Ginette Caron



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She was born in Montréal in a family where her grandfather and oncle were graphic designers, her father architect, her aunts painter an theatrical costume designer. Very early she started looking at the world through their eyes. At the age of 7 she was already designing her school newspaper.
She graduated in Graphic Design at Concordia University and after 3 years working in different advertising and graphic design studios in Montréal she backpacked throughout Europe for a while where she met many famous graphic designers in their own studios. She settled in Venice where she designed a poster for the Venice Carnival and then started freelancing in Milan. In 1985 she joined the Gregotti Associati International multidisciplinary studio where she met her mentor, Pierluigi Cerri with whom she worked for more than ten years taking care of corporate image for B&B Italia, BTicino, DePadova, FontanaArte, iGuzzini, Molteni&C and Unifor (Italian ADI Compasso d'Oro 1995). In the early Nineties, she opened her own graphic design/communication studio in Milan, specializing in corporate identity, art books, exhibit design, packaging and branding for different clients such as: Barilla, Bulgari, Chase Manhattan Bank, Grand Théâtre de Provence, Knoll, LualdiPorte, Moleskine, Natuzzi, San Carlo (nomination at Italian ADI
Compasso d'Oro 2004), Swatch and TV5. In 1997-98 she is also design director at Benetton Group where she develops with a group of 12 designers, corporate/graphic design, design and visual merchandising projects for: United Colors of Benetton,
Sisley, Playlife/Nordica, Kastle, Prince, Killer Loop, Roller Blade, all the subsidiary companies and nearly 70 licensees. She is also in charge of all the graphics for Oliviero Toscani's advertising campaigns. In 1999 she is head of graphic design department at Prada Group taking care of corporate identity for Prada, MiuMiu, Helmut Lang and Church. She is also responsible for Prada Fondation art books.
She was invited at Université du Québec in Montréal, Libera University of Bolzano and Perugia University for seminars and lectures. She participated in different exhibitions such as "Poster Biennale" in Warsaw and "Milano Made in Design" in Toronto.
For Ginette Caron, graphic design is first of all working on an overall coherent concept, a guideline to translate into graphics and communication. In her studio -- a consolidated network of experts with different competences -- graphic design becomes multidimensional, creates environment, becomes architecture: "è una grafica in ascolto, le cui narrazioni nascono nel tessuto dell'esperienza e delle relazioni".