Joe Marianek is a designer, educator and creative director who has worked with top agencies, organizations and clients ranging from Apple to the New York Public Library, and from Bobby Flay to Daniel Libeskind. In 2014, Marianek co-founded Small Stuff, a design startup located in the historic Pencil Factory building in Brooklyn, New York.

While studying graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design, his career began as a design assistant for Milton Glaser, who paid him with posters. After graduating, he went on to work alongside Paula Scher at Pentagram designing identities and collateral for cultural institutions. After a brief stint leading identity projects at Landor Associates, he rejoined Pentagram’s New York office in 2007 to work with Michael Bierut, and was ultimately named associate partner. In 2012, Marianek moved west to lead integrated design and branding projects with the Apple global design group, including the redesign of the MacPro and iOS.

His work has been widely recognized by design organizations including the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the Art Directors Club (ADC), the Type Directors Club (TDC), the Society of Publication Designers (SPD), the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) and Design & Art Direction (D&AD). He has contributed to the blogs Quipsologies, and BrandNew. Additionally, his work has been featured and published in leading industry journals including Creative Review, AdWeek, Metropolis, Communication Arts, Print, and Graphis.

Marianek was honored with the Print “New Visual Artist” award in 2007, which is presented to twenty designers and artists under the age of thirty. In 2010, he was profiled by Graphic Design USA as a “Designer to Watch.” Marianek’s work has received Gold and Silver Cubes from the Art Directors Club, and in 2010 he was named an ADC Young Gun.

He is on the board of AIGA/NY and has previously served as vice-president of the Rhode Island Chapter of the AIGA. Since 2007, Marianek has been a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and has lectured and judged internationally. In his spare time, Marianek plays the upright bass, most recently as a member of the SF Civic Orchestra.

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