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Meet A–Z of Graphic Means illustrator, Kate Giambrone

Briar Levit

So who is behind all these wonderful illustrations? It's the wonderful Kate Giambrone! I asked her a few questions so Graphic Means supporters could get to know her a little.

How did you get involved with Graphic Means? 
I had been watching Graphic Means coming to life in the studio* and realized that there was so much I didn't know about how design was produced prior to the computer. Essentially, I invited myself onto the Graphic Means team in order to fill the giant black hole in my knowledge of design history. 

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Follow Graphic Means on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to see the rest of the alphabet unfold.

What is your favorite pre-computer age production tool/method? 
There is something pretty fascinating about punched tape. I think many designers are (understandably) control freaks about their type. It must have been challenging having to let go and hope that punched paper ultimately translated into what you envisioned for a layout. Your type could literally be destroyed by a hanging chad.

What other projects are you working on right now? 
When I'm not forcing my way onto other people's Kickstarter teams, I do design and illustration work for my studio, Bologna Sandwich. My business partner, Julianna Johnson, and I work with a variety of clients including CrowdCompass, Cloudability, Bitch Media, and Women's Foundation of Oregon. We are also Adjunct Faculty in the Portland State design department. 

Illustration by Kate Giambrone and Juliana Johnson (Bologna Sandwich)

Illustration by Kate Giambrone and Juliana Johnson (Bologna Sandwich)

Infographic by Kate Giambrone and Juliana Johnson (Bologna Sandwich)

Infographic by Kate Giambrone and Juliana Johnson (Bologna Sandwich)

Mural by Kate Giambrone and Juliana Johnson (Bologna Sandwich)

Mural by Kate Giambrone and Juliana Johnson (Bologna Sandwich)

*Ed Note: Kate and Briar share a studio space, which also includes Graphic Means motion designer, Emily Dekovich, and two other designers.