Mentorships Chair – Education Committee
Gianni is a visual designer, writer, and creative problem solver who focuses on bringing narrative and research to visual design. She is currently a contract designer on the Xbox Research and Design Team. Prior to Microsoft, she spent the past six years focused on communication and visual design working with clients like Nike and Mural. Prior to digital design, she spent five years designing event with various event-design studios in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.
Gianni came to Portland in 2017 after attending Pensole Design Academy course and immediately fell in love with the city and creative community. She wants to become more connected w this niched community by helping individuals, at every career level, to grow and develop their creative careers. This is what brought her to join the AIGA Education Committee in 2020 where she helped to create the inaugural AIGA Mentorship Program.
When she’s not working, she’s putting some miles on her running shoes, painting/doodling/writing, or keeping her plants (mostly) alive. Portfolio:www.gianniscarpino.com
Brandon Waybright is a writer, educator, podcaster and the founder of super common design
. With a background that combines UI/UX design, branding and illustration, Waybright's work explores issues related to representation in design practice and history, multi-sensory and interactive technology, and community engagement through design. He has exhibited his work nationally including at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Form + Content Gallery in Minneapolis, and The Palm Springs Art Museum. Waybright is a frequent presenter whose experience includes presentations at SECAC, CAA, DePaul and Princeton University. Community-minded, his work focuses on future-thinking in the practice of design as well as using design to engage and empower communities. He has worked commercially in multiple design roles with a significant part of his experience focusing on web design and identity system development. His clients include Disney, Jack Johnson, Tim Burton, Azusa Pacific University, Epsilon Delta Labs, Princeton, North Carolina State and Northwestern University. Site: BrandonWaybright.com
Carrie Grant is a native Portlander, having spent the last 12 years in design working for non-profits and taking on the occasional freelance gig. She spends the majority of her time as the Brand Designer at the Children's Cancer Association
, where she and her team work hard to elevate expectations for non-profit design work (and serve seriously ill kids in the process). When she's not working, Carrie volunteers with teens, watches and reads scifi/fantasy fiction, frequents local beer festivals, roots for the Timbers, and spends time with her husband and two dogs (not necessarily in that order). You can follow her infrequent Instagram posts here: @cuhry
Women Lead Volunteer
A graduate from PNCA, Sanjana is a Creative Manager for a civil engineering company and has been in the industry for over eighteen years. When not working, she enjoys hiking, running, backpacking and staying off the grid enjoying nature and photography.