Manuel Estrada was a National Design Award winner in 2017. On awarding the accolade, the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness highlighted, “His extraordinary capacity for developing different ranges of projects”, stressing “his ability to effectively link culture to the business fabric, significantly driving the professionalization of the design world” and placing special value on “his commitment to the role and image of Spain across the globe.”
His work has been exhibited in galleries in New York, Chicago, Helsinki, Berlin, Lisbon and several Spanish cities, such as Bilbao, Madrid, Zaragoza, Segovia and Malaga. He has earned national and international critical acclaim, receiving prestigious awards, such as the National Design Award 2017, the Diploma of the Art Directors Club of Europe, the Laus Award, the AEDP (Association of Spanish Design Professionals) on several occasions; the Mexican Award for Design Excellence; the Australian Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards; and the prestigious Good Design Award from the Chicago Atheneum Museum of Architecture and Design.
Senior art director, The New York Times Book Review. Author
Manuel Estrada makes the art of design look so easy. His work defines stylistic pigeonholes. He flies high and out of reach, bridging the often deep gap between the designer who makes art and the artist who is a designer.
“The last exhibit of Manuel Estrada’s work at The Building (AIGA New York) was incredible for its ingenuity and skill.
It made me want to be a designer again. It made me glad and proud the AIGA had the show.”
Designer and architect
Chairman of the Graphic Design Department. Professor of Visual Arts, Boston University and Graphic Design Historian.
I consider Estrada to be one of the leading graphic designers in Spain, and his innovative designs cover a wide spectrum. For this reason, I devoted three pages to his work in the fifth edition of Megg’s History of Graphic Design. Estrada is a major force in European graphic design, and an exhibition of his work would provide much inspiration for practicing graphic designers, graphic design educators and students, as well as for the general public.
Executive director at AIGA National Design Center New York
We have had a nice, regular flow of visitors and all are simply delighted with inspiration from the exhibit. Manuel has already had a wonderfull influence on the New York creative community and on the public in general.
Estrada Design is a studio created by Manuel Estrada. Founded in 1989, it has offices in Madrid and Miami and employs a team of 10 professionals. It specialises in corporate identity and in all the aspects that might be required by its full development, with the steadfast conviction that design is a decisive economic factor in any business structure.
Through thorough research into companies’ needs, challenges, opportunities and strengths, Estrada Design sets guidelines so that each of the identity elements can be easily recognised and establishes an unequivocal discourse on the path being travelled by the company and the possibilities that may open up before it in the future.
From the logo or the naming to the webpage or the annual reports—including commemorative logos, packaging, architectural graphics, space signage and corporate publications—, Estrada Design’s work encompasses all the fields of activity required to develop an identity: research, design, programming or layout, production, coordination and execution.
In its 20-year track record, Estrada Design—the second Design Studio in Spain to receive AENOR Certification for quality systems (ISO 9001 Standard) and for the Environment (ISO 14000 Standard)—has worked for companies at the forefront of their industries: energy companies, such as Repsol, Gas Natural, Cores and Abengoa Bioenergy; finance agencies, such as AFI, Ahorro Corporación and Caja Viva; consumer goods firms, such as Persán, Carmencita and Casa de Alba, and real estate developers, such as GMP and Metrovacesa.
It has also completed work for government agencies: for the Spanish Parliament (with the logo commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Constitution), the City Council and Autonomous Community of Madrid, ICEX, IFEMA, the Ministry of Culture, EOI Business School, the Autonomous Governments of Andalusia and of Castilla y León, the National Heritage and Renfe; for universities (the Vice-Chancellors’ Conference, Menéndez Pelayo University, Oviedo University, the Europea University and the Laureate Universities) and for Foundations (Caja Madrid, Sánchez Ruipérez, Repsol, Saramago, GMP, Repsol, Santillana, etc.).
The Studio’s work for publishing houses is one of its hallmarks, especially its covers for Alianza Editorial, Alfaguara, Anaya, Edelvives, Santillana and El País Aguilar. It has also been involved in countless museum projects with the Costume, El Greco, the Military and the Human Evolution Museums.
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