I think it’s fair to say we’re fairly geeky when it comes to graphic design and many-a-time has an unsuspecting dinner party neighbour been subjected to a wine-fuelled monologue on the subject. So imagine our delight in coming across the work of Sonia Castillo, a new talent to wang on about.
Sonia studied both in Spain and Germany – at the Fine Arts at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Universidad HAWK Hildesheim respectively – and her work across graphic design, typography, advertising and photography shows marked influences from both scenes in which she was immersed.
I’m particularly drawn to her poster work where deft, layered use of colour and the odd typographic flourish keep her creations fresh and interesting. But elsewhere she shows off a real flair for publications, especially evident in the book of her own calligraphy, Spiegel Schrift, where by keeping every other page blank she maintains focus on her impressively eclectic lettering skills.
A designer with such an intuitive understanding of her craft is sure to make an apperanance next time I decide to buttonhole someone at a party, whether they’re remotely interested or not. They should be.
For the next few weeks we’re showcasing some of the dazzling creatives which form part of the ABSOLUT Network, which brings together some of the finest cutting-edge creatives in Spain.
- Camelot’s typefaces bring both the contemporary and historical to the table
- Scott Newett’s eerily quiet, ethereal portraits of Chinese utopia
- Jade Schulz’s atmospheric and imaginative editorial illustrations
- Emiliano Granado’s new zine puts a fresh spin on Tour de France fandom
- The big cover up: Mathieu Tremblin's translations of graffiti
- Artist Howard Fonda captures the vibrancy of summer for Ace & Tate
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Is it ever OK to work for free?
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Peter Saville and Tate Design Studio create beer can artwork for Switch House pale ale