Matteo Giuseppe Pani
The Vilcek Prize for Excellence

Design Product & Packaging

Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
The Vilcek Prize for Excellence is awarded to immigrants who have a significant impact on both American society and world culture and to individuals who are dedicated champions of immigrant causes. The aim of the project was to make a certificate that references the world of traditional and elegant prize certificates changing the context and making it a modern version of those.

How was the illustration used:
The elements that compose the illustration were used to adorn the frame of the certificate which contains the information about the winner of the Vilcek Prize. The same illustrations were also used to decorate the packaging of the award certificate.

How did you make this work:
The illustrations were created digitally on Adobe Illustrator, then printed with a special Pantone on the surface of the box and also on the certificate itself. The elements of the composition are inspired by nature, architecture, history, science, and pop culture.

Commissioner Company :
Vilcek Foundation
Commissioned for:
Sagmeister & Walsh

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Currently Based:
New York

Matteo Giuseppe Pani is a multidisciplinary Sardinian designer living and working in New York. Matteo has worked at BBDO (Milan), R/GA, and Winkreative (London), Sagmeister and Walsh, Sagmeister Inc, and Apple. He is particularly interested in Illustrations, patterns, fashion, and art. His design is inspired by the Sardinian Culture.