Thursday, March 2, 2017

10 Filipino Creatives to Watch in 2017

You don’t need to look too far for inspiration when you creatively blocked. Whether you respond to colorful brights, playful aesthetics, understated minimalism, all you have to do is look up these Pinoy names to jumpstart your creative juices.

Robert Alejandro

Robert Alejandro is an artist and graphic designer who’s designed everything from stamps to malls. If you remember the classic paper crafts store Papemelroti, Robert is one of the creative minds behind it. Visit his blog at

Ivan Despi

Illustrator, character designer, graphic artist Ivan is the owner and creative director for Acid House who is perhaps best known for being part of the team who created global campaigns for McDonald’s and Coke. Check out his work at

Jowee Alviar

Best known for his work with Team Manila, which he co-founded back in 2001, Alviar’s now iconic brnd has built a portfolio of award-winning work in branding that continues to push the envelope of design. Browse through their works here:

Dave Ferrer

A vanguard of the local advertising industry, Dave Ferrer got his start as an art director for Saatchi, before moving to BBDO as Creative Director, then to J. Walter Thompson Manila where he ultimately found himself as Executive Creative Director. With two prestigious Cannes Gold Lions under his belt, he is now known as the youngest creative to be inducted in the Philippine Creative Guild Hall of Fame. Check out his work here:

Dan Matutina

Founder of Plus 63 Design, Dan Matutina is a designer and illustrator who has worked with some of the most well known brands in the world. In 2013, he was awarded with the Art Directors Club Young Guns Award in New York. Check out his impressive portfolio here:

CJ De Silva-Ong

CJ is an illustrator, designer and painter who is best known for her one-woman art exhibits and participation in the Bloom Arts Festival. She now holds a position with TBWA as the company’s associate creative director. Browse through her portfolio here:

Patrick Cabral

Patrick Cabral is a freelance art director best known for his work as a typographist. While he got his start as a web developer and animator, he since found his niche in letters and typography, with multiple collaborations, including one with Jessica Walsh for the 2013 social experiment “Forty Days of Dating.” Visit his work at:

This list is by no means a comprehensive collection of local design personalities that you should be following. For more, be sure to check out the Adobo Design Awards Asia (aDDA), where these prestigious names will be joined with the likes of Harvey M. Tolibao of HMT Studios, acclaimed director Quark Henares, and Wawi Navarroza of Wawi Navarroza Studios, to judge this year’s prestigious competition.

Already on its 8th year, the aDDA continues its partnership with the prestigious D&AD, making it one of the most prestigious and coveted awards in the region for the industry. Their mission? To champion the best in design and recognize the talents behind the work. The competition is open to all design professionals and enthusiasts in Asia and will run simultaneously with design seminars and exhibits that promote design and creativity.

Deadline for submission of entries is on March 11, in time for judging on March 27-28. The Grand Awards Night will take place on April 5, 2017.

The adobo Design Awards is presented by adobo magazine together with event partners Bench, Globe Telecom, Powermac Center, Brand New Media, PWC, Greenbulb PR, Executive Decisions and Green Sun. Official media partners are Business Mirror, Philippine Daily Inquirer Philippine Star, WheninManila, ClickThe City, Rappler and CreatiVoices.

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