Daniel Gil is one of those design figures who is capable of influencing professional vocations. In my case, whenever I attempted to respond to the question of why I chose to devote myself to graphic design, his figure always appears. He influenced my youth as a result of both his talent and the extraordinary impact of his work on the Spanish design scene in the 1960s.
Daniel Gil is one of the fundamental figures of Spanish graphic design although, paradoxically, he was a designer who worked almost exclusively for two clients throughout his professional career: the Hispavox record label and the Alianza publishing house. When, at the end of the 1970s, Daniel Gil left his position as art director and designer of Alianza's covers, he only produced relatively few pieces of work, these were for clients such as the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum in Madrid and the Lower House of the Spanish Parliament.
Daniel Gil belonged to a generation of designers whose work spread over a number of decades, throughout which the cultural and political conditions in Spain did not make creative work easy. The economic climate was not the most favourable, nor was there a social, industrial or business climate which facilitated the work of designers. Given these circumstances, Daniel Gil takes on even greater importance.