Tuesday, August 04, 2009

August 13 - Art Center Summer 2009 Grad Show Preview

Thursday, August 13, 2009
5:00-10:30 p.m.
Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida Street,
Pasadena, CA 91103

Yep! It's Grad Show time already, again!, at Art Center!

You are invited to attend the Summer 2009 Grad Show Preview event. The Graduation Show Preview features remarkable student accomplishments from all major fields of study at Art Center: Advertising, Graduate Media Design, Environmental Design, Graphic Design, Entertainment Design, Illustration, Film, Photography & Imaging, Fine Art Media, Product Design, Graduate Industrial Design and Transportation Design.

5-9 p.m. -- Preview of Graduating Students Work. Industry professionals, employers, corporate partners, alumni and donors get the first look at this term’s Graduation Show.

9-10:30 p.m. -- Graduation Preview Reception. Join fellow industry professionals, employers, corporate partners, alumni, donors and graduating students for a reception in honor of the Summer 2009 graduating class.

To reserve your place for Graduation Show Preview, e-mail: alumni@artcenter.edu (or call 626.396.2312) by Monday, August 10.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

August 12 - Objectified in Los Angeles, redux




The last showing in LA sold out quickly, so Director Gary Hustwit has organized another special one-night screening and discussion, presented in conjunction with
AIGA Los Angeles and IDSA Los Angeles.


Gary Hustwit will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A.


Wednesday, August 12, 8pm
Laemmle’s Royal Theatre
11523 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Los Angeles CA, 90025
Post-film Q&A with Gary Hustwit


8pm - General public $20, students, AIGA, IDSA members $15


Tickets on sale now: at

http://objectified.tickets.musictoday.com/Objectified/moreInfo.aspx?event=126128&outlet=2119
We recommend you buy them online, ahead of time!

Tickets are non-transferrable and non-refundable. Questions? Please email:


tickets[at]objectifiedfilm[dot]com



And …


The DVD of
Objectified is now available for pre-order!





The DVD includes the film plus an hour of bonus interview footage, and a booklet with liner notes by director Gary Hustwit. The DVD is all-region (0) NTSC, with English subtitles. Pre-order from the Objectified site you’ll save $5 and receive early shipping (a week before the official September 29 release date) and a free Objectified tote bag designed by Build. These bags will only be available with a limited number of early pre-orders, so get yours now. You’ll receive one bag per DVD ordered.


For the UK and Europe, order here.
For North America and the rest of the world,
order here.
For the educational version of the DVD,
order here.


A limited-edition version of the DVD will be announced August 10. Objectified will also be available as a digital download through iTunes on September 29, for USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and United Kingdom users. Other digital outlets will be announced soon.


Monday, July 13, 2009

July 30 - Designers Accord: LA Town Hall Meeting

July 30, 2009
6-9 PM
Continuum Studio
901 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

Designers Accord: LA Town Hall Meeting

Join Continuum at our LA studio for an evening of informal discussion with other members of the local design community about what it means to think and act sustainably in the creative community. We look forward to hearing what you're thinking and what you've been doing at work to think and act sustainably.

The vision of the Designers Accord is to integrate the principles of sustainable design across practice and production. Practitioners from Continuum will host this Designers Accord Town Hall Meeting to provide a space for designers to share methodologies, resources, and experiences around environmental and social issues related to design. Following the event, the conversation will be continued online at www.designersaccord.org

This is a complementary event and free parking is available on street and off street.
Please RSVP to event@dcontinuum.com

Light refreshments & snacks available. Please bring your own mug or glass.

Visit www.dcontinuum.com for further information about our studio and for directions.

July 21 - Start Karten at PDMA, UC-Irvine

The SoCal Chapter of PDMA is featuring Stuart Karten:

Tuesday, July 21, 6:00 PM
UC Irvine University Club
University Club on the UC Irvine Campus
801 E. Peltason Dr.
Irvine, CA 92697

ModeMapping™:
Translating User Needs Into Product Innovation
Are you frustrated by the way your company’s products are designed?

Does the design of these products reflect how they are used and the benefits they deliver?
Do your products solve the needs of their end users?

Most leading companies conduct consumer research as part of their business strategies. The challenge they face is translating this consumer research into meaningful products and services. One methodology for uncovering consumer insights is called ModeMapping™. Developed by Stuart Karten Design (SKD), an award-winning industrial design firm, the tool enables companies to gain a better understanding of the unmet needs that drive successful product design.

In this program, SKD Principal Stuart Karten will explain the ModeMapping™ process and the benefits it provides for firms looking to develop innovative products that offer users fresh solutions. He will also present case studies in which consumer analysis has generated insights for products ranging from automotive interiors to pet food packaging. You will learn:

Ways to successfully incorporate user research into your design process
Strategies for translating customer needs into product concepts
How the design process can help you to excite your customers

Stuart Karten is founder and principal of Stuart Karten Design. Since the firm’s founding in 1984, Stuart and his team of 25 designers, researchers, and engineers have completed projects in the medical device, consumer electronics, transportation, and home appliance industries.

Stuart is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. He worked for Gould Medical Products, Mattel, and Baxter Medical Products until founding SKD. He is the former chair of the Los Angeles chapter of the Industrial Designer Society of America and a current member of the advisory board to the USC master’s program in Medical Device and Diagnostic Engineering.

Under Stuart’s leadership, SKD has received more than 90 industrial design awards, and was recently named one of America’s top 5 design firms by Fast Company magazine. SKD is especially renowned for its design of medical devices, including the Zon hearing aid for Starkey Laboratories, which won the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt People’s Design Award in 2008.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
6:00 PM - Networking
6:50 PM to 9:00 PM - Program

University Club on the UC Irvine Campus
801 E. Peltason Dr.
Irvine, CA 92697
(949) 824-7960

Hors d'oeuvre buffet and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided
For more information, contact:
Edward Naranjo: enaranjo@pdma.org

PDMA members: $30 online registration / $40 at the event
Nonmembers: $40 / $50
Full-time students: $25 / $25

Register Now! : http://www.pdma.org/events_register.cfm?pk_event=343

July 19 - Art Center Car Classic - By Air, Land and Sea

Art Center Car Classic ‘09
By Air, Land and Sea
Sunday, July 19, 2009
10 AM – 4 PM

Top automotive designers, collectors and enthusiasts at Car Classic ’09 will convene as Art Center once again celebrates vehicles that push the boundaries of design. The Classic brings together 100 rare and exotic vehicles, including classics, sports cars, hot rods and customs, motorcycles, aircraft, watercraft, keynote presentations by world-renowned designers as well as tours of design studios and galleries.

This year’s theme, “By Air, Land and Sea,” celebrates vehicles that push the boundaries of design. To reflect the broadening focus of Art Center’s Transportation Design Department, the College moves beyond the automobile to showcase the best in all types of transportation. The event will focus on the historic relationship between aircraft and watercraft design and the automobile industry.

In keeping with the event’s expanded theme, the keynote address will be delivered by Burt Rutan, the aerospace engineer world-renowned for his designs of the record-breaking aircraft Voyager and SpaceShipOne, winner of the 2004 Ansari X-Prize. Rutan, who is currently preparing to launch the Virgin Galactic spaceline with Sir Richard Branson, opening the doors for sub-orbital space tourism, is scheduled to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Art Center and General Motors Design at Car Classic ’09. Rutan has long been an inspiration to Art Center students, especially those who visited his aerospace and specialty composites development company, Scaled Composites, as part of their class on materials and methods.

Tickets to Car Classic ’09 are $60 at the door or $50 online. Alumni save $20 online.
Admission is free to all current Art Center students (undergraduate or graduate degree programs), all current faculty (both full- and part-time), and all current staff. You must show a valid Art Center ID to receive this discount, and any guests attending with students, faculty or staff can purchase tickets at the discounted alumni rate of $30.00.

Parking for the event will be at the Rose Bowl Lot K, with shuttles running up to campus every 5 minutes.

Purchase tickets / more information: artcenter.edu/carclassicFor media registration, please contact Jeannine Schechter-Jacobi at jeannine@freshpr.net

Friday, June 26, 2009

July 9 - "Objectified" screening

I know you guys have been waiting for this:

In conjunction with AIGA-LA:Special screening in Los Angeles of Objectified - A Documentary by Gary Hustwit.

Join director Gary Hustwit for a special one-night screening and discussion, presented in conjunction with AIGA Los Angeles and IDSA Los Angeles.

Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It's a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It's about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It's about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability.

Thursday, July 9, 2009
7:30pm
Laemmle's Royal Theatre
11523 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Los Angeles CA, 90025
Post-film Q&A with Gary Hustwit

Tickets are $15 for AIGA, IDSA members and students, and $20 for non-members.

One showing only. Space is limited.
Purchase tickets at: http://www.objectifiedfilm.com/special-screening-in-los-angeles/

Monday, June 15, 2009

IDSA discount at CA-Boom!

IDSA discount at CA-Boom!

June 26-28,

The Robinsons Store
9900 Wilshire, Beverly Hills, CA

Save $4 online on admission when purchased at: www.caboomshow.com. Use code ‘IDSA’!

Events include:

Trade Day, Friday June 26, noon – 10pm $20

Friday Evening, Full exhibit viewing and DJs – 6 – 10pm $20

Exhibits June 26 – 27, Saturday 11-6 and Sunday 11-5 $20

CA Boom Design Show Conference, included in daily admission!

Tuesday, June 23 – S&G Social at the Queen Mary



Tuesday, June 23, 7pm

The Observation Bar at the Queen Mary

The Queen Mary

1126 Queen’s Hwy

Long Beach, CA 90802

at the South end of the 710 Freeway, on the water in Long Beach
http://www.queenmary.com/

562.435.3511


Fun with tinfoil contest: Bring your tinfoil creation or make it on the spot!

Parking is $5 with validation from the Observation Bar


Dashdot studio will be there providing plenty of tinfoil!

What fun!

Monday, June 08, 2009

June 17, 2009 - Art Institute Orange County Portfolio show

AI-Orange County Portfolio show

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Family, Friends & Students (Industry Professionals Also Welcome)
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Industry Professionals Only

Embassy Suites Anaheim - South
11767 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92840

The days of cramming for exams are nearly over for The Art Institute of California — Orange County Spring Class of 2009 and these students are ready to dive into creative careers. Join them as they present restaurant concepts and work in design and media. Discover new artistic and culinary talent all in one place.

RSVP to Amber Jezak 714.338.1352 or ajezak@aii.edu
Graduating Majors:
Advertising, Culinary, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Media Arts & Animation, Visual & Game Programming, Web Design & Interactive Media

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The Art Institute of California — Orange County
3601 West Sunflower Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92704-7931
Toll-Free: 888.549.3055
Local: 714.830.0200

Programs Offered: Culinary, Design, Fashion and Media Arts

Bachelor of Science Programs in:
- Advertising
- Culinary Management*
- Fashion Marketing & Management
- Game Art & Design
- Graphic Design*
- Industrial Design
- Interior Design
- Media Arts & Animation
- Visual & Game Programming
- Visual Effects & Motion Graphics
- Web Design & Interactive Media

Bachelors of Fine Arts Program:
- Fashion Design

Associate of Science Programs:
- Baking & Pastry
- Culinary Arts*
- Digital Photography
- Graphic Design*
- Web Design & Interactive Media

Diploma Programs:
- Art of Cooking
- Baking & Pastry

*Available in Evening and Weekend Option format

Friday, May 22, 2009

May 26-28 - CSULB Senior Design Show



CSULB Senior Design Show 2009
in the Design Gallery
1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach
Tuesday May 26, 6-10 pm - Professional Night
Wednesday and Thursday, May 27-28, 10am – 5pm - Open to the Public

The Industrial Design and Interior Architecture class invites you to their Senior Show! Professional night is an annual event that celebrates and showcases the students’ studies, and the gallery will be open to the public the next two days after that. Help us send off the Long Beach crew in style!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Welcome to LA, Continuum!


The Los Angeles crew

We’re happy to welcome Continuum to its new home in Los Angeles!
The gang has settled in at 901 Abbot Kinney, enjoying the authentic and historic design vibe of their building, the old Eames office.

Mmm! Eames chairs!

There was an impromptu poll about how people really felt about the West coast ...

East or West, Home is best! Eh? Who are we kidding? West is Best!

And a lot of moseying around to check out the space...




See more images of the space and the party at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/idsa-la/sets/72157617444934258

Western District Conference Wrapup


20090425_WDC_notes

There were a lot of great ideas to take away from two days' worth of presentations. I’m trying to decipher my own notes and hope to be able to share at least some of the meatier thoughts. See tweets on Twitter using the hashtag #idsawest for notes taken during the presentations.

I found this on a table in the back of the main room and had to stop to take a photo of it. I’m not sure what it says about the attendee or the speaker. At a casual glance, I admit, it doesn’t seem to speak well of how things might have been going on-stage. After musing about it for a couple days, though, I think this represents the best part of conferences. You can’t predict or capture the marginalia – all the side conversations, chance meetings, and random thoughts that the presentations inspire.

My random thoughts:

- During Ariel Blumenthal (the composer)’s video clip, did you notice the segment on driving a convertible Corvair? You did? And you thought…? “Max!” I know it wasn’t just me.

- A happy belated birthday to Ravi.

- When Alexandre from Continuum told us to stand up, did you hesitate and think, “OMG, he’s going to make us role-play!” [not that that’s what I, in sheer horror, was thinking. Ahem.]

- It wasn’t just me, either, that noticed the student who changed from a button-down shirt into a tank-top on Saturday afternoon. To what, ditch the conference and get some sun? Or maybe to show off his guns? As a designer, one gets used to seeing eye-candy at events, I guess, but that, I wasn’t expecting …

The best for me, of course, was seeing so many from the local community at the Continuum party. Detractors might say that there’s no culture, no history in Los Angeles, and yet, there we all were, feeling positively giddy in the old Eames space. And though it’s tough to get everyone together and involved in a region as vast as Los Angeles, it was clear that it really is a small community. There was a lot of catching up, shaking hands, trading hugs and/or punches on shoulders, and talkin’ smack challenging neighboring offices to basketball games. Good times.

Pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/idsa_western_2009/

It was great to see you all!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

CSULB Elevator Pitch Wrapup


This from Dave Teubner:

Over 80 people jammed into the Design Gallery at CSULB to hear the Industrial Design Junior Class pitch to the Pros. The Pros offered their wisdom and then pitched themselves. Chapter members showed up from the two extremes of the Southern California region, from Ventura to San Diego. It was a great opportunity for us all to brush up on our networking skills, to see old friends again, to make new friends and have a few laughs.

A very special thanks to all of our Professional Catchers:
Jay Yu from Black Design
Megan Stanton from Nissan
Mark Taylor from Mark Taylor Design Group
Cardon Lev from Foose Design & Redphin
Ernesto Quinteros from Belkin
Robson Splane from Splane Design Associates
Myk Lum from Lum Design Associates
Matt Duncan from Morphix
Kurt Botsai from RKS
Chris Collins from Faulconer
John Krug from Unlimited Products
Eileen Street from AT&T

See you at the next one!

Friday, April 10, 2009

May 15 - 17 Audi Q5 Driving Experience

Our friend Lea Croteau says:
Wanna have some fun?? Sign up for this and drive the new Audi Q5. I want to see you there!

Cities: WDC, NYC, CHI, MIA, LA

Los Angeles stop on the tour:
Hollywood Park, Inglewood, CA
May 15-17
FREE! You must register online!
http://www.truthinengineering.com/audi-driving-experience/

The Audi Q5 combines Audi’s class leading engineering with the needs of today’s drivers. Participants will experience the Audi Q5 on the city roads as well as on a closed course to improve their fundamental driving skills. This program will show you that Audi is a lifestyle, not just a brand.

May 8 - Otis BFA Exhibition

Otis College of Art and Design
Interactive Product Design
Class of 2009
BFA exhibition – The Space In Between

Friday, May 8, 6-9 pm
9045 Lincoln Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Map and direction at www.otis.edu/maps
Free parking!
310-665-6800

See works from Graduate Fine Arts/Writing/Public Practice, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Communication Arts, Digital Media, Faction Design, Fine Arts, Interactive Product Design and Toy Design!

Friday, April 03, 2009

IDSA-LA Sustainability Council

Topher Paterno has volunteered to look into creating a Sustainability Council for the IDSA-LA Chapter. He wants to expand the exposure of Green Design both within and outside the chapter and is starting by communicating with those that are interested in, or have knowledge of green product design.

Topher is looking for the ‘Green Gurus’ out there. Please respond to him identifying your involvement with Sustainability or with a recommendation of who he could contact. Also, if you have an interest in learning more about Green Design please let Topher know that, as well! Thank you!

Topher Paterno
www.Topherpaterno.com

April 16 - Art Center Grad Show Preview

Spring 2009 Graduation Show Preview

Art Center College of Design
Thursday, April 16, 2009
1700 Lida Street, Pasadena CA

5-9 pm - Preview of Graduating Students’ work
Industry professionals, employers, corporate partners, alumni and donors get the first look at this term’s Graduation Show.
9-10:30 pm -Graduation Preview Reception

Graduation Show Preview features remarkable student accomplishments from all majors of study at Art Center:
Advertising, Environmental Design, Entertainment Design, Film, Fine Art, Graduate Broadcast Cinema, Graduate Industrial Design, Graduate Media Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography and Imaging, Product Design and Transportation Design.

To reserve your place for Graduation Show Preview, please call 626-396-2312 or email alumni@artcenter.edu by Monday, April 13, 2009.

April 16 - Mark Dziersk lecture

Mark Dziersk
Thursday, April 16
6 pm –8:30 pm
CSULB University Theater (UT), Upper Campus
FREE!!
- Visitor parking $5 (lot #7- 7th street)

Recognized as a design and branding expert, Mark Dziersk has been published and quoted extensively in publications like Innovation, ID Magazine, Time Magazine, USA Today, Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal. He also has received numerous design awards, including the Gold Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDSA), “Best of Category” and “Design Distinction” from ID Magazine.

Mark has been involved in the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) for two decades and has served as National Conference Chairman, Executive Vice President, President National IDSA, and Board Chairman.

Currently Mark is the Vice President of Industrial Design at Brandimage-Desgrippes / Laga. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Design at Herbst LaZar Bell in Chicago.

Sponsored by The Malcolm Family
Organized by CSULB Design Department.

April 15 - CSULB Elevator Pitch 2009



THE ELEVATOR PITCH
and JUNIOR STUDIO WORKS-IN-PROGRESS
Wednesday, April 15,
CSULB Design Gallery
Corner of Palo Verde Avenue and Anaheim Road
California State University - Long Beach

6:30 pm Reception
7:00 pm The Pitches Begin

Admission is FREE and Everyone is Welcome!
Visitor Parking is $4.00 in the Foundation Lot
Directly across from the Design Building Main Entrance

What's this?

Last year, we asked the students to imagine that they've stepped onto an elevator with you – the fabulously successful professional Industrial Designer who knows all the tricks and has heard all the lines. The students had the time it takes to ride from the lobby to the penthouse suite (because, obviously, that's where you are staying) to convince you that they know their stuff and that you should give them a second look.

This year, we're giving a whole new batch of students that opportunity. It's not so much a critique of their work but a critique of their ability to come off professionally.
Are they nervous? We think so. It's our goal to get them to be less nervous and more polished.

Please volunteer to offer your advice to the students. These are Juniors – they are not yet looking for a job. So you have absolutely no obligation to take one home. However, if you see something or someone you like, you can always give them your card.

Reserve your place on a panel or get more information by emailing
Dave Teubner at: tooby@csulb.edu

Friday, March 27, 2009

IDSA-LA Conversations: Medical Products - wrap up





Our speakers:
Tim Payne, Omnica Corporation
Geof Garth, Aspen Medical Products
Matt Duncan, Morphix Design
Charles Curbbun, DD STUDIO
Brian Lau, Forecast 3D (not pictured)

Our speakers shared their experiences in designing medical products, giving us an appreciation for the wide range of opportunities within this market segment. Brian Lau described Forecast 3D’s rapid prototyping capabilities, highlighting specific applications to medical product design, as well. Thanks to Shelley Takahashi for her fantastic work in organizing the inaugural ‘Conversations’ event and to the ID department at CSULB for hosting us.



Tim Payne muses about Omnica's desire to not be known as designers of "... stuff..."

Thursday, March 12, 2009

March 25, Pecha Kucha 1.0 - Medical Design

IDSA-LA Pecha Kucha 1.0 – Medical Design
Wednesday, March 25
CSULB Design Gallery
6:30pm Reception
7:00pm Speaker Presentations

$15 IDSA Members
$20 Non-members
RSVP: shelley@atlantic-inc.com

What is a Pecha Kucha (Japanese term for "chit-chat") presentation?
Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each - giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show. http://www.pecha-kucha.org/

We have asked a group of award-winning designers and a medical products manufacturer to share their experiences in the field of Medical Design. A roundtable discussion will follow the presentations.
Our presenters:

Aspen Medical Products
Aspen Medical Products Inc. is the leading producer of spinal bracing products in the world today. Aspen's innovations have played a key role in the acceptance of off-the-shelf braces that save time, money, are more comfortable and more effective than "custom fabricated" orthoses (made from a mold which was made from a casting which was taken from a particular patient's body.) Aspen not only designs, manufacturers and sells the product, but coordinates the research that validates the safety and effectiveness of these products. Geof Garth, a CSULB ID program alum, is one of the owners of Aspen and heads up the R&D team. He has numerous patents and has received design awards for many of the braces he has brought to market through Aspen and his previous company, California Medical Products.

DD STUDIO
San Diego-based DD STUDIO has developed laboratory instruments and medical devices across a broad spectrum of research and patient care environments including acute, diagnostic, surgical, therapeutic and home/consumer healthcare. Our distinct emphasis on usability and brand image make us the ideal entry-point for turnkey medical product development for start-ups through Fortune 500s. Past designs have won recognition from Medical Design Excellence Awards through IDSA’s IDEAs.

Morphix Design
Matt Duncan of Morphix Design has enjoyed the problem-solving challenges of medical product design that literally bring cutting edge technologies to the patient. He has received numerous honors in ID magazine and IDSA annuals for his designs ranging from surgical equipment to wheelchairs and has participated as a recipient and juror in the IDSA sponsored Medical Design Excellence Awards.

Omnica Corporation
Located in Irvine California, Omnica has been providing fully integrated product development services for 25 years. Five industrial designers are a key part of Omnica's highly technical staff of 28 employees who specialize (over 70% of projects) in medical product design. Omnica has been awarded Medical Design Excellence Awards for Inogen One® and HELiOs® , two unique portable oxygen supply products.

Stuart Karten Design
SKD practices a research-driven, user-focused approach to medical product development. By spending time with healthcare providers, patients and caretakers, we uncover functional and emotional needs to drive designs that provide an improved user experience in the healthcare system. Using design to further our clients' business objectives, we address issues that impact a product's marketability, from brand language to ergonomics and user interface

Hope to see you there!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Western Design Conference website



The Western Design Conference (WDC) website is here:
http://www.idsa.org/absolutenm/templates/?a=4127&z=175

Under current economic conditions, designers are forced to better plan for their survival. The Great Depression in many ways gave birth to the industrial design profession we know today, but it was driven more by style during that time (Streamlining, Art Deco, etc.). What must designers do to survive today? It is more than simply style that clients expect today. As the new global playground expands and new business models emerge, what can designers do to thrive internationally?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Western District Conference

Put it on your calendar!

IDSA's Western District Conference
April 24 - 26, 2009
Santa Monica, Sheraton Delfina
Our working theme (no pun intended): How to prepare for, survive and thrive: Sustainable Careers

More info coming soon! Send us an email if you'd like to help!


IDSA-LA will be sending out a monthly newsletter at the beginning of each month highlighting that month's near future events, chapter opportunities and other design connections. We invite you to contribute ideas, events and design interest for addition to the monthly newsletter. Deadline for additions to the newsletter is the last Wednesday of the month. We will also be sending out reminders a couple of days before major events. Always check the calendar as this is always updated with the latest happenings. Send all information to communications@idsa-la.org.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009



Cut&Paste Digital Design Tournament 2009
When: Saturday, February 21 (5PM)
Where: Avalon Hollywood
1735 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA
Cost: $15 advance / $20 at door
Buy your tickets here!


The biggest, baddest tournament yet, Cut&Paste's Digital Design Tournament 2009 shows up with a 16-city roster and a slate of three competitions (2D, 3D, Motion Graphics) per city. Plus new Show&Tell sessions and a globalized Audience Design Contest. And the first-ever Global Championship. The whirlwind ride never ends!

Out of the hundreds of entries that poured in during this year's Call for Competitors, after the nerve-racking reality check delivered by the Test Round experience, 112 competitors have reached the final selection for the seven cities that make up Cut&Paste's 2009 North American tour.

It all starts right here in Los Angeles!
This is what they're saying about LA: People come to here with fame and glory on the mind, and the ones who stay refuse to let anyone cut them down to size, which might explain how LA turns out some of the quickest, slickest designers we’ve ever seen. Populated by media visionaries, this town operates with a partygoing philosophy that overwhelms the senses. Loud music, dim lights, massive crowds? All in a night’s work, kids.

The LA event kicks it all off on February 21, and things are gonna get super hot super fast for all the competitors. Looks like they're all ready to tear it up onstage, but don't take our word for it - get on over to the tour city page to see who these people are, the colors they love, and what they're all about.

S&G3 wrapup: Orthographic chairs


Jay Yu & Michael Andrews at S&G 3

"S&G? What's that?"

Sh*ts & Giggles is IDSA-LA's ongoing series of designer social mixer / competitions. We'll announce the topic / format and all are welcomed to compete in these highly-charged competitions. Everybody? Yep, everybody: Students, members, non-members, professionals, aspiring designers, anybody. All we're asking is: Show us what ya' got.

The first Sh*ts & Giggles of the year, way back in January, kicked off our new multiple-location format held simultaneously at Westside and Long Beach locations. Here are a few photos from the Westside orthographic chair competition.


orthographic chair entries


Octavio Lopez puts on the finishing touches


"chair man"


"bear chair"

All the rest of the photos are here. We're hoping for photos from the LB event!

We're also looking for someone to scout out and host events up in the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena, or Glendale area. Or, maybe there's some other untapped pocket of design-rich creativity that we've overlooked. Are you game? Of course you are! Why should the rest of the city, over the pass, get in on all this fun? Drop us an email and let us know you'd like to help with the next S&G event!