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, Andrew grew up with splinters in his hands, drawing on napkins, and listening to the oldies. Andrew grew up from watching his grandfather build houses, his other grandfather painting and drawing on any willing surface, and his dad fixing machines. Andrew was destined to work with his hands. When a passion for Graphic Design unfolded in the middle of Missouri, he became enamored with the aesthetic of the world.
Andrew is currently the Senior Designer at Casas por Cristo in El Paso, where he also build houses for the people of Mexico, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. His love of design and building fused together to a place where he is right now. If he is not making a disaster on his desk, Andrew is hiking in the desert, doing freelance design, or watching a horror movie.
Becky was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and earned her B.A. in Graphic Design with a minor in Communications in 2015 from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is currently the Graphic Designer at MGL Agency, and freelances in her spare time. She enjoys all forms of design but gets especially giddy when working on hand lettering or apparel design. She also enjoys photography and plans to improve her skills in the near future. She is a social butterfly and makes seemingly ordinary activities into adventures through her sheer optimism and love of life. When she's not designing, you can find her spending time with her loved ones, hiking, or attending a concert...or two.
Eddie Valdez is a Marketing & Design Coordinator at ClearView Realty, local real estate brokerage, where he provides marketing, graphic design, and social media services to a team of fifty real estate agents.
Freelancing marketing services since 2018, Eddie has worked with various companies and in El Paso, Austin, and New York spanning various industries from healthcare to book publishing, to food service and music & entertainment. Eddie’s professional interests include branding, strategy, experiential marketing, and public relations.
Eddie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication-Advertising from Texas State University-San Marcos where he was a member of the award-winning AAF NSAC team.
Eddie is passionate about solving problems creatively at the point where art and commerce intersect. He is also passionate about how design and music illicit emotions and create environments. As a life-long learner, he is always dabbling in new ideas and endeavors.
On his free time, you can always find Eddie exploring the city with friends and family, or at home singing and writing music while envisioning a life of superstardom in Los Angeles.
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.
Claudia Ramirez is a Mexican-American artist, born in El Paso Texas and raised in Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua. She graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso with a BA in Drawing and Painting and a minor in Creative Writing. Claudia has been featured in several exhibitions in El Paso and also has had one publication in the Rio Grande Review magazine. She currently resides in El Paso and continues contributing to the border art.
Miriam Mitzi Rosas
Mitzi is a Mexican born, screen junkie and a gamer-by-heart, she has more than 15 years of experience in identity, print, web, and mobile layout design. Mitzi holds a Graphic Design Bachelor Degree from The University of Texas at El Paso, and after graduating she moved to Los Angeles. Since then, Mitzi developed her skills of User Experience and User Interface design while working with different tech start-ups for over 8 years. She designed and produced award-nominated mobile and web applications for the entertainment industry, her past clients include Fox, The Paramount Network, Buick, Virgin Produced, Walgreens, NCR and creative innovator like will.i.am. Now working as a local freelancer User Interface and Graphic Designer, she’s passionate about creating a smart and lean design, branding and marketing materials for her clients.
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.