My name is Hugo Larcher and I was born in Lisbon on the 2nd of May 1979. I’ve been designing and developing websites and applications since 1999 as a freelancer until 2010 when I started a company called VOID with long time friend and collaborator Marco Cova who is a programmer and network administrator.

Experience

In web development I have worked as an outsource for some great companies from all over the world and won some prestigious awards including 2 FWA’s. I have also done some print work and other projects but what I’ve always been more comfortable with client side programming and design specially when it comes to Rich Internet Applications and most recently Games.

I have a wide experience in Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator, HTML, CSS and Javascript and a fair knowledge of Typography, 3D, After Effects and PHP.

Past Projects

I used to run 2 websites which achieved a reasonable success, internettinyawards.com and icontype.com.

Internettinyawards.com or ITA was a non-profitable website with the purpose of recognizing the best projects on the web and although it started with very simple goals and humbleness it quickly escalated to being one the top award websites driving thousands of visits to winners everyday but it was over a few years after it started because it reached an amount of popularity that demanded full time attention from me and the other judges so we had 2 options, the first was the start charging for every submission to cut down on their number and also filter them (unfairly in my opinion) or to go down with the same dignity as it started, as a non-profitable portal that accepted every submission not just the ones from the rich Design Studios. So that was the end of a great project that made me get to know lots of great people in the industry and that I regret having to end.

Icontype.com was more of a small personal project which consisted of a online flash store to sell my pixel fonts, making fonts at that time was more of a hobby so I never really took it seriously when it came to making money from it. So I was surprised by the amount of sales it got and even from some fans I made which would buy every new font I released. This one ended when I realized I didn’t have the amount of time required to make it a serious occupation and keep delivering new fonts often but I’ve always wanted to put up a link for downloading the entire list of fonts for free, maybe I’ll do it here soon.

Present Projects

VOID is the serious part of all this, its a company I have with a partner and friend and although it is somehow new officially, we have been working together for years. We really hope we can keep it going in this ever changing economy and industry. We have some great customers who really enjoy our work and dedication and that’s what makes us happy making websites and applications after all these years.

Red Bandana is the experimental part of VOID, I guess you can call it the Labs. It’s mostly dedicated to a long time love of ours for games which is something that hopefully we’ll be doing almost full time in the near future. It’s what keeps a smile on our face and takes away all the burden of running a business. Stay tuned to see how it goes and what comes from it.