We continue our coverage of the first day of the 23rd Malofiej Infographic World Summit. The first keynote in the afternoon belonged to Manuel Cabrera, the coordinator of the Art Department in the newspaper El Telégrafo in Guayaquil (Ecuador), where he began working as a Graphics Artist in 2010.
His interest in infographics began when he was only nine years old and he would accompany his older brother to his job at the newspaper “Expreso”, also in Guayaquil. Cabrera also worked in that same newspaper for eleven years. He studied Design and Visual Communication at ESPOL (Escuela Superior Politéctica del Litoral). Since 2012 his work has been recognized with various SND Awards of Excellence and gold and bronze medals at Malofiej Awards.
Manuel’s keynote, “Graphics from scratch. Ready, set, go!“, was a showcase of works he created for El Telegrafo. He started by showing two of the most awarded projects, the initial sketches and how he collected the information, by going to the places and taking photos – basically, by being a journalist.
It’s hard to do great projects in a small sized daily newspaper where the team is usually made of one or two designers, and time is always short – as an example, Manuel told that between last year’s November and December, the newspaper published 73 graphic pieces, but only two were full scale infographics.
A final note: Despite the indisputable quality of his works, the slow pace of Manuel’s presentation was far from being ideal, specially after lunch. As pointed out on Twitter, perhaps in the future speakers could be better orientated before delivering their presentations:
— Gert K Nielsen (@gertkn) March 19, 2015