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BFACD Alumni Feature: Paola Delucca

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While attending Parsons, Paola Delucca interned at digital agency Black & Black Creative and Nickelodeon. Now, Paola currently works as a designer for digital media company Refinery29, where she creates illustrations and designs to accompany their content. She recently helped create print materials and spatial graphics for Refinery29’s annual interactive event, 29Rooms.

What were your favorite classes at Parsons?

Topics: Branding with Jesse Reed and August Heffner, of course! They were amazing teachers that taught me to try harder to better my craft every day. I actually learned from then on to take classes that I might not feel comfortable in and to ask and take advantage of the great teachers at Parsons; they have a lot to offer!

What did you wish you knew as a student that you know now?

“Those personal projects you make in your downtime will pay off amazingly in the future, make more!” I also learned that being a jack-of-all trades is a good thing, not a bad thing!


Illustration for Refinery29

Who do you look up to in the design community?

I actually look up to my fellow students from my 2016 class at Parsons, they are a great model of diversity, representing a variety of cultures and disciplines within the design world. Since day one at school I’ve always put the best in class (which are a lot of people!) as my biggest inspiration to better myself and keep practicing. I also look up to my coworkers for the same reason, they work so hard and at crazy times but still come to work with a smile on their face!

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Designing the map and program of 29Rooms and seeing 10,000 copies printed in a newsprint printing machine in Queens! Before that, having my boss Piera Geraldi say “Good job on the map, Paola!”.


Noodles, Personal Work

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