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Ron Miriello

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Nationality  American
Name  Ron Miriello

Role  Graphic designer
Ron Miriello Ron Miriello

Born  September 2, 1953 (age 62) (1953-09-02) Cranford, New Jersey
Alma mater  Colorado State University

Education  Colorado State University

Innovation by design panel presentation by ron miriello

Ron Miriello (born September 2, 1953 in Cranford, New Jersey) is an American graphic designer, sculptor and speaker. Miriello is the director of Miriello Grafico and a founding member of the San Diego Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. In 2008, he was recognized as an AIGA national fellow.


Miriello studied at Colorado State University and completed his design degree in Italy at La Poggerina, operated by the University of Texas. He divides his time between his graphic design warehouse, located in the Barrio Logan region of San Diego, California and Radicondoli, near Siena, Italy where he sculpts and documents the influences and traditions of Italian craftsmen. In 2016 he started a bicycle event, 100Miglia, making it possible for cyclists to explore one hundred miles of farm routes and old castles.

Ron Miriello served on the Design Innovation Institute advisory board, the San Diego Center City Advisory Council, Business Roundtable for Education, Commission for Arts and Culture/San Diego, Advisory board member for the San Diego Italian Film Festival. Ron Miriello, Margo Chase, Rian Hughes and Alex White co-authored the book Really Good Logos Explained critiquing the logo work of top designers. In the text, Miriello discusses how working designers must keep their thinking elastic and pliable and how this requires both right and left brain thinking at the same time.

As a child, Miriello was fascinated with globes. A sculptor, he produced 100 sculptures inspired by the metaphor of the world globe which culminated in the 100 Worlds Project exhibit. The exhibit incorporated craftspeople and makers as collaborators, reconnecting the arts with the guild tradition of craft. For this exhibition Miriello produced fifty interpreted globes, using a variety of materials that included antique pipe wrenches, bowling balls, the propellers of boats and corrugated cardboard. The globes were then given to forty San Diego based photographers who spent a week with each sculpture and documented it through personal photography. Their original photographic prints were displayed at the Jett Gallery and included in an exhibition book. In 2016 the globes were exhibited at San Diego's Lindbergh field in Terminal 2.

In 1989, Miriello was instrumental in acquiring an important collection of 300 historical graphic posters from the government of the Soviet Union that depicted contemporary Soviet life in the periods during Perestroika and Glasnost. Working with members of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) San Diego chapter, this exhibition was supported by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. The rare collection of posters held at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, showcased political themes, social issues and the arts. The collection then traveled to a variety of U.S. locations, after the fall of the Soviet Union. The posters were designed between 1986 and 1989 by the Union of Soviet Artists members. The original posters were collected and curated by Oleg Savostiuk, Secretary to the Union of Soviet Artists and he attended the original opening in La Jolla. In March 2013, the Soviet Poster Show [1] collection was uncrated at the City Gallery in a new exhibition called Dialogues in downtown San Diego. The Soviet historical posters were featured alongside new works created by contemporary artists, designers and illustrators including Sean Adams, Rafael López, Joel Nakamura and Michael Osborne, among others. To complement their historical counterparts the new posters featured political, social and arts themes as well as a visual or conceptual reference to Soviet culture.

Domus academy interview with ron miriello


  • Pederson, B. Martin (2005-03-15). Designers USA. Graphis Press. ISBN 1-932026-17-7. 
  • Hot Graphics USA. Madison Square Press. 2001-12-01. ISBN 0-06-621361-4. 
  • Fishel, Catharine (2005-04-01). 401 Design Meditations. Rockport Publishers. ISBN 1-59253-127-X. 
  • Miriello, Ron; Margo Chase; Rian Hughes; Alex White (2008-05-01). Really Good Logos Explained. Rockport Publishers. ISBN 1-59253-427-9. 
  • McCallam, Ian (2010-04-27). Where We Work. Harper Collins Publishers. ISBN 978-0-06-175797-6. 
  • References

    Ron Miriello Wikipedia