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Interview with Anne M. Giangiulio, Graphic Designer, Professor, and Advocate

Name: Anne M. Giangiulio

Company: Anne M. Giangiulio Design

Title: Graphic Designer, Professor, Wife, Mother, Sister, Friend, Colleague, Girl Scout Troop Co-Leader, etc.

Please share your favorite poster you want to share with our audience. Please explain why you chose this one. 

I chose it because it also has future generations in mind.

1. Can you please briefly introduce yourself and your journey as a designer?

Hello! I am a designer and design professor living in El Paso, Texas, USA. However, I grew up in Pennsylvania, about 1 mile from the King of Prussia Mall, where this poster will be on display. If someone had told a 16-year-old Anne who was working at Hillary's Gourmet Ice Cream in high school that her poster would be on display there one day, I would have laughed hysterically. In fact, I am laughing at this now. Beyond design, I am also a wife and mother. My journey as a designer shadows my journey through life. That is, the causes and issues I choose to design for and about are those that have evolved over the years based upon my personal experiences which have greatly changed my outlook. This poster and others I have created on the state of our planet truly have my children and all future generations in mind. I find it unconscionable that major decisions about our planet and health are being made by men whose choices are driven by profit instead of the true best interests and health of the population, and those with the least say have the most to lose.

2. Is poster design important to you?

Yes, personally, it is my way of processing and coping with the injustices of our world. 

3. What role do you believe poster design plays in contemporary visual communication, particularly in addressing social or cultural issues?

I think it can play a great role, especially with social media's ability to spread an image and message around the globe in a matter of seconds. This means that even in countries where freedom of speech is limited by autocratic governments, posters from countries that are truly democratic and who pride themselves on free speech, like the United States, can bring awareness to causes and political injustice–be those within my own state and beyond.

4. How does your poster reflect your personal style or design philosophy?

I like to bring friendliness and a bit of humor to my design. The messages I seek to deliver are sometimes heavy, inconvenient, or hard to swallow, so this informal looseness in style may cause a poster to be more relatable and thus better received by an audience.

5. What advice do you have for young designers starting their careers? Are there any suggestions you would offer to those just beginning their journey in design?

In general, I would advise those new to a career in design to play constantly. Particularly for women designers starting out, I would advise them to set goals and priorities and focus their lives and choices on those. Otherwise, life can move very fast and it is easy to lose track of what was once important to you, especially when children are involved. Be sure that your goals are truly yours and not others' in your life orbit.

6. Can you give us a quote about poster design? 

I am a big fan of the Paul Rand quote, "Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated."

7.Can you give us a quote about coffee? 

If I drink more than 2 cups of coffee a day, my hands start shaking, I feel dizzy, and then become useless for the rest of the day. I also cannot drink coffee more than 3 days per week. So, it is truly a love / hate relationship with the beverage. However, if I stay within those personal parameters, one of my favorite things in life is to enjoy a cup of coffee with a homemade pastry while doing a crossword puzzle.

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