Visually Marketplace Designer Spotlight: Antonio Ortega

Visually’s newly-launched Marketplace connects thousands of designers with clients seeking to commission infographics and data visualizations. In the following weeks, we will feature members of our designer community here, on the blog. If you are interested in participating, please contact us at blog[at] Name: Antonio Ortega Age: 46 Graphic designer since 1989. Find him on ortegaant   1. Tell us a bit about yourself: how did you get into design, and how long have you been doing it? I grew up amongst brushes and canvases. At school, I was the typical kid that filled notebooks with cartoons while the teacher explained. I studied Arts and Crafts, and I majored in Graphic Design. Here I had the first opportunity to draw with a mouse on a screen. I was fascinated. In 1989, I got my first job related to Design — those were the days of Corel Draw 2.0 — and I’ve been doing it since then. I have worked in several companies, until two years ago, when I started working as a freelance designer. All this experience has helped me to become a multidisciplinary creative: design, illustration, 3D motion… I also like programming, photography and painting. 2. In 7 words or less, describe your style. Versatile. I adjust to project requirements. 3. If you could take a seminar with one designer or artist, dead or living, who would that be? Why? I love the work of Carine Brancowitz. Nobody makes the most out of Bic pens as her. A seminar would be interesting, but mostly I would like to watch her working. 4. What’s your favorite color? Why? Orange, and all gradations towards red. It has many attributes: elegance, strength, cheerfulness … and always looks fine in designs. 5. What is the biggest mistake you’ve made in your work and what did you learn from it? Stopping self-learning when I got a stable and well paid job. Later, when I became a freelancer, I understood that I must stay up to date constantly. 6. What about your biggest achievement? Tell us about the project you are most proud of in your career so far. I think I improve every day, so I would rather believe that my best works are the most recent. Some of them are the infographics featured on 7. Who should we feature in this space next? I love the infographics of argentinean Juan Colombato, particularly his handmade drawings.

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