Albena Todorova is currently at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia where an innovative semiotics offer includes courses on advertising & consumer culture. In 2009 she wrote a dissertation on Edgar Allan Poe in popular culture. Albena is now doing PhD research on Poe mythology & symbolism globally from Baudelaire through to Japanese mystery writer Edogawa Rampo, 60s horror movies, Lou Reed, Antony Hegarty, contemporary emo, manga & gaming subcultures and online interest groups.
Colette grew up in Brighton, UK, and started writing poetry, publishing Skinless with Eyewear Press, before branching out into short stories, web marketing, charity comms, a novel about an Eighteenth Century Mauritian feral child, and finally brand research. She was educated at Cambridge and UEA, where she studied English and Creative Writing, has spent a few months each in Bulgaria and Greece, and currently works at Nursery Research in London as a qualitative researcher for brand communications.
Malex specialises in semiotic thinking & hands-on design to optimise visual communication for brands. A pioneer in this field, she works at Space Doctors on design semiotics projects internationally & across categories. Malex has more than 12 years experience running projects from conceptualisation to actioning design, development and production for digital & printed media. She holds an MA in Design and Branding Strategy from Brunel University, London and a BA in Graphic Design & Visual Communication from Prodiseño, Venezuela's leading design School, where she taught Graphic Design until 2004.