Joe Marianek is a designer, creative director and partner at Small Stuff, a design firm in New York City that he co-founded with Dinah Fried. Joe teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and School of Visual Arts, and serves on the board of directors of AIGA/NY as education chair. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

During his career, Joe has worked at Pentagram (twice) as an associate partner, mowed lawns, built global corporate identities at Landor, scooped ice cream at Graeter’s, interned for Milton Glaser (who paid him with posters), played the upright bass in the San Francisco Civic Orchestra, and while at Apple, he re-designed the contacts icon in the shape of his head (among other things). His work has been widely celebrated by professional organizations including the ADC (Young Gun award), the AIGA (Design Archives) and 50 Books / 50 Covers. But that’s not why he gets up in the morning...nor is it why he is a designer.

If you have 45 minutes to spare, you could listen to a profile of his career on Design Matters with Debbie Millman. Or, you could just go for a walk if it’s nice outside, or read a good book.