Los Angeles

Back to 1983!


Tune up your flux-capacitor and take a trip back to 1984. Macintosh computers are making their first appearance and causing waves across industries, especially the design market. Devoted to traditional methods, most designers are skeptical of integrating computers into design practices. They fear that the creative ability of the hand will be usurped by a plastic box full of wires and bytes… What is to become of design when these emerging technologies threaten the very survival of human imagination?
April Greiman, poster, graphic design, offset lithograph, Los Angeles, Wolfgang Weingart, typography, technology

Designer (Advertised) Jeans


While recent advertising has been overwhelmingly digital, the contemporary graphic designer and former National Design Award winner, Stefan Sagmeister, relishes the opportunity to use his considerable graphic talent and imagination to create posters the traditional way, through photo offset lithography. These posters are deliberately human and personal, in response to the “cold” modernist design of some of his colleagues. In general, Sagmeister searches for ideas that elicit sensual or emotional responses from the viewer.
Sagmeister Inc., Stefan Sagmeister, Levi's, Denim, jeans, thread, clothing, graphic design, Los Angeles, San Francisco, advertising, poster, offset lithography

Searching for Perfection


Richard Meier’s Getty Center, which sits atop a hill in Santa Monica, is, arguably, the last great building of the 20th century. While some liken the complex to a fortified Tuscan hill town, and Meier himself says that he was thinking of Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli or the Villa Farnese in Caprarola, it reminds me of another ancient hilltop complex, the Parthenon.
Richard Meier, J. Paul Getty Center, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hadrian, Tivoli, Villa Farnese, Caprarola, Parthenon, Athens, Le Corbusier, Architecture, San Diego Freeway, stone, GRiD, Getty Research Institute, construction, drawing

Fall Exhibition Tour Schedule


Cooper-Hewitt Announces Fall Exhibition Tour Schedule Several exhibitions organized by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will be traveling across the country and around the world this fall, including “Romantic Interiors: Watercolours 1820–1890,” “Design with the Other 90%: CITIES” and “Graphic Design—Now in Production.”
exhibitions, graphic design, urban planning, tours, Los Angeles, Portland, Saint Louis, paris, decorative arts

Why Design Now?: LA Earthquake: Get Ready Campaign, Preparedness Now


Why? A major earthquake could strike Southern California at any time, causing widespread injury and death, property loss, and disruption of services. Each individual and household must prepare for this disaster. Thats the message of the L.A. Earthquake: Get Ready campaign, organized by Designmatters, at Art Center College of Design.
Los Angeles, LA, California, earthquake, Get Ready Campaign, Preparedness Now, DesignMatters

Looking at Los Angeles


An exhibition of the city's design stories, from the Art Deco movement that flourished after World War I to the construction of the Los Angeles Freeway and the painted murals that decorate Mexican-American "barrios."
Los Angeles, 20th century, photographs, exhibitions

El Nuevo Mundo: The Landscape of Latino L.A.


An exhibition of color photographs taken by Camilo José Vergara documents Latino Los Angeles. Public art is vibrant, front yards are showrooms, and homes are filled with paintings of the mountain vistas and farm animals from immigrants' rural roots. Images of the Virgin of Guadalupe are omnipresent. Taken over the course of more than two decades, these photographs chronicles the development and visual culture of this urban community.
photography, Camilo José Vergara, Los Angeles, exhibitions, Urbanism, cities, latinos

Meier 75


Personally, I am partial to Richard Meier’s approach to architecture. According to Meier, a building is an act of “willful artificiality;” a “man-made” spatial construct that functions as a receptacle for experiencing the world of nature. 
Richard Meier, Architecture, artificiality, man-made, white walls, nature, Frank Lloyd Wright, influences, building, natural, landscape, stage, Display, separation, art, modernist, Le Corbusier, machine, silversmith, Jean Puiforcat, theory, unity, harmony, Modular, system, scale, proportions, drawings, lines, Getty Center, Los Angeles, gift, collection, contemporary, Tod Williams Billie Tsien, Museum of American Folk Art, Alvaro Siza, Galician Center of Contemporary Art, Santiago de Compostela, spain, sketches, museum

National Design Awards: Finalists


The winner and two finalists of the Corporate Achievement category are, together, quite different from the winners of the past. As a whole, they represent what is possible at a smaller scale. 
National Design Awards, nda, finalists, winners, corporate achievement, categories, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Heath ceramics, Dwell magazine, Architecture, Architecture Research Office, ARO, research-driven, Stephen Holl, Adam Yarinski, Stephen Cassell, influence, teaching, Times Square, Recruiting Station, vernacular, gravity, Michael Maltzan, MoMA Qns, mechanical boxes, Los Angeles, open space, relationship, public, Communication Design, typography, Hoefler & Frere-Jones, fonts, Gotham, Obama campaign, 2008, Project Projects, Prem Krishnamurthy, Adam Michaels, MOMA, Canadian Centre for Architecture, CCA, Rodarte, fashion design, Thom Browne, Brooks Brothers, collaboration, Interaction Design, Lisa Strausfeld, Pentagram, website, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Clo Wine Bar, Time Warner Center, interactive table, interior design, crossover, Ali Tayar, WORKac, Public Farm 1, recyclable, materials, solar energy, produce, product design, Smart Design, simpler, medical, change, Ross Menuez, Salvor Products