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Marcelo Pliger

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December 9, 2012

Time for another Porfolio of the Week here on Visual Loop. And today we have another contribution from our Brazilian franchise! Our featured infographic designer is Marcelo Pliger, who has been working for the past 15 years in one of Brazil’s main newspapers, Folha de São Paulo.

(imagem: Marcelo Pliger)

Winner of multiple awards, both in Brazil and internationally, Marcelo confesses that he enetered the field a bit by chance, without having a real knowledge of what infographic design was about. Today, things are quite different. “Nobody makes a strange face now, when I say I do infographics”, explains Marcelo.

#Despite all the awards, nothing beats the pleasure of finding someone who could understand something he didn’t know through an infographic that I did. One day I saw a beggar on the street reading a infographic I made. This is a priceless prize, and I even took a photo of it!”

(Photo: Marcelo Pliger)


Here is a sample of Marcelo’s work:

Ball Movement | Folha de S. Paulo

Visualization tracking ball movement in Brazil’s last game of the 2010 World Cup. (Marcelo Pliger/Folha de S.Paulo)
Visualization tracking ball movement in Brazil’s last game of the 2010 World Cup. (Marcelo Pliger/José Henrique Mariante/Folha de S.Paulo)

The Isabella Case | Folha de S. Paulo

Infographic retraces the main events of the Isabela Nardone’s murder case. Silver medal in Malofiej 2009. (Marcelo Pliger/Eduardo Asta/Folha de S.Paulo)

Sao Paulo’s layers | Folha de S. Paulo

The urban scenario of three different regions of  São Paulo in three different periods of the city’s history. (Marcelo Pliger/Ricardo Mioto/Folha de S.Paulo)

Exports | Folha de S. Paulo

(Infographic: Marcelo Pliger/Folha de S.Paulo)

Pré-Sal | Folha de S. Paulo

The evolution of prospecting for oil . Silver Medal in Malofiej 2010 (Marcelo Pliger/Folha de S.Paulo)

President Dilma’s ceremony | Folha de S. Paulo

The ceremonial inauguration of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia. (Marcelo Pliger/Ana Freitas/Folha de S.Paulo)

Restaurant Kitchen | Folha de S. Paulo

(Infographic: Marcelo Pliger/Folha de S.Paulo)

Tax benefits | Folha de S. Paulo

(Infographic: Marcelo Pliger/Folha de S.Paulo)

Migration | Editora Moderna

Migrations between Brazilian states shows that the majority of migrants arriving in São Paulo are from Bahia, Pernambuco and Parana.  (Marcelo Pliger/William Taciro/Daniela Máximo/Fernanda Fencz/Editora Moderna)

Vila Itororó | Folha de S. Paulo

Project that will restore the Village Itororó, a set of abandoned buildings of the 19th century where several important figures of the country’s history passed by. Awarded by the  Society for News Design (Marcelo Pliger/Folha de S.Paulo)

Flight 447 | Folha de S. Paulo

Infographic done in less than four hours about the disappearance of flight 447 in the Atlantic. Bronze medal in Malofiej 2009 (Marcelo Pliger/Alex Argozino/Simon Ducroquet/Rubens Paiva/Eduardo Asta/Folha de S.Paulo)

Death hour | Folha de S. Paulo

Hours and days when most people are murdered in the city of São Paulo. (Marcelo Pliger/André Caramante/Rogério Pagnan/Folha de S.Paulo)


You should visit Marcelo’s blog to get to know a bit more of his work. And we’ll return next week to another featured Portfolio!

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.