The Latest Design Events in Los Angeles and San Francisco

AIGA LA and Adobe: Moving From Print to Web – Part I

print-to-web AIGA session

Date: June 7, 2011 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Downtown Independent Theater
251 S Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Pre-Registered AIGA Member – $0
Pre-Registered Non-member – $15
At the Door AIGA Member – $10
At the Door Non-member – $25
Click here to register.

Join Kellis Landrum (Meat & Potatoes), Peter Novosel (72 & Sunny), and Brian Wood (Adobe) on June 7th from 7:00pm to 9:30pm as we discuss what’s new in digital design. Learn how the newest innovations in technology have created exciting ways to push the boundaries of creativity and communication across digital media. Hear our seasoned panel discuss the tools and the work that inspires them as well as their thoughts on the best of digital design. Come mingle with the LA design community beforehand while enjoying food and drinks with us at the Downtown Independent Theater prior to the seminar.


The Rebound of Graphic Designers Three Mediums and Three Voices

The Rebound of Graphic Designers Three Mediums and Three Voices

Date: June 16, 2011, 7:00 PM

Ilan Dei Studio
2100 Zeno Place
Venice, CA 90291

Cost: FREE.

Details: This roundtable discussion offers insight from multiple graphic designers on how they have changed or adjusted their careers to meet the expectation of this industry and its clients while staying relevant, creative, and inspired over the years. Where is graphic design headed from here? Coverage may include what is going on in the graphic design industry and how it connects to other creative processes and mediums from fine art to architecture to product design.

Frances Anderton is the host of DnA: Design and Architecture, monthly on KCRW and and a full-time producer at KCRW. She is also the L.A. Editor for Dwell Magazine as well as being a frequent speaker, moderator and commentator at several cultural institutions and for on-air TV and documentary programs about architecture.


Joint exhibition between graphic artists from Fukui, Japan and Fullerton, CA, USA (or Orange County, LA County area)

Dates: APR 26 – JUN 30 2011

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 W Malvern Ave
Fullerton, CA 92833

Cost: N/A (Call for Entries)

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center is having a joint exhibition between graphic artists from Fukui, Japan and Fullerton, CA, USA (or thereabouts). We are looking for graphic artists who are interested in submitting artwork to us to bring on our traveling gallery to our sister city in Fukui, Japan. Exhibition will be mounted at the Fukui City Art Museum from August 26 – September 25, 2011. We request four artworks from each artist. Artworks should be 24″ x 36″, in either orientation. We will need to have them framed in inexpensive poster frames with plexiglass. Artworks should be digital in origin, and may contain any combination of photography/text/ other graphic elements, but it is a family oriented exhibit. Subject matter should address the city of Fullerton in some way, or at least Southern California in general.


GRAVITY FREE 2011 Conference: Wonders of Magical Thinkers

Gravity Free Poster by Milton Glaser

Dates: May 24–26, 2011

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

701 Mission Street
San Francisco, California 94103

Cost: For registration details, click here.

Details: GRAVITY FREE is a truly unique design conference: Unlike single discipline conferences, GRAVITY FREE is a celebration of multidisciplinary design innovation. Each year we bring together world-class designers from an eclectic mix of design disciplines and — shazam — magic connections are made, electricity is produced, ideas are cross-fertilized, inspiration follows. Speakers are the most remarkable designers on the planet. Attendees are designers hungry for thought-provoking ideas and solutions found outside their normal frame of reference. Experts on creativity call this cross-pollination of unrelated ideas the new path to innovation. Apple legend Steve Jobs calls it “connecting the dots.” Past speaker and Emmy winning film title and experiential designer Karin Fong, calls GRAVITY FREE “The search engine for design excellence.” And Jonathan Alger, past president of The Society of Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD), says this unique confluence of ideas from different disciplines makes GRAVITY FREE “the perfect design conference for the 21st century.


AIGA and Adobe present Breakthroughs: Where Inspiration and Technology Meet

Adobe & AIGA Webinar

Date: May 25, 2011 9:00am – 10:00am

Location: Online webinar

Cost: FREE, Open to AIGA members and student members only.

Details: Great designers need more than good ideas to succeed. Knowing this, AIGA and Adobe, the official AIGA sponsor for design solutions, have designed a free members-only webinar series to explore the ways that today’s studios are creating innovative, multiplatform experiences and the tools they’re using to achieve them. Breakthroughs: Where Inspiration and Technology Meet is a new webinar series designed by Adobe and AIGA, exclusively for members. Through visual presentations and instructive case studies, visionary designers will pair with Adobe experts to offer guidance to help lead you to your next breakthrough. Moderated by educator and interaction designer Callie Neylan, each session will address industry best practices and fresh ideas for using new technology and platforms to solve client challenges.


Interactive Chats: Type on the Web

Date: June 2, 2011 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Hot Studio
585 Howard Street
San Francisco, California 94105

AIGA Members: $10
Non-Members: $20
Student Members: $7
Student Non-Members: $10
Click here to register.

Details: This Spring, AIGA San Francisco is launching a new series of evening events that will focus on interactive design topics. Intended for designers with beginning to intermediate experience with designing and building for the web, tablet and mobile environments, each event will give you the chance to learn from local experts as well as share your own knowledge with other attendees. The sessions will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and workshop activities, so bring your sketch pads and thinking caps.

After 15 years of contenting ourselves with system fonts, type in images, or workarounds with Flash, we can finally use real fonts on the web. Broad browser support for CSS @font-face has ushered in a web typography renaissance. Join Typekit co-founder Greg Veen for a look at some beautiful examples of web fonts in use, a review of how this all became possible, and an examination of the challenges involved in working with web fonts – plus techniques for navigating these challenges in your design and development projects.




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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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