Bio

Tristan Manco portrait

Tristan Manco is a designer and art director, bringing his unique wealth of creative experience and knowledge to each strand of his work. Design clients past and present include Banksy, Pictures on Walls (POW), Wahaca, Real World Records, Universal Music, EMI Records, Womad, Habitat, Rich Mix, Royal Photographic Society, Mais Um Discos and the Arnolfini Gallery. High profile projects include the iconic Blur Think Tank album. Tristan’s design agency, Think Beautiful, brings together a team of highly experienced creatives providing the full spectrum of lead and support on design projects for institutions and small businesses. > For current design work check the Think Beautiful website.

Tristan’s creative background includes his work as a highly respected arts author, demonstrating his extensive knowledge of the creative field. His first book Stencil Graffiti was published by Thames and Hudson in 2002 to worldwide acclaim. This was followed by Street Logos (2004), Graffiti Brasil (2005) Street Sketchbook (2007), Street Sketchbook: Journeys (2010), Raw + Material = Art (2012), Big Art / Small Art (2014) and Make Your Mark – The New Urban Artists (2016). His most recent book The Stencil Graffiti Handbook was published in 2020. As a writer he also contributes to arts and design publications such as Juxtapoz, Varoom, Huck Magazine and Creative Review. > See Author page.

Tristan has lectured on the arts at many iconic institutions such as Tate Modern, the ICA and the Arnolfini, and to upcoming creatives on design and illustration at universities and colleges including the RCA. He currently teaches illustration on the BA(Hons) course at Portsmouth University and as visiting lecturer at USW in Cardiff and Plymouth College of Art. > See Lecturing page.

Wahaca Brighton restaurant design, Mexican Art installation
Curation & art direction for Wahaca – Brighton site – mural by Mazatl

Curation and art direction projects include clients such as Wahaca, bringing internationally renowned artists from all over the world to create murals for their in-house creative arts program. Other curation projects include The Cans Festival (2008) and Dismaland (2015). > See Design page.