Rob Giampietro is a designer and writer. He is currently Creative Lead for Google Design NY. He 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. The studio's work was recognized with the National Design Award in Communication Design in 2015.

As Executive Board Member and Vice President of AIGA/NY from 2007–9, Rob 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. 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. Since 2006, he has been a thesis advisor for RISD MFA Graphic Design. Rob is a graduate of Yale University.

Editorial contributions

Aperture, Art in America, BusinessWeek, CNBC, Core77, Design Observer, Dot Dot Dot, Emigre, Eye, Idea, It’s Nice That, Kaleidoscope (Italy), Mousse (Italy), New York Times, New York, NPR, Performa, Print, Power Plant (Canada), Serving Library, Walker Art Center

Speaking engagements

AIGA/NY, Apple Store Soho, Artists Space, Build Conference (Ireland), DesignThinkers (Canada), The Kitchen, Fillip (Canada), General Assembly, New Museum, NY Art Book Fair, Responsive Projects (Australia), Type Directors Club

Exhibited works

Art Berlin Contemporary, Art Institute of Chicago, Art in General, CCA Wattis, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, Gwangju Design Biennale (Korea), Hammer Museum, Modern Institute (Scotland), MoMA PS1, Museum of Art and Design, Museum of Finnish Architecture, RISD Museum, Utrecht Manifest Biennial (Netherlands) Venice Biennale (Italy), Walker Art Center

Guest critiques

Columbia GSAPP, Cooper Union, Harvard GSD, Maryland Institute College of Art, Otis College of Art & Design, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, School of Visual Arts, UniBZ Bolzano (Italy), UConn Storrs, UT Austin, Yale School of Art


Stuart Bailey, Andrew Blauvelt, Emmet Byrne, Frank Chimero, Liz Danzico, William Drenttel, Angie Keefer, Prem Krishnamurthy, Ellen Lupton, Graham Meyer, Adam Michaels, David Reinfurt, Brian Sholis, Jessie Scanlon, Kevin Smith, Rudy VanderLans, John L. Walters


Andrew LeClair (v 4.0, Clipfile, Library)
Michael Christian McCaddon (v 3.0)
Randy J. Hunt (v 2.0)
Renda Morton (v 1.0)


The Serving Library
The Mavenist
Otlet's Shelf





Lined & Unlined was launched on 28 November 2006.