Joe Marianek is a multidisciplinary designer, educator and creative director with more than ten years of experience. He has worked with top agencies, organizations and clients ranging from General Electric to the New York Public Library, and from Bobby Flay to Daniel Libeskind.

In 2014, Marianek co-founded Small Stuff, a design studio based in New York. He has worked for over decade in collaboration with the world’s most acclaimed designers. Marianek studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design, his professional career began as a design assistant for Milton Glaser, who paid him with posters. 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 projects with the Apple global design group.

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 Graphis, Creative Review, AdWeek, Metropolis, Communication Arts, and Print.

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 served as vice-president of the Rhode Island Chapter of the AIGA from 2010 to 2012, and has lectured and judged internationally. He has taught extension courses in poster design, identity systems, and information graphics at the Rhode Island School of Design. Since 2007, Marianek has been a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York, teaching typography and senior thesis courses. In his spare time, Marianek plays the upright bass in the civic orchestra.

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