Rodrigo Corral

James Craig Chair (Spring 2019)

Rodrigo Corral runs the Rodrigo Corral Art + Design Studio and is the Creative Director at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and New Directions. With a focus on conceptual art, his work spans print, art, brand identity, interior spaces, and film. He designed the New York Times bestselling books ​Decoded ​by Jay-Z, ​SNEAKERS the book and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.​ He has also created multiple covers for the Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz, bestselling authors Chuck Palahniuk and Jeff Vandermeer. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and lectured around the country. Rodrigo remains deeply committed to pushing the visual possibilities in art, sports and throughout the universe​.

Book design for MCD books, AREA X | Jeff Vandermeer
Book design for MCD books, AREA X | Jeff Vandermeer


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