After graduating in Multimedia Languages and Humanistic IT, Manuela Marazzi has continued her academic studies alongside her professional development. She divides her time between design - noteworthy are both the Master in Web Design at the IED in Rome and intensive workshops in San Francisco at the Cooper U - and illustration, which she has developed by attending courses in Italy and the US and she took part as a resident illustration artist at the New York School of Visual Arts.
In recent years, she has been working as a User Experience Designer for Italian and foreign customers, developing and managing visual communication and digital strategy projects. This year, she has decided to start a freelance career to focus on illustration, on individual and collaborative projects with other creative talents, mainly in the silk-screen printing field. Manuela now combines her design thinking in the communication area and her creative talent in illustrations, thanks to the experience and knowledge she has acquired. In this dual role, she has designed the “FAO Handbook” (Towards gender-equitable small-scale fisheries governance and development: a Handbook), a manual on gender politics and fishing in developing countries.
“The main challenge with this editorial project,” she explains, as she leafs through the manual, “is to convey a practical document to an audience of varied users, that is understandable and usable thanks to the illustrations, iconography and infographics”. “Translating the FAO’s message required particular attention, so I studied the ethnic groups, cultures and geographic locations referred to during the requested storytelling. A solid analysis activity which was driven by my passion for illustration”.
The story has been written by Jason Ray Forbus, writer.