Pioneers of Spanish Graphic Design
- Page Count: 344
- Size: 8 x 10 inches
- Format: Casebound w/ dust jacket poster
- Publication Date: April 2009
- Price: $58
- ISBN: 978-0-9817805-6-6
Spain: a country that calls so many famed artists – Picasso, Dali, Goya, Miro, to name only four – its own. Yet, the reputation of its graphic designers has never been fully recognized by the international design community, until now. Pioneers of Spanish Graphic Design establishes, once and for all, the legacy of 15 groundbreaking Spanish graphic designers working between 1939-1975. While that historical era was one of economic and political isolation in Spain these designers elevated the daily grind of commercial graphic design work to the level of true inspiration, altering the visual culture of post-war Spain.
Showcasing the work of Josep Artigas, Alexandre Circi Pellicer, Amand Domenech, Elias & Santamarina, Jordi Fornas, Fermin Garbayo, Daniel Gil, Richard Giralt Mircale, Ernest Moradell, Antoni Morillas, Joan Pedragosa, Josep Pla-Narbona, Manolo Prieto, Julian Santamarina, Tomas Vellve, every chapter in Pioneers is adorned with the work of these designers – posters, book covers, album sleeves, logotypes and packaging – as well as commissioned appreciations of their work penned by contemporary Spanish designers and writers.
Compiled by Emilio Gil, who contacted the designers, their families and sorted through mountains of archives, Pioneers fills in a historical gap that speaks volumes about how these designers influenced Spanish, and international, visual cultures.