Lita Talarico

Lita Talarico is co-founder and co-chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Design Designer as Author & Entrepreneur program. As a founding associate of Bill Lacy Design, she coordinated architect selection competitions and conferences for the Cleveland Museum of Art; National World War II Memorial Design Competition; International Design Conference in Aspen Italian Manifesto Conference; and the Pritzker Architecture Prize annual jury meeting. She was Professional Advisor for the GSA’s U.S. Port of Entry at Massena, NY Design Charrette. She was founding managing editor of American Illustration & Photography.

Talarico is co-author of Typography Sketchbook, The Design Entrepreneur:Turning Graphic Design into Goods that Sell, Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers, Design School Confidential, Design Firms Open for Business, and Design Career: A Practical Guide for Beginning Illustrators and Graphic Designers.

A board-member emeritus of Adobe Education Partners by Design, and member of the AIGA Visionary Design Council, she holds a Masters in Art Criticism and Writing. Talarico was a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome in 2008 and 2010 where she conducted extensive research on the Roman letter.
Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-founder and co-chair of the MFA Design: Designer as Author & Entrepreneur program and co-founder of the MFA in Design Criticism, MPS Branding, MFA Products in Design and MFA in Interaction Design programs at the School of Visual Arts. For 33 years, he was an art director at The New York Times (28 of them as senior art director for the NY Times Book Review). He currently writes the Visuals column for the Book Review. He is editor of AIGA VOICE: Online Journal of Design and contributing editor to Print, EYE and Baseline magazines. He contributes to Design Observer and writes the DAILY HELLER blog for Print Magazine, "Graphic Content" for NY Times T-Style online, and a weekly column for Atlantic Life online. His podcasts on design history are available at the SVA MFA Design website.

Heller is the editor, co-author or author of over 170 books on design and popular culture, including Design Literacy, Paul Rand, Anatomy of Design, Graphic Style, Stylepedia, The Design Entrepreneur, Iron Fists: Branding the Twentieth Century Totalitarian State, and Typography Sketchbooks. He is the recipient of the 1999 AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement and the 2011 Smithsonian National Design Award “Design Mind.”

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Dr. Darius Arya

DR. DARIUS ARYA is an archaeologist who resides in Rome, Italy. He is the executive director of the American Institute for Roman Culture, a nonprofit organization, which promotes and defends Roman heritage through on site projects and online digital media storytelling. He's been recognized for his use of social media by Instagram, Twitter/ Periscope, and a Shorty Award for live streaming. He's currently hosting a series on PBS on Ancient Invisible Cities this fall.

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Cristina Chiappini

Cristina Chiappini, a graphic and media designer, splits her time between Rome and Cyprus. Her studio Cristina Chiappini Design specializes in identity, communication for events, web-design, interaction design, environmental graphics, editorial design. Her clients include La Triennale di Milano, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain Paris, MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Italian Ministry of culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Banca d’Italia, Generali Insurance, Codice Edizioni, UNFPA United Nations Population Fund. She was a member of The Italian Council of Design, Ministry of the Culture and Vice president Italian Association of Graphic Design. She teaches Graphic Design and Web Design at the Sapienza University of Rome, UNIRSM University of Republic of San Marino and Academy of fine Arts of Roma. Her projects have been exhibited in international museums, galleries and exhibition spaces dedicated to the design, including Mandela Poster Project Collection and The New Italian Design. She received Gold ED-Awards Europea Design Awards 2014, for Book Cover.

James Clough

JAMES CLOUGH studied typography at the London College of Printing and for forty years he has lived and worked in Milan as a typographer, calligrapher, teacher, writer and curator of printing museums. Currently he teaches the theory and history of typography and the graphic arts at the Milan Polytechnic University and the NABA university, also in Milan. Besides lettering workshops and courses in other Italian institutions he has lectured in the USA, Britain, Switzerland and Turkey. In 2016 he organized an international conference on the future of handwriting in Milan under the auspices of the ACI (Italian Calligraphy Association). He is the author of Alphabets of Wood, on the history of Italian wood type and Signs of Italy. Since 2016 every Sunday ‘La Repubblica’ publishes his column on historical and modern Italian inscriptions and signs.

Louise Fili

Louise Fili, founder of Louise Fili Ltd, specializes in food packaging, restaurant identities, and book design. Formerly a senior designer for Herb Lubalin, she was art director of Pantheon Books for over ten years, where she designed close to 2000 book jackets. She currently works for major food companies and restaurants in the United States. She has received lifetime achievement awards from the AIGA and the Type Directors Club, and her work is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and the Biliothèque Nationale. She is co-author, with Steven Heller, of Italian Art Deco, Dutch Moderne, British Modern, Deco Type, German Modern, Deco Espana, French Moderne, Euro Deco, Design Connoisseur, Typology, Scripts, Shadow Type, and Stencil Type. Her books on Italy include The Cognoscenti's Guide to Florence, Grafica della Strada, and Italianissimo. Fili was inducted into the Art Directors Hall of Fame in 2004, and in 2012 a monograph of her work, Elegantissima, was published. A review of the book in Panorama magazine stated, "Few designers from the other side of the Atlantic understand Italian art and culture better than Louise Fili."

Mario Fois

Mario Fois works in the field of visual design and various areas of visual communication such as coordinated image, publishing, layout/staging design, web design and retail design. He has collaborated with Pool4 on the staging of numerous exhibitions and successively with numerous advertising agencies. He has held the position of Art director at Young & Rubicam in Rome and founded Vertigo Design with Mario Rullo. Some of Vertigo Design’s clients include Auditorium—Parco della Musica, MAXXI, the Municipality of Roma and Belluno, Ferrovie dello Stato, Agenzia del Demanio, P&G, the Authority for Data Privacy, Finmeccanica, Alenia Spazio, Alenia Marconi System, Fandango Cinema, Intralot, Fincantieri, Unicef and many others beside. Fois has taught Graphic Design and Visual Communication at the Sapienza University of Rome Industrial Design department, and is currently teaching at ISIA Roma Design. In recent years has developed a particular interest in infographics and wayfinding in teaching and in the profession.

Paola Manfroni

Paola Manfroni is founder and creative director of Marimo/brandlife designers. After a long, award-winning career in McCannErickson Rome, where she handled international clients and created successful campaigns for a wide range of brands and targets, she decided to start her own business, one focusing on a new balance between advertising and design. Since 2007, Marimo has become a reference point in the city, attracting young talents and adventurous clients.

Since 2011, in her role as vice-president of the Italian Art Directors Club, she has been committed to the aim of promoting the role of the creative community in Italy.

Mario Rullo

Mario Rullo is designer, art director, and founding partner of Vertigo Design. He has worked in the field of visual design for 20 years specializing in brand image, packaging and exhibit design. He has produced visual identities for numerous companies and public institutions such as European Space Agency, Finmeccanica, the Authority for Personal Data Protection, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Mercedes-Benz, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Montblanc, Procter & Gamble, Space Alliance, Telecom Italia, Telespazio, Unicef and Wwf. Rullo is currently the coordinator of the Master of Arts Degree Program in "Visual and Innovation Design" in RUFA Rome University of Fine Arts and teaches “Visual Communication” at ISIA Roma Design and Isia Pescara. He has also taught at Sapienza University of Rome. His interest in typography led him to delve into the world of the letterpress and he has been conducting numerous workshops.

Mauro Zennaro

MAURO ZENNARO holds a Ph.D. in Architecture. He also studied paleography and calligraphy. He has done projects for Italian public institutions, including visual identity for Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma (National Central Library of Rome), visual identity and Angelica typeface for Biblioteca Angelica, the Farfa typeface for the city of Fara in Sabina, and the Equa typeface for the Città dell’altra economia (Town of Alternative Economy) for the city of Rome. He taught graphic design at the Università per Stranieri (University for Foreigners) of Perugia and at the Carlo Urbani Professional High School in Rome. He’s been teaching drawing and Art History for four years at the Liceo scientifico (Scientific high school) Primo Levi of Rome. Zennaro is a prolific author of articles and books and a fellow of AIAP–Associazione italiana progettazione per la comunicazione visiva (Italian Visual Design Association).

Maria Pina Bentivenga

Maria Pina Bentivenga is a fine artist specializing in painting, printmaking and book arts. She is the founding member of the Insigna Association, which is committed to the production and dissemination of printmaking and original editions and is a board member of the National Italian Engravers. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Maria has focused exclusively in engraving and has exhibited in Italy and abroad. Her work is in numerous collections including the Albertina in Vienna and the National Institute for Graphics in Rome. Maria Pina is currently faculty of Graphic Techniques and Special Art Print at RUFA Rome University of Fine Arts and engraving at the “San Giacomo” School of Ornamental Arts of the City of Rome. She also teaches workshops worldwide. In 2012 she has held a workshop on engraving and artist’s book techniques at the EASD Zamora, Spain and in the same year she has joined an Artist-in-residence project in Romagna in Montefiore Conca (RI) – A Castle for the Arts, in 2015 at the atelier Empreinte in Luxembourg.