Mirella Marie Arapian is the founder and creative director of Vertigo, an internationally recognised brand design studio, founder and director of Womentor, a global mentorship program for women in graphic design, and host of Australian Design Radio, a podcast providing the global creative community with conversations and commentary on Australian design.
Mirella has worked across Australia and North America with global brands including ANZ, The Age, Audi, Hieroglyphics Records, Sea Shepherd, Volvo, and WWF. She has spoken at design festivals across Australia, industry events, and educational institutions; her work has won awards, been published in international books and magazines, and exhibited in the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest, Romania. As a woman in design leadership and a child of immigrants, she is an advocate for equality, diversity, and inclusion in design.
Mirella is also a criminologist at RMIT University’s Innocence Initiative where she investigates claims of wrongful conviction in the Australian justice system. She believes in why before how and is passionate about identity in both people and design.