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Levi's Design Stands the Test of Time


Who can forget those 1990’s Levi’s commercials – marketing sex appeal, celebrity fashion, romance and rock ‘n’ roll style!  Instilling marketing slogans like “Originals stand the test of time” and “The more you wash them the better they get,” Levi’s jeans are an iconic image of American culture and style.
poster, graphic design, advertising, Levi's, Levi Strauss, jeans, Denim, clothing, California

Baby, It's Cold Outside!


With the temperature outside at record lows this week, I can’t help but think of William Henry Bradley’s The Blue Lady.  Clutching her ice skates in her left hand, she makes a cold winter’s stroll through the thin, bare trees look elegant and placid.  (It is a sad contrast to the bundle of blue layers I’ve been hunkered down in as I head for the subway).
William Henry Bradley, Winter, poster, The Chap-Book, illustration, magazine, graphic design, Art Nouveau, blue, cold, lithography, Edward McKnight Kauffer, advertising, California, American Airlines

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

2010 National Design Awards: Fashion Design Award - Rodarte


The 2010 Fashion Design Award goes to Rodarte. Rodarte was founded in Pasadena, California, in 2005 by Kate and Laura Mulleavy. Inspired by things as diverse as California Condors, Japanese horror films, and our national parks they do amazing and magical things to fabrics and materials.
National Design Awards, 2010, fashion design, Rodarte, Cecilia Dean, Visionaire, Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy, sisters, California

Cooper-Hewitt: Heath Ceramics and American Pottery


In conjunction with a celebration marking the 60th anniversary of Heath Ceramics noted author and ceramic arts historian Garth Clark lectures on the early California pottery movement, its significance and its future through historic potteries. Design critic and author Amos Klausner introduces his new book HEATH CERAMICS: THE COMPLEXITY OF SIMPLICITY, (Chronicle Books) and leads a discussion with Clark and Heath Ceramics owners Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey.
Heath ceramics, pottery, American, California, Garth Clark, Amos Klausner, Clark and Heath Ceramics, Robin Petravic, Catherine Bailey, Edith Heath, dinnerware, tiles, talk, long, public program

BarCamps to Books


From citizen journalists to user generated conferences the dialogue keeps expanding. Those of us who could not make it to BarCamp Africa this past October in California the organizers posted video clips of the panels.
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