Maria spent over 10 years in advertising and research agencies (including ACNielsen, Publicis, BBDO), where she worked mainly as Media Research Director. She completed a dissertation on visual semiotics in 2004 and after that started working as a freelance semiotician with several international companies. She enjoyed the methodology so much that in 2009 she decided to make it her main field of specialization and founded semiotic and cultural research agency LocalTalk. Maria holds Masters (Hons) degree in Sociology and PhD in Social Psychology from State University of Management, Moscow.
A founding partner of Visual Signo, Lucia is a graphic designer and anthropologist with deep expertise in the use and exploration of methodologies for the analysis of the visual through design principles and anthropological thinking. She has more than 10 years of experience as a graphic designer, semiotician, and researcher delivering cultural and design insight, semiotic strategies and research for companies in a wide range of sectors. Lucia has worked as a professor, researcher for research and marketing strategies agencies, semiotician, and independent graphic design consultant.
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