In the design world, graphic work is recognized in countries like the US where corporate design is top notch, Germany from its Bauhaus influences, or Switzerland and its modern, minimalist approach and excellent playful work with typography. While these countries have played essential roles in shaping the design industry standards today, the world is full of talented designers in all of its corners.
Throughout the art history courses in school, we were taught about the design influences of major countries throughout Europe or the United States. Rarely did the teachings go beyond that region. Japan was an exception (they have to be with their ingenious design processes and developments). Frequently during those classes I would think to myself, “What about the graphic work of countries in Latin America or the vast regions of Asia? I could see the reason for the limited teaching being that the institution and my home is within the US, a country of the 1st world and tied closely to the countries of Europe through its influences and history. Nonetheless, it never stopped me from wishing they had educated students with a broader scope of design around the world.
Over the last few years I’ve slowly increased my drive to become an explorer for graphic work around the globe. With the countless designers in this world, there are many artists we are missing out on. I wanted to take the time to share the work of some graphic artists from the Philippines and give them some recognition and props for their amazing work. Although the Philippines is a 3rd world country with limited resources and technology, it doesn’t prevent one with a creative intellect to pick up a pen and paper and release the imaginations that run in his/her mind.
Probably one of my favorite Philippine graphic artists, this creative duo based out of Pasig City, Philippines has some amazing work through their websites, print, illustrations, packaging, and various other mediums.
Work by Inksurge
A creative studio that also has several shops in the Metro Manila area. They produce some interesting material and use primarily print and apparel as their outlet. I am a fan of selected typework by this crew.
Work by Team Manila
For those who are in the Philippines or wish to travel there for a huge annual design conference, this is typically held during the summertime. I just checked the site and they don’t have any updates on the upcoming conference but when I was there a month ago I did see some advertisements in Manila. This is something I’ve always wanted to check it out. Last year they brought in Stefan Sagmeister as one of their speakers.
Lastly, if you have any interesting international artists and designers you’d love to share, please comment or shoot me an email so I can add to the catalog library of designers in my head. I’m always interested in discovering new amazing work. Thanks!