Meet Alicia Cobos

Get to Know:  Alicia Cobos

The Canyon Team

March 28, 2018 | Written by Canyon Creative

Canyon Creative Strategist: Alicia Cobos, Senior Designer

We betcha didn’t know these interesting facts about Alicia:

  • Taught the sign language alphabet to herself when she was 8 years old
  • Won Miss Teen Las Vegas when she was 16
  • Backpacked through Italy, France and Spain alone
  • Drove from the West Coast to East Coast several times by herself
  • Took a year off from design and studied to be a paralegal and spent many hours in Regent University Law Library citing cases
  • Swam with wild stingrays in the Grand Cayman Islands
  • Nominated class president three different years
  • Won an award for woodworking
  • Been in a national poetry reading contest
  • Nominated for the American Legion Award

Alicia has been in love with art and design since the first day she picked up a crayon. Constantly drawing, painting, and making things as she grew up, Alicia always knew she wanted to pursue a creative career.

Growing up with a single mom who had four children, the family didn’t always have money for extracurricular activities. But, Alicia found a way to surround herself with creative activities and the arts. Whether it was book club readings, after-school art and craft programs, participating in Girl Scout meetings (even though she wasn’t a member), or simply making herself a backyard garden, Alicia made the best of it.

In high school, Alicia majored in Graphic Design and minored in Animation. She learned about rubylith, silk screening, making plates, and how to animate frame by frame. It was destiny that led her to Arizona where she received a B.A. in Visual Communication from Collins College. While there she won awards for illustration and menu design.

After graduating in 2004, Alicia traveled to Pau, France for six weeks to study photography and art with UNLV’s Study Abroad Consortium. She spent two additional months exploring France, Spain and Italy on her own. During her last week in Italy, Alicia received an email from Canyon President Dale Sprague. He was following up on an interview from several months earlier, asking when she would be back in town. Alicia remembers being so excited and thought, “This has to be good! Why else would he contact me after all this time?” Upon her return, she was offered a position at Canyon Creative; a place she has called home ever since.

Alicia has had the privilege to work with an amazing team on some incredible projects and won many design awards in the process. Wynn Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic — Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Grant a Gift for Autism, Caesars Entertainment, The Palazzo, Dan’s Minocqua Fudge, and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services are just a few of the many clients Alicia has worked with during her tenure at Canyon Creative.

Alicia also found time to join AIGA-the professional association for design, Las Vegas chapter, where she volunteered and was Programming Director for several years.

While she spends most of her days designing at the computer, she is still passionate about finding ways to work with her hands. She continues to practice with mediums such as photography, sketching and crafts, and is a firm believer in the power of exploring, trying new things and seeing how far she can go. In her own words, “I want to have honest conversations and always keep an active imagination. I want to create things that matter.”

Alicia has a wonderful husband, two energetic little sons, lots of extended family and close friends to keep her busy and grounded. She enjoys family time, traveling, exploring and constantly having new adventures with her boys.

 

Written by Canyon Creative

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