Portfolio of the Week - Manuel Canales

One of Costa Rica's top names in information design and visual journalism.

March 31, 2013  |  CATEGORIES: Featured, Portfolios

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.

 

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Featured portfolio: Manuel Canales

 

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

Airport Security, an infographic by Manuel Canales for La Nacion.

(infographic: Manuel Canales, Daniel Solano, Dominick Baltodano; research: Angela Avalos | La Nacion)

Marino Ballena National Park | La Nacion

Whale , an infographic by Manuel Canales for La Nacion.

(image: Manuel Canales. Research: Alejandra Vargas y Manuel Canales | La Nacion)

Rain forest | La Nacion

Rain Forest, an infographic by Manuel Canales for La Nacion.

(infographic: Manuel Canales, William Sanchez. Illustration: Daniel Solano, Fabio Rojas. Research: Alejandra Vargas, William Sanchez | La Nacion)

Fire Giants | La Nacion

Fire giants , an infographic by Manuel Canales for La Nacion.

(infographic: Manuel Canales, William Sanchez. 3D: Ronald Paniagua Research: Michelle Soto, William Sanchez , Manuel Canales | La Nacion)

From the heart of a volcano | La Nacion

The heart of a volcano , an infographic by Manuel Canales for La Nacion.

(infographic: Manuel Canales y William Sanchez. 3D: Ronald Paniagua. Research: Michelle Soto,William Sanchez y Manuel Canales | La Nacion)

Poas Volcano National Park | La Nacion

Poas volcano, an infographic by Manuel Canales for La Nacion.

(infographic: Manuel Canales. 3D: Ronald Paniagua. Research: Alejandra Vargas, Manuel Canales | La Nacion)

Space Taxi | La Nacion

Space Taxi, an infographic by Manuel Canales for La Nacion.

(infographic: Manuel Canales, William Sanchez. Ilustration: Daniel Solano. Research: Alejandra Vargas, Daniel Solano | La Nacion)

Tyranossaurus in Costa Rica | La Nacion

Tyranossaurus, an infographic by Manuel Canales for La Nacion.

(infographic: Manuel Canales. Ilustration: Daniel Solano. Research: Manuel Canales, Pablo Fonseca | La Nacion)

Fighting for enter the University of Costa Rica | La Nacion

UCR, an infographic by Manuel Canales for La Nacion.

(infographic: Manuel Canales, Daniel Solano. Research: Alejandro Fernandez, Giannina Signini | La Nacion)

Veteran Space Station | La Nacion

Veteran Space Station, an infographic by Manuel Canales for La Nacion.

(infographic: Manuel Canales, William Sanchez. Ilustration: Daniel Solano. Research: Alejandra Vargas, Daniel Solano | La Nacion)

 

Visit canalesgraphics.com for a glance at the works Manuel and his team produce, or follow them on Pinterest and Facebook

And join us next week for another infographic designer portfolio.

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