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.
Based in Brighton and London, Louise works as a freelance semiotics analyst and copywriter. She began her career in 1996 as a trainee copywriter in recruitment advertising, before joining a creative start-up that promised much more fun. While experiencing at first hand the creative-industry boom of the late 90s, Louise also completed a PhD in French studies and taught at London University. It didn’t seem possible to keep up such a happily double existence until she discovered commercial semiotics – enabling her to apply theoretical thinking outside the institutional setting of academia.
Freelance researcher and writer who publishes mainly on creative and visual culture. PhD in Art & Design from Nottingham Trent University 2008. Lectures at local universities & colleges in Nottingham and has worked as exhibitions co-ordinator at QUAD Visual Arts and Media Centre, Derby. Current work explores the possibilities of creative ecologies that emphasize a 'materialist semiotic' of non-linguistic entities - materials, objects, behaviours - informed by the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari and Manuel De Landa.