Director of Design Strategy for a Chicago strategic branding company, Michael uses semiotics in brand development, visual language research & global brand alignment initiatives for some of the US's largest companies. A BA in Anthropology from Rutgers, he worked as a community developer in Zimbabwe then a researcher at UC San Francisco into the physiological effects of multisensory signifiers on cocaine users. After working for Interbrand, Michael earned a Masters in Design Methodology from the Institute of Design in Chicago, closely mentored in semiotics by Duncan Berry, renowned Peircian and expert in neuro-design.
Hannah Hoel has lived in London, New York, LA, DC and Santa Fe. She has degrees in visual culture, philosophy and fine arts. She was selected for the first cohort of SITE Santa Fe Scholars. Her award-winning work transgresses traditional media boundaries and has been included in traditional galleries, new media festivals and has been shown internationally. She writes on arts and culture for THE Magazine, Adobe Airstream, The Santa Fean and the Huffington Post. Winner of the first Semionaut New Writers Award 2014.
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Kathryn was born in 1979 in Toronto, the daughter of a hotelier. She has worked as a writer & broadcaster for a decade. She was founding producer of top-rated CBC national radio program Q. Her print journalism has appeared in the Guardian UK, the Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post, the Walrus, Salon.com and Nerve.com, among others. Kathryn's first book, Corked, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour Writing, Canada's top humour writing prize. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and her existential dread.