Cristina Zilio

Visual and Graphic Designer
Torino - Italy
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I’m a 27 years old Italian graphic and visual designer, currently living and working in Torino. For the past few years, I have been working as a graphic designer at Curve Studio, where I managed and took care of all the creative processes in their entirety, from the brief and analysis phases to the refining of final details. Previously I have also been part of many different realities, such as startup and architecture atelier. These experiences gave me the opportunity to team up with many different professional figures and to deeply understand how to deal with the complexity of the design process. In all those scenarios my attention was focused mainly on building strong brand identities and visual storytelling for each client. In fact, I am always enthusiastic to test different languages and investigate different solutions depending on the final request and the field of application. Also, I strongly believe in the communicative potential of information thinking and I’m constantly testing it in many different fields as editorial design, data visualization, or labeling design. Finally, I consider myself a curious and open-minded person, passionate about travel, cultural events, and music festivals.

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Work Experience
Work Experience
Curve Creative Studio
April 2017 - Today
Torino
Graphic Designer
Liquido Studio
Octobre 2016 - April 2017
Torino
Junior Graphic Designer
Map Music
Barcelona
Junior Art Director
Work Experience
University
Polytechnic of Torino + IED of Barcelona
Skills
I'm fluent in English, Italian, and Spanish.
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Right now I’m looking for a professional boost and I also think that I am ready for that. I’ve never been more confident, more curious, and more motivated than I am now, and I’d like to take advantage of it. I can’t assure you that I am the best applicant, but I really feel like so.

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I’m a 27 years old Italian graphic and visual designer, currently living and working in Torino. For the past few years, I have been working as a graphic designer at Curve Studio, where I managed and took care of all the creative processes in their entirety, from the brief and analysis phases to the refining of final details. Previously I have also been part of many different realities, such as startup and architecture atelier. These experiences gave me the opportunity to team up with many different professional figures and to deeply understand how to deal with the complexity of the design process. In all those scenarios my attention was focused mainly on building strong brand identities and visual storytelling for each client. In fact, I am always enthusiastic to test different languages and investigate different solutions depending on the final request and the field of application. Also, I strongly believe in the communicative potential of information thinking and I’m constantly testing it in many different fields as editorial design, data visualization, or labeling design. Finally, I consider myself a curious and open-minded person, passionate about travel, cultural events, and music festivals.

1. What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?

I moved to Barcelona on my own when I was 23. I lived there for 7 months working by the day and studying by the evening.

2. How are creativity and innovation related?

In my opinion, one cannot live without the other. Innovation allows to discover new expressive methods to creativity, and creativity itself allows to investigate and discover new methods of application to innovation. They are deeply tied and essentials.

3. Why do companies need clarity and creativity?

I’ve always perceived this work as a whole, made up of two parts: one is more concrete, the other is lighter. We are both artists and designers, we take care of both form and content, aesthetics and function. Consequently, “clarity-creativity” is just another way of defining this duality. A company can’t live if one of these two elements is missing. And the balance among these two counterweights of the scale is key to grow as professionals and also as a business.

4. You have 30 minutes of free time. What do you do with it?

I take a walk with no final destination. I just have to breathe fresh air and free my mind from any thought. Possibly I also put my smartphone offline.

5. What is one risky and bold goal in life you have? Or, if you could dedicate your life to solving one problem, what would it be?

I would really like to go on a trip far away from home and only by myself one day. It would be a great self-empowerment demonstration to myself but also the proof that a woman can travel the world on her own with no fear. I think we just need to normalize the fact that a woman can do what she wants and still feel safe, and if I can be a reference in this sense even for just one person, that would be a great achievement for me.

6. Explain your creative process

I rely very much on the rational phases: I need to analyze, write down the information, research, understand the client’s needs, build up some guidelines, and then start designing. Also, I never underestimate my personal taste and my sensibility. But it’s still a work in progress and I expect it to change and improve during the time and with my experience.

7. What is the best advice that you have been given?

Someone during a lecture at the university said “If you don’t try you’ll never find out”. Those words are very important to me right now, but I can’t remember who pronunced them.

8. What is your definition of creativity?

I like to thing to creativity as the perfecet balance between three different ingredients: Method: the discipline and the habits that you make up to build a solid process of research, questioning and professional growth Passion: the unconditional will and the need to develop and vent one's creative side Curiosity: the necessity to know more and to establish and to reach new goals over and over again To me, those are the perfect ingredients, but I’m still working on the recipe.

9. What 10 songs are on your favorite playlist right now?

Bizarrap - Nathy Peluso Watching - ESG UH - Fujiya & Miyagi Feel away - slowthai (feat James Blake and Mount Kimbie) Blue Tiger - Joan Thiele ¡aqui yo mando! - Kali Uchis, Rico Nasty Totoro - Massimo Pericolo Love$ick - Mura Masa (feat A$ap Rocky) TKN - Rosalìa (feat Travis Scott) Albert Balsalm - Aphex Twin

10. How do you want people to remember you?

Funny and humble yet very reliable and smart

Passport is valid for next 12 months

yes

Which country issued your passport?

Italy

Have you been convicted of a crime and/or a felony? If so, what was the offense? State the city, country, and date.

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