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Joe Marianek

Joe Marianek is a multidisciplinary designer, educator and creative director with more than ten years of experience. He has worked with top agencies, organizations and clients ranging from General Electric to the New York Public Library, and from Bobby Flay to Daniel Libeskind. In 2014, Marianek co-founded Small Stuff, a design studio based in New York. He has worked for over decade in collaboration with the world’s most acclaimed designers. Marianek studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design, his professional career began as a design assistant for Milton Glaser, who paid him with posters. He went on to work alongside Paula Scher at Pentagram designing identities and collateral for cultural institutions. After a brief stint leading identity projects at Landor Associates, he rejoined Pentagram’s New York office in 2007 to work with Michael Bierut, and was ultimately named associate partner. In 2012, Marianek moved west to lead integrated projects with the Apple global design group.

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Comments [3]

Fabulous! Some awesome stuff you have shared here. I have to confess your great effort. Keep posting more blog posts like this.

I think the (3) poster payment policy for an internship is not accurate and misleading. Milton Glaser Inc. was one of the first Design firms in the country along with the Pushpin Group to make sure that their talented college interns were paid for their work. Cooper Union wrote a grant for Career Development back in the 1980’s, that was then copied by several Art schools.

According to the Department of Labor, an unpaid internship must meet all these criteria:



  •       The internship is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment


  •       It’s for the benefit of the intern


  •       The intern doesn’t displace paid employees


  •       The employer doesn’t benefit from work the intern is doing, “and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded.”


  •       The intern isn’t promised a job at the end (unpaid “tryouts” aren’t allowed)


  •       Both the intern and their boss understand its an unpaid position

Carl W. Smith

My unpaid internship with Glaser met all six points of the Dept. of Labor criteria that you diligently listed above. In addition, I was offered three posters in gratitude for my service, which was standard practice at the firm in the early oughts.
Joe Marianek

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