His work can be found in books, magazines and even museums. Awards? Over 125. And an Emmy nomination. Recognized by his peers as one of the five most influential infographic designers of the past twenty years, and currently working as a senior editor at “infographic heaven” (a.k.a. National Geographic magazine), Fernando Baptista is having a career that most visual journalists can only dream of.
“I graduated in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country, and worked as a freelancer for several years in everything I could find: teaching drawing as a designer and illustrator, designing exhibition stands and scenery for theater, painting portraits and murals … and all my life I have drawn comics, I built and sculpted all kinds of things, from models of Star Wars, characters who created, to dinosaurs, superheroes or comic samurai.”
“In 1993 I joined the newspaper El Correo and I started to learn about infographics, and in 2007 I was called to serve on the staff of National Geographic Magazine in Washington DC. I have been associated professor at the University of Navarra and have given lectures and workshops in Europe, US and Latin America. In 2012 I was named one of the five most influential graphic designers the world over the last 20 years, and won more than 125 awards from SND editions, SPD, ÑH, Best American Infographic and Malofiej, including the Peter Sullivan award, best known as “The Pulitzer” for infographics. And in 2013 I was nominated for an Emmy for Walking With Giants in the category of “New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture”.
But such an illustrious career doesn’t mean that Fernando is done learning. “My next goal is to continue learning about 3D, use 3D printers in my work and use that technology in stop motion animations with an infographic concept.”
We’re looking forward to see those works, and here are the infographics Fernando shared with us:
Easter Island | National Geographic
Building Gobekli Tepe | National Geographic
Penguin | National Geographic
Il duomo | National Geographic
Building Trajan’s column | National Geographic
Peru’s Royal Wari Tomb | National Geographic
Barcelona’s natural wonder | National Geographic
Epic Bluefin migrations | National Geographic
Living with lions | National Geographic
The Neanderthal Man | Domestika
San Firmino’s fireworks | Errea Comunicacion
Hunchback Whale | Fernando Batista
We thank Fernando for sharing with us his works and experience, and you can follow him on Twitter (@fg_baptista). And next week we’ll be back with another portfolio.