Amanda R. Cestaro

Amanda R. Cestaro – Designer

Brazilian graphic designer based in Milan, Italy. Currently attending the master of Communication Design at Politecnico di Milano.


Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, I'm a book worm with almost 10 years of experience in the editorial market. I'm currently based in Milan, where I attend the MSc in Communication Design at Politecnico di Milano and work as a Freelancer Designer. But truth is I've been a little bit everywhere: I've studied at Parson's, in New York, and at the Beaux-Arts, in Paris. My heart is truly international, and even though my mother language is Portuguese, I can also communicate in English, French and Italian.

Passionated about literature and the cultural industry, I work with enthusiasm and curiosity in the search of different techniques and creative processes that may vary from collage, engraving, photography, drawing, painting, always adapting the visual language to different kinds of public and proposals. My work has already been defined as fun, bold, original and colorful. Communication with the client is key: a good aligned briefing, keeping in touch and following feedback with care is essential to reach a satisfactory solution for both the client and the designer.

Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Classics Contemporary Fiction Thriller & Suspense
  • Prêmio Jabuti on the category of Graphic Design with the book “Uma porta para um quarto escuro” (2013)
  • Fenando Pini Prize of Graphic Excellence with the book “Uma porta para um quarto escuro” (2013)
  • Gourmand World CookBook Awards with the book “Culinária brasileira, muito prazer” (2019)
  • Painting and Drawing at Beaux Arts, in Paris
  • Collage, at SESC Pompeia and SESC 24 de maio

Work experience

Editora Alaúde and Tordesilhas Livros

Jan, 2014 — Oct, 2022 (over 8 years)

• Development of covers and graphic projects for fiction and nonfiction books
• Responsible for briefing and overseeing the work of illustrators and photographers
• Two books included on two Brazilian government’s program for literature, Minha Biblioteca and PNLD, Programa Nacional do Livro Didático (The National Program of Textbook)
• Creation of multiple communication pieces such as invitations, banners, ads, visual merchandising for bookstores, brochures, catalogs and special packages for press kits
• Worked and collaborated with various professionals including editors, publishers, authors, printers, agents, developers, and salespeople


Mar, 2016 — Jul, 2016 (4 months)

• Management of social networks and website
• Communication, visual identity and press releases for the photographers represented by Artmazone

Atelier Lord Anthony Cahn

Dec, 2015 — Mar, 2016 (3 months)

• Structuring of press releases for exhibitions and galleries
• Creation of catalogs and invitations for events
• Management of the social networks and website

Designlab for ESPM-SP

Jul, 2013 — Dec, 2013 (5 months)

• Academic Prize Emilie Chamie for the visual identity for the tenth anniversary of the Design Program at ESPM
• Development of visual identities, magazines, books, and posters


Cover Design
Um Amor De Swann (Em Portugues do Brasil)

Marcel Proust E Cristina Cupertino

Amanda has 6 reviews





Briana L.

Briana L.

Jun, 2024

Amanda was incredibly professional through the entire process of my book design (both interior and cover design). Her designs were both fresh and creative but also aligned with my vision for the book. Her communication was clear and her response times were fast (even through numerous rounds of edits). I can't say enough good things about Amanda and would work with her any time again, if I'm luc...
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Andrea P.

Andrea P.

May, 2024

Above and beyond! It was more than a pleasure working with Amanda. She was so helpful, extremely creative and talented! I will definitely work with her again. She presented me with several options and even a mood board! We collaborated together to create the perfect cover! I highly recommend!!!!
Amanda R.
Thank you so much, Andrea! I wish you all the best with your amazing book. I really like how our project turned out! I hope to collaborate again on your future projects as a writer.
Yara S.

Yara S.

May, 2024

I highly recommend working with Amanda! It was a pleasure to brainstorm ideas and she has a clear talent in transforming abstract thoughts into both beautiful images and layout.
Amanda R.
Thank you so much, Yara. I loved working on this project, learning, and having fun together. I appreciate your feedback and your willingness to help with any questions. Wishing you all the best and...
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Erika S.

Erika S.

Feb, 2024

Amanda is incredible. Just look through her portfolio and you'll love her immediately. Once you start working with her, you'll see how knowledgable and detailed she is in creating your look. She took my vision and made it better than I could ever imagined! Highly recommend working with her for all cover illustration needs.
Amanda R.
Erika, it was an absolute delight working with you. You're a talented writer and I wish all the success for your book. Thank you for being such a good teammate, you have made my job a lot easier wi...
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Robert P.

Robert P.

Aug, 2023

My collaboration with Amanda, my cover designer, was excellent. She is quite tech savvy, took my feelings for what should be conveyed on the cover and produced a captivating and evocative cover that could not have encapsulated my protagonist more. Amanda was very responsive and was able to make minor changes that resulted in a very professional cover. I could not be more pleased with my collab...
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Amanda R.
Dear Robert, Thank you for your fantastic review! I'm thrilled that you found the collaboration for your book cover excellent. Capturing the essence of your protagonist and bringing your vision to ...
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