Christopher Rueda is a designer from El Paso, Texas. He is the sole proprietor of Penny-Farthing Design, an El Paso based boutique graphic design firm. He is also Chief Marking Officer of eDealerDirect.com, an online automotive auction platform. Chris enjoys the design opportunities new projects present and is always looking forward to exploring the directions the design process takes him.
Originally from St. Louis I grew up with splinters in my hands, drawing on napkins, and listening to the oldies. From watching one grandfather build houses, the other grandfather paint and draw on any willing surface, I was destined to work with my hands. When a passion for Graphic Design unfolded in the middle of Missouri I became enamored with the aesthetic of the world.
I'm currently the Senior Designer at Casas por Cristo in El Paso, where I also build houses for the people of Mexico. My love of design and building fused together to place me where I am now.
If I'm not making a disaster of my desk I'm hiking in the desert, doing freelance design or watching a horror movie.
Lindsay was born and raised in Indiana. In 2014, she moved to Colorado in order to complete her degree in Nonprofit Management, and after graduating, she worked as a Grant Writer and Volunteer Coordinator for a nonprofit in downtown Denver. She moved to El Paso in 2018 to work at Casas por Cristo as their Creative Writer in addition to leading teams of volunteers to build homes for families in need across Latin America. She also owns a sole proprietorship for professional writing services, including copywriting/editing, grant writing, and more. Lindsay enjoys drinking cold brew, hiking and using her typewriter any chance she gets.
Joseph is an El Paso native and 2007 graphic design graduate of UTEP, where he has 8 years of professional design experience. His background started in general design and led to a production artist role. He has also been in business as an established freelance designer since 2013. He recently launched a new creative part as a full-time, in-house assistant designer for the company Advanced Discovery. He has been a supporting member of El Paso’s AIGA chapter since its formation in 2014. He has been active with our chapter since the start, and this is the first year taking a role as a board member. Joseph is looking forward to helping grow the graphic design community here in El Paso.
Miriam Mitzi Rosas
Miriam is a Mexican born, screen junkie, and a gamer-by-heart, she has more than 16 years of experience in identity, print, web, and mobile layout design. Miriam holds a Graphic Design Bachelor Degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. After graduating, she began her professional career at the city of lights in Los Angeles, California. Since then, Miriam developed her skills of User Experience and User Interface (UI/UX) design while working with various tech start-ups. Here, she designed and produced award-nominated mobile and web applications for the entertainment industry. Her past clients include FOX Network, Paramount Network, Buick, Virgin Produced, Walgreens, NCR, and creative innovator will.i.am. Now working as an independent UI/UX Graphic Design, she’s enthusiastic about creating a brand and visual elements with user-centric digital products for her clients.
In her free time, you can find Miriam spending time with her family, traveling around the world, or playing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the 105th time.
Briana was born and raised in El Paso, and recently obtained a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Marketing at the University of Texas at El Paso. While managing high school and college classes she obtained her associates degree before her high school diploma. Her audacity to keep taking on challenges has given her the chance to have featured art and poetry in Chrysalis Literary Arts Journal 2018 and being co-designer of TRLA “Nuestra Voz / Our Voice” brochure. These opportunities have shown her love of the production of design and marketing methods work in the real world. When she isn't designing Briana enjoys life drawing, fashion, and finding new words to incorporate in her poetry.
Cynthia Escalante is a multidisciplinary designer, and her work covers a wide range of areas in design, including urbanism, architecture, and graphic design. Her practice wanders between graphic design and architecture boundaries and questions the role of graphic design in physical spaces and at urban scopes. Escalante was born in El Paso, TX, and raised in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. In 2016 she received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Texas Tech University College of Architecture in El Paso. In 2020 she received an MFA in Graphic Design at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA.
AIGA UTEP Chapter - President
Briana Guerrero is a student at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in Communication Studies. She is currently serving as the President of the AIGA UTEP chapter. Her goal for this school year is to increase student member participation and community involvement. Briana is also a proud member of the 2019-2020 Sun Bowl Sun Court. As a member of this court, she attends events put together by the Sun Bowl Association, serving as an ambassador for the city of El Paso. Briana also recently began working as a designer for The Prospector, UTEP’s weekly news publication. Briana enjoys meeting new people, traveling, and trying new foods.
Sara Lucia Isasi
AIGA UTEP Chapter - Vice President
Sara is a Mexican-American designer, born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Chihuahua capital and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Communication studies at the University of Texas at El Paso, with an expected graduation date of 2021. She is an intern at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, where she works as a graphic design assistant. This has given her a lot of experience in print, promotional design, public relations, social media management, identity and logo design, as well as extensive background on the production behind exhibition installations. She also does freelance projects in her spare time. She is a lovely and optimistic girl who loves to be involved in El Paso’s local art community and taking a role in creative projects and organizations. Whenever she is not designing, she enjoys dancing ballet/jazz, watching classic movies, and spending time with her loved ones.
Current senior lecturer in Graphic Design at UTEP, he was previously Associate Creative Director at MithoffBurton Partners. His experience covers a wide range of design projects for a broad spectrum of clients, including identity & package design, corporate communications, annual reports, trade show exhibits, and advertising in all media. Recognized with numerous awards including the American Advertising Federation Silver Medalist, Cochran has been published in several publications, including Print Magazine, Graphis Posters, and Dynamic Graphics.
Jacob Muñoz, has been designing for over a decade. He holds two degrees including a BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso with a major in Graphic Design and a minor in Drawing and his MFA form New Mexico State University majoring in Graphic Design. Prior to becoming an Instructor at UTEP, Jacob Muñoz has designed for a number of Design Studios and Ad Agencies in the El Paso area. Apart from teaching, Muñoz has been an acting freelance designer for Substance, El Paso Chili Company, Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, and Tigua Inc. respectively.
Juan Carlos Hernandez
Juan Carlos, better known as JC, is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso. JC is the Senior Art Director at CultureSpan Marketing, a full-service marketing and advertising firm that specializes in bicultural marketing and advertising strategies. He also volunteers with non-profit organizations developing creative design concepts and determining the best ways to represent their identity.
Veronna is a proud University of Texas at El Paso design and communication graduate home-grown in her beloved El Paso and Juarez region. She is passionate about leadership in the creative fields and loves to be involved in various creative projects and organizations. She recently opened up her own small business in central El Paso where she offers design, event, and printing services focused for fellow entrepreneurs, artists, and small businesses.