Clara Prieto

I'm an Art Director based in Spain specialising in Data Visualization, Infographics and Scientific Illustration. Something that has always captured my imagination is nature and wildlife. Due to this I studied a course on Mammal Ecology and Conservation by the University of Exeter, which combined with my BA (Hons) in Graphic Design and Illustration, have led me to work in this specific area. I currently lead the Design Team at Scienseed, a science communication agency based in Spain.

I'm the co-creator of Mammal Next Door, an online magazine about British mammals for young people. We aim to raise the awareness and understanding of mammal species in the UK. To achieve this, the website has been created to provide people with ecological, biological and field sign knowledge to enthuse young people about mammals and hopefully increase the recording of mammal presence in the UK landscape.

In my spare time, I create visual content for the eBird Community in Spain and I actively collaborate with Spanish and international organisations such as IRBI (Iniciativa de Recerca de la Biodivesitat de les Illes), SECEMU (Asociación Española para la Conservación y el Estudio de los Murciélagos) and Bat Conservation Trust.

I've also volunteered with the Oxon and Berkshire Mammal Groups in England and I'm currently the chairwoman of ASBioGetafe (Asociación para el Seguimiento de la Biodiversidad de Getafe). Being out in the field learning first-hand about the animals that we’re sharing knowledge about. Always willing to work with new people and learn new things. I’m a versatile perfectionist who will put my heart and soul into any project I work on.

Education

  • BA (Hons) in Graphic Design & Illustration | Escuela Superior de Diseño de Madrid (Spain), 2008-2012.
  • Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration | The University of Newcastle (Australia), 2016.
  • Certificate of Continuous Professional Development in Mammal Ecology and Conservation | University of Exeter (UK), 2015-2016.
  • The Brain and Technology: Brain Science in Interface Design | Interaction Design Foundation (IDF), 2020.

Clients

Luckily I’ve had the pleasure of working on projects for agencies and organisations such as The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, The World Economic Forum and The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.

  • Organisations Bat Conservation Trust, SECEMU, IRBI, eBird, GIZ, The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, The United Nations (UNFCCC), World Economic Forum, Berks & South Bucks Bat Group.
  • Universities Royal Holloway University of London, University of Reading.
  • Publishers and media Apex, Ara Llibres, Edelvives, El País Semanal, Libero, Macmillan Education, Santillana, USA Today Sports.
  • Companies Acciona, Canon, Cisco, Flora Earth Ltd, Kellogg's, Lenovo, Montclare, Novartis, TransUnion, Vistaprint, Vodafone.
  • Agencies Design Resources (UK), EO Visual Information (Spain), Kaizen Search Marketing (UK), Leaf Group (USA), MVF Global (UK), Raw Illusions (UK), Spafax (Canada), Wearebold (Spain).

Current: Art Director & Head of Design Department at Scienseed and Freelance Graphic Designer & Scientific Illustrator

hello@claraprieto.com

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Featured Skills: Data Visualization, Infographics, Scientific Illustration, Illustration, Editorial Design, Presentations, Reports, Educational material, Brochures, Logo Design, Video, Animation, Interaction Design, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript.


Awards

My proudest moments and achievements include various Malofiej and ÑH awards which are given by the Society for News Design (SNDE), and the Grand Laus. Currently, I'm a member of the committee of Il·lustraciència, International Award on Scientific Illustration, sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT).

  • Selected #DontBlameBats animation | Global section, SciFilmIt Competition, 2021.
  • Selected | Il·lustraciència, International Award on Scientific Illustration, 2017.
  • Selected | Il·lustraciència, International Award on Scientific Illustration, 2015.
  • Silver medal in illustration's portfolio category. | ÑH10 (The best of journalistic design in Spain and Portugal), 2013.
  • Bronze medal. Illustrations for 'Mi once más seis' (Líbero) | ÑH10 (The best of journalistic design in Spain and Portugal), 2013.
  • Grand Laus. The best among Gold awards. Student category Design | Laus Awards, 2013.
  • Gold medal. The best among Silver awards. Student category Design | Laus Awards, 2013.
  • First Prize Student category Design | Col·lectiu Muuu, 2012.
  • Honorable mention in illustration's portfolio category | ÑH9 (The best of journalistic design in Spain and Portugal), 2012.
  • Silver medal | Malofiej20, SNDE (Society for News Design), 2012.
  • Honorable mention illustrations for 'Del boicot a las reformas a la matanza planificada' (Público) | ÑH8 (The best of journalistic design in Spain and Portugal), 2011.

Publications

  • The Atlas of a Changing Climate by Brian Buma | Timber Press, 2021.
  • Scientific publication: 'SEVA 3.0: an update of the Standard European Vector Architecture for enabling portability of genetic constructs among diverse bacterial hosts' | Oxford University Press on Nucleic Acids Research, 2020.
  • Naturalmente magazine | The Natural History Museum of Madrid, 2015.
  • 'Raw Data: Infographic Designers Sketchbooks' | Steven Heller and Rick Landers. Thames & Hudson, 2014.
  • 'The Laus Book' | ADG-FAD, 2013.
  • Creative Pool | Gestalten, 2013.

Workshops, Podcasts & Conferences

  • Panel discussion: Communications around bats, COVID-19 and other diseases National Bat Conference (Bat Conservation Trust) | 2021.
  • Don’t Blame Bats: How King’s is fighting misinformation King's Business School | London, UK. 2021.
  • Concept development and design of scientific images online workshop for CEBE (Spanish Scientist in Belgium) | 2020.
  • Scientific Poster Design online workshop for ENACTING (EU project) | 2020.
  • Scientific Graphic Design for Social Media online workshop for ENABLE (EU project) | 2020.
  • Software for Scientific Design & Animation workshop for ENACTING (EU project) | Leiden University, The Netherlands. 2019.
  • La ciencia como nunca la habías visto Radio programme on scientific dissemination | Madrid, Spain. 2018.
  • Typo_Mad | Madrid, Spain. 2013.
  • Escola Muuu | Lleida, Spain. 2012.

The Atlas of a Changing Climate: Our Evolving Planet Visualized with More Than 100 Maps, Charts, and Infographics By Brian Buma

“A visual masterpiece…a must-have that brings greater clarity to the dramatic changes we are witnessing, so that we can perhaps best determine the future of our planet.”
—Rebecca Martin, director, National Geographic Expeditions Council and president, Exploration Connections

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Infographic Designers' Sketchbook By Steven Heller & Rick Landers
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