Robb Mariani is a designer on season two of Design Star. He loves 18-wheeled trucks and big rigs. A former video game designer, Mariani now works as a creative design specialist.
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Name: Robb Mariani
Show Canceled: Challenge 5
Home: Orlando, Florida
Profession: Creative Design Specialist
Education: Studied graphic design for three years at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Why I should win: That is not up to me. I can only compete with my skills. My portfolio has gotten me into the final 11 — now I will try and win.
A designer's best friend: The world around us and an open mind.
My secret weapon: My passion.
My design style boils down to: No rules, lots of geometry.
Three favorite styles:
A design do: Proper use of scale.
A design don't: Improper use of scale.
Favorite designers: Doug Wilson and Chris Lowell.
If I weren't a designer, I'd be: A truck driver.
Favorite room to design: Living/family room.
Dream design project: A modern living room with a huge budget.
What area of design are you strongest: Incorporating lighting into a space for little money. Improvising and finding new ways to use old things.
Formal design training: None — trial and error. I have a diverse background including video game design.
I'm passionate about: Music, old diesel trucks and film.
Family: I'm the middle of seven kids.
What I'm reading now: An encyclopedia of commercial vehicles.
When not working, I'm: Cruising around on iTunes, working on my design content.
Childhood dream: To become a professional trucker.
My dream vacation: Visiting the world's largest truck junkyard for old big rigs.
Four words that describe me: Passionate, determined, fun and private.
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