Estudio Ponce Contreras is a space for the creation of books, catalogues, exhibition graphics, wine and olive oil labels, logos, posters, typography and many other things related to graphic design. Sometimes, due to the nature of the orders received, the studio works along with several other partners, in line with the size, complexity and kind of project. On such occasions, Manuel Ponce Contreras, as the founder of the studio, leads the team.

Manuel has a lot of experience in managing editorial design projects, art direction and book publishing consultation. He pursued his art studies at the School of Art and Design in Mérida, and holds a degree in Design, with a speciality in Graphic Design at the School of Art Número Diez in Madrid. Immediately after graduating, he began to work at one of the most well-known graphic design studios, Jesús Moreno & Asociados, where he worked on museum projects. He also worked for Sánchez/Lacasta Studio. Both studios are situated in the capital of Spain. He currently lives and works in Extremadura, however, he is still actively involved in projects in Madrid as he is a professional member of di_mad (Madrid Designers’ Association). He also frequently collaborates in the heterodox graphic project “Un mundo feliz” (A Brave New World).

In 2012 he won first prize in a poster contest organized by IED (European Institute of Design) in Barcelona, and his design was selected by Good 50 x70 as one of the best posters in the world in the social protest category. He has also been selected for projects in several publications such as: Valores en el tiempo, Sellos de España y Andorra, 2013; Vinos y restaurantes nº 131, 2013; A Seductive Collection of Alluring Type Designs, Paul Burgess, Tony Seddon, Rockport Publishers, 2013; Typodarium 2014, A type calendar, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, Mainz, 2012; Revista Neo2 nº 106, 2011 (a publication on the typography ‘Musac Blackletter’) and Belio Trip nº 028, Belio Magazine, 2010.

His main clients include institutions such as the Government of Extremadura, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, the Provincial Council of Badajoz, MEIAC (Museum of Contemporary Art of Extremadura and Latin America), Correos y Telégrafos (State postal service), “La Caixa” Bank social projects, Sins Entido publishers, MACE (Museum of Contemporary Art in Elvas), Extremadura Film Archive, University of Extremadura, Fundación Ortega Muñoz and YGBArt, among many others.


Photo Credits Site:
Ramón A. Serrano
Andrés Arranz
Javier Castrejon

Help in programming and web design:
Crispin Avís

Translation and help with the contents:
Antonio Rubiales
Miguel Angel Llano