designboom: interview with graphic designer carl de torres

I grew up east of los angeles. I always liked to draw but never pursued any training until high school. after that I bounced around for a while and then moved to san francisco where I soon attended the california college of the arts, where I followed my love of drawing and enrolled on the illustration program. for better or for worse it never occurred to me to take any graphic design classes. I loved to draw and wanted to spend my college experience drawing and not clicking. by the good graces of legendary art director bob ciano I landed a ‘temporary’ gig at wired magazine. this temporary gig ended up lasting four years. I worked my way up and learned everything I could about art direction, design, typography, illustration, information graphics and storytelling. I hired, worked with, and learned from some of the best designers and illustrators in the world. after four years and dozens of design awards later I felt that I had learned everything I could and set my sites elsewhere. my first big client was IBM, which i continue to work closely with today. I now work with about fifty clients ranging from fortune 10 corporations to non-profits. I officially started my studio in 2010 and since then have completed over 600 projects. it’s been an amazing journey so far.

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