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#Loeries2018: "Expect an aggressive shift from the minimalistic trend" - Sebastian Padilla

I chatted to the international jury presidents ahead of the upcoming Loeries Creative Week. Next in the series is Sebastian Padilla, co-founder of Anagrama in Mexico and this year's Loeries' design jury president.
Sebastian Padilla. Co-founder of Mexico's Anagrama Studio and Loeries 2018 design jury president.
Sebastian Padilla. Co-founder of Mexico's Anagrama Studio and Loeries 2018 design jury president.

Loeries Creative Week is once again taking place in Durban this August, with the four international jury presidents set to guide over 160 judges in selecting the best of brand communication from across Africa and the Middle East.

This year’s international jury presidents for the Loeries will head up key jury panels and are the first four of eight speakers to be announced for this year’s DStv Seminar of Creativity, an annual highlight of Loeries Creative Week.

Cramped bedroom beginnings to dazzling design success

Padilla has never been to South Africa, so in addition to sharing his experiences in starting up the Anagrama agency with us, the visit will be a learning experience for him.

He’s the son of a prominent architect, so while the decision to study the creative arts may have seemed a clear winner, it took some careful thinking before he decided on graphic design as a specific interest. The reason? That way, he could work across the various creative disciplines.

Padilla graduated, worked in advertising for a year, then founded Anagrama with Mike Herrera and Gustavo Muñoz in a cramped bedroom.

Since then, their studio has evolved into a team of 30 designers, architects, programmers and software engineers with offices in Monterrey and Mexico City.

Anagrama now works in everything from graphic and interior design to interactive design in more than 40 countries throughout the five continents, with the likes of Rihanna, Armani, Nike, and Vitra as clients.

Who better as a design jury resident, then?

Loeries CEO Andrew Human says that the Loeries’ jury presidents are selected from the world’s top creative, as the Loeries is globally recognised:

We have jury presidents who represent the creative diversity of three continents and four countries. Each is a leader in their fields and cover the range of film, radio, digital, out-of-home, print and design sub-sectors of the advertising and brand communication industry.
Here, Padilla lets us in on his judging expectations and what he’s expecting from this year’s design entries…

BizcommunityCongratulations on being appointed as jury president for the Loeries! What does this mean to you personally?
Thank you! It means a lot to be in this position and being able to participate in a very important role at the Loeries.

BizcommunityWhat are you most looking forward to from the 2018 Loeries judging experience and Creative Week in August?
To see great new work from different designers and studios.

BizcommunityYou’ll also speak at the DStv Seminar of Creativity during Creative Week, share the essence of what attendees can expect.

I will share some insights about our creative process and also a little bit about how Anagrama came to be.

Bizcommunity What’s the biggest trend in advertising that you expect to see from this year’s entries?

A more aggressive shift from the minimalistic trend from the past 10 years.

Lots to look forward to. Keep an eye on our Loeries special section for the latest updates and live coverage of the 40th annual Loerie Awards in Loeries Creative Week Durban, taking place from 16 to 19 August 2018. Padilla says you can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

About Leigh Andrews

Leigh Andrews AKA the #MilkshakeQueen, is former Editor-in-Chief: Marketing & Media at, with a passion for issues of diversity, inclusion and equality, and of course, gourmet food and drinks! She can be reached on Twitter at @Leigh_Andrews.
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