I'm Mario Parra, Chilean graphic designer and illustrator based in Berlin.
My work is mainly focused on finding the most efficient and elegant solution possible, driving the creative process through strong concepts, considering carefully every detail and seeking the beauty.
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When I came across cinemagraphs I couldn’t believe my eyes. That magical mixture of photo and video seemed to open up a new world of possibilities that I wanted to be a part of.he young and energetic team behind gallereplay had a clear vision of what they wanted to achieve.Currently working with them in surprises yet to come.We developed a modern one-page-scroll, also taking the brand in a slightly different direction.I really love their work. Check it outhere.GO TO WEB
Illustrations made for a Victorinox's contest "Classic Limited Edition 2018, Places of the World".More information to come!
Letrera is a project that was born in my university days with the aim of rescuing and unifying the letters of the sign painters of Talca. I focused on one particular letter. Obviously I’m not a typographer, but this project helped me to enhance my abilities to detect inconsistencies in visual language and reveal a few secrets of typography. It is dedicated to Talca’s anonymous heroes for their exquisite and unique work.DOWNLOAD THE FONT
Sebastián is one of the most important pianists of the current Chilean jazz scene, but his qualities go far beyond that. He appeared seemingly “out of the blue” and within a short period of time has become the face of a new generation of jazz musicians. We began by creating a distinct set of guidelines to be applied to his flyers, which would eventually form the graphic world around his first album release.
Corporate image for the Chilean pioneer in identity verification.
Since its foundation, this school has gained praise for encouraging a high level of interpretation and improvisation amongst its students.Currently developing the website.
Insitu Locations and Services is a worldwide thumb services production company with more than 15 years of experience, that ensures the highest standards in all aspects of production.I was involved in the brand refresh, web design and front-end work.
The ISIC Association is a non-profit organization that accredits students abroad through a discount card. With the aim of attracting more students to acquire the card, I created a colourful illustration that reflects the organization’s international outlook.
Grupo Fides is a holding of integral solutions in the matter of human resources. I was fortunate to be involved in the brand design process from the company’s formation and helped develop much of the corporate identity - from stationery to website.GO TO WEB
Lonely illustrations which, by themselves, are not enough to form a project, but nevertheless preserve certain personal importance, making them worthy of being showcased here.
Maule was one of the regions affected most strongly by the earthquake of 2010 (27F, Chile) and for its inhabitants, the consequences were devastating. For this very reason the authorities commissioned me to create an illustration that aimed to bring hope and raise spirits in the aftermath of the catastrophe.
Some shape exercises, chromatic equivalences and tricks for our wonderful perception. Optical effects is actually a sort of euphemism for brain failures.
Scenes, compositions and illustrations for motion graphics.
Illustration for a concert by Jasper Huysentruyt, a Belgian pianist based in Chile and one of the leading figures of the jazz scene.
Character design, creation of elements and compositions for motion graphics used in an advertising campaign that encourages building managers to use central heating.WATCH THE VIDEO
En La Cancha is a TV program broadcast by the CDF network (Chile) that depicts different situations and realities from the world of soccer.
My work for this program included the illustration of all elements, characters and chromatic, based on a strict geometry.
As a child, I was always good at breaking things just to see how they were made. During my childhood, I guided that curiosity into a visual exploration and the unbounded world of creation, giving me an understanding of colours, space, shapes, proportions and a fantastic toolbox to represent reality and/or create a new one. As a young man, I formally studied design for three years at university. Here I learned the principles of the discipline, but soon realized that I had to set up a path determined by my own concerns. I thus decided to continue my career as an autodidact. Since then my experience has been shaped in the “battlefield”, through my participation in a variety of projects both within agencies and as a freelancer. Despite the fact that this portfolio showcases mostly graphic design, I’m also experienced in other visual disciplines such as photography, 3D rendering, videos and animation.
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I believe that as individuals, we have the duty to improve the world around us by raising the consciousness of society. The only way to do so is by carrying out bravely our tasks, whatever they may be. Therefore, I've devoted my life to my work, facing design problems, avoiding emotions or biases in order to achieve optimal results. This philosophy allows me to have an objective perspective when collaborating with different people, or taking on new disciplines and workflows.
Throughout my career I've developed a thorough understanding of design thanks to the specialization in three areas:
My illustrations are characterized by the absence of lines, where the edges give life to the form through basic shapes with a few, well chosen colours.
Personalities are unique when their attributes have been explored completely and thoroughly. These attributes are represented, as I steer the concept towards consistent and sophisticated results.
After dropping out of university back in 2009 I knew I needed to find a strong identity which represented my work. Operación Quimera (Chimera Operation) came to mind as a response to the exercise of re-orientation. I decided to adopt the name because of the spontaneity with which it emerged and because it reflected the nature of my creations at that time. The absence of color is due to the fact that I wanted them to play a neutral role, underlining the importance on the work. Ever since my first drafts, I had the intention to make “O” and “Q” symbolic elements, given the similarities they share. Since Operación Quimera is my own personal brand, it has changed slightly over the years. After having settled in Berlin I developed this final version, shortening the name to “oqgraphic”.
FIRST AND CUTE VERSION
SECOND ATTEMP, CLEANER CONCEPT
CURRENT VERSIOn, even MORE ABSTRACTION
I granted myself permission to experiment with an uncommon layout on this website. I highlight the value of perspectives, so let me know if you have something to say about your experience on it.
Currently available for projects and new adventures.
Let's make some magic together!