Trained at the School of Design at the Autonomous University of Puebla (Mexico), Estefan Cuanalo has received recognition in the design world as a Society News Designers and has been published in various American newspapers and print media. He has worked for different types of clients, publishers and is currently in the International Chinese Government Information Agency (XINHUA), where he and the editors helped to create the infographics department for Latin America.
“During my childhood, the medical books that accompanied my grandfather while he exercised his craft, the applied physics books with which my great grandfather illustrated the class he taught, illustrated encyclopedias collected by my mother and out-loud readings by my sister, introduced me to the world of ideas and information”, explains Estefan.
Diagrams, illustrations, timelines and graphics trapped in these books, as well as auditory stimulants recreated by the plasticity of Vivaldi’s, Vangelis abstraction and complexity of Rachmaninov would become the main elements of his structural thinking and style imprinted in his way of doing infographics.
Assiduous collector of Leonardo Da Vinci’s work and an admirer of the legacy of Minard and Playfair, he believes that they are the perfect prototype of information graphics: multidisciplinary, curious, methodical, perfectionist, observer and, mainly, lover of truth.
“When drawing a ‘chart’, a scheme or an infographic, I try to capture the synthesis of the story, establishing relationships and displaying a comparison that can help the viewer to understand the magnitude of the data, always anticipating possible questions that could be formulated by an interested reader; always trying to explain and tell the story just the way he’d like to hear it. Ultimately, I try to find a different way to show the information in a world where nothing is good or bad, just functional or non functional.”
And as far as the future of the field? Here’s what Estefan thinks:
“I firmly believe that infographics is one of the main pillars of print and digital information and is a unique way of doing journalism. Maybe it’s the quickest way to get the attention of a reader exposed to a world saturated with figures, concepts and unorganized data.”
Let’s now see the works Estefan sent us: