Spanish Graphics in the U.S.

Spainfographics features the work that the diaspora of Spanish infographic designers have developed during the past three decades in the United States. Twelve infographic artists, out of more than two dozen who have lived or worked in the U.S., are featured in this exhibition showcasing various skills with the goal to tell a visual story to the visitor on the topic Spain in the United States.

Spanish infographic artists are well-known around the world. In the past few decades, Spain has exported dozens of them to countries around the world, the U.S. being the country where most of them have immigrated, established and grew in the profession. Yet, media newsrooms in London, Hong Kong or Singapore, among other cities, have also received the influence of Spaniards working in graphics and design.

There is not a clear answer on how this diaspora started. Some attribute it to the tradition of graphics in media publications in Spain, and the great generation of Spanish infographic artists that opened the path for upcoming generations in the late 90s. Others think that the lack of opportunities to grow in the field pushed them to explore new horizons and goals in other countries. It is also believed that the seed for the infographics diaspora was planted thanks to the Malofiej awards, some of the most prestigious in this field, celebrated in Pamplona between 1993 and 2021.

Read also On the Spanish Infographics Diaspora by Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Infographics and Data Visualization at the University of Miami.

Álvaro Valiño

This map puts Spain and the United States in a physical context. For those familiar with Spain, it provides an idea of the size of the continental United States, and vice versa, allowing them to see the dimensions of Spain from an American perspective.

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Alberto Lucas López

An artwork rich in symbolism depicts the dollar as a symbol of American success and strength, reflecting a diverse population with a strong Spanish influence.

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Amaya Verde and Mariano Zafra

As former Spanish expatriates adjusting to life in the USA, we created this informative poster tailored for a smooth transition into American culture and customs.

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Artur Galocha

The Billboard Hot 100 weekly has been recording the sales, streams, and plays of the most listened-to songs in the United States since 1958. Since then, eight Spanish musicians, singers, and bands have entered the top 100.

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Chiqui Esteban

This map shows 53 towns, cities and counties in the United States that share a name with a Spanish city (out of the three most populated of each province), province or autonomous region.

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Fernando G. Baptista

In 1789, the scientific exploration voyage began, commanded by the Spanish naval officer of Italian origin Alejandro Malaspina and José de Bustamante y Guerra. The expedition was funded by the Spanish government and originally pursued strictly scientific goals.

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Irene de la Torre Arenas

When Spaniards discuss migration, they typically view it from the perspective of Spain being the destination. However, Spaniards can also be immigrants: whether they experienced exile decades ago or pursued better job opportunities abroad to navigate financial crises.

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Luis Melgar

The United States is identified as the quintessential representation of capitalism. In this system, trade among nations plays a key role. The piece explores the economic relations between Spain and the U.S. by visualizing what type of goods these two countries interchange, the balance between both, and how Spain weighs when looking at the whole picture –all U.S. exports and imports.

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Monica Serrano

People form the fabric of a nation, where citizens, their culture, values, and collective identity, intricately weave the diverse reality of a country. The threads linking these two flags reflect the number of U.S. residents with Spanish origins, a population that has surged by 40% since 2010, as documented by the census.

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Samuel Granados López

This map shows how the boundaries of the Viceroyalty of New Spain (circa 1795) overlap with the current map of U.S. counties, highlighting the areas that were under Spanish administration.

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Xaquín G.V.

In Galiza in the U.S., I sought to weave a tapestry of my Galician heritage with my experiences in the States through a series of quirky and unexpected geographic and cultural coincidences.

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