Joan Quirós: Spanish Calligrapher Designs Lettering Styles with Traditional Tools

1. ​What’s your name and title/business name? ​Where are you located, city, state, country location?

My name is Joan Quirós, and I’m an independent calligrapher and lettering designer currently living and working from Valencia, Spain.

2. What’s your educational and professional background, i.e., college, professional school, high school, apprenticeship, etc.?

Some of the graffiti writers I admired when I was a teenager were designers so, in 2003, I decided to study a degree in Graphic Design here in Valencia. Once I finished my studies I founded Voltio, a design studio with my friends Enisaurus and Chris Lago.

After some years working, I started practicing calligraphy on my own during my free time and learning new skills attending workshops with Ivan Castro, Oriol Miró, Keith Adams and Amanda Adams, and we ended adding calligraphy and lettering to the services we were offering at the Voltio.

In 2014 we moved the studio to London and, after some months working there, we decided to dissolve the studio and work separately. That’s when I became a freelance and started working on my own as a calligrapher and lettering designer for different brands and agencies.

3. Preferred tool(s) and medium?

I really enjoy using my own hands to create, so my favourite are the calligraphy tools, specially the flat brush. I enjoy twisting its tip for creating different finishings, for me is like dancing with my hand on the paper.

4. Where or how do you “recharge your creative battery,” i.e., books, blogs, music, art, exercise, meditation, prayer, hobbies, interests, etc.?

I usually listen to music, I read books, I visit exhibitions and I travel, but I try to keep myself away from the computer as much as possible. Also, going to the climbing gym is a big part of my routine, it keeps me healthy and I disconnect from everything.

5. Tell us something about you that might surprise or delight us.

Back in 2007, while I was studying graphic design, I got into photography and my goal was to do it at a professional level and combine it with editorial design.

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