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.
- Taylor Benson's “old school” illustrations are inspired by anxiety, Seinfeld and 70s cartoons
- Rade Petrasevic reimagines still lifes in his vibrant, large-scale drawings
- Boys and beer: animator Laura Jayne Hodkin's hilariously unapologetic depiction of female friendship
- Photographer Jim Jocoy's book chronicles San Francisco’s booming 1970s music scene
- Get to know Jyan Ku's lovely hybrid of "friendly art, not difficult art"
- Tom Fox Shea’s portrait of Utah shows a sleepy state with underlying tensions
- The Scouts rebrand aims to reflect a “more relevant image of Scouting”
- Airbnb launches new bespoke font Cereal, designed with Dalton Maag for online and offline fluidity
- Benedikt Luft's identity for Lazy represents the joyful nature of a drunken outdoor party
- Sound and vision: Parquet Courts' A. Savage on life as an artist and musician
- Bonjour Garçon combines photography and graphic design to make "strong and delicate" work
- From being bad to burping glitter: things we learned at The Adobe 99U Conference