.
2006 / Jully
ADC*E, Art Directors Club Europe, for the Design Category Award, Barcelona.
2004 / Jun
5 ̊ Festival do Clube de Criativos de Portugal [ the Art Director’s Clube, Portugal ] Design
Category Award, Lisboa.