Carlos Mansilla

  • Graphic Designer
  • Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Graphic Design

Previous positions

  • Creative Designer at Pure Cycles
  • Creative Lead Designer at Tokidoki


Platt College-Los Angeles, , Graphic Design & Multimedia



Multitask professional and self-motivated graphic designer highly proficient with Adobe CC. An organized detail-oriented individual with a keen eye and a demonstrated vast experience of working in the commercial art industry with an emphasis on brand development, product design, and marketing. Bilingual individual fluent in English and Spanish with extensive experience working with domestic and international markets.


  • Graphic Designer

    Independent Consultant

    April 2015 – Present(4 years 6 months)Los Angeles, CA

  • Creative Designer

    Pure Cycles

    July 2016 – April 2018(1 year 9 months)Los Angeles, CA

  • Creative Lead Designer


    September 2010 – December 2012(2 years 3 months)Los Angeles, CA.

  • Art Director Latin America

    Sanrio, Inc.

    May 2002 – September 2008(6 years 4 months)Torrance, CA


  • Platt College-Los Angeles

    Graphic Design & Multimedia

    1999 – 2001

  • Toulouse Lautrec Lima – Peru

    Commercial and Advertising Art

    1990 – 1993


  • Spanish

    Native or bilingual proficiency

  • English

    Full professional proficiency


  • Capital Tees


    When it comes to insults, we think taking the high road is often best: keep calm and carry on, pretty much. But there’s an LA-based Peruvian designer who thinks the best way to destroy an insult is to own it. That’s what Carlos M. Mansilla did with “sudaca,” the slur used to denigrate South Americans and Latinos in general—a bit in the vein of what Los Prisioneros did a few decades ago with one of their most infamous songs. But Mansilla’s idea was subtler. His aim was to reclaim the word via an ongoing collection of stylish T-shirts that celebrate Latino culture. And so, in the fall of 2012, Sudaca was born. Browsing Sudaca’s collection or Instagram feed is like taking a stroll through a well-curated gallery of complete awesomeness. There it is, a slur turned into something stylish and beautiful, along with tees playfully mocking Latino stereotypes (like the mustachioed Latin Lover one) and twists on icons like Che Guevara or the beautiful 1968 Uruguay World Bicycle Championship logo. In its two years of existence, Sudaca’s designs have been sported by some of Latin America’s musical icons, from Chilean rapper Anita Tijoux to Los Fabulosos Cadillacs’ Flavio and ChocQuibTown’s Tostao. So the question is: which one will you wear, sudaca?

    Authors (2):
    • Carlos Mansilla,
    • Carlos Mansilla
  • Social Awareness Meets Fresh Style in L.A. Clothing Company ‘Sudaca’


    Carlos M. Mansilla is reclaiming the word ‘Sudaca’. As the creative director behind an LA-based streetwear line that takes its name from the pejorative term, the Peruvian native’s mission is clear: “We are committed to restate [sic] a positive meaning to the term Sudaca and through our visual assets leave behind any negative slur/racial connotation.”

    Authors (2):
    • Stefa Marin Alarcón,
    • Carlos Mansilla
  • El término «sudaca» y sus mutaciones: apócope, insulto y reivindicación

    Pliego Suelto / Barcelona – España

    La Tercera Ley del Movimiento de Isaac Newton se basa en el principio de la acción y reacción. Si trasladamos este concepto a la sociolingüística nos encontraremos con el término sudaca, ¿y qué tiene de especial? Un insulto expresado por un emisor X que llega a un receptor Y, quien al descodificar el mensaje experimenta diversas reacciones (indignación, tristeza, rabia). Sin embargo, el mismo receptor, a través de un mecanismo reflexivo de oposición, transforma el significado del vocablo hasta convertirlo en una palabra reivindicativa.

    Authors (2):
    • Carlos Mansilla,
    • Carlos Mansilla
  • Fashion Design, Referenced

    Rockport Publishers

    FASHION DESIGN, REFERENCED examines the many interwoven elements that form the tapestry of fashion. FUNDAMENTALS provides an overview of the essential structure of the fashion profession (its organization, specializations, and centers) and looks at shifts in style over time and in ever-faster cycles going forward. PRINCIPLES introduces the steps in creating a collection, from design to production, and explores directions suggested by sustainability and technology. DISSEMINATION charts the many avenues by which fashion reaches its audience, whether on the catwalk or in the store, in print or online, in the museum or on the street. PRACTICE gathers and appraises the work of the most influential and innovative fashion designers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

    Authors (4):
    • Carlos Mansilla,
    • Carlos Mansilla,
    • Carlos Mansilla,
    • Carlos Mansilla

Skills & Expertise

  • Advertising
  • Product Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustrator
  • Streetwear
  • Tech Packs
  • Creative Direction
  • Art Direction
  • Graphics
  • Logo Design
  • Digital Illustration
  • Branding & Identity
  • Trend Forecasting
  • InDesign
  • Art
  • Photoshop
  • Catalogs
  • Concept Development
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Sportswear
  • Typography
  • Visual Communication
  • Web Design
  • Brand Development
  • Screen Printing
  • T-shirt Graphics
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Consumer Products

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Causes Carlos cares about:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Civil Rights and Social Action
  • Education
  • Human Rights