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My most favorite thing about teaching is to see a sparkle in the face of a student when they realized they can do something new.

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Thiago Eichner

Thiago Eichner is a graphic designer and visual storyteller originally from Brazil with experience working in print, marketing and environmental design. He received a BA in Visual Arts Management and Exhibition Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Apart from design, he’s also worked as a fashion stylist, DJ, nightlife promoter and visual merchandiser. His passion lies in discovering and cultivating human connections, inclusive design and conceptual work.

What do you love about design?

I am fascinated with how design plays an essential role in life, creating connections between ideas and people. These connections can be very impactful and transformative, changing what people believe and how they act. Therefore, design is full of memory. And I love that!

Why do you teach?

My most favorite thing about teaching is to see a sparkle in the face of a student when they realized they can do something new. And the best part is that—in some capacity—you can always learn something else in return. It’s total reciprocity.

Tell us about your design career outside of Shillington.

While living in my home country Brazil, I studied Communications and went to work on a bunch of different things: fashion stylist, DJ, nightlife promoter, until I found myself working as a visual merchandiser for about 5 years. I then moved to NYC and joined the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design program at FIT. After graduating, I interned at GB65 (an integrated creative agency that specializes in the worlds of fashion, luxury, retail, lifestyle and entertainment) and at a couple of museums in the city. I then received an opportunity to collaborate with one of my professors designing a manual about the planning and implementation of wayfinding systems. These opportunities opened many doors and I started grabbing freelance design projects from the most different industries, which suited my multifaceted interest. More recently, I spent a couple of years working as a Design Director, first for The Juilliard School and later for a media group—and these really solidified my skills as a brand guardian.

What or who are you loving right now?

Everything design anthropologist Dori Tunstall has to share. I also love keeping an eye on the work La Tigre Studio (Milan) and Isometric Studio (NYC) are producing—super inspiring!

If you were a typeface, what would you be?

I like to think I would be a modernist classic like Futura.

What’s your favourite blog?

Brand New, a division of UnderConsideration, “chronicling and providing opinions on corporate and brand identity work”. I also find a lot of inspiration on Dezeen.

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