Homes in India (1)

The first of four pieces on the Indian Home


Emergent Indian Woman

Alia Bhatt and changing Indian femininity


Sound & Music Semiotics

Earporn, Music Maximalism, and Super Normal Stimuli


Brand Worlds
Contributions From


Tom Lilley

Tom is a qualitative researcher turned brand strategist, with a particular interest in semiotics and co-creation as drivers of innovation. He worked for four years at Synovate, before moving to brand consultancy Sense Worldwide. A qualified sound engineer, Tom also runs an independent record label that revels in blurring the lines between fact and fiction. Tom holds a BA in Modern Languages and Literature from Oxford University.

London, UK

Jeff Thompson

Jeff Thompson is a nonverbal communication specialist and is currently conducting research on nonverbal communication towards a PhD at Griffith University Law School. Jeff is also a New York City Police Department (NYPD) detective as well as an internationally certified mediator. Read more on Jeff’s research at and his mediation work at Additionally, you can follow him on twitter: @NonverbalPhD.

NYC/Brisbane, USA/Australia

Ramona Lyons

A freelance semiotician and cultural insights expert in San Francisco, Ramona has pinpointed key language and imagery, crafted brand strategy and inspired innovation for established brands in the consumer packaged goods, apparel, technology, spirits and beverages, beauty, healthcare and food categories. Ramona has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on cultural studies and visual communication. Earlier in her career, she worked as a producer for television, and spent almost ten years as researcher, advertising and brand strategist for a global corporation.

San Francisco, US