As a Design Director at AREA 17, Miguel leads with a passion for the craft of design and a deep focus on typography. Miguel’s work demonstrates that when it comes to consuming media, beautiful typography and breathability are paramount across all devices.
Prior to making the transition from print to digital design and joining AREA 17, Miguel served as Design Director at El Economista, the Spanish business newspaper that was named “World’s Best-Designed Newspaper” by the Society of News Design (SND). He has worked as a consultant or on the staff of The New York Times, The Washington Post and El Mundo (Madrid) and has participated in many magazine and newspaper redesign projects in the US, Europe and Latin America.
Miguel has won over two dozen awards from the Society of News Design, the Society of Publication Designers (SPD) and the Type Directors Club (TDC), with one of his designs for El Economista being named “Cover of the Year” by the Spain-Portugal chapter of the SND. In 2012, he served on the magazine and newspaper jury of the D&AD Awards.
Before becoming a designer, Miguel pursued an academic background in international affairs. He earned a Master’s degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he was a research assistant to former US National Security Advisor Anthony Lake and co-founded the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.
Born to American and Spanish parents, Miguel grew up between Ohio and Madrid. Miguel lives in New York with his wife and five children.