Rob Giampietro is a Design Lead for Google’s Research & Machine Intelligence team. From 2015–17 he was Creative Lead for Google’s Material Design studio in New York, managing projects that included four SPAN Design & Technology Conferences, the launch and relaunch of, an overhaul of the Google Fonts directory including new typeface commissions, and the expansion and development of the Material Design system itself.

Since 2006, Rob has taught in RISD’s MFA Graphic Design department, where he is currently a Senior Critic. 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, and his design writing has earned a 2013 MacDowell Colony Fellowship and the 2014–15 Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize 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. Rob was Executive Board Member and Vice President of AIGA/NY from 2007–9, and he currently participates in the Cranbrook Academy of Art’s National Advisory Council and the Guggenheim Museum’s Global Innovation Group. He 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