AIGA FELLOW: NAMED BY AIGA SAN DIEGO, 2008
Ron Miriello is the founder and director of Miriello Grafico, in San Diego, and a founding member of the AIGA San Diego chapter. Miriello studied at Colorado State University and completed his design degree in Italy at La Poggerina, where he later taught and lived for two years before moving to San Diego in the early 1980s. As a designer in the San Diego community for 30 years, he has helped set a high benchmark for creativity while mentoring early career designers on the many things not taught in school but crucial to succeeding in the design business.
Together with the founding board members of the San Diego chapter, Miriello negotiated with Moscow to have 300 Soviet posters documenting glasnost and perestroika sent to San Diego for exhibition in 1989. The collection ignited the fledgling local AIGA chapter, which now has 450 members. In 1990, after the fall of the communist bloc, the posters were bequeathed by the Union of Soviet Artists to AIGA San Diego and have since traveled to all AIGA chapters.
More recently, Miriello has been interviewing and photographing craftsmen of everyday objects in Italy for a book series about handcrafted products in a world of global mass production.
Miriello divides his time between the new Miriello Grafico design warehouse located in the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego and Radicondoli (near Siena, Italy), where he creates his own works away from the world of clients, deadlines and budgets.