SA has more folks than ATX and is bigger than BIG D, yet by comparison, our design market has always been less than a creative beacon on the national level. At best, SA has been an occasional dim and distant light as seen from the center of the known design universe. And, suffering a reputation as a source for fast, cheap and easy creative, this market isn’t usually thought of as the ideal launching pad for a stellar "big market" design career.
So, how could a native-born, locally-based designer shine so brightly at the national level, and sustain a successful twenty-year design career while working and living in our big small town? Simply put: fast, cheap and easy had nothing to do with it.
Roland sees himself as more than local, but he's unmistakably SA to the core. And, he's going to tell it like he sees it. He will share his passion for great design and his ethos on designing big within a market that's always felt a bit too small for its britches.
About Roland Murillo:
For 20 years, Rolando “Roland" Murillo has been developing award-winning design solutions such as corporate identity systems, websites, posters, book covers, packaging, signage and environments for brands across the nation. His clients include NASA, Amann-Girrbach, Putnam Publishing, Miller Beer, Amway and H-E-B, among others.
With an approach that at times is more analytical than artistic, his work is methodical and has been described by his clients as smart, powerful, enduring and endearing. He's worked for acclaimed agencies such as the Richards Group in Dallas and his own Murillo Design in San Antonio. Roland also has a deep dedication to the design industry, and has taught and lectured about the creative market in several universities around the nation. He has also helped shape SA's emerging design market by being a founding member of San Antonio's AIGA chapter and serving as its first president.
Boasting a stack of awards, his work has been recognized by such industry leaders as Communication Arts, AIGA, the American Advertising Federation, PRINT, HOW, Best of the Best, LogoLounge, Graphis, Entrepreneur Magazine, CBS Sunday Morning, Dallas Society of Visual Communicators, and New York Art Directors Club.
Roland currently lives and works in San Antonio, TX and isn't planning to leave any time soon.