Joe Marianek

Joe Marianek is the Principal & Partner at Small Stuff in New York
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The National Memorial for Peace and Justice
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice

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Joe Marianek is a designer, educator, and founding partner at Small Stuff, a New York City-based design collective focused on projects of social and cultural impact.

Small Stuff’s recent collaboration with MASS Design Group and the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) on the design for The National Memorial for Peace and Justice (National Lynching Memorial) has been featured on the front page of The New York Times, and received extensive press from The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and CNN and design industry publications. Architecture critic Mark Lamster cited it as “the single greatest work of American architecture of the 21st century… a place where abstraction, repetition, typography and procession are mobilized to produce an experience that is at once revelatory and heartbreaking.”

Prior to co-founding Small Stuff with Dinah Fried, Joe held leadership positions at Apple, and was Associate Partner at Pentagram working with Paula Scher and Michael Bierut. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Joe’s work has been recognized and featured by organizations such as the AIGA, ADC / One Club, D&AD, SEGD, 50 Books / 50 Covers. In 2010 he received the ADC Young Gun award. He has been featured in design-industry publications such as Communication Arts, Graphic Design USA, Graphis, Eye on Design, in Slanted’s recent profile of New York design studios, and on the podcast Design Matters with Debbie Millman. He has served as president of the board of directors of AIGA NY. Joe teaches as a part-time faculty in the department of Communication Design at Parsons School of Design.

Joe Marianek is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) and at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

Joe Marianek graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design.

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