Meet-Up Sept 2018

Content Meet-Up events are created to offer the South Bay’s creative community a chance for free networking and collaboration. A variety of industry professionals from top design agencies and art departments attend and are available for one-on-one discussions, advice, and portfolio reviews. The next Content Meet-Up will be hosted during happy hour at the Loma Brewing Company in downtown Los Gatos on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, from 7pm–9pm.

Industry professionals will review portfolios in the following areas: UX/UI, front-end development, advertising and marketing campaign management, branding, writing, graphic design, photography, illustration, visual design, mobile, and web design.

Portfolio Reviewers:

Ali Tassavor, Founder of Nika Digital Agency

Ali is Founder and CEO of Nika Digital Agency. He built his first website in 1998 (when Yahoo was still cool)—and his agency continues to create award-winning work. Before starting Nika Agency, he worked for NASA, Disney Interactive, and a few other notable agencies and brands—all of which presented interesting and challenging problems to solve. He strives to make fresh and innovative work that actually works and to have as much fun as possible during the process. He is an SJSU Alumni and studied management information system.

Interested in reviewing: branding, UI/UX, graphic design, website, apps.

Facebook: nika.labs.5

Instagram: nikadigital

Twitter: nikalabs

Azi Afifi, Associate Creative Director of Decca Design

Azi brings an international pedigree and an award-winning design portfolio to the Decca Design team. She was born in Alabama and raised in Iran, where she earned her degree in fine arts from Shiraz University. Her educational credentials didn’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. A professional designer for ten years, she has helped a number of organizations succeed. Highlights include two exhibitions in fine art and poster design, as well as awards from the Academy of Art

Interested in reviewing: graphic design

Twitter: DeccaDesignTeam

Linkedin: Aazadeh Afifi

Linkedin: Decca Design

Omar Rodriguez, Owner and Marketing Director of Kooltura Marketing

Omar, a San Jose State alum, is motivated by multicultural marketing, branding, and strategies that generate results regardless of the budget. These are the same fundamentals that have helped him make great strides in the industry. Highly involved in the arts and culture community in San Jose, Omar has been a part of numerous projects and events for different non-profit, civic, and for-profit entities such as National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC), School of Arts and Culture, Somos Mayfair, Celebrate Mayfair, City of San José, KraftBrew Beer Festival, and more recently the Chile, Mole, Pozole Festival.

Interested in reviewing: Graphic Design, UX Design

Facebook: KoolturaMarketing

Instagram: koolturamarketing

Twitter: kooltura

Jason Brickman, Art Director of Decca Design

Jason is a graphic designer with over 15 years of Silicon Valley agency experience. After studying motion pictures and television at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Jason started his career in advertising as an interactive designer, overseeing the design and development of all things digital. As Jason’s career progressed, his passion for design grew, and he transitioned into the role of a designer. With experience in both the print and digital worlds, he managed various projects in a fast-paced agency environment. Most recently, Jason has art directed integrated lead-generation campaigns, content creation and corporate materials for many technology industry clients, including NetApp, Centrify, Lenovo, IBM, Thales, Citrix, and Adobe. He enjoys mentoring junior designers and providing oversight to a team of creatives. His other passion is photography and he is currently showing an exhibition at the Ainsley House Museum in Campbell.

Interested in reviewing: graphic design and photography

Twitter: DeccaDesignTeam

Linkedin: JasonBrickman

Linkedin: Decca Design

Katie Otis, Founder & Chief Creative Officer at Design in Mind

With a focus on business development and creating a strong brand image for her firm, Katie is responsible for leading the creative team—and is ultimately responsible for the vision and process behind her agency’s strategic and creative output. She delights in finding imaginative solutions to complex problems and moving ideas from good to great. Whether working with a thriving non-profit or a Fortune 500 company, she is dedicated to delivering her clients premium services. After studying graphic design at San Jose State University, Katie gained experience first as a freelancer, and then as a member of the Brand Creative Group at Yahoo. Yahoo positioned her well to work with companies of all sizes, but it was the years spent waiting tables that fueled her commitment to quality service. Outside of work and keeping up with her 4-year-old son, Katie prefers to spend her time working out, Pinteresting and shopping the latest trends.

Interested in reviewing: Graphic design, event design, branding, photography, UI/UX, 3D, Campaign Work (design + messaging)

Facebook: followdesigninmind


Twitter: _designinmind

Brad Sanzenbacher, Senior Corporate Communications Manager of Wrike

Brad is a public relations professional, musician, and freelance writer. He has lived in the Bay Area since 2010. In his 15-year career as a media professional, Brad has worked as a video producer, photographer, writer, and teacher. Since joining Wrike in 2012, he’s been a part of sales growth, marketing, and media efforts. Today, he’s passionate about helping struggling creatives shape their disparate skills in the arts into thriving careers in tech.

Interested in reviewing: photography, video, and design.

Facebook: Wrike

Instagram: wriketeam

Twitter: wrike

Linkedin: BSanzenbacher

Nicole Gerardin, Marketing Specialist at Decca Design

Nicole came to Decca after gaining strong communication, presentation, and analytical skills sales at AT&T as well as working for a small non-profit in a social-media management position. At Decca, Nicole has become well-versed in Google Analytics, AdWords, Data Studio, SEO, retargeting, social media campaigns, reporting campaign metrics, managing creative assets, WordPress websites, MailChimp, and content curation for Decca’s monthly newsletter. Nicole was recently voted onto the board of the American Advertising Federation Silicon Valley (AAFSV) as the first woman President and leads marketing professionals and educators in putting on the annual American Advertising Awards. She first developed a proficiency in sales and a passion for marketing while completing her bachelor’s in business marketing from San Francisco State University

Interested in reviewing: graphic design

Twitter: DeccaDesignTeam

Linkedin: Nicole Gerardin

Linkedin: Decca Design

Daniel Garcia, Founder and Cultivator of Content Magazine

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.

Interested in reviewing: photography, writing, video, and graphic design

Instagram: Contentmag

Twitter: Contentmag

Instagram: theCultivator

Linkedin: The Cultivator

Kaitlyn Horner, Digital and Creative Producer at Epsilon

Kaitlyn Horner is the digital and creative producer on Epsilon’s embedded team at Google. She has worked on a variety of brands stretching from B2B (Aruba Networks) to B2C (Google). As an alumna of San Jose State University, she comes from an advertising background but has grown to love all things digital. Before starting her career in the Bay Area, she had the opportunity to live and work in New York for an ad agency, Havas Worldwide, where she also held the position of digital producer. She loves creativity and strategy, which leads to her deep interest in user experience design. She loves being hands-on throughout the creative process and enjoys getting into the trenches with her teams. Bringing the beauty of creativity and the logic of why people should and will want to pay attention gets her out of bed in the morning. Outside of work, she is the president of Silicon Valley’s AD2 program and an active board member for AAF Silicon Valley. She also enjoys photography and getting her hands on DIY projects.

Facebook: EpsilonMarketing

Instagram: epsilonmaktg

Twitter: EpsilonMktg

Juan Sanchez, Founder and CEO of Baunfire

Juan is the founder and CEO of the digital agency Baunfire. Born in digital, he brings years of experience to the table with an extensive background in UI/UX design, branding, and digital strategy. From startups to B2B companies to global consumer brands, Juan and his team are dedicated to helping ambitious brands succeed. Currently, he leads his growing team of creatives, developers, and strategists to build award-winning web platforms and digital campaigns. As for the future, Juan has great ambitions for the agency, which include growing his team of top-tier talent and partnering with the high-profile companies that are driving tech culture forward.

Interested in reviewing: UI/UX design, web design, web development, graphic design, branding

Facebook: wearebaunfire

Instagram: baunfire

Twitter: baunfire

Jonathan Gomez, Co-Owner & Founder of Asiel Design

Beginning his career in sourcing and selling Parisian antiques and artifacts, Jonathan honed his sense of style. After assessing a number of events, Jonathan began to notice that local rental and design companies provided faux looking “props” and the events looked generic and uninviting regardless of how much was spent. He determined to develop an unparalleled line of inventory. Paying attention to authentic materials and finishes, he began sourcing and creating both grand design pieces (such as arbors, estate gates, and gazebos) as well as more delicate ornate French-styled wrought iron tables, candelabras, and velvet sofas. Knowing that the layers of design are important, he fills his warehouse shelves with old light bulbs, vintage anatomy books, acrylic pedestals, and an array of design tools. Whether his clients seek luxurious or underground style, he either has it, can create it, or can source it.

Interested in reviewing – interior design, photography, event design, sculpture, and fine art.

Facebook: Asiel Design

Instagram: asieldesign

Twitter: asieldesign


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