In the dynamic realm of creative communication, few names shine as brightly as Robin Milgrim. With a background steeped in fashion and art, Robin’s journey has seen her rise to the ranks of top agencies, leaving an indelible mark as an Art Director and Creative Director. Her work, lauded by industry giants like Graphis, Lüerzers Archive, Adweek, and more, speaks volumes about her knack for merging the offbeat with visual narratives. Today, we delve into the mind of this seasoned professional, exploring her insights as a juror for the Creative Communication Awards (C2A).
Before we dive into the exclusive interview, let’s unravel some fascinating tidbits about Robin Milgrim. Did you know she’s not just a designer but a 4th generation brand builder? And her passion for storytelling extends beyond conventional boundaries, touching everything from arts and entertainment to government affairs and tech.
Robin Milgrim: The works that are easy to comprehend quickly, and above all innovative in some manner rise to the top. Even when aesthetic quality and craft are extraordinary, the function of storytelling and the delight of surprise that comes from something never seen before remains the gold standard.
Robin Milgrim: Typography is fundamental to our work, yet I don’t recall many submissions this year that included original fonts. Other Matter, the project by graphic designer Hyunji Jun does this, as well as the The Caston Coffee product brand design by Yihuang Zhou and Yixuan Cao.
While the approach to each project is notably different, both demonstrate keen sensibility of just how branding, specifically type-marks, can not only make a product distinctive, but just how the artistic nuance of type sets brand tone by cueing culture.
Bridging cultures in through graphic design requires insight of relevant artistic and cultural nuance. We see so many impressive entries in the C2A show, and it’s those who connect the cultural dots in a such a way to connect with audiences that truly breakthrough.
Robin Milgrim: We see many international entries in C2A. As I am based in the US it’s always interesting to see familiar trends that originated stateside, along with the trends and values of other cultures. I’ve observed a highly refined and often preciously detailed graphic approach from Asia, which reflects the rich history of Asian art. While American and British sensibilities, and those of Hollywood, clearly influence the tone and storytelling in commercials from around the world. Notably, there’s a trend towards more daringly dramatic display typography in both word marks and headlines that challenge traditional readability standards. I personally love this trend…it feels fresh!
Robin Milgrim: Being in the position to judge such esteemed works is an honor. As a designer/AD myself, I understand exactly how much effort goes into each piece, each one deserving measured consideration.
With so much great work, it’s important to be self-aware in order to avoid personal bias. With this in mind, first I’ll do a quick overview of ALL works in ALL categories to see what I recall as simply memorable. I consider this part of the judging process to be akin to the general attention span of most audiences, reflecting how we actually consume media. Then I’ll go back and review each piece by category a few times, measuring them against the standards set by C2A and with a comparative analysis. Works that are both innovative and impactful rise to the top, regardless of media, audience.
Robin Milgrim: The 3D animation All the Worlds a Stage by Art Center College of Design student Lingou Li stands out as a great example of conceptual storytelling. The idea comes through in mere seconds without the use of words. As communication professionals, storytelling is at the heart of everything we do. Mastering such a visual approach without dialog or voiceover is a creative superpower that can move mountains.
Robin Milgrim: Thanks for asking. I’m developing a lifestyle brand. It’s in development and can’t speak about it!
Robin Milgrim: There’s plenty of room for improvement in our communication standards. Award shows help push the bar, and unite an international community who strive for something greater.
As we wrap up this exclusive interview, it’s evident that Robin Milgrim is not just a designer; she’s a storyteller, a trendsetter, and a guardian of innovation in the creative realm. From her insights as a juror at C2A to the mysterious allure of her upcoming lifestyle brand, Robin continues to captivate the industry with her unique blend of creativity and strategy. Stay tuned for more from the visionary mind that is Robin Milgrim.
Robin’s Project: “TANLINES”
CD: Arnie DiGeorge
Art Director/Designer: Robin Milgrim
Copywriter: Christian Durrett
Photographers: Bob Stevens
Client: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Agency: R&R Partners