Tim Spencer spent fifteen years in brand building for business, retail, fashion, and music, then five as an illustrator whilst starting a family. He joined a semiotics consultancy early 2010.
Notable achievements; D&AD Silver nomination for hand drawn typography campaign (Paul Smith’s R.Newbold brand c1994); Global restructure of Caterpillar's brand licensing through self-authored workshop series; Re-branded UK's PrudentialPLC; Creative direction (and illustration) of the commercial launch of Scissor Sisters; hundreds of illustrations for BBC Top Gear; and two daughters.
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.
Aiyana has 16 years’ experience in the strategic planning function in the advertising industry (at Ogilvy and JWT, and as head of the planning function at Mudra, Bates and Dentsu). Her core strength lies in a consumer-centric approach to brand planning. She has worked with a wide range of global and local brands across product categories. She has also tracked the changing face of the Indian consumer, post liberalisation. She views semiotics as the ‘3D of research’ and has worked as an independent semiotician for several international projects. Art, culture and travel are her passions.
New Delhi, India