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Isabella Bruno is an experience designer, primarily working in environmental graphics and space. Her background in dance (Bachelors in Dance from Alvin Ailey / Fordham University), architecture, and performance led her to pursue a Masters in Exhibition Design at FIT. Her design practice is particularly focused on acknowledging the power of place and encouraging risk and recovery in design processes. She is guided by the belief that museums are services on offer to the public and should be designed for staff and visitor well-being in order to guarantee their perpetuity. She's worked within, without and with organizations large and small.
Isabella Bruno is a big fan of great storytelling and her favorite medium is space. Exhibitions are immersive and transporting experiences for the visitor... but they start out as complex webs of content, architecture, research, communication design, objects, and video. She loves taking the mess and making something clear and inspiring from it.
Isabella Bruno was an exhibition designer for The National September 11 Memorial & Museum. She now serves as an adjunct instructor in visual arts at Fordham University, as well as a freelance experiential design lead for select clients. Most recently, she became an exhibition/ experiential designer for the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
• Clarity out of chaos (Collaboration, discovery and strategy)
• Having a bird's eye view (Conceptual vision across multiple disciplines)
• Digging into the good stuff (Discovering visitor and staff unarticulated needs)
• Penny-pinching (Scalable design solutions for different budgets)
• Putting it on a pedestal (Design from concept all the way to the details)