Spanish Designer Manuel Estrada discusses his work and opens his New York exhibition “Painting with Letters: Book Covers, Typograms, and Other Typographic Projects”
The central idea of this exhibition is that writing and painting are two close activities that are in the central core of the creative process. Painting with letters is something Manuel Estrada has always been interested in, as in writing with images. It is a way of summing up all tools to turn design into an object to examine or an image to look at. Most of works shown are book covers, but the exhibition features posters and logos that are built around the same principle — typography as the main tool of graphic design.
Manuel Estrada is the recipient of the Spanish National Design Award. His Estudio, founded in 1989, has offices in Madrid and Miami, it has a team of 17 people and is specialized in corporate identity programs. He is a strong supporter of design as a fact of business development and its direct input in the success of corporations, and has also being dedicated to teaching in many different institutions. His work has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Helsinki, Berlin, Lisbon, and many cities throughout Spain.