Frances Yllana is Creative Director of MasonBaronet in Dallas, Texas. Since 2001, she has worked for some of Dallas’s most reputable design and advertising firms on projects ranging from branding, advertising, B2B, ARs, illustration and copywriting to interactive, motion and social media. Her work has been recognized in Print, Graphis, Communication Arts, Black Book AR100, Creativity34 and The Dieline and has won numerous industry awards.
Frances also has been an adjunct and full-time senior lecturer at the University of Texas Arlington’s Art + Art History Department and is an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas' Design Program.
Frances is very active in the design and arts community. She is currently the Vice President and Communications Director for AIGA DFW, one of the twenty inaugural members of D Magazine's 2012-2013 D Academy class, the Creative Director for The Big Read Dallas 2013, and is on the CONFAB committee of The Dallas Parks Foundation.
Chris is a shaper of great things, turning rough draft ideas into pieces of visual excellence. His life and career focus have been immersed in the fields of art and design with a balance of tactical and dimensional approaches to development. Aptness lies in branding, design, and typography, which are exemplified in each project he is involved with.
Chris is an active leader in the AIGA community and can often be found at local meetups and conferences in and around Milwaukee. He obtained his B.A. in Fine Arts, with a concentration in Communication Design, from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.
Matt Muñoz is a nationally award winning designer specializing in forming visual identities, storytelling, strategy-building, and making information understandable. He applies these skills to simplify complex ideas and create brand experiences for organizations. Matt democratizes problem solving through visualizations. He has mapped complex customer interactions and business processes for open source technology leader Red Hat, and built design policy matrices for the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative. Matt created an information system to demonstrate how citizens and state might manage the complexity of compound problems.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from East Carolina University, a master’s degree in graphic design from North Carolina State University and has held design roles at IBM, Capstrat and Work Worth Doing, as well as his own consultancy, Design Heals. He currently serves as the President of AIGA Raleigh chapter.
Based in San Francisco Rick formerly headed up the creative work for all of the client based advertising at CBS Interactive, the giant online arm of the CBS Corporation. Rick specialized in dealing with quick turnaround advertising/design projects which meant that he had to assess work very fast and give equally timely creative direction.
Rick develops thought leadership in different areas of expertise while working and crystallizes his findings in his blog (http://designcareer.wordpress.com). Other posts are on the career of being a designer. Approachable and easy going, Rick is always open to suggestions for new topics.