Thanks to the work done at Costa Rica’s main newspaper, La Nacion, the country has built a strong international reputation, as far as visual journalism goes. Today’s featured information designer has played his part in that effort, being recognized several times by the Society of News Design, including at Malofiej21. His name is Manuel Canales, and he was kind enough to share some of his work and background with us.
I have a degree in Advertising Design and I’ve taken several courses in web design and information design. I started at La Nacion of Costa Rica, country’s leading newspaper, as an illustrator and graphics artist. Currently, I run the infographics department, where I produce, along with my team, information graphics for print and digital.
Also, I’ve developed information design projects for studios and companies in and out of Costa Rica through canalesgraphics.com, a creative hub of web design, illustration and computer graphics created in 2008.
Some of my work has been honored with several international awards including the Society News Design (USA) in design and Infographics, in 2002 and 2012, and the awards Malofiej (Pamplona, Spain), which have been recognized with a gold medal in 2009, silver in 2010, three bronzes in 2012 and another silver in the resent edition, 2013. In 2010 I was called to be part of the jury for editing Malofiej18.
In 2009, I decided to venture as a university professor in Informations Graphics and Multimedia course, at the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, and I also do keynotes about this in several other academic institutions.
Let’s take a look at some of Manuel’s work:
Via Crucis for a luggage | La Nacion
Marino Ballena National Park | La Nacion
Rain forest | La Nacion
Fire Giants | La Nacion
From the heart of a volcano | La Nacion
Poas Volcano National Park | La Nacion
Space Taxi | La Nacion
Tyranossaurus in Costa Rica | La Nacion
Fighting for enter the University of Costa Rica | La Nacion
Veteran Space Station | La Nacion
And join us next week for another infographic designer portfolio.