Donald Tarallo has his BA in Studio Arts and Graphic Design from Clark University, his MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and he studied typography with Wolfgang Weingart in the “Weiterbildungsklasse” at the Basel School of Design in Switzerland.
Since 1998, Don has maintained a freelance practice working on projects in identity, publication, and web design. During his graduate studies at the RISD he was a research assistant on the Universal Web Design Project where he helped develop web accessibility guidelines for graphic designers. He has worked as an art director and commercial photographer in Oslo, Norway, and as an identity designer at Interbrand in Seoul, Korea. His passion for typography and identity design has gained him to work on the development of the visual identities for Sotheby’s, Icograda, and the Hong Kong Design Institute. Since 2003, Don has been the design consultant for Community MusicWorks in Providence; one of the top fifty after school arts programs in the United States. He has also worked extensively in photography both as a practitioner and teacher.
Don is a recipient of a Marion and Jasper Whiting Fellowship for research on the history of typography in Italy. He has received design awards by the American Institute for Graphic Arts and the Graphic Communications Industry of Rhode Island. In 2015, he received a SAPPI Papers “Ideas That Matter” use graphic design to spread the spirit of food justice in Worcester, Massachusetts. His work and essays have been published in China, Korea, Japan, and the United States in journals such as; Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Visual Communication Quarterly, and the Korean Design Research Insititute’s Good Design and Bad Design. He has taught graphic design at Clark University, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art (China), Rhode Island School of Design, Samsung Art and Design Institute (South Korea), and the Siena Art Institute (Italy). In 2012, he was awarded with a Presidential Fellowship to investigate the role of graphic design in social change from Bridgewater State University. Don is an Associate Professor at Fitchburg State University.