Content Meet-Up Reviewers: Sept ’17

Content Meet-Up events provide the creative community with an opportunity to meet industry professionals from top design agencies and art departments in the South Bay for discussions and portfolio reviews, while also providing space for networking. The next Content Meet-Up will be during happy hour at The Fountainhead Bar in SoFA Market on September 21, 2017 from 6pm–8pm.

Portfolio Reviewers:

Azi Afifi

Azi brings an international pedigree and an award-winning design portfolio to the Decca Design team as art director. She was born in Alabama and raised in Iran, where she earned her degree in fine arts from Shiraz University. Her educational credentials don’t stop there. Azi picked up another bachelor’s degree from the Academy of Art University and a master’s in product design at San Francisco State. Her ten years as a professional designer helping organizations succeed have included two exhibitions in fine art and poster design, as well as awards from the Academy of Art.


Anna Chi

Anna made the grade, literally, by working as a teaching assistant at UC Davis where she earned her B.A. in design, followed by working her way up from intern at Decca Design to her current position as a graphic designer. Her passion for creating visual, innovative, and stylistic design solutions shows in every logo, website, or collateral piece she’s worked on. Anna has assisted or handled design work for startups, nonprofits, and a variety of other clients. While studying visual communication at UC Davis, she was active as an officer in the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) student chapter.


Jaymer Delapena

Jaymer has over 16 years of experience leading various product development projects and managing creative teams. His affinity falls in between executing product roadmaps and managing design studios that focus on design thinking to create innovative solutions that solve complex user problems. He started his career in product management, then moved into a creative director role after the iPhone was first introduced. Jaymer has managed a diverse portfolio that includes everything from designing and developing startup SaaS products to overseeing large-scale enterprise programs. His experience as a product manager and as a creative producer lends itself well to breaking down roadmaps into strategic components and managing teams to execute them. He enjoys coaching and practicing agile and lean UX workflows with teams that adopt them. Presently, he is a partner and acting CEO at MTCA, a boutique creative agency focused on branding, digital, and environmental design.


Daniel Garcia

Daniel Garcia

A native of San Jose and the Bay Area, Daniel Garcia’s entrepreneur journey began as a fashion photographer in the 1980s. After a decade of running his own photo business, he launched out to begin non­profit work focusing on the spiritual formation of college students. Feeling a strong leaning to bring his two passions together, being an artist and serving the community, he began Content Magazine. As the Cultivator, Daniel seeks to grow and develop a high quality, well-designed magazine that displays the beauty of life and his hometown. His work with Content Magazine has provided opportunities to work with local clients on branding campaigns as a creative director and client relations manager, as well as being able to represent artists and connect them to clients and local agencies.


Daniel Hastings

Daniel Hastings is a seasoned creative director leading teams for some of the largest brands in the world. His work has involved branding, marketing, advertising, product design, and digital media for many household names, including Taylor Guitars, Newcastle, Macy’s, Banana Republic, Chronicle Books, HarperCollins, Safeway, Xfinity, and more. A graduate of Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts, Daniel’s early focus was on editorial illustration. He then spent over a decade in advertising agencies where he would gain production experience, exposure to high-end brand marketing, and the opportunity to grow into various leadership roles. In the late 2000s, Daniel and his newly formed studio, DLHASTINGS, was helping publishers design, develop, and launch enhanced e-books for some of their more popular titles. By the early 2010s, UX had gone mainstream, and Daniel began partnering with large developers and producing work for mobile commerce, customer loyalty, interactive promotional campaigns, and product design for TV and entertainment. Today, Daniel enjoys working in both the physical and digital worlds. He serves as VP and creative director for V2Solutions, a global media and entertainment firm, is a speaker at events on Agile workflow and design environments, and pursues fine art in drawing and painting.


Cheryl Isaacson

Cheryl Isaacson has always lived in the world of design—as a designer, art director, and creative director—and in the art world, as an installation artist and curator. But, over the last decade, the two worlds have coalesced into one medium: film. As founder and creative director of Lincoln Street Studios, Cheryl writes and directs commercial content for brands like Waymo and Martinelli’s, and she directs narrative film. Her last short film, The Fetch, screened at the San Jose International Short Film Festival as part of an international festival run, and her current film, BLiP, just wrapped production.


Maggie Mae Moore

Maggie Moore, co-founder of Curious & Co. Creative, has called San Jose home for six years. Her recent design projects include a Congressional campaign, packaging design for art pens, and promoting her company’s latest project, We the Postcard.


Ashley Nicodemus

Ashley is a multidisciplinary designer with a passion for problem solving in both industrial design as well as digital experience domains. Ashley’s problem-solving approach to design allows her to create easy-to-use and visually communicative solutions centered around users’ concerns, values, and behaviors across multiple platforms and industries. Her work has spanned product design, interaction design, and graphic design for such brands as Glasses.com, Intel, Boston Scientific, and more. She is currently the lead user experience designer for UEGroup.


Charlie Northend

At R2i Charlie manages a talented team of concept, art direction, design, copy, production, and digital professionals as the vice president of creative. For more than 20 years, Charlie has directed award-winning digital and broadcast campaigns for numerous agencies and a variety of brands, including Apple, Comcast, NEC, Sun, Bell Helmets, Brooks Running Shoes, Citrix, IBM/Silverpop, AT&T, Microsoft, Silicon Valley Bank, and Sungevity. Charlie leads creative strategy and guides R2i creative teams toward not just breakthrough ideas, but highly effective, integrated campaigns. Before joining R2i (formerly CatapultWorks) in 2009, Charlie was president of DMNA, an award-winning Silicon Valley agency that for 13 years developed many nationally recognized programs for B2B and consumer clients. In addition to his current role at R2i, Charlie is on the board of the AAF-Silicon Valley and a three-time past-president of the club.


Neil Rieger

As the creative director at Signet, Neil leads product user experience design, professional content services for client initiatives, and internal brand and marketing along with engaging with enterprise clients on their new large-format digital visual language, workplace engagement strategy, and environmental customer experience planning.


This event is presented in partnership with local creative agency MTCA. Music will be provided by Universal Grammar.

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