Simonetta Nieto Cisneros is an art director and visual editor originally from Piedras Negras, Mexico based in Brooklyn, New York.
Her work specializes in brand identity systems, art direction, photo editing and editorial direction. Currently, she is a Deputy Managing Editor of Visuals at The New York Times working with licensing. She is the former Art Director of Surface magazine and has produced work with Texas Monthly, adidas Originals, Blu Dot, MoMA Design Store, 2x4, Rockwell Group, The Huffington Post and others.
Previously, she worked on a year-long self-published project called Date. The publication aims to make its readers more mindful of the planet and each other publishing recipes, interviews, tips and comics. It strives to connect communities and raise awareness of social, racial and environmental injustices in the food industry and beyond. Select Talks, Awards and Jury 2022 - Residency, Pocoapoco, Oaxaca, Mexico
2022 - School for Visual Arts, Guest Critic, MFA Illustration of Visual Essay 2022 - Latin American Design Awards, Judge 2022 - Pratt Institute, Spring Career Day, Mentor 2020 - Pratt Institute, Advocating for Diversity and Equity, Panelist 2019 - Society of Illustrators, Illustrator 62, Judge
2018 - Milan Design Award for Best Engagement, The Diner
2018 - On Air Fest, Panel Moderator and Curator
2018 - American Society of Magazine Editors, Surface, Best Cover Finalist