Design Trio for Creative Solutions




Crop Collective emerged out of an initial collaboration for the Otis College of Art and Design’s 2014 Design Week working with April Greiman and Laurie Haycock Makela. Each of us participated in the MFA in Graphic Design program and have traveled to the Netherlands for the program’s extensive design tour. We are designers who make art and artists who design.

We take on clients that represent good values and give 300% effort in creativity and innovation. 

Chelo Montoya

Consuelo (Chelo) Montoya is an artist, educator, and cultural producer. She is the Director of Education and Public Programs at the California African American Museum and co-founder of Crop Collective, a design and consulting company. She previously worked as the founding program administrator and faculty in the Master of Public Practice program at Otis College of Art and Design. Her MA in Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California focused on arts administration, digital media, and community-based arts. Montoya is on the selection committee for the Social Practice Art (SPArt) fund and is a board member on the executive committee of the Vincent Price Art Museum. She received a second masters, an MFA in Graphic Design at Otis College. Her creative practice is focused on issues related to the California drought and climate change inspired by her upbringing in a rural community of the San Joaquin Valley of California.

Carolina Ibarra-Mendoza

Carolina has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis with an emphasis in Visual Communication and Women’s Studies. Carolina is particularly adept at transforming complex conceptual problems into formal visual solutions. She has traveled to England to study British exhibition design and the Netherlands to tour several design studios - where she was introduced to Dutch aesthetic and practices. Since then, she has successfully applied the critical thinking used in her Women’s Studies background towards a conceptually rich application of Graphic Design & the Visual Arts. These influences have folded into an aesthetic that is minimal, clever, crafted for the project, and speaks on multiple planes. Her strengths include the conceptual development of projects and image based communication.

Paola Gil

Paola received her bachelors in Design from Loyola Marymount University where she mastered the fundamentals of design and has since specialized in typographic details. She has worked with studio Dumbar from Rotterdam, in the Netherlands in addition to a variety of commercial clients including Crowne Plaza Anaheim, Renaissance Palms Springs, and the Hilton.  She exercises a modern approach to design aesthetics. In her personal projects, she has often been inspired by her own multicultural experiences of being a first-generation American from Colombia. Her warm spirit and attention to detail has resulted in poetically powerful work that speaks at multiple levels.  

Special thanks to Civic Center Studios and our clients for supporting our work.