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.
Kathryn was born in 1979 in Toronto, the daughter of a hotelier. She has worked as a writer & broadcaster for a decade. She was founding producer of top-rated CBC national radio program Q. Her print journalism has appeared in the Guardian UK, the Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post, the Walrus, Salon.com and Nerve.com, among others. Kathryn's first book, Corked, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour Writing, Canada's top humour writing prize. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and her existential dread.
Nick is a writer for branding and design, and one half of creative partnership Asbury & Asbury. Personal projects include Corpoetics, a collection of poems made by rearranging corporate copy; Pentone, the written equivalent of Pantone colour-matching system; and Mr Blog, a blog documenting all the ‘Mr’ shops on UK high streets. Nick was also one of the writers in the original Significant Objects project, conceived by Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker. Nick has a particular interest in brand names, slogans, language and poetry and writes for the design press, including Creative Review.