Monthly Archives: June 2010

Alum Sebastian Leda Wins Prestigious Gold Lion Award

Film alum Sebastian Leda won a Gold Lion award at the 57th Annual Cannes International Advertising Festival over the weekend for a television spot he directed for the agency Conill Saatchi & Saatchi. Created for the Consulate General of Argentina in Los Angeles, the gold-winning 30-second commercial focuses on Argentina’s football team, which at the time, had not been performing well (the World Cup has certainly changed that!)

“Crying” was among the most acclaimed of the festival, receiving thunderous applause during its screening. Check it out for yourself:

A warm congrats for this prestigious award, Sebastian!

Catching up with Wendy MacNaughton

Excited about the new iPhone? Check out this clever illustration by Fine Art alum Wendy MacNaughton.

MacNaughton stays busy—she illustrated the July cover for San Fran’s 7×7, and sits down for an interesting Q&A with the publication as well. She’s also currently featured on Jen Bekman’s 20×200.

You can buy MacNaughton’s 7×7′s cover art as a poster, or purchase other work by her at 20×200. Also, check out our online profile on her. Good work, Wendy!

Traffic Lights and Patent Drawings

Did you know that the traffic signal was invented in 1912 as a two-color, red-and-green light designed by a Detroit policeman? Yeah, neither did we.

Check out this fun and informative article at Design Observer on the history of the device, and check out the signal patent drawing as well—something we’re sure Williamson Gallery Director Stephen Nowlin will appreciate in conjunction with the gallery’s current shows, The Future of Objects and The Curious World of Patent Models.

Read more: Red Light, Green Light : The Invention of the Traffic Signal, and check out photos of the Williamson exhibit on the gallery’s Facebook page.

Art Center Tops IDEA Awards List of College Wins

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has unveiled the winners of the 2010 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) competition—and Art Center topped this year’s list of college wins with five awards!

A celebration of the year’s most inventive and creative product and product concept designs, this year’s competition received the most entries since its beginnings 30 years ago.

The 2010 IDEA jury, made up of 18 world-renowned designers and design thinkers, spent weeks previewing entries online and two-and-a-half days of face-to-face evaluation and debate. Judging criteria focused on eight areas of industrial design excellence: innovation; benefit to the user; benefit to society and natural ecology; benefit to the client; visual appeal and appropriate aesthetics; usability testing, rigor and reliability for the design research category; and internal factors, methods and implementation for the design strategy category.

Our winners:

Silver IDEA:
1881 “American Red Cross Fashion” Branding Strategy
Koo Ho Shin, GradID
Faculty: Andy Ogden, Steve Montgomery, Katherine Bennett

Bronze IDEA:
Spirit: New-Generation Sustainable Automotive Seat

Magdalena Paluch, GradID
Faculty: Heidrun Mumper-Drumm, Fridolin Beisert

Remax Snowboard Boot
James Yoo, Product Design
Faculty: Fridolin Beisert

Luxy Vespa Helmet
Daniel Shih-Tung Chang, Product Design
Faculty: Fridolin Beisert

Latrine Design
Juan-David Quiñones, Product Design

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ART from the Ashes Inspired by Station Fire

Public Programs managing director and Art Center Photography and Imaging alum Dana L. Walker’s work is currently shown in ART from the Ashes, a group exhibition themed around last year’s Station Fire. Pieces are inspired by, and created out of debris from, Glendale’s Deukmejian Wilderness Park after the fire.

ART from the Ashes is a nonprofit organization of artists and volunteers who create art crafted from materials collected from fire site locations. Debris that would otherwise be cleared and dumped into landfills is gathered and transformed into one-of-a-kind works of art. The organization hosts charity exhibitions showcasing the work created from the reclaimed fire site materials. A portion of the proceeds from each exhibition is donated to a local or national charity chosen by the business or individuals impacted by the fire.

The exhibit runs through July 24 and will feature a host of events in addition to the installation of works of art from a fantastic collective of artists.

ART from the Ashes Gallery
216 S. Brand Boulevard (across from the Americana at Brand)
Glendale, CA 91205
Gallery hours: Tues-Sun, Noon to 6 pm

Student-Made PSA Airing on CNN International

CNN International has donated air time to the student-made United Nations Population Fund television spot, When Mother Died, the Family Fell Apart, running it throughout the month of June. The PSA was created in a Designmatters studio that developed an integrated multimedia awareness campaign in support of UNFPA’s Safe Motherhood Initiative. Art Center Advertising, Graphic Design and Graduate Media Design students participated in the project.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is an international development agency that promotes the right of all humankind to a life of health and equal opportunity.

If you missed the spot on CNN, watch it below:

Design legend Alan Aldridge to Visit Campus – CANCELED

** 6/24/10: Unfortunately, Aldridge’s visit to campus has been canceled. We’ll let you know when it is rescheduled.

Design legend Alan Aldridge will be on campus next week, fresh from his retrospective at London’s Design Museum.

Best-known for his intoxicating and color-rich illustrations and designs for The Who, The Beatles, Elton John and the notorious poster for Andy Warhol’s Chelsea Girls, Aldridge’s images have defined the psychedelic era for a generation. Don’t miss his talk, followed by a book signing.

Alan Aldridge
Tuesday, June 29, 7:30-9 pm
Ahmanson Auditorium

Outer Circle is Here!

The latest issue of Outer Circle, our biannual online alumni magazine, is here!

The 80th anniversary issue of Outer Circle shares alumni memories and photos from the last 80 years, outlines a new direction for Alumni Relations, remembers faculty member and alumnus Norm Schureman, checks in with alumni fundraising group Legacy Circle, and much more. The gorgeous cover was created just for us by Illustration alum Andrew Holder.

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In Case You Missed It

As you know, there’s always something going on when it comes to Art Center alumni, students and faculty. Some of the latest:

  • Acclaimed author, illustrator and Art Center alum James Gurney’s magical world of Dinotopia comes to life in a new exhibition at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Looking for a luxurious electric car? Check out the Maserati Tramontane, a concept vehicle designed by Transportation Design student Ondrej Jirec.
  • Photo alum Justine Maccario has a solo photography show up at Modest Fly Gallery in Tujunga. Closing reception June 26. Modest Fly Gallery
  • Broadcast Cinema alum Keith Wells explores foreign adoption in his latest work. Pasadena Star-News
  • Dana Point Concours d’Elegance announces artists for the 2010 exhibit, chaired by Advertising alum William Motta and featuring work by Transportation Design faculty member Richard Pietruska. Earth Times
  • Illustration alum Frank Ordaz opens a studio in downtown Auburn, Calif. Auburn Journal

(Pictured: “The Excursion” by James Gurney)

Spotlight on Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd

"Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine?" by Mark Todd and esther Pearl Watson

At home in their shared Sierra Madre, Calif., artist studio, Esther Pearl Watson ILLU ‘95 and Mark Todd ILLU ’93 look every bit the part of one of those tightly knit couples whose lives intertwine both personally and professionally. They finish each other’s sentences. They share a cell phone, a car, and, up until recently, an email account. They have completed eight books together, and their paintings are (at least sometimes) shown in the same exhibitions (currently the Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco). Since 2003, they have co-taught in Art Center’s Illustration Department. For them, collaboration is a way of life, having spent most of their respective careers working side by side on projects, pushing the boundaries of illustration —whether through books for children, teens and adults, zines or illustrations. Success has followed: their work on the cover of American Illustration and clients like McSweeney’s, Business Week and Country Music Television.

“We’re a support system for each other,” said Todd. Added Watson, “We trust each other’s advice and rely on each other’s strengths. I’m the cheerleader with lots of ideas, and I trust Mark when it comes to art directing or refining the design or layout. We rely on this cross pollination of ideas.” Continue reading