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:

Western District Conference Wrapup


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!

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!

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

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
- 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

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