Our work has been recognized with some of the most prestigious design awards in the industry. For 3 consecutive years, Alfalfa Studio has been nominated for the National Design Awards by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

German publisher Taschen named Rafael Esquer, the creative director at Alfalfa Studio, as one of the world’s 100 most influential graphic designers working today.

Esquer has taught at the School of Visual Arts, New York University, and Art Center College of Design. He frequently serves as judge and speaker at national and international design events.
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The Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland
The Library of Congress Poster Collection, Washington DC
The Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada
The Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
The Poster Museum, Warsaw, Poland

Selected Exhibitions

Björk. The Museum of Modern Art. New York, NY
Book Worm Phoenix International Festival. Hangzhou, China
Image of the Studio. 41 Cooper Gallery at Cooper Union. New York, NY
III Bienal Iberoamericana de diseño (BID12). Madrid, Spain
Algarabia. Plaza Loreto. Mexico City, Mexico
Korean Typography Exhibition: “Found in Translation.” New York, NY & Seoul, Korea

Board Member

Adobe Partners by Design, Advisary Board Emeritus
AIGA Diversity Board
AIGA / NY (2001-2002)
New York Toastmasters, President

Guest Design Critic

Yale Graduate Design Program
Fashion Institute of Technology
School of Visual Arts
Parsons The New School for Design


Mozart y su musa, como encontrar tu inspiración, commencement speech Universidad de Ixtlahuaca.
Ixtlahuaca, Mexico

Untitled for Congreso 4 Grados Norte (4GN)
Bogota, Colombia
Master lecture for Significaciones, Congreso Internacional de diseño gráfico
Ixtlahuaca, Mexico

Unbound for Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM)
Monterrey, Mexico

Lecture for Ninth Thinking Creatively Conference at Kean University
Union, NJ, USA

Curiosidades y coincidencias for Universidad del Estado de Mexico
Toluca, Mexico
Rafael Esquer speaks at Parsons the New School for Design
New York, NY

Pasiones, obsesiones for Dejando Huella 12+1
Queretaro, Mexico

The Passions of Rafael Esquer for The Louisville Graphic Design Association (LGDA)
Louisville, KY
Un par de zapatos, un funeral, una escuela. Commencement speech Centro de diseño, cine y television.
Mexico City

Como el agua que fluye for Universidad de las Americas
Puebla, Mexico
Rafael Esquer speaks at Pentagram
New York, NY
Rafael Esquer speaks at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
New York, NY

A Crazy Love of Things for AIGA Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL, USA

Rafael Esquer speaks at Grafika Conference
Montreal, Canada

Beautiful Monsters for AIGA Biennial Design Conference
Boston, MA, USA
Rafael Esquer speaks at Universidad del Noroeste
Hermosillo, Mexico

El enigma de la llegada for Congreso Internacional a! Diseño
Queretaro, Mexico
Design Nomad for AIGA NY Chapter
New York, NY, USA

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