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Work / Publication

Manu Rodriguez’s book design showcases the eccentricity of Barcelona

Mannnu AKA Manu Rodriguez’s website is simple and considered with only a handful of projects included, but it’s ample opportunity to get a sense of how this art director and designer works. Based in Barcelona, the two projects created in collaboration with Spanish photographer Jose Perroche caught our eye.

Uncertain Future and Keeping Barcelona Weird are two photo essays in catalogue form, the first about winter on Barcelona’s beaches and the second capturing the beauty and weirdness of the city. For me, it’s only when looking at the images in the context of a book do Jose’s photographs come to life and a dialogue between them is created. Manu uses a mixture of full bleed images, big white boarders and split pages, allowing beautiful and unexpected pairings to germinate. With little text, the narrative relies solely on the placement of images so it’s impressive how well Manu communicates the story through each catalogue.

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Mannnu: Uncertain Future

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Mannnu: Uncertain Future

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Mannnu: Uncertain Future

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Mannnu: Uncertain Future

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Mannnu: Keeping Barcelona Weird

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Mannnu: Keeping Barcelona Weird

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Mannnu: Keeping Barcelona Weird

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Mannnu: Keeping Barcelona Weird

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Mannnu: Keeping Barcelona Weird

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Mannnu: Keeping Barcelona Weird