Knowing how to tell stories, communicate, engage and design in a style that is unfailingly personal, original and distinctive isn’t given to many. There can be no doubt that Emiliano Ponzi is one of the gifted few. Now one of Italy’s leading (and youngest) contemporary designers, he has designed book covers for publishers such Penguin Books, Feltrinelli and Mondadori, and illustrations for newspapers and magazines including the New Yorker, the New York Times, Le Monde and La Repubblica. He has also worked with La Triennale di Milano and companies such as Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Armani, Ferrari and Lavazza. His projects also include the illustrations for the murals at Milan’s Tre Torri Purple Line underground station.
His professional life is split between Milan and New York. His brushstrokes are simple and essential, delicate yet precise, his atmospheres enchanted, almost metaphysical, and his message part elegy and part memory. This “trademark” style has become recognisable the world over, earning him an enviable raft of international honours: the Young Guns Award and the New York Art Directors Club Gold Cube, medals of honour from the Society of Illustrators in New York and Los Angeles, the How International Design Award, and awards for excellence from Communication Arts Illustration Annuals and American Illustration Annuals. All this in the blink of an eye. Emiliano Ponzi is “only” forty years old.