Adios 2017!

It seems like it was yesterday that I was writing "Adios 2016" and now here we are again so fast. 2017 was a great year for the studio, full of exciting and challenging projects. I've been working as a full time freelancer for over 3 years now.  it is all thanks to my clients, that trust in me and my work, letting me do what I love and what i am passionate about. 

Now let me tell you about some project highlights from this year...

There were lots of editorial designs this year. Some favorites would include: "Public Expenditure Efficiency in Health Care in Latin America and the Caribbean" (Inter-American Development Bank), "Designing Innovative Schemes for Payments for Environmental Services" (Fundación Amazonas), "Creative Community Spaces" and "Coding Bootcamps" (World Bank).

Back in May, I worked together with the organization Elephant Energy producing their Annual Report 2016. Elephant Energy is a new client of the studio and it has been a pleasure working their communications team. Another new client is the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) I started producing some posters for them and now we have produced more than 5 publications this year. Welcome both to the studio!

Back in August, together with the IDB, we developed the whole identity for the "Diálogo Regional de Política de Transporte 2017". The project included the creation of the event corporate image, id badges, rollup, slideshows templates and the event booklet. 

During the second half of the year I collaborated with the blog "Negocios Sostenibles" doing all the blogpost images and infographics for their posts. Every week we would design a new banner inspired on the post on turn. Some of the topics can be very technical so definitely it was a challenge but we managed always to create something attractive.

When the work flow slowed down I worked on a project that I've had on my mind for a long time. It is a series of helpful resources for clients and friends to provide them with basic design knowledge called "Design Insider Tips". I'll be releasing the Edition #2 soon so stay tuned! Meanwhile download the Edition 01 if you haven't done so yet. 

Finally, a huge project for the Studio was creating 3 animated videos (plus 3 language adaptations) for the On-Boarding and Career Services sectors at the IDB. I'll be sharing more about the production process soon in different posts. 

What comes next?

I'm finishing up several publication projects we started in 2017 that still require some attention. Like last year, I'll be starting the year by producing an explanatory animated video for the Inter-American Development Bank, this time for the División de Innovación. I'll also be supporting the blog "Negocios Sostenibles" doing all their visual content this time all year long.

I can't wait for this year to start, so many fun and exciting projects coming soon! I hope you year is full of exciting projects as well! Happy New Year! 

Special thanks to the following organizations/companies for always supporting the studio: Inter-American Development Bank - World Health Organization PAHO - World Bank - Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture - Laser Technologies - Elephant Energy - O'Keefe Communications 

NEW WORK - Public Expenditure Efficiency

With so many publications being released each day, it is important to make your publication stand out. On of the main ways of doing this is by using lots of visual content such as infographics, charts or figures. That was the idea when together with the Inter-American Development Bank we produced the publication "Public Expenditure Efficiency in Health Care in Latin America and the Caribbean". Take a look to some of the graphics we included on the publication:

Are you thinking about making your publication more visual? What about including some infographics? Check out the infographics section.

NEW WORK - Agricultural Trade Interests and Challenges

This year I started working for the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture based in Washington DC. One of our first projects together was designing the publication "Agricultural Trade Interests and Challenges at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires". The IICA team had already designed the cover of the publication so we proceed to create the interior layout of the publication. Take a look below to some of the content...  

Check out the complete publication here.

NEW WORK - Designing Innovative Schemes for Payments for Environmental Services

This year together with the Inter-American Development Bank and Fundación Amazonas (FAS) we worked on the production of the toolkit "Designing Innovative Schemes for Payments for Environmental Services". The 156 page publication was designed in English and adapted to Portuguese and Spanish. Take a look to some of the content we produced below...

Check out the complete toolkit here

Are you working on a publication right now? Let me know if you need help with your project. In the meantime, check some of my past work at the Editorial section.

Design Insider Tips v01

To celebrate the beginning of autumn I’m releasing a fun new project called “Design Insider Tips” that I have created as a helpful resource for my clients.

Since many of my clients ask me about tips or help in design related topics, I decided to generate these educational guides. For the first edition I wanted to share some basic design knowledge and useful online design/communications resources like: image formats, resolutions, color mode, free fonts site, file sharing site, etc.

Download and share the first edition here

Volume 01: "Useful Resources" is now available for download :)

Volume 01: "Useful Resources" is now available for download :)

I'm now working on the next edition. Let me know if you have any suggested topics to include in the future! I hope you enjoy this one and find it useful in your daily job! 

NEW WORK - Negocios Sostenibles

Since the beginning of the month of July I've been working with the team at the blog "Negocios Sostenibles" creating images for their blog posts. Even though it is not my first time helping one of the Inter-American Development Bank blogs, it's been a challenge creating different images for different topics each week. It's been fun a project and I'm learning a lot about sustainable business and innovations.

Below are some of the images we created so far. Now go and check out their blogposts! They are awesome and if you are from any country in Latin America or the Caribbean you will find them especially interesting. 

Fresh finds ⨳ recommended playlist ⨳

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The last few months I've been obsessed with Amazon Prime's show "Bosch". It is based on Michael Connelly's best-selling novels, Harry Bosch, an LAPD homicide detective. Besides finding the show totally fascinating the soundtrack it is really good. Great mix of jazz classics to listen while working or having dinner. If you haven't seen the show go and check it out, there are 3 seasons out! :) Can't wait for the next one!

Listen to the soundtrack in Spotify, right here or stream it below if you’d like. Enjoy!

NEW WORK - Coding Bootcamps

From the same team at the World Bank that I worked on "Creative Community Spaces" we created their latest publication "Coding Bootcamps. Building Future-Proof Skills through Rapid Skills Training". The publication analyzes 6 different coding bootcamps located around the world. 

Here is a sneak peak of the publication... 

Do you want to see more? Download the complete publication here.

NEW WORK - Creative Community Spaces

Last July I finished working on the layout and design of one of the World Bank's latest publications "Creative Community Spaces. Spaces That Are Transforming Cities into Innovation Hubs". Together with the team we worked for months putting together this publication that presents 13 creative community spaces around the world. 

Here is an abstract and a preview of the publication...

Communities of entrepreneurs are creating positive impacts on local economies. When they establish new businesses and innovate across industries, they bring about economic growth and employment. Entrepreneurs are generally drawn to cities because of their available resources and networks, specifically access to knowledge and sector-specific needs, and the exchange of information that occurs when an entrepreneurial community is brought together. Central to these ecosystems are creative community spaces (CCSs)—a range of physical spaces that enable innovation by creating a convening point for a community of entrepreneurs and start-ups. CCSs serve to anchor entrepreneurial communities and influence the urban economic and physical landscape.
— http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/609151499428251887/Creative-community-spaces-spaces-that-are-transforming-cities-into-innovation-hubs

Check out the complete report here

Are you working on a publication right now? Let me know if you need help with your project. In the meantime, check some of my past work at the Editorial section.

NEW WORK - Animation for PASET

For the last 3 years I've been working a lot on graphics and art direction for animations. I started as an in-house designer for a production company and have continued as a freelancer. 

Recently, the PASET team at the World Bank contacted me requesting an animation for them. The animation gives an overview of the program, results and future expectations. I've been working for PASET for a while now so I'm pretty familiar with their corporate identity and loved seeing all the graphics in movement.

Here are some of the graphics I developed for them...

Now check out the complete animation...

Are you working on a animation project right now? Let me know if you need help with the script, production or art direction. In the meantime, check some of my past work at the Animations section.

NEW WORK - Elephant Energy Annual Report 2016

A few months ago I had the pleasure to work with the team at Elephant Energy an NGO based in Denver, Colorado. Elephant Energy is a renewable energy pioneer that operates primarily in the African country of Namibia.

We worked together designing their 2016 Annual Report. We decided to work only with the corporate colors and incorporate some photos of the projects they have been working on. The main goal for me was creating something fun and that transmits positivity when you look at it. I was really happy with the result. Thanks Elephant Energy for choosing me for this job! 

Now take a look to part of the work we did together. You can also read the complete report at Issuu

Are you working on a publication right now? Let me know if you need help with your project. In the meantime, check some of my past work at the Editorial section.

Fresh finds ⨳ recommended playlist ⨳

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I'm always in search of good music to listen while working. Sometimes I create my own playlists and other times I listen to my friends playlists or the ones Spotify recommends you.

This week my recommended playlist was created by Spotify and it is called "La Siesta" ("The Nap"). I love to listen it while designing a publication or something that requieres my full concentration. It is a perfect mix of mellow songs! You can listen directly in Spotify, right here. Or you can stream below if you’d like.

Creating blog posts images

During the last few months of 2016 I collaborated with the Social Protection and Health division at the Inter-American Development Bank designing images for their blogs "First Steps" and "Gente Saludable".
Here are some examples of the work we did together... 

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A couple of important things to consider when designing or selecting an image to go along with a blog post are:

  • Know your theme to be sure you are showing an adequate image.
  • If you are not sure about how appealing your photo is include some information in your image, like percentages or data (infographics are always a good tool).
  • Finally, take risks. Your readers are going to be more attracted to your post if your image is appealing to them or controversial.

Adios 2016!

2016 was a year full of interesting projects for me and the studio. I was happy to design many publications, infographics, animations and events for my clients. Some of which I still need to upload to the site.

Back in January, I worked together with the Pan American Health Organization - World Health Organization to develop a series of infographics about alcohol consumption. Infographics are one of my favorite things to design and these particular ones were definitely a challenge. I was also honored to work for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) vice-president to create some social media graphics for her.  

Later, with the Water and Sanitation Initiative we created a social media campaign that consisted of animated GIFs that were well received by their followers. Some new clients were added to my client list such as Laser Technologies, Duco Experts and O'Keefe Communications among others.

Back in June, with the FONTAGRO initiative (IDB) we presented the Annual Report 2014-2015. A great way of showing how much work is involved in that initiative. We also designed for the second year in a row the OII and Sanctions System Annual Report cover design, also member of the IDB. 

One event that involved a large amount of work was "Jobs in Uncertain Times" a great event put on by the team of Labor Markets at the IDB and celebrated in different countries of LAC. I had the pleasure of creating all the communication products needed. With a World Bank team I worked to create a fun slideshow presentation and several infographics for the event "Big Data for Labor Market Policy 2.0 in India".  The event was a big success and we will have more work coming in 2017 with the World Bank.

During the last few months of the year I collaborated with the Social Protection and Health division at the Inter-American Development bank (IDB) as a part time designer while the in-house designer was on a contract break. I collaborated with the communication team providing them with graphics for their sites, blogs and social media and doing the necessaries updates on the division site. 

What comes next?

2017 is going to start with some fun animation projects. I should be sharing with you the results by the first months of the year. Also, a new website and studio identity is on the horizon so stay alert :)  

Finally, I wanted to say thank you to all my wonderful clients, specially the ones at the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank. I hope I can continue collaborating on your projects during the new year to come. Happy New Year 2017!