From the Desk of ... Rodrigo Sánchez

From the Desk of ... Rodrigo Sánchez Welcome to FTDO (From the Desk of...), a new series that answers the question "What IS all of that crap on your desk?"

Rodrigo Sánchez is the Madrid-based creative genius behind Metrópoli, the magazine section of El Mundo, one of Spain's largest daily newspapers, and one of the most recognized magazine designers in, well, el mundo.

Here's what's on his desk (Aquí es lo que está en su escritorio)...

1. What's in the blue box?
A few weeks ago Carol Wahler, Executive Director of the Type Directors Club asked me to participate in a joint workshop with other designers to celebrate the TDC's anniversary.  I decided to contribute with Lego bricks. The blue box is one of the world-famous Lego boxes. Since then it has remained on my desk and refuses to go away. As a matter of fact, most designer's workspaces often end up looking more like a toy room. We never really forgot our childhood. As it happens, many people still believe--my beloved mother included--that our work is mere child's play.

2. Is that glue? I thought those days were over.
I must admit it's not exactly Command-C & V, but it sure does the job! It also leaves a residue and a funny feeling in the fingers, like ... sticky. Hahahaha. But of course, it's glue. I love doing those "arts & crafts" works that give that hand-made feel,  something that's becoming scarcer by the day. In this technological era we must defend the simple human defects. IMPERFECTION IS BEAUTIFUL.

3. I would assume anyone who can see this sign ("No Autographs, Please") already has your autograph. Do they still bother you?
No way. As much as I drop heavy hints, I seem unable get any punters asking for an autograph. I get the sneaking suspicion that a designer is not a Rock Star. Next time I'll have to grab them by the scruff of the neck and give them a shakeover ... or perhaps I will opt for a David Carson mask.

4. Usually two is better than one. Is that true with keyboards? Do I see a third on the other side of the desk?
Ha ha! Two is always better than one, no doubt! Both keyboards belong to a computer: a Mac and a PC. I work for many publications at Unidad Editorial and some have PC-based production systems (as much as I hate working on a PC platform). For all those works that come from the heart, I always have my Mac. And yes, you are not hallucinating, the third keyboard you mention belongs to the iPad.

Follow-up question, if I may: What's in these stacks of stuff? How often do they change?
The weekly mountain is composed of magazines--both ours and our competitors--plus the ocassional design or typographical book. The mounds vary in size and content as the month goes by, but there are always more than there should be.

5) Who's she?
She is the woman of my life, the mother of my daughter and the secret of my happiness. She has been my wife for the past 22 years and this is an acrylic painting I did about a decade ago.

Here's a few more pics of the place:

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  • Student Editors

    Really loving these sneak peeks into other designers days and working methods! Thanks to Rodrigo and previous desk-owners for sharing!!

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