Favourites

I want to share with you a very partial selection of my favourite books, video games, music albums, films and comic books. They’re not necessary related to art or design. They’re pieces of creativity that have been important, inspiring and sometimes even determinating in my personal and professional life. I hope you find them interesting.

You’ll find a short list of some of the designers and illustrators that I respect most at the end of the page, in no particular order. I know some of them in person, while others —unfortunately— passed away some time ago. All of them have been important in my evolution as a graphic designer and/or illustrator, in one way or another. Enjoy!

Books

The Shape of Design

By Frank Chimero (2013)

—Type: essay
A clear, direct, straightforward and brilliant essay around design. Written by a young but very lucid designer that I respect a lot.

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The Illustrated Voice

By Craig Frazier (2004)

—Type: monograph
A book centered in the thinking process and concept behind illustrations. Unfortunately, there aren’t many books like this one!

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The P. Secret Fire

By Patrick Harpur (2002)

—Type: essay
A great essay on imagination. Philosophy, mythology, poetry, alchemy, anthropology and the very concept of the human soul.

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Bestiario Mágico

By Jesús Callejo (2000)

—Type: monograph
The perfect book for those who like folklore, legends, magic, ancient traditions and all the creatures that populated them.

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Batman Animated

By Paul Dini / Chipp Kidd (1998)

—Type: art book
My favorite art book ever. A perfect compilation of little but powerful creative moments, brilliantly arranged by Chipp Kidd.

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Daimonic Reality

By Patrick Harpur (1994)

—Type: essay
One of the most intriguing and original essays by Patrick Harpur and one of the most important books I’ve read in my life.

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El Club Dumas

By Arturo Pérez-Reverte (1993)

—Type: novel
History, ancient books, unsolved mysteries, intrigue, splendid characters… Part of my Top 3 of favourite novels ever written.

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Neuromancer

By William Gibson (1984)

—Type: novel
One of the most important sources for the many cyberpunk topics treated in thousands of other works around the genre.

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Music

Mezzanine

Mezzanine

By Massive Attack (1998)

This work sums up absolutely everything I love about Massive Attack. An extremely influential album containing an iconic sound.

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Ok Computer

Ok Computer

By Radiohead (1997)

It’s still my favourite Radiohead album and probably one of the best alternative rock works in history. Indispensable.

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Homogenic

Homogenic

By Björk (1997)

It’s hard to choose only one album by Björk but this was for sure the one that let me discover this inimitable artist. Many others followed.

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Wildhoney

Wildhoney

By Tiamat (1994)

One of the best experimental rock/metal albums ever made. Tiamat will be remembered by albums like this one.

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Selected Ambient Works

Sel. Ambient Works

By Aphex Twin (1992)

Maybe not the best Richard D. James album, but definitely the one that introduced me into his very intense and original work.

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Tubular Bells 2

Tubular Bells 2

By Mike Oldfield (1992)

My first contact with Mike Oldfield’s music. I was only 12 and this great album inaugurated a whole musical stage for me.

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MCMXC a.d.

MCMXC a.D.

By Enigma (1990)

I loved the fact that I could not define the music contained in this album when it was released. Still a very unique, fresh and infuential work.

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Oxygene

Oxygene

By Jean Michel Jarre (1976)

Sometimes beautiful, sometimes nightmarish. This album will be considered a cult classic for many generations.

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Video Games

Guacamelee

Guacamelee

Platforms: A lot of them! (2013) 

Funny, cheeky, vibrant, original… The perfect game for any visual designer and platform-brawling-metroidvania lover.

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VtM: Bloodlines

VtM: Bloodlines

Platforms: PC (2004)

One of the best RPGs of all times and possibly the best video game ever created around vampires. Eerie and full of great characters.

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RE2

Resident Evil 2

Platforms: PC/PlayStation (1998) 

A first level horror experience with a language often close to cinema. Perhaps the best survival horror game in history.

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MDK

MDK

Platforms: PC/Mac/PS1 (1997)

One of the most extravagant games of the early 3D era. Frentic action, amazing OST and a very imaginative global design.

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Quake

Quake

Platforms: A lot of them! (1996)

Blood, rust & explosions. A groundbreaking game that presented a new FPS era. Highly remembered Nine Inch Nails OST.

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Diablo

Diablo

Platforms: PC/Mac/PS1 (1996)

I’m a fan of the series, but the first Diablo is still the main exponent of the action-RPG genre. One of the most plagiarized games ever.

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Super Metroid

Super Metroid

Platforms: SNES (1994)

A game design masterpiece and probably my favourite Super NES game. Everything on it is superb. You can still play it via emulator.

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Captain Commando

Captain Commando

Platforms: Quite a few (1991)

Perhaps the favourite of my beloved Capcom’s beat’em-ups of the 90s. Extravagant, excessive, carefree, colorist and eclectic.

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Films

The Matrix

The Matrix

By The Wachowski Sisters (1999)

Some may see just an action film in it. In fact, it’s full of impressive symbolism, wrapped in a very entertaining package.

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El Día de la Bestia

El Día de la Bestia

By Alex de la Iglesia (1995)

The film that made me reconsider the value of Spanish cinema. Filled with black humor, horror and bizarre characters.

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Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

Mamoru Oshii (1995)

A metaphysical exploration of the human condition in the form of one of the most astonishing animation films ever made.

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Terminator 2

Terminator 2

By James Cameron (1991)

Action films, special effects and explosive science fiction brought to a new level. Full of very inspired visual tricks that influenced many other films.

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Blade Runner

Blade Runner

By Ridley Scott (1984)

Wikipedia: "Blade Runner can be seen as a quintessential example of the cyberpunk style and theme”. Not much to add. Indispensable.

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The Thing

The Thing

By John Carpenter (1982)

My favorite Carpenter’s film. Its visual effects terrorized and seduced my very young me. A horror and sci-fi masterpiece.

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Alien

Alien

By Ridley Scott (1979)

An unrivaled atmosphere, a memorable art direction, a tense, suffocating experience and a very smart film. To be remembered for generations.

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Eraserhead

Eraserhead

By David Lynch (1977)

An experience able to alter your mental structure. One of the most surreal films I’ve ever seen. Full of symbolism. A classic.

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Comic Books

Roco Vargas

Roco Vargas

By Daniel Torres (1983-2017)

The most popular Daniel Torres' character has brought to us some of the most beautiful pages of the european comic book.

Hellboy

Hellboy

By Mike Mignola (1993-2016)

An inimitable cult classic that I’ve followed and collected from the very beginning. Occultism, legends, folklore, epic battles.

100 Bullets

100 Bullets

By Azzarello/Risso (1999-2009)

One of the most interesting thrillers ever written in any medium. Great characters and an addictive story.

Transmetropolitan

Transmetropolitan

By Ellis/Robertson (1997-2002)

A series full of eccentric politic and science fiction concepts in a unthinkably dehumanized futuristic America.

El Canto del Gallo

El Canto del Gallo

By Max (1996)

A selection of short and rare stories by Max, showing some of the most beautiful pages ever produced by the artist.

Textura Humana

Textura Humana

By Daniel Torres (1995)

A rare album compiling some short stories by Daniel Torres, creator of Roco Vargas. The best Daniel Torres in action.

Licantropunk

Licantropunk

By Max (1988)

My favourite Peter Pank’s album, mixing humour, horror, adventure and romance, with the usual extraordinary art by a young but great Max.

Hokuto no Ken

Hokuto no Ken

By Buronson/Hara (1983-88)

One of the most iconic manga series ever and one of my first contacts with japanese comic books. Still one of my favourite.

Animated series

Adventure Time

Adventure Time

(2010-)

An endearing series that brought back imagination, fantasy worlds and a bizarre and refreshing sense of humor.

Samurai Jack

Samurai Jack

(2001-2017)

An iconic and tremendously influential series in terms of aesthetics. Specially appreciated by artists and designers.

Batman Animated

Batman Animated

(1992-1995)

The most exquisite animated series of all time and the best version of Batman ever conceived. Imprescindible.

Ranma 1/2

Ranma 1/2

(1989-1992)

One of the most crazy and funny series ever created, full of great characters, martial arts and estrambotic situations.

Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball

(1986-1996)

Perhaps the most influential japanese work of the last decades. An entire generation grew up with it.

Clémentine

Clémentine

(1985-1986)

I always thought this series was dark and strangely attractive. A paralytic girl constantly pursued by a demonic entity. Symbolism?

Ulysee 31

Ulysee 31

(1981-1982)

A great exponent of the splendorous science fiction of the 80’s. Elegant, stylish and with a great soundtrack.

Dr. Slump

Dr. Slump

(1980-1984)

A series so impossible to define or categorize, that ended up being a success wherever it was presented. A classic!

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