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


Michael Colton

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.

Chicago, USA

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

Terry O'Gara

Terry O’Gara is an award winning independent music solutions consultant based in New York City. Of the new paradigm processes he helped develop and champion, Mix magazine wrote, they "may just portend to the future of all music production professionals." Since then, his insight into music and meaning have contributed to the successful delivery of thousands of audio assets for hundreds of brands, including AT&T, Disney, Guinness, HBO, Mastercard, McDonald’s, Nestle’s and Viacom.

New York, USA