José Neira Délano
Having been awarded the International Student Scholarship at Yale University, he received his MFA (Master of Fine Arts) from the School of Art at Yale in 1987. In 1986 he attended the Summer Program in Graphic Design at Brissago, Switzerland, organized by the Basel School of Design (Kunstgewerbeschule, Basel) and Yale University. He received his BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) from SUNY College at Purchase in the State of New York in 1984, where he was awarded The Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Design. At Yale University, Jose studied with some of the masters that have influenced the development of graphic design throughout the world: Paul Rand, Armin Hofmann, Wolfgang Weingart, Shigeo Fukuda, Mathew Carter, Edward Tufte, Richard Wurman, Bradbury Thompson and Germano Faccetti, among others.
Between 1987 and 1991 he worked in New York at the office of Robert P. Gersin Associates (graphic and industrial design) and at 212 Associates (graphic design). At these studios he participated in private and public projects such as the visual identity for Sears; signage systems for Ohio University, Central Park Zoo and Rockefeller Center; maps and visitor’s guide for the tourist center South Street Seaport and the Dia Art Foundation. During this time he also studied sculpture at the School of Visual Arts and designed brochures and announcements for independent art groups in the SOHO area.
In 1991 he returned to Santiago and started Art & Function along with partner Suzanne DeLoughry from New York. In 2002 the office became TesisDG with partner Marisol González.
Some of the clients in the arts and culture sector have included Estación Mapocho Cultural Center; Engineering Cultural Center at Universidad de Chile; Palacio La Moneda Cultural Center, and the National History Museum. He has designed books for the Chilean painters Samy Benmayor, Bororo, and Josefina Guilisasti; the photographers Jorge Brantmayer and Guy Wenborne. He has worked for more than ten years on editorial and exhibition projects for the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art in Santiago, the most recent one being the design of a 380 pages book that documents the Museum’s 30 years of history.
Along with photographer Guy Wenborne and architect Elizabeth Huyghe, he has worked on editorial projects for Fundación Huinay, a scientific field station in the south of Chile owned by the Endesa group; the Center for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research in Materials Sciences CIMAT, and the Center for Mathematical Modeling CMM, both at the Faculty of Physics Sciences and Mathematics at Universidad de Chile.
In the private sector relevant branding projects have been Ripley, FES, Monex Bank, Botalcura Winery, La Junta Winery, Trivento Winery (Concha y Toro) in Santiago.
Between 1991 and 2005 he was adjunct professor of design for 3rd and 4th year studio courses at Universidad Finis Terrae. Between 2007 and 2009 he directed the Design School at Universidad Andrés Bello.
In 2008 his work was published by Taschen in the book Latin American Graphic Design, edited by Taborda and Wiedemann. He has received four nominations to the Altazor Awards to the National Arts.
Today he combines his professional practice whith teaching at the School of Design at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago.
Marisol González Contarini
In 1997 she received her degree (BFA) on industrial design and graphic design from Universidad Finis Terrae in Santiago, Chile. That year, her senior project House, Play, Work was published by ID magazine in the USA.
In 2001, along with the Chilean designer, artist and writer Guillermo Tejeda she received the Altazor Awards to the National Arts for the design of the visual identity and collateral material for the 12th Architecture Bienal in Santiago, 2000.
Marisol became partner and director of TesisDG in 2002. In 2005 she was offered a managing position at Corpora Winery (owned by Córpora Tres Montes), where she directed marketing and communications for Chile, Europe, United States and Asia exports as well as product management for the brands Veranda, Gracia de Chile, Agustinos and Porta during three years. After the company bought vineyards in the Neuquén area in Argentina, Marisol developed new brands for wines produced in that country: Calafate, Universo Austral and Chaltén.
She later directed the visual identity for Botalcura Winery (botalcura.cl) and Las Doscientas and El Cerrito olive oil brands, including packaging, products, website, corporate communications and marketing. More recently she directed the visual identity, packaging and website for La Junta Winery (juntawinery.com) and Las Piedras olive oil as well as for its mother company, Greenpath Chile (greenpath.cl).
For the cosmetics business she has also developed corporate material, marketing and packaging for the Brazilian company in Chile, Natura, and packaging for wellness hand made products, SpacioNatural.
Today she directs editorial projects and printed communications for the Sociedad Chilena del Derecho de Autor (SCD), for Ediciones UDP, the publishing house at Universidad Diego Portales and other private companies. She recently completed the visual identity, packaging and website for Terrapura Wines of Chile.