Right after Marcelo Duhalde‘s presentation – that we talked about here -, the much-awaited talk by one of the most awarded infographic designers in the last couple of years, Adolfo Arranz.
Currently the Creative Director in MediaCorp (Singapore) and responsible for the graphics at the newspaper Today, Adolfo has worked at “El Mundo” (Spain) for both the national and several regional editions as Graphics Artist, before moving to Hong Kong in 2011, to work at the South China Morning Post as Senior Graphics Artist. His infographics have been awarded internationally multiple times (WAN-IFRA Asia, SND, Malofiej), and he is an active ‘Urbansketcher’ – something that was the core of his presentation at Malofiej23.
Like we said, for his presentation at this year’s Malofiej, Adolfo essentially focused how important sketching has been for his visual journalistic work, by showing early drafts of some of his most well-known infographics. Drawing boosts observational skills, and connects you to a space or event at a very intimate level.
In a time where data visualization seems to be on the rise, it’s nice to see the ancient art of drawing as the cornerstone of such amazing pieces of visual journalism. Here are some of the examples Adolfo shared:
And to close, Adolfo told the story behind the amazing Kowloon City infographic, sharing the visual references, initial drafts and technical details, such as the use of color – like the neutral grey background that allows the use of white as a highlight – This infographic is actually the cover of the Malofiej22 book.
As for other key takeaways from Adolfo’s talk, we really liked the way he showed how drawings can – and should – be used to convince editors to invest in certain projects; that mistakes do happen, and all graphics are pretty much improvable; and many good ideas come out of having a beer with your colleagues and bosses.
And keep watching our special coverage of Malofiej23!