Rob Giampietro is a designer and writer. He is currently creative lead for Google’s Material Design and design outreach team in New York. Recent research has touched on a range of topics, including the relationship of movement to interaction, the history of visual identity and branding in the arts and the future of the museum in the digital age. His essay on the rise of graphic design MFA programs, School Days, was published in the Walker Art Center’s Graphic Design: Now in Production catalogue in 2011.
Giampietro was a 2013 MacDowell Colony Fellow and the 2014–15 Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. From 2010–15 he was principal at Project Projects, where he led interactive and identity projects for clients in art, architecture and the cultural sector. Project Projects won the National Design Award in Communication Design in 2015. From 2003–08 he was founding principal at Giampietro+Smith. As executive board member and vice president of AIGA/NY from 2007–09, he organized programming that included a historic conversation between Wim Crouwel and Massimo Vignelli and a free series of talks by emerging designers at the Soho Apple Store. Since 2006, he has been a thesis advisor for RISD MFA Graphic Design.