The thing with Pixels of Fury is that, once the fury gets started, it’s almost impossible to stop. Following events in NYC, São Paulo, Minneapolis, Toledo, and Toronto, our party-starting design competition is coming to Reno, Nevada this week, touching down on Thursday, November 14 at the Reno Collective.

Once again, we’ve teamed up with AIGA to make the event as big and bold as possible, and, as you can see from the banner they’ve put up in the middle of town, they’re taking that responsibility pretty seriously.

Read on to meet the nine competitors who will be facing off in the latest challenge for the Furious Pixel trophy and all its associated perks, and if you’re in the area, be sure to join us for drinks, design, a raffle drawing, and more!

The Contestants

Colin Loretz

Colin is a designer, developer, and entrepreneur who grew up with a love of Star Wars, building websites, and competing online in Photoshop Layer Tennis. He is one of the founders of the Reno Collective coworking space and Cloudsnap, a technology startup that helps companies connect all of the web applications they use to run their businesses.

George Miller

Born and raised in Pasadena, George has spent the better part of his life creating art. Since receiving a BFA from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2004, he has served as the principle designer/creator of Van Gogh Vodka’s signature bottle and illustration for the past 8 years. As Van Gogh Imports expanded to include more than a dozen spirit brands, so too did George’s experience.

Gregg Stokes

Gregg has more than 20 years of experience in the world of corporate communications, and has led creative teams from a variety of positions, including Art Director, Creative Director, and Producer. Whether he’s working in print, video, animation, or motion graphics, Gregg’s visual thinking helps transform messages into easy-to-understand, compelling iconography.

Shawn Schinault

Shawn is a freelance graphic designer with a focus on logo, identity, and creative solutions for small business. Originally from Baltimore, Shawn detoured through Orlando for 15 years, where he worked as an in-house designer and co-owned a comic-book store, before heading for Reno. He is obsessed with tin robots, craft beer, and all things Iron Man, and is a self-admitted Whoivan.

Maria Esther Cuan

Maria Esther Cuan is a Mexican designer. Her images explore a wide range of subjects, including landscapes and portraiture. Her work is strongly supported by environmentalist movements and social issues. Cuan workings a graphic designer and artist, and has exhibited in Berkeley, California; Mexico City; and Reno. She will complete her Bachelor in Fine Arts in Spring 2014.

Isaac Reid

Isaac is a visual-communication designer and illustrator with an eye for pixel perfection. Approaching design by blending creative strategy with art and technology, Isaac works to inspire and bring digital experiences to life for global brands including Air Asia, Asics, Autodesk, Barnes & Noble, Ford, the Indianapolis Colts, Virgin Holidays, and Wildfire by Google.

Diego Sabogal

A mix of tropical punch, delirious positivity, and permanent culture-shock syndrome, Diego spends his days among “a rare collection of tight-knit, nimble-minded, dynamic, passionate, creative, problemsolving super-savants” at The Glenn Group in Reno. He is a fan of traveling, exploring, bike riding, and playing in the snow at his other stomping grounds in Donner Lake, California.

Josh Sells

Joshua Sells is a web developer/designer at Zephyr Technical Concepts in Carson City, Nevada. He grew up scribbling in sketch books during school and quickly found an aptitude for all things design-related on the web after graduating from UNR. When not sitting behind his laptop, he is likely in downward dog.

Ashley Gustafson

Ashley is a visual designer, typographer, and artist residing in Berkeley, California. A recent MFA graduate of the School of Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, she has a passion for design, animals, food, and travel. When she’s not sitting in front of her laptop, you can find her on the shores of Lake Tahoe with her border collie, Dot.

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