Issue #38

Diego Marini


As the son of a typographer in Verona, my interest in the graphic world began at an early age. I spent my youth at printing facilities leaving me with no choices than start operating in this field. In 2003 I moved to Paris where I lived and worked as Art Director working for clients in different field from fashion to architecture to environment. I moved to NYC in early 2010 where I continued my journey in the fashion world by shaping the new Diane von Furstenberg brand identity. I then joined the DVF creative team leading conception and execution of digital and printing campaigns. In addition, I served as a judge for the 2010 and 2013 Adobe Design Awards.

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What do you do in your life (work and fun)?

In life my work is my passion. I work as a creative director and doing creative work is my drug. and the other usual suspect is the passion for traveling (if shared with the one I love is even better)

What made you leave Italy and chose NYC?

Oh, leaving italy is one thing and choosing NY is another. I left Italy many years ago but before landing in NY I leaved in Paris for 9 years.
Denize, my amazing partner, wanted to go back to NY and after I took care of my business in Paris we decided that it was time for a change. I think is one of the best decision in my life. Everything I found here is absolutely magical and amazing. It gives me an amazing energy and ability to do whatever I want.

Please share your best memory in the City.

I have many beautiful memories. But I think my favorite one is the night I pitched for new logo to Diane von Furstenberg herself and she loved it. Walking out the office I was freelancing in the street of Meatpacking at midnight on a random night feeling I just redesigned the logo for one of the big fashion house and wandering around there looking at people and at the city was really special.

What made you choose this specific location and outfit?

I like graffiti I like graphic. This wall has been designed by Stefan Sagmeister one of the best contemporary graphic designer and one that I respect a lot for the way he thinks and he operates. I always liked this location and the idea of being in front of this piece of work that says yes I think summed in a nutshell my feeling about NY: it’s about saying Yes to opportunities. The choice of the outfit is simply because it was navy and striped and contrasted enough to be on a black and white portrait.

Your thought about this project, ITALIANY.US

It’s a great project and I can’t wait to see who the other interesting fellows are. Gathering of interesting people is always a good idea and being part of it is just an honor.

How would you describe being an ambassador of the italian style/culture abroad?

When people ask me what is to me the main Italian feature I answer: being flexible and resourceful. L’arte di arrangiarsi, and the ability to find solutions, wiggling’s between obstacles to find a way to solve the enigma in a way or another is a great skill that you learn from the Italian broken system.

  • Brooklyn, NY


  • Time

    150 mins

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