Like Swiss designer Niklaus Troxler, whom we interviewed last September, Argentine Max Rompo’s graphic design work focusses largely on the music world. He designs music posters and album covers for some of the stars of Argentina’s jazz and tango scenes.
“Rompo” is a pseudonym taken from the word “rompe”, meaning disturbing and restless, which his parents used to describe him as a child. Born and raised on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Rompo began designing flyers for friends in bands when he was a teenager. While he went on to study graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires, his earlier experiences were more formative, he says.
“I always prefer personal contact with the artist so we can brainstorm together. Those meetings are the best part of every project,” he says. “The design depends on each artist and this close contact helps me understand what the client thinks about his own work, his audience and life. Making him feel as reflected as I can in our work is my main aim.”
Rompo is currently working on several album designs for Argentinian artists, such as Pipi Piazzolla, Gonzalo Aloras, Nahuel Briones, and La Ciudad Bajo La Niebla, as well as the identity for the Morcifest music festival. He is also working on popular Argentinian singer Leo García’s weekly flyers and live show scenery.