SVP & Chief Design Officer, PepsiCo, Inc.

Mauro Porcini, SVP & Chief Design Officer, PepsiCo, Inc.
Mauro Porcini, SVP & Chief Design Officer, PepsiCo, Inc.
Illustration by Melvin Thambi

Mauro Porcini joined PepsiCo in 2012 as its first Chief Design Officer. In this newly created position, Mauro infused design thinking into PepsiCo’s culture and is now leading its approach to innovation by design across product platforms and brands. The impressive array of a line of products and brands include Pepsi, Lay’s, Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Tropicana, Doritos, Cheetos, Quaker, Aquafina, Life Wtr, Naked and SunChips, amongst many others. His focus extends beyond physical expression into the realm of virtual expressions of the brands, including product, packaging, events, advertising, licensing, retail, architecture, and digital.


Chief Strategist and CEO of Blind and the Founder of The Futur

Interview with Chris Do
Interview with Chris Do
Illustration by Melvin Thambi

Meet the Emmy award-winning director, designer, strategist and educator Chris Do. He empowers creatives through business strategy. Chris is the Chief Strategist and CEO of Blind and the Founder of The Futur — an online education platform that teaches the business of design to creative thinkers.

Welcome, Chris to Abstracts; please share your journey from a designer to a mentor & an entrepreneur?

My journey into design started out when I figured out that I really wanted to pursue is a career in the creative field. I didn’t know what exactly what that was going to be until I met a practising graphic designer…


The heart of the next Renaissance

‘Every child is an artist…Pablo Picasso.’

The creative genius of children needs a right channel and direction to blossom. What better way to spark a kid’s creativity than through learning from the most inspiring and successful innovators.

What is ‘LiL’?

‘LiL’ is an online platform for improving the creativity and visualization skills of children.

LiL’ is short for Little. Where the first ‘L’ stands for a Parent, ‘i’ stands for the kid and third ‘L’ stands for the Mentor (working professionals). …


Senior Design Specialist & Design Educator at InVision

Illustration Melvin Thambi

Welcome to Abstracts, Drew. How’s your life at InVision?”

Exciting! Ever since I joined InVision, I have been on a wild, creative, challenging ride. I joined to help establish a new team at the company that would be full of Design Specialists.

These individuals are previously lead/senior practitioners in the field who are passionate about design education, who had success in their previous roles at executing world-class design experiences, and overall a thirst to do something that would allow them to flex entirely different design muscles in their career.

We recently brought on more team members and merged with the…


Founder of Creative Mints, Prague, Czech Republic

Image courtesy Mike

Meet the artist, designer and photographer ‘Mike’. He is a well-known person in the design world with his brand ‘Creative Mints’. Fusion of art, design, and photography in the right proportion: that’s how Mike surprises everyone with his wondrous works.

Welcome Mike to abstracts, please introduce us to your creative world!

Hello everyone! My name is Mike, and I’m a graphic designer. I specialize in UI, illustration, branding, graphic design, games and I’ve been doing all this for 17 years now. And I still love it:)

Experimenting, trying and learning new things is what drives me forward!


CEO of AJ&Smart Design Studio, Germany

Illustration Melvin Thambi

Welcome, Jonathan to Abstracts! How is your life in AJ&Smart design studio?

I guess that’s a pretty broad question, and I’m going to answer it based on my day to day activities.

I am currently the CEO of AJ&Smart, and this means that my work revolves around trying to figure out some crucial questions:
-What is vital for AJ&Smart in the short term?
-What are the things that keep the company running?
-What are the things that make sure that the quality is as high as possible for clients?

Also, how do we make sure that the environment is as nice as possible?

People hearing…


Art Director / Co-founder of Design Thinking School, called Sochnik / CSS Design Awards & AWWWARDS design judge of 2018.

Welcome, Zhenya to Abstracts! Introduce yourself.

Hello, friends! My name is Zhenya. I’m 25 years old Art Director, Co-founder of Design Thinking School called Sochnik, CSS Design Awards and AWWWARDS design judge of 2018. I love everything that has to do with Visual & Product design, Mobile & Web projects as well as Branding, Typography, and Animations.
I also hold Master’s degree in Architecture and Design of Urban Spaces. …


Art Director at BNN and freelance designer.

Fernando Parra is a designer from Mexico, an alumni of Industrial Design at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and passionate about 3D design. His work extends to different areas of design, from Motion Graphics to Product Design. He has been recognised in several Hackathons for his work on multidisciplinary projects. He has several publications to his name and recognitions in national and international design conferences.

He is currently the Art Director at BNN and also has a lot of brilliant projects to the credit of his brand ‘Vago’. His core focus…


Design Director at Looi Product Factory & judge at The FWA., Moscow, Russia.

AbstractsA curated perspectives section with seasoned artists from the fields of Design, Art, Motion Graphics & Advertisement. Hear from the experienced and creative, as they share their ‘art’ process and sources of inspiration.

Welcome, Sergey! Could you introduce yourself?

I am an interactive designer and an art director. At present, I’m a director of design in a product studio Looi where we try to combine efficiency and effectiveness in digital products. I’m also The FWA judge.

For quite a while I worked in creative agencies and did significant promo projects…


A curated perspectives section with seasoned artists from the fields of Design, Art, Motion Graphics & Advertisement. Hear from the experienced and creative, as they share their ‘art’ process and sources of inspiration.

Melvin Thambi

Creative Director, www.melvinthambi.com

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