Check out Upcoming Motion & Graphic Design Events for Students & Pros in LA, SF and OC

There are some great events coming up soon in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orange County. Most of these are hosted by the professional association for design (AIGA). Are you interested in motion design? Check out the free webinar hosted by, or AIGA/San Francisco‘s ongoing Interact Chats series– both happening in February. If you’re wondering about the future of the design industry, check out the new professional speaking series hosted by AIGA/Los Angeles beginning January 25; or join AIGA/Orange County for its ongoing breakfast roundtable series, MAP. If you are currently in the process of earning a digital media degree or a graphic design degree, don’t miss the student mixers– and take advantage of those student discounts while you can!

Check out details below and mark your calendars:

Professional series: The Business of Design in 2012

Business of Design speaking series hosted by AIGA/Los AngelesDate: January 25, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
A+D Museum
6032 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Event Description: 
Learn what 2012 holds in store for design businesses and how to make the most of the year ahead. The Professional Series is a program of conversations about today’s business of design. Professionals and entrepreneurs from a range of design enterprises will gather to discuss how each are growing their businesses through financial modeling, business development, recruitment and retention, innovation practices and, above all, great design.

Moderator Eduardo A. Braniff, CEO of Imagination The Americas. Panelists
 include Juan Rosenfeldt, Creative Director/Director of Creative Services at nuvo TV – FreeRange Chris Do, President and Executive Creative Director – BL:ND Bryan Neff, Senior Creative Strategist – Innovation Protocol Scott Meisse, Project & Operations Director – Ferroconcrete Wendy Thai, Design Manager + Art Director – Ferroconcrete

AIGA Member: $10
AIGA Student Member: $10
A+D Member: $10
Non-Member: $25
Student Non-Member: $25
RSVP via Eventbrite.

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Brilliant & Blazing VFX for After Effects Webinar hosts After Effects webinarDate: February 14, 11:00 a.m.
Venue: Online

Event Description: Visible and invisible visual effects combine to create the unforgettable look and feel that define your video, improve its quality, and boosts performance and audience engagement. GenArts recently released the latest version of the industry standard visual effects plugin, Sapphire v6, bringing After Effects users many new and notable features. For example, the new plugin offers a redesigned LensFlare Effect and Flare Designer, so you can build and customize your own flares; 3D Lens Flares, allowing you to control the flare within your 3D compositing environment; presets that enable you to gain inspiration or edit from hundreds of pre-built looks as your starting point; as well as numerous new effects and transitions including Flashbulbs, Caustics, and MuzzleFlash.

In this session, Todd Prives of GenArts will demo three Sapphire effects from the latest version: LensFlare (including the Flare Designer), FilmEffect, and Glow. See the effects in action, and find out how you can create stunning, organic looks with Sapphire’s unmatched balance of superior image quality, control, and speed.

11:00-11:15 AM: Brilliant & Blazing VFX for After Effects
11:15-11:20 AM: viewer Q&A with Todd Prives
11:20-11:25 AM: giveaways | close


AIGA SF Student Member Mixer

AIGA/San Francisco hosts student mixerDate: February 15, 
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
GA San Francisco
30 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, California 94104

Event Description: The AIGA San Francisco student liasions and board of directors invite students from Northern California design schools to their winter mixer. It’s a great opportunity to meet your fellow design students, the AIGA SF board and our guests. Mix, mingle and learn about our student programs. All ages are welcome. Snacks, soda and beer will be provided (21 and over with ID), while supplies last!

AIGA SF is committed to offering college-level graphic design students a variety of opportunities to supplement their education and seek to mentor the next generation of designers by providing inspiration, education and networking opportunities.

Tickets: Admission is FREE for AIGA student members and students who join AIGA at the mixer and $7 for student non-members.

For more information, click here.

Interactive Chats: Motion Design- the Basics and Beyond

AIGA San Francisco hosts interact chatsDate: February 16, 6:00– 8:00 p.m.
Hot Studio
585 Howard Street
San Francisco, California 94105

Event Description: AIGA San Francisco continues its series of evening events that focus on interactive design topics. Intended for designers with beginning-to-intermediate experience with designing/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.

What are the essential principles of solid motion design? In what ways can motion be used to enhance storytelling or sell an idea? Where do transitions come into play? How can you bring your own designs to life? Where to start?

Join Justin Katz as he discusses best practices that drive effective motion design – the basics and BEYOND! Justin will cover conception to completion so that you can be prepared when working with motion and motion designers. He’ll take you through how he plans an animation — from scripting, thumbnails, storyboarding, style frames, animatics, rough cuts, audio, animation, editing and color correction. Get the kick start you need to experiment with the art form yourself. If you’re just getting into motion or even already have a working skill set, you don’t want to miss this inspiring event.

AIGA Members: $10.00
Non-Members: $20.00
Student Members: $7.00
Student Non-Members: $10.00

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AIGA/OC’s MAP Series– The Breakfast Roundtable

AIGA/Orange County hosts MAP seriesDate: Ongoing, the fourth Friday of the month, 8:00–10:00 a.m.
Venue: Mimi’s Cafe
Mimi’s Café
4030 Barranca Pkwy,
Irvine CA

AIGA Member price: $25 per session or all 3 for $60
Non-member price: $30 per session or all 3 for $75

Event Description: Breakfast & beverages provided. Navigating the Business of Creativity is a new business series focused on the business of creativity and how to navigate successfully toward your goals. Each series includes 3 breakfast meetings on a topic and will follow a pre-set agenda. There will be an exercise to do and bring with you to each meeting. Exercises will be available for download each month and will be part of the meeting discussion. We will be choosing a book on each series topic which will be BYOB (Bring Your Own Book). The reading is not required to attend the meetings but the monthly exercises are strongly recommended.

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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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