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Alejandro Largo

Alejandro Largo - Designer

New York, NY, United States

I am a strategically-driven designer with over 8 years of experience designing book covers and interiors.

Overview

I am a strategically-driven designer with over 8 years of experience designing book covers and interiors.


For over 2 years, I designed book covers and interiors for Columbia University Press that focused on subjects, such as History, Literature, Philosophy, Sociology, Politics and Economics.

Since then I have freelanced with Columbia University Press, Random House and book designer Rodrigo Corral.

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Business & Management Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Design DIY & Crafts Economics Education & Reference Engineering Health & wellbeing Law Nature Parenting & Families Photography Politics & Current Affairs Religion & Spirituality Social & Behavioral Sciences Sports & outdoor recreation Technology Travel
Fiction
Fantasy Humor & Comedy Literature Science Fiction Thriller Young Adult & Teen

Awards

  • 2014 AIGA Fresh Blood
  • 2010 New York Book Show

Work experience

Design Director

Paddle8
December, 2014 – March, 2016 (about 1 year)

As design director, I lead a team in charge of making sure we provide a consistent and engaging experience throughout all of Paddle8’s touch points.

Design & Strategy Consultant

Independent
August, 2014 – Present (over 3 years)

Previously I’ve worked with Interbrand, SYPartners, The Museum of Modern Art, Bronx River Alliance, 2U, Hot Bread Kitchen, MCE Social Capital, among others.

Lead Designer

Paddle8
January, 2013 – December, 2014 (almost 2 years)

Paddle8 is an online marketplace for collectors, presenting auctions of art and design. As the lead designer I lead the redesign of Paddle8’s visual identity, website and print collateral.

Designer

Apartment One
May, 2010 – September, 2012 (over 2 years)

I worked closely with the art and creative directors in the research, conception, execution and implementation of print and interactive projects for many different brands in the corporate, cultural and non-profit sectors.

Book Designer

Columbia University Press
February, 2008 – May, 2010 (over 2 years)

I designed book covers, mechanicals and paperback reprints for the press. I also designed and typeset book interiors.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

J. M. Coetzee and Ethics: Philosophical Perspectives on Literature

In 2003, South African writer J. M. Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his riveting portrayals of racial repression, sexual politics, the guises of reason, and the hypocrisy of human beings toward animals and nature. Coetzee was credited with being "a scrupulous doubter, ruthless in his criticism of the cruel rationalism and cosmetic morality of western civilization." The fi... read more

In 2003, South African writer J. M. Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his riveting portrayals of racial repression, sexual politics, the guises of reason, and the hypocrisy of human beings toward animals and nature. Coetzee was credited with being "a scrupulous doubter, ruthless in his criticism of the cruel rationalism and cosmetic morality of western civilization." The fi... read more

Clouds Thick, Whereabouts Unknown: Poems by Zen Monks of China (Translations from the Asian Classics)

Compiled by a leading scholar of Chinese poetry, Clouds Thick, Whereabouts Unknown is the first collection of Chan (Zen) poems to be situated within Chan thought and practice. Combined with exquisite paintings by Charles Chu, the anthology compellingly captures the ideological and literary nuances of works that were composed, paradoxically, to "say more by saying less," and creates an unparall... read more

Compiled by a leading scholar of Chinese poetry, Clouds Thick, Whereabouts Unknown is the first collection of Chan (Zen) poems to be situated within Chan thought and practice. Combined with exquisite paintings by Charles Chu, the anthology compellingly captures the ideological and literary nuances of works that were composed, paradoxically, to "say more by saying less," and creates an unparall... read more

Social Work Practice with Men at Risk

Rich Furman

Treating men as a culturally distinct group, Rich Furman integrates key conceptions of masculinity into culturally sensitive social work practice with men. Focusing on veterans, displaced workers, substance abusers, mental health consumers, and other groups that might be unlikely to seek help, Furman deftly explores the psychosocial development of men, along with the globalization of men's liv... read more

Treating men as a culturally distinct group, Rich Furman integrates key conceptions of masculinity into culturally sensitive social work practice with men. Focusing on veterans, displaced workers, substance abusers, mental health consumers, and other groups that might be unlikely to seek help, Furman deftly explores the psychosocial development of men, along with the globalization of men's liv... read more

Hispanic New York: A Sourcebook

Over the past few decades, a wave of immigration has turned New York into a microcosm of the Americas and enhanced its role as the crossroads of the English- and Spanish-speaking worlds. Yet far from being an alien group within a "mainstream" and supposedly pure "Anglo" America, people referred to as Hispanics or Latinos have been part and parcel of New York since the beginning of the city's h... read more

Over the past few decades, a wave of immigration has turned New York into a microcosm of the Americas and enhanced its role as the crossroads of the English- and Spanish-speaking worlds. Yet far from being an alien group within a "mainstream" and supposedly pure "Anglo" America, people referred to as Hispanics or Latinos have been part and parcel of New York since the beginning of the city's h... read more

On Friendship: One Hundred Maxims for a Chinese Prince

Matteo Ricci

"On Friendship, with its total of one hundred sayings, is the perfect gift for friends."—Feng Yingjing, renowned scholar and civic official, 1601Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) is best known as the Italian Jesuit missionary who brought Christianity to China. He also published a landmark text on friendship—the first book to be written in Chinese by a European—that instantly became a late Ming best sel... read more

"On Friendship, with its total of one hundred sayings, is the perfect gift for friends."—Feng Yingjing, renowned scholar and civic official, 1601Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) is best known as the Italian Jesuit missionary who brought Christianity to China. He also published a landmark text on friendship—the first book to be written in Chinese by a European—that instantly became a late Ming best sel... read more

Between a Man and a Woman?: Why Conservatives Oppose Same-Sex Marriage (Gender, Theory, and Religion)

Ludger H. Viefhues-Bailey

Through a probing investigation of conservative Christianity and its response to an issue that, according to the statistics of conservative Christian groups, affects only a small number of Americans, Ludger Viefhues-Bailey alights on a profound theological conundrum: in today's conservative Christian movement, both sexes are called upon to be at once assertive and submissive, masculine and fem... read more

Through a probing investigation of conservative Christianity and its response to an issue that, according to the statistics of conservative Christian groups, affects only a small number of Americans, Ludger Viefhues-Bailey alights on a profound theological conundrum: in today's conservative Christian movement, both sexes are called upon to be at once assertive and submissive, masculine and fem... read more

Sacred Economies: Buddhist Monasticism and Territoriality in Medieval China (The Sheng Yen Series in Chinese Buddhist Studies)

Michael Walsh

Buddhist monasteries in medieval China employed a variety of practices to ensure their ascendancy and survival. Most successful was the exchange of material goods for salvation, as in the donation of land, which allowed monks to spread their teachings throughout China. By investigating a variety of socioeconomic spaces produced and perpetuated by Chinese monasteries, Michael J. Walsh reveals t... read more

Buddhist monasteries in medieval China employed a variety of practices to ensure their ascendancy and survival. Most successful was the exchange of material goods for salvation, as in the donation of land, which allowed monks to spread their teachings throughout China. By investigating a variety of socioeconomic spaces produced and perpetuated by Chinese monasteries, Michael J. Walsh reveals t... read more

The Radical Luhmann

Hans-Georg Moeller

In The Radical Luhmann, Hans-Georg Moeller focuses on Luhmann's paradigm shift from philosophy to theory, which introduced new perspectives on the contemporary world. Boldly breaking with the heritage of Western thought, Luhmann denied the central role of humans in social theory, particularly the possibility of autonomous agency. In this way, after Copernicus's cosmological, Darwin's biologica... read more

In The Radical Luhmann, Hans-Georg Moeller focuses on Luhmann's paradigm shift from philosophy to theory, which introduced new perspectives on the contemporary world. Boldly breaking with the heritage of Western thought, Luhmann denied the central role of humans in social theory, particularly the possibility of autonomous agency. In this way, after Copernicus's cosmological, Darwin's biologica... read more

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

Mahzarin R. Banaji, Anthony G. Greenwald

I know my own mind.I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way.These self-perceptions are challenged by leading psychologists Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald as they explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality.“Blindspot” i... read more

I know my own mind.I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way.These self-perceptions are challenged by leading psychologists Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald as they explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality.“Blindspot” i... read more

The Magic Years: Understanding and Handling the Problems of Early Childhood

Selma H. Fraiberg

To a small child, the world is an exciting but sometimes frightening and unstable place. In The Magic Years, Selma Fraiberg takes the reader into the mind of the child, showing how he confronts the world and learns to cope with it. With great warmth and perception, she discusses the problems at each stage of development and reveals the qualities—above all, the quality of understanding—that can... read more

To a small child, the world is an exciting but sometimes frightening and unstable place. In The Magic Years, Selma Fraiberg takes the reader into the mind of the child, showing how he confronts the world and learns to cope with it. With great warmth and perception, she discusses the problems at each stage of development and reveals the qualities—above all, the quality of understanding—that can... read more

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