Joe Morgano, Jr.


Joe is a multidisciplinary designer specializing in print, web, and user interface (UI) design.

As a graduate from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Joe began his career as a designer in the New York City offices of Pentagram where he designed identities, collateral, and signage for various institutions. After a brief stint at The McDevitt Group, he joined the Brooklyn-based motorcycle collective Indian Larry Legacy as Design Director. After 10 wonderful years in NYC, Joe moved back to Pittsburgh to be closer to family. Prior to joining MAYA in 2009, he contributed work to Landesberg Design, Wall-to-Wall Studios, and Actual Size.

Joe has worked with clients ranging from the National Football League and Mercedes-Benz, to the Mob Museum and Indian Larry. His work has been recognized by design organizations including the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), and the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD). Additionally, he has collaborated with the NYC Design Trust for Public Space. In 2004, Joe was honored with the “Certificate of Excellence Award for Outstanding Merit in Graphic Design” from Pratt Institute.

Joe previously served on the AIGA Pittsburgh’s board as Director of Speaker Series and as vice-president of Pratt Institute’s drum club. In his spare time, Joe is a painter and avid hockey fan. You’ll most likely find him cheering for his little brother AJ, a local youth hockey player.


BFA Communications Design, Graphic Design, Pratt Institute

Places I’ve Lived

Brooklyn, NY
Pittsburgh, PA

My Superpower

Bringing sketch ideas to life!

Outside of MAYA

You can find me exploring planet Earth.

Quote That Inspires Me

“What’s better than Heat & Fire?”
-Indian Larry

Books I Love

Most of my earthly possessions are books… Tibor Kalman: Perverse Optimist, Stephen Powers: The Art of Getting Over, Questlove: Mo’ Meta Blues.

Earliest Memory of Using Something High-Tech

Speak & Spell in the early 80s.

Speaking Engagements

AIGA Podcast Features MAYA Visual Designer
Sep 01 2012

MAYA’s Joe Morgano will be a guest on AIGA Pittsburgh’s new podcast, Creative Briefs. The program invites creative professionals to talk about their processes, philosophies, and attitudes about design.