2017 SPEAKERS TBA
carlos zamora - 2015
Zamora graduated from Havana Design Institute (ISDi) in 2000 and worked for four years in prestigious cultural organizations in Havana, Cuba. In 2004 he immigrated to Quito, Ecuador and later arrived in the U.S. in 2006. He lives in the 19th century Victorian neighborhood of Lafayette Square near downtown St. Louis, with his wife Juliana, daughters Aitana and Lucía, and a dog named Luna.
His early professional endeavors in Cuba included The Office of Historical Restoration for Old Havana, Alicia Alonso's National Ballet of Cuba, Casa de las Américas, Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba and cigar company Habanos S.A. Between 2000 and 2004 he served as Art Director for the magazines: Opus Habana, Gaceta de Cuba, Anales del Caribe, Cuba en el Ballet and Conjunto. Magazines, book covers and posters resumed his professional life in Havana.
As a cold war kid born in 1976, his work was profoundly influenced by the cultural impact of the Soviet Union in his childhood during the 80’s. Russian cartoons,
communist propaganda, political art and literature conformed a socially-committed perspective towards art and design. Fatherhood, bilingualism and the contradictions between his upbringing and his life in the U.S. also shape his work.
In 2003 he met a ballerina, that would later become his wife, and he followed her to Ecuador in 2004. Two years in South America gave him a family and a suitcase full of posters. He arrived in St. Louis in 2006, worked briefly at the global PR firm Fleishman Hillard, before joining the retail design firm, Kiku Obata & Company, where he worked for seven years as a Sr. Graphic Designer. Retail gave him a holistic perspective on design experience beyond the bi-dimensional world. Working with architects, urbanologists and interior designers his design and illustration skills, helped to craft a sense of place and sophisticated brand experiences.
Currently, he works as a Creative Director at Express Scripts -a Fortune 20 company that makes the use of prescription drugs safer and more affordable to people.
eli and stephanie hall - 2013
Steph is the serif to my sans. Her work ethic in design is only overshadowed by her talent. A dangerous mixture of punk citizen. Her design is consistently strong. She pushes hard but never ignoring her moral compass. With this king of vigor 2of2 will enjoy the big breaths of life.
Eli posses the optimal combination of wisdom and curiosity. He is the most talented educator I've ever met, and moreover. One hell of a designer. His vision is often aims to transform the given reality into a new one. There is not another person with whom I would rather share ideas.