Digital works, Motion graphics, Print graphics

My sincere gratitude to the South China Morning Post

Back in 2016, I was moving from Costa Rica to Hong Kong to face a new challenge. Full of dreams and hungry of learning, I arrived at the South China Morning Post doors. There I found new friends and colleagues and learn a lot from all of them. Today I have the same feeling once again, and I want to say thanks to all that people that I meet here in Hong Kong because they change in a way or another my professional and personal life, I really can’t mention names because there are many people and I don’t want to leave anyone out

In three years at the South China Morning Post, I collaborate in 30 print pages and I have good memories for all of them, some remind me of a trip with a friend to collect information in China, a rush hour with a piece of breaking news, or a long project that I only talk about day after day (oh poor friends of mine, I’m sorry )

Bellow, some of the print graphics memories I create at the South China Morning Post

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I had fun doing full-page graphics at the South China Morning Post print ed, and the online was an awesome sandbox where I found the freedom to test and play with pretty much all the topics that come to my mind, my first graphics as stand-alone were the Statues Graphic and the lightning project


Statues drawings

And some of those first steps at the South China Morning Post

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But maybe the more recent ones were the most I enjoy because of the diversity of ways to work, some times doing projects by my self and some others collaborating in bigger projects with the other artist, visual journalist and designers. That’s the case of the Forbidden City series collecting data and working in graphics on for a year

The biggest project that I ever did up to today, and at the same time one I enjoy the most was the Forbidden City, below the Part One print version. To be honest, I’m very bad doing drawings, but since I get here I face a lot of projects where the drawings were the essence of the graphic, like this all manually made:


Forbidden City series, part one for the print

And the extended digital chapters, which in my case covered the architecture aspects of the Forbidden City in Beijing:

Maybe the most exhaustive part was the built of the of the VR feature in the second chapter made with Cinema 4D:


Here the output on youtube 360/VR:

…and some more of the stuff of the Forbidden City Series, small animations and graphics

I can say that I try pretty much all kind of topics in the South China Morning Post from many soccer graphics to the architecture ones, Chinese projects like the new the Silk Road (OBOR), of the perception of the rule of law, explosionsweather conditions, the moon events, crazy aircraft stories, game-like graphics about food, vessel tragedies like the Aulac and the Sanchi tanker, trend games like Pokemons hunting, a lot of Trump, and the Brexit, automobile technology, and snakes, my fascination with Asians anatomy, always nice to have some time off so I also did one about holidays; if you want to know where you can go with your documents and how much it cost I did one about the passports too; graphics about Chinese cities, Hong Kong’s ageing population, war vehicles, why no toilets too; the Golden Globe Awards, celebrations like San Valentine, or where the Asians lives in the US; all about North Korea in 15 graphics, the evolution of Peral River Delta considered the Chinese silicon valley; Spanish Galleons crossing the Pacific heading to China’s goods; Thai kids trapped in a cave; automation and industrial robots and many many more that I can’t remember now. All those with a nice touch of memories because work at the South China Morning Post graphics team was more about have fun with the stuff you love to do rather than just work

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My last project with the South China Morning Post was the Tibet permafrost, and there wasn’t a better way to finish my time there like doing one last project with my teammates like the ones I enjoy for 3 years


Permafrost cover


Cover illustration by Adolfo Arranz


Permafrost extension in the northern hemisphere

For the print, I split the project into two backpages, so I can make a more specific topic on extreme temperatures, on my point of view a Goldilocks place were the temperature is too hot in one place and incredible cold in the other

Extreme Earth is blowing hot and cold

My last page at the South China Morning Post, published in February 2019.

As I set in the title of this post, this is just to say thanks to all you guys that help me to evolve and create more and more. Thanks to the Hispanic gang of the South China Morning Post; thanks to my British boss today a good friend, to the friends at Hong Kong University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Hong Kong Design Institute and the Baptist University that also open their doors to me, all my Hongkongneer friends and all the South China Morning Post family that let me be part of that amazing experience

From now on, my graphics will appear in the Reuters pages, lucky me to work there with more good friends. Hope to come back soon here, to my website, to write about some new graphics and backstages made for the world

Awards, Digital works

SND Digital Awards


Two of our digital works published at wins an Award Of Excellence in the 2015 edition of the contest. The first one is the project in celebration of the “75th anniversary of the National Symphonic Orchestra” the design and development of this projects set a starting point to the trends of our unit.

The second project awarded this February in Washington D.C. was the “Birth of a Century“, I was invited to work in this project for the unit of Data from La Nación, and I have the fortune of the collaboration of the development unit as the artist Augusto Ramírez.

I have to say that I’m very very happy to get this awards of the Society for News Design in his digital contest, but this is a team work, and I must say thanks to my partners in the infographics unit, the Data Team of LN, the Development area, my Editors, and many many people who supports me last year.

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Digital works, Motion graphics

Quick graphics for social networks

Last year (2015) I start many new projects, some of them are still progress, but one of these are the quick graphics for social media.

At the unit of infographics and datavisualization, we spend many time in daily production and in special huge projects, I believe that we have enough time and muscle to produce frequently these small graphics,  every single infographic must have a print version, desktop digital versión, mobile version but also, i like to choose some of these to develop a social media version, sometimes a gif, or an image or even a short video with a compact version of the main graphic.

So, here is some of my favorites picks:

The spooky asteroid:

In october 31, an asteroid pass near the earth (near in space terms), this asteroid was renamed “the spooky asteroid” and take the attention of the world by the time of his visit, so it was a nice opportunity for a quick graphic for social media:

Compact version for social media. Motion-Infographic by Marco Hernández.


Gif version for social media. Infographic by Marco Hernández.


Desktop digital version for article. Infographic by Marco Hernández.

The MAVEN findings:

The NASA made the announcement of the Maven mission findings about what happened with the atmosphere and magnetic fields of the red planet. We are awaiting the press release with a stock of pieces to develop soon as we can a simply animation for social media:


Illustrations by Dominick Baltodano and Marco Hernández.

Compact version for social media. Motion-infographic by Marco Hernández.


Desktop version, infographic by Edgar Jiménez, Carlos Fonseca and Marco Hernández.

Hope in this 2016 have many more of these chances to create more quick graphics for social media, these are a great way to engage readers with content made exclusively for consumption on social networks.


August of Dataviz


I have been teaching the course of information design for over two years now, and as I always say, my greatest satisfaction is to take a tour of the good things that these boys and girls have achieved with their projects change each cycle.

For this opportunity, my students worked on three projects, the first was the creation of pieces focusing on processes, for this I left them some issues to assist in the process and make more effective taking a decision, the second project was the creation of an analysis of literary works, in this case the intention was that from some books that previously chose to give them a pdf of these works, the students seek ways to visualize related to such works topics, the latest project was a a little free theme, with this the idea was to make a graphic interpretation of a classic tale, fairy tales that end up being interpreted with certain rules of any visual form.

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interesting ways of looking at information through the eyes of my students, I invite you to see the whole pot with the description of the work and others at visual744 here: use google chrome for translation from Spanish.

Digital works

CTCC Parque Viva


A few hours more than a full day of work takes to two co-workers and me, to release today this special feature about the V8 cars competition in the “Parque Viva” racetrack.
Animated graphics, details about the cars and restrictions and a complementary key note of Jose Luis Rodríguez fusioned together to create this digital experience.
I hope you will enjoy it!

Graphics inside the special

Graphics inside the special

Graphics inside the special

Graphics inside the special

Graphics inside the special

Graphics inside the special

Graphics inside the special

Graphics inside the special

Visite the special site of here:


The quick report, my students work first cycle of 2015

A new cycle of students has be done at the Science and Arts University of Costa Rica, some interesting projects and concepts appears, the complete report is at visual744 but it is in Spanish, use Google Chrome for translation.

Here is the link to:

information design

Details of the job log Andrey Castro, project “The Moon in the 20th century,” design student information. University of the Sciences and the Arts, April 2015.

mapping the moon the XX century

Infographic by Andrey Castro, project II “The Moon in the 20th century,” design of information student. University of the Sciences and the Arts, April 2015.


Malofiej 23, The Pulitzer awards of information graphics

Today the 23rd edition of Malofiej ended, the jury of the International Infographics Awards, organized by SND-E, gave medals for the best in graphics of the 2014. A great honor for us in GN Medios has been awarded with two silver medals, one for the special of the 75th Batman anniversary in print categories, and an other for the Market of Soccer players data visualisation of online graphics category. Congrats for all my visual team at GN Medios.

The Bat cave, Special information graphics in poster format.

The Bat cave, Special information graphics in poster format.

Soccer players transfers  in Costa Rica

Special mini-site: Soccer players transfers in Costa Rica / La Nación.

Visit the special awarded site here: 


SND 36th print awards

Yesterday the Society for News Design (SND) announces on his site the full list of winners of the 36th edition in print categories. The visual team of GN Medios gets 10 awards of excellence, 5 of these for the department of information graphics. Some of these works includes: the World Cup Brazil 2014 coverage, Special posters as the collection of the Human Body  and the Batman 75th anniversary.

Graphic coverage of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. La Nación 2014.  Staff  / Infographics Dep.

Graphic coverage of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. La Nación 2014. Marco Hernández and Manuel Canales.

Graphic coverage of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. La Nación 2014.  Staff  / Infographics Dep.

Graphic coverage of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. La Nación 2014. Daniel Solano and Johan Umaña.

Graphic coverage of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. La Nación 2014.  Staff  / Infographics Dep.

Graphic coverage of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. La Nación 2014. Staff / Infographics Dept.

The collection of posters of the Human Body.

The collection of posters of the Human Body. Staff / infographics Dept.

The Bat cave, Special information graphics in poster format.

The Bat cave, Special information graphics in poster format. Carlos Fonseca, Manuel Canales and Dan Mora.

Digital works

Choosing careers for a better future


Today at in combination with the Data Unit,  we published this special mini site about the real situation of university graduates. Employment, incomes, working area and more. We try to develop this special feature as a tool to define a better future for students with dreams to become professionals.

Hoy en en combinación con la unidad de datos, publicamos este mini sitio especial sobre la situación real de los titulados universitarios. Empleo, ingresos económicos, área de trabajo y más. Tratamos de desarrollar esta entrega especial como una herramienta para definir un futuro mejor para los estudiantes con sueños de convertirse en profesionales.

grafico 1

First graphic: 100 options to choose.


Related numbers and details between sections


Incomes graphics


Teachers, Accountants and Nurses may will get fast a work position.


Risky ways


Education sector. Preschool education in English as work alternative

Visit the full site here: use Chrome for translation.
(soon will be an english version available)

Digital works

The 2015 soccer market transfers in Costa Rica

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A new version of the 2014 data visualization market transfers in Costa Rica. This time I have the collaboration of  Pablo Robles, a an emerging visualizer with a great future in the analysis of data using the graphical way. We tried to improve the visualizations and give new tools to explore the data. Some of this improvements it’s the initial graphic and the mobile version in attempt to simplify the understanding:

Una nueva versión del especial de visualización del mercado de primera división de fútbol de Costa Rica. En esta ocasión he contado con el apoyo de Pablo Robles, un visualizador emergente con un gran futuro en el análisis de datos desde la vía gráfica. Hemos tratado de mejorar las visualizaciones y agregar nuevas herramientas para la exploración de los datos. Algunas de esas mejoras se pueden ver en la visualización inicial y su versión para móviles:

main graphic

Desktop view of market transfers.


Mobile view of the main visualization

Of course, the special have much more, from the general over view to specific topics as retired players. It is divided in seven sections:

Por supuesto que el especial tiene más que eso, va de la generalidad a temas más específicos como los jugadores retirados. En total está dividido en siete secciones: Una mirada general, el mercado nacional, el mercado internacional, locaciones geográficas, ligas menores, jugadores retirados y un buscador filtro de datos.

Here’s some shots of this sections:

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National market

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Departures and arrivals by region

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International transfers

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Geographic locations

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Minor leagues

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Players age and movements

Hope you will enjoy the experience, and here’s the link to the special (use google chrome for translation from spanish).

Espero que disfruten la experiencia, este es el link del especial en 

Promotional from to the special feature.

Promotional from to the special feature.