MY DAY AS THE PHOTOGRAPHER FOR AIGA LOS ANGELES LECTURE "Creativity without Borders: Design Practices between Mexico and California"

Happy Tuesday! Hope everyone had a great Memorial day weekend! I wanted to share photos from a past photography job I did for a recent AIGA Los Angeles lecture, “Creativity without Borders” with some amazing artists.

Agustín González Garza, Agustín was born and raised in Mexico City and relocated to United States to study Fine Arts and Graphic Design. He is an AIGA Fellow, has served on the AIGA national board and as president of AIGA/LA Chapter. For over 30 years, his firm Garza Group has created comprehensive branding programs in the US and Latin America for significant clients such as the country of Mexico, American Express, Mexico City, Reichmann International, and the City of Los Angeles, among others.

Jorge Gracia
Jorge Gracia is an Architect based in Tijuana, Founder and principal of GRACIASTUDIO; Recipient of multiple awards and recognition within the practice of architecture, including “Design Vanguard” from Architectural Record, Emerging Voices from the Architectural League of New York and “Best of the best” from Red Dot Awards in Germany. Founder of “Escuela Libre de Arquitectura” a School of Architecture based on Tijuana’s red light District.

Sami Hayek
Hayek is a Mexican designer based in Los Angeles with the believe that the spaces and objects people interact with, have a direct effect on one’s health and behavior. As a response to this philosophy, for over 20 years he has been designing and making projects in different scales and disciplines, with the intention to create a more joyful and healthier way of living. As a continuation to this thought, he has engaged the artisans of remote communities in Mexico to teach them how to use their skills and traditional materials to make High-end design rather than folk art.

Rebeca Méndez
Rebeca Méndez is an award winning artist, designer, tenured UCLA Design Media Arts professor (serving as CounterForce Lab director — a research and fieldwork studio for art, design and environment) and leads Rebeca Méndez Studio LA. An AIGA Medalist, Rebeca has been featured in countless museums, is a highly sought after speaker and used her skills/art to produce positive social change for the world. Her interests and initiatives are a bridge between art, design and science, and demonstrate a commitment to the environment and a sustainable future.

Some of the photos from this event are below in the gallery for your viewing!

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Happy Monday everyone!  I wanted to share my quick visit from this Sunday at the Fit Expo in Los Angeles, CA. This expo is like the others that are held at vast areas of the US and the biggest ones is usually in Los Angeles in the beginning of the year. This is the largest expo on the West Coast. I saw a few familiar people including Angelique Boydston & Kelechi Opara and new ones including Dana Lynn Kaye of Devotion Nutrition. Great seeing them all. I also received samples as well at a variety of booths. Some photos are attached from my time there. Have a great day everyone.

You can view more of my photo work on Instagram @jmikoli


Happy Thursday!

I’m starting to shatter ceilings with the art of storytelling. I want to share an audio interview i did last week with Wilson Feliz of the Veteran Brother podcast for his Episode #14. I know some of you may be interested in knowing more about me and my creative background, please take a listen anywhere you are at. The links are below for your listening pleasure!

It is my first time being in a solo interview on sharing my story of my success in the creative arts. Majority of this interview is solely based on my work within the graphic arts and photography in the health and fitness industry. Some of the areas that were discussed include my creative background, how I got started in the health and fitness industry as a graphic designer leading to becoming a photographer in the same industry, I share some my own thoughts in certain areas of both design and photography, some highlights in my creative career and much more. I hope you like what you heard in this interview. I want to thank again Wilson for giving me the opportunity of being interviewed on his podcast and sharing my story.

I also want to mention and thank James Silvas of “Be That 1% , Lisa Simone Richards, James Patrick, founder of Fitposium and his book, “Fit Business Guide” for their guidance to eliminate the fear, taking the necessary action steps and get out there to show who you are in your brand. I am looking forward to more podcast interviews in the future.

Lastly, reflecting back on the beginning of my journey on my success within the health & fitness industry as a creative talent, I am very humbled and i thank you all for being a part of it. Please let me know your thoughts if you have any on my first interview and yes i was nervous! lol

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