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Daniel Gil

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Oct 14, 2004

" Graphic designer. His innovative character made Daniel Gil instrumental in generating one of the most solid and attractive images of Spanish graphic design."

His full name was Daniel Gil Pila. He was born in Santander in 1930 and studied Fine Arts in Madrid. His earliest vocation was for painting and the visual arts. In the 1950s he studied at the School of Design in Ulm (Germany), where he came into contact with the various creative movements of the time. On his return to Spain in the early 1960s, he began designing album covers, and in 1966 he joined the Alianza Editorial publishing company where he created his most famous work as a graphic designer: the covers of the collection of popular paperbacks known as 'El libro de bolsillo'. Gil broke with the prevailing aesthetic in publishing and introduced a new, more innovative and experimental graphic language which would make him a model for new generations of designers. After more than 25 years he left Alianza and began to work on projects for other publishers and institutions. He died in Madrid in 2004.


Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (1984)

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