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.
Kristian Bankov (b. 1970) is professor in semiotics, sociology of consumption and brand communication at New Bulgarian University. He is the head of the Southeast European Center for Semiotic Studies and director of the Sociosemiotic laboratory there. KB is the main organizer of the annual Early Fall School in Semiotics (EFSS) which takes place in Bulgaria, mostly in Sozopol, each September since 1995. He likes beer and football. For more information see Facebook.
Terry O’Gara is an award winning independent music solutions consultant based in New York City. Of the new paradigm processes he helped develop and champion, Mix magazine wrote, they "may just portend to the future of all music production professionals." Since then, his insight into music and meaning have contributed to the successful delivery of thousands of audio assets for hundreds of brands, including AT&T, Disney, Guinness, HBO, Mastercard, McDonald’s, Nestle’s and Viacom.
New York, USA