We talk with EdnaBrent about her surrealistic style

Allison S. Gremillion

Name: Sabina Rosafio
Location: Italy
99designs handle: EdnaBrent
Projects won: 10
Website: Sabina’s Profile

Meet Sabina Rosafio — an Italian designer with a surrealistic style. Her work is definitely unique, and can be described as pictorial, crazy, and surprising! Check out more of her poster and logo designs on her portfolio site.

How did you get started in design? I have been drawing since I was a child, it was natural thing for me. So, there wasn’t that one moment in my life where I said, “I want to be a designer.” I always kind of knew. I studied at Art Institute in South Italy, Lecce then studied Experimental Psychology (concentrated in “human perception”) at Rome University “la Sapienza”.

After school, I worked for CNR (National Research Council) in Rome, on a study about the perception of color for blind people throught the music. Currently, I am a technical designer and have been working with professional engineers, in Milan and Rome, since 2003.


I’ve been painting since I was a child, on canvas, wood and fabric. I especially like to create pieces from the masters of art, like Michelangelo Buonarroti. For example, I’ve painted parts of the Sistine Chapel on fabric.


In Italy, there isn’t a site like 99designs and I was curious about getting international experience. I also wanted to learn new things, new styles and new tastes. Being a part of the 99designs community is stimulating because every day is a new design contest.

In every project, I try to discover new ways to expression an idea, especially for illustration, app icon or logo contests. In all cases, the final result is very surprising. Another factor that is stimulating is to be able to respect the rules, and create different proposals as others while working on the same design brief.


A designer’s intuition — without this initial process, there isn’t a final result.


The realization of the imagination.

In your opinion, what are the key differences that separate great design from poor or mediocre design?

The differences that separate great design from poor or mediocre design depends on the originality and technical aspects of the design. A great design is a combination of a few things:

  • The concept
  • The well studied forms
  • The equilibrium in colors
  • The attention it grabs

And of course, knowing the software to complete the illustration or logo in. I use different programs for my illustrations and logos but the first thing I always complete is freehand sketches.


I enjoy writing poems, reading Zen books, studying The Art of Michelangelo and Caravaggio (The Masters).


The author

Allison S. Gremillion
Allison S. Gremillion

Based in San Francisco, Allison (Alli) Stuart works as Head of Community Marketing at 99designs. When she's not writing articles and communicating with designers, she is working on her Children's Book. She also enjoys extreme sports, like sky diving and traveling to new places. Alli has a Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in Graphic Design from Louisiana State University, her home. Geaux Tigers!

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