Giancarlo Iliprandi graduated in painting (1949) and set design (1953) from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts and began his career as a publicist, journalist and set designer. He worked in the field of visual communication design for over sixty years, cooperating with leading Italian companies (RAI Radio Televisione Italiana, la Rinascente, RB Rossana, Olivetti, Pirelli, Montecatini, Fiat, Arflex).
He taught at the Società Umanitaria, the ISIA in Urbino, the European Institute of Design and the School of Design at the Politecnico di Milano. He has published some twenty educational books and more than forty travelogues. On the occasion of his 90th birthday, he published an illustrated autobiography, Note (Hoepli, 2015). He won numerous awards throughout his career, including two ADI Compasso d'Oro awards in 1979 and a third in 2004. In 2002 he was awarded an honorary degree in industrial design by the Politecnico di Milano. In 2011 he received the ADI Compasso d'Oro Award for Lifetime Achievement, in recognition of being an undisputed protagonist of Italian design. He was engaged in cultural promotion as President of the Art Directors Club Milano, Icograda, Chairman of BEDA and President of ADI.