BFA Graphic Design, San José State University, CA
Born in México City, Julio received a BFA from San José State University, where he also studied painting & illustration. Upon graduation, he spent several years at the multi-disciplinary design firm Pentagram, working on a broad range of projects including branding, print, packaging, exhibit, and web design. He has also worked extensively as an independent designer with a particular interest in community-oriented organizations.
He is a co-founder and creative director at studio1500, a design firm in San Francisco that focuses on brand development and building collaborative relationships with clients large and small. His clients have included the Computer History Museum, the San Francisco Arts Commission, BART, Berkeley Art Center, Golden Gate Park, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), the Magnes Museum, and SF Indiefest, among others.
He served as the Diversity Chair for the AIGA San Francisco Board of Directors for six years, after which he started Design Spectrum, an initiative that aims to connect SJSU design students with various organizations in the Bay Area.