Rob Giampietro is Director of Design at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, leading a team of 20+ to produce work that activates spaces, amplifies ideas, develops strategy, refines experiences, serves artists, produces tools, and facilitates learning across all media.

From 2015–18 he was Creative Lead at Google in New York, managing projects that included four SPAN Design & Technology Conferences, the launch and relaunch of the Google Design website, an overhaul of the Google Fonts directory including new typeface commissions, a brand-focused expansion of the Material Design system, a visual update for Google’s do-it-yourself AI kits in Target Stores, and contributions to the People + AI Research efforts at Google.

He is Senior Critic at RISD’s MFA Graphic Design program, and has been Executive Board Member and Vice President of AIGA/NY. From 2010–15, he was Principal at Project Projects, whose work was recognized with the National Design Award in Communication Design in 2015. Rob is the recipient of a 2013 MacDowell Colony Fellowship and the 2014–15 Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome.

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