Posts tagged "Illustration"
Poza at Grupo 13

Poza at Grupo 13

Juan Poza ­­Tártalo cites how the collaboration with Federico Ribas and his admiration for the works of Rafael de Penagos and Bartolozzi gave rise to his interest in the poster. In the years that saw the poster become the showpiece of visual communication, Poza would produce more than three hundred, many winning awards in the...
Vinyl, gouache, ruling pens, Letraset… the 1960s

Vinyl, gouache, ruling pens, Letraset… the 1960s

“But you have to see him because… he’s a very handsome man!” were the words Lola, the receptionist of the Alhambra Publishing House, blurted out to her extremely busy brother and director of the company, Pepe Zambrana. He interviewed him, of course, and set in motion a long-running relationship between the publishing house, headed by...
Cruz Novillo “armed the Nativity” […in 1970]

Cruz Novillo “armed the Nativity” […in 1970]

The 1960s saw a generation of designers gestate to give new and regenerated momentum to drawing in the strictest sense. In 1965 Celestino Piatti published Celestino Piatti’s Animal ABC, which contained a concept of refined illustration that set trends and represented a benchmark for numerous draughtsmen and women, with its considerable success giving rise to...
Partierra’s Book Covers

Partierra’s Book Covers

As I focused on the mysterious figure of Joaquín Pertierra I discovered the legacy of a restless graphic artist who, while faithful to his era, also looked towards the future and whose work brought more question marks to the surface as I uncovered it. An illustrator by profession and both elusive and sporadic, he developed...
Before Penguin

Before Penguin

Edicions Proa, founded in 1928 in Badalona at a time of popular culture and athenaeums, is an exponent of the standard of Catalan publishing in the 1930s that came to the fore by way of an exhibition and the illustrated book: La propera festa del llibre serà de color taronja! Cinquanta anys del rellançament d’Edicions...
Number one seeds

Number one seeds

For Christmas 1969 the Spanish design tandem Elías + Santamarina from Asturias created the greeting for the Grafistas del FAD. It represented a unique form of illustrating the moment of creation according to the particular style of the 28 colleagues in the Association: Baqués, Barba, Bas, Costa, Creus, Cruspinera, Domenech, Dorado, Escutia, García Benavides, García...
Ramón Calderón from London to Santander

Ramón Calderón from London to Santander

One of the attractive elements of running a blog on the characteristics of “Graphic Pioneers” is coming across a significant graphic work of which I was completly unaware. Thanks to the great help of Mario Crespo López to whom I’m sincerely grateful for the graphic images that are presented in this post, I´ve had the...
FAD's graphic designers in black and white

FAD’s graphic designers in black and white

“I truly believe that the present work is a rich source of discoveries, full of pleasant surprises,” was how the ‘modest prologue’ by Swiss designer Donald Brun started. It was written in 1964 for the volume that compiled the work of 18 graphic artists from Agrupación FAD, edited to commemorate the early years of their...
San Isidro* Pioneers in Madrid

San Isidro* Pioneers in Madrid

In 1991, Carmen Herrero, director of Madrid’s Municipal Museum, organized a large and surprising exhibition, for the times, in the city titled “Festival Posters from the Museum’s Municipal collection, 1932-1991”. Although 118 posters were displayed on a variety of themes, the celebration of the San Isidro Festival predominated with a total of 90 posters, including...
(Yo, Gimeno) and the covers of UOMM

(Yo, Gimeno) and the covers of UOMM

José María Gimeno Ávila (Barcelona 1937 – Madrid 1987) signed his works with the pseudonym Yo, Gimeno (I, Gimeno). His oeuvre spanned every field: comics in the magazine Chicos, advertising, window dressing, animation in the Estudios Moro, murals for Renfe (Spanish Railway) and architects, and the decoration of entrance halls, cafes and restaurants. He also...
The FAD stars

The FAD stars

The FAD stars (Foment de les Arts i del Disseny – Catalan design association) In December 1963 each member of the ADG/FAD (graphic design and communication branch of this design association) designed a star for their Christmas greeting. The card was designed by Tomás Vellvé and printed by Industrias Gráficas Casamajó, it is a piece of great beauty...
Amador Garrell: local design

Amador Garrell: local design

The graphic designer and printer Amador Garrell came from a long line of graphic arts professionals who were known for their experimental endeavours within the field. He began his career as a signwriter and cartoonist for the Catalan magazine “La Gralla”. In 1954, after completing his first few jobs in Barcelona, he returned to his...