Art Direction

Art Direction and Design work for a variety of clients. 


Cristian Ordóñez has collaborated on projects with artists, publishers, institutions, non-profit organizations, start-ups and brands. Today based in Toronto, he works at his studio providing design, art direction and photographic services to direct clients, collaborating with artists and consulting with other studios. The projects below displays a selection of work Cristian has directed, designed and collaborated with.



Spring Tide



Art Direction, Design and Co-edition of Spring Tide, publication for Vancouver based editorial photographer Andrew Querner. The book displays a selection of photographic work made over several years in North Vancouver, British Columbia in relation to wood work. Text by Canadian artist Brent Comber. Edition of 500.


XXI Triennale di Milano

Cristian Ordóñez for XXI Triennale di Milano with Bruce Mau Design


Exhibition Design about Street Art in City after the City — Pavilion that displayed five exhibitions exploring the kinds of urban spaces that people will live in tomorrow, going beyond the established idea of a conventional city. Curated by Nina Bassoli, with the Creative Direction by Manuel Gonzalez. Associate Creative Direction by Cristian Ordóñez. Design by Mariana NemerSebastián RodríguezJordan Bischoff and Cristian Ordóñez. Created at Bruce Mau Design.


Azure Magazine

Cristian Ordóñez for Azure Magazine


Art Direction & Design for Azure Magazine, a contemporary architecture and design publication founded in 1985, publishing eight issues per year, featuring interviews and profiles on leading designers and top architects, and with on-the-ground reports from major trade fairs in North America and Europe. Art Direction for Azure Magazine, an award-winning magazine with a focus on contemporary architecture and design. Art Direction for issues 251, 252 & 253. The project included Editorial Design, Typographic Illustrations and Art Direction of photographic sessions. Working directly with the Editor and Publisher of Azure Magazine.


Tatar Art Projects

Cristian Ordóñez, Tatar Art Projects business cards design


Creative Direction and Design of Graphic Identity for Toronto based art consultant Tatar Art Projects. The project included Logo Design, Graphic System, Print Collateral and Website Design.


New Aging for Penguin Books



New Aging Book Design and Art Direction. Book written by architect Matthias Hollwich (Hollwich Kushner Architects) focused on everything he has learned about aging and how society, architecture, and cities can perform better. Book by Matthias Hollwich with Jennifer Krichels & Bruce Mau Design. Art Direction by Cristian Ordóñez. Design by Cristian Ordóñez & Kaila Jacques, with Illustration by Robert Samuel Hanson


Pennovation Works UPENN

Cristian Ordóñez for Pennovation Works Building Signage with Bruce Mau Design

University of Pennsylvania

Graphic Identity, Website, Typeface, Print Collateral, Signage & Wayfinding for Pennovation Works & Center. Pennovation Works is a blend of laboratories, offices, and production space being developed by The University of Pennsylvania creating an connection between the intellectual and entrepreneurial initiatives for advancing knowledge and generating economic development. In collaboration with Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) & Land Collective. Creative Direction by Elvira Barriga & Cristian Ordóñez with design by Peter LeeJordan Bischoff & Duy Pham. Managing Direction by Tom Keogh. Created at Bruce Mau Design


Moments Festival

Cristian Ordóñez for Moments Festival in Málaga, Spain

Staf Magazine & Vans Off The Wall

Art Direction and Design for Moments Festival in Málaga, Spain. Project consisted in Graphic Identity, Posters, Booklet & Printed Matter. Commissioned by Staf Magazine & Vans Off The Wall. Art Direction and Design by Cristian Ordóñez, with Illustrations by Camilo Huinca (Onlyjoke). Check video of the event by Staf Magazine.



Cristian Ordóñez for Mnisota vynil artwork
Cristian Ordóñez for Mnisota Artwork


Design & Photography for Single "The Farm", "The Sound That Nothing Made" & EP for Canadian music band Mnisota, featuring collaborations from artists Zaki Ibrahim, Tanika Charles and Saul Williams. Cristian continues to collaborate with the band creating video graphics for performances and artwork.


Art Canada Institute

Cristian Ordóñez for Art Canada Institute book cover design

Massey College, University of Toronto

The Art Canada Institute is a non-profit research organization based at Massey College, University of Toronto. Founded in 2012, the ACI is the only national institution whose mandate is to promote the study of an inclusive multi-vocal Canadian art history to as broad an audience as possible, in both English and French, within Canada and internationally. Graphic Identity Design & Art Direction by Cristian Ordóñez & Ryan Crouchman. Website and Art Books Art Direction & Design by Cristian Ordóñez. Code by Jeff Silverman. Initially created at Concrete, Cristian has continued to work with ACI on a variety of projects, latetly creating the general approach for their new corporate website in 2016.


Brook McIlroy Architects

Cristian Ordóñez for Brook McIlroy Architects


Graphic Identity, Printed Matter and Collateral to Brook McIlroy Architects, award-winning architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and planning firm with offices in Toronto and Thunder Bay, Canada. Initially created at Concrete, Cristian continues to work with Brook McIlroy in different projects.





Poster series created in a workshop with graphic designer colleagues, exploring typography, form and layout, using the interpretation of music as source of inspiration. Each poster represents a different thematic following constrains as time for execution, graphic and treatments to use. Each poster was printed in laser print in black and white, with a total of more than 30 posters.


Spanish Cultural Centre

Cristian Ordóñez for CCE

Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Spain

Creative Direction for The Spanish Cultural Centre in Chile (CCE). The project was created in two stages: first, an approach to design the general look and feel of the CCE in Chile; and second, by creating an Identity System to celebrate the 15th year anniversary in the country. The project included Logo Design, Brand Guidelines System, Illustration, Print Collateral, Postcards, Posters, Banners, Animation, T-Shirts, Bookmarks, Program Guide, Pens, Mugs and Buttons.



Cristian Ordóñez for AAA with Bruce Mau Design


Creative Direction for Communication Campaign, Posters, Postcards and Data Visualization Website. Project designed in collaboration with Duy Pham — Code by Ali Shamas Qadeer. Created at Bruce Mau Design.


Laboratorio de Gobierno

Cristian Ordóñez for Laboratorio de Gobierno de Chile

Chile's Government Innovation Lab - Chilean Government

Graphic Identity Art Direction for Laboratorio de Gobierno, a Chilean Government initiative between several Ministers to create innovation within public services. Photographs courtesy of Laboratorio de Gobierno.

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Some of the clients Cristian has worked with include University of Pennsylvania, La Triennale di Milano, Penguin Books USA, Moments Festival (with Staf Magazine & Vans), Azure Magazine, Hollwich Kushner Architects (HWKN), Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), Art Canada Institute, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Canadian Institute of Advanced Research, Nike, Photographer Andrew Querner, The Chilean Cultural Heritage Corporation, Studio b, Brook McIlroy Architects, Photographer Brian W. Ferry, Royal Ontario Museum, Chilean Government's Laboratory, among others. He has also collaborated with design studios including Bruce Mau Design, Concrete, Puncture, Huge and Blast Radius joining as an Art Director, Photographer, Creative Director or Senior Designer working on a variety of projects and sectors designing and directing GRAPHIC IDENTITIES; design for MAGAZINES, PUBLICATIONS, BOOKS and ONLINE EDITORIAL projects; design of POSTERS and promotional pieces; conceptualization and design of WEBSITES; shooting and art directing PHOTOGRAPHY; creating graphics for ENVIRONMENTS; art directing WAY-FINDING and SIGNAGE; conceptualizing VIDEOS; directing and creating ILLUSTRATIONS; and working on EXHIBITION design.

Currently based in Toronto, ON Canada, Cristian is available to collaborate worldwide with direct clients or other creative studios, either on location or from his studio. Feel free to email with inquiries about collaborations, request a private link or meet and review a detailed portfolio at: