Joanna MantillaStudent Designer, Visual Means

Image: c/o Nadezda Andrianova


Adapting and moving fluidly between process, ideation, and interests, is something Joanna Mantilla has learned through migrating frequently throughout her life. Joanna is inspired by materials, textures, and color which is why she leans towards emotive and experiential design more heavily. Experimentation is a practice that Joanna explores often when she is designing and developing creative solutions.

Before coming to Rutgers University Newark, Joanna had already completed a Dual Associates Degree in Visual Communications and Fine Art from Raritan Valley Community College graduating in High Honors. Her Fine Art skills feeds into to her arsenal of creative design. At Rutgers Newark, Joanna was a member of the Rutgers Express Newark Design Consortium Team in 2017, which collaboratively designed and branded the identity for the Newark LGBTQ Community Center. Then, in 2019, Joanna teamed up with Rutgers Express Newark Visual Means Team, who is currently partnering with Professor David Trout of the Rutgers Law school in order to design and visualize equitable growth in Newark, New Jersey. Joanna is anticipated to Graduate May of 2019 with a BFA in Graphic Design from Rutgers University Newark.