These collages by Rodrigo De Filippis AKA Rodrigboy are a wonderful mix of digital and handmade design, his aesthetic lying somewhere between 1980s electronica and the surreal graphic art of the 21st Century. His use of typography, instruction manuals and vintage images from magazines combine to create a unique style that’s in stark contrast to many of his contemporaries in the collage world.
Minimalist by nature these pictures use geometric shapes, fragments of text and clean colours to illustrate their intention, nothing is superfluous, every element has a function, is carefully placed to maximise its effect, layered and juxtaposed to create an uncluttered image that’s direct, clear and unambiguous yet wholly strange and surreal.
There’s something compelling about the work, De Filippis’ love of literature and music and his subtle subversion of advertising all combines to create a depth that isn’t apparent on first viewing. You need to look closely at the images, examine the work and ask yourself what he’s trying to express and why he uses particular elements in a specific way. In short it’s an intriguing body of work by a designer who loves to play with our visual sensibilities.