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Foam core no more!

Photo by Juan Posada

Photo by Juan Posada

We are a campus of makers who make things and it is no secret that making things is messy—it creates waste and often involves the use of chemicals.

People and departments throughout the College have already been working separately to reduce waste and mitigate chemical hazards but Provost Karen Hofmann recently assembled a task force of students, faculty and staff to study the materials regularly used in our shops and classrooms with the goal of developing best practices to reduce waste and environmental toxins.

The team’s first target is the use of polystyrene (foam board, foam core or Fome-Cor) in the Laser Lab.
The Lab was redesigned and relocated in May 2017 with an eye toward improving all aspects of the space. Taking a holistic approach, Laser Lab Supervisor Kelly Moon recalls, “in the spirit of this goal, I began to research the materials we currently allow to be cut in the Laser Lab.”

Her research found that polystyrene is known to have the potential to release toxic emissions when heated at certain temperatures. Additionally, heating the material can potentially ignite the board’s paper surface and cause a fire. She also found that dozens of other schools prohibit foam board from being cut due to its potential for toxicity.

Moon brought her concerns to Director of Environmental Health and Safety Cynthia Quentin, as well Shops Manager Joe Kohnke and Director David Cawley. Provost Hofmann added Director of Sustainability Initiatives Heidrun Mumper-Drumm and Associate Director CMTEL Marshall Hamachi to the conversation and, with the addition of Product Design student Shu Ou, the Foamboard Working Group was launched.

As a result of the group’s research, ArtCenter is discontinuing use of all polystyrene related materials in the Laser Lab. In addition to alleviating health concerns, eliminating its use reduces waste since polystyrene cannot be recycled.

The task force identified nearly a dozen alternatives to the material that can be used and laser cut safely—all of which are recyclable and some that even cost less than polystyrene. These alternative materials are now available for purchase at the Shops.

Sample rings of alternative materials were created and distributed at the end of last term and graduating students were encouraged to create a “Material Smart Grad Show” by using recyclable materials, reducing waste, considering the environmental cost of transporting exhibits to and from the Convention Center and minimizing the use of foam core and other potentially toxic materials. The task force collected feedback, comments and suggestions from Grad Show participants and will use this information to inform their recommendations moving forward.

Please note, polystyrene is solely being eliminated from the Laser Lab, not banned from campus entirely, but students are encouraged to consider other, more sustainable materials when creating and mounting their projects.

Questions about the policy and alternative materials can be directed to David CawleyJoe Kohnke or Kelly Moon.

Any questions or concerns regarding environmental emissions, health or safety should be directed to Cynthia Quentin.

Product student Anna Meddaugh’s Night Loo named National James Dyson Award runner-up

 

Image by Stephen Swintek

Image by Stephen Swintek

Over 2.6 million refugees live in refugee camps that often lack adequate access to basic amenities such as food, water, and first aid. Women and girls living in refugee camps face another problem – the threat of sexual violence is all too prevalent for them, with communal toilets serving as hotbeds for sexual assault. This threat of assault only increases at night. To prevent having to relieve themselves at night, refugee women and girls sometimes abstain from eating or drinking, resulting in a negative impact on their health and livelihood.

The national runner-up in this year’s James Dyson Award sets out to solve this problem and to empower women and girls living in refugee camps.

Designed by Product Design student Anna MeddaughNight Loo is a portable, personal urinal that allows women and girls living in refugee camps to safely go to the bathroom at night. The petal-like flaps act as a splash guard when open, and cover the contents of the urinal when closed. After relieving herself, the user drops in a packet of pre-portioned super-absorbent polymer encased in dissolving PVA film, which turns liquid waste into an odorless powder in under a minute. The powder is then emptied through a spout that pops out of one end of the device. The urinal can also be unfolded to be flat, making it easy to clean. With Night Loo, refugee women and girls can feel safe going to the bathroom.

“Humanitarian issues have always interested me—during my undergraduate studies I learned a lot about human trafficking worldwide, and it really captivated and concerned me for some time after. Humanitarian problems are part of the reason I decided to go into product design. I thought maybe I can help address these issues. There’s got to be a design solution in there somewhere! I had actually planned on taking different classes the semester I designed Night Loo, but I saw the studio prompt (design something for displaced people) and switched my whole schedule because I very much wanted to design for people in need. It’s been my favorite project at ArtCenter – it’s been the most meaningful,” says Anna Meddaugh.

Judge Daniel K. Sodickson, MD, PhD, Director of the Center for Biomedical Imaging, Principal Investigator at the Center for Advanced Imaging Innovation and Research, and Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Radiology at New York University School of Medicine, noted, “A whole-systems solution for a dramatically human challenge—and a very topical challenge right now. It felt as if Meddaugh was sitting inside the heads of the people for whom she was designing, and that speaks—in some ways—to the human element of design. It’s not just the technology; it’s really understanding for whom you are designing the technology.”

Night Loo advances to the next stage of the James Dyson Award and is in the running for the international prize of $40,000, chosen by James Dyson. The James Dyson Award is an international design competition for students of engineering or design. The competition brief is simple: design something that solves a problem, and Night Loo does just that.

Night Loo has also received Special Recognition, 2018 Denhart Family Sustainability Prize; Student Notable, Design for Social Impact, 2018 Core77 Design Awards; and was an official selection, 2018 Global Grad Show.

Product Design students headlining Summer Graduation ceremony

Charlie Neshyba Hodges and David Hollo. Photo by Juan Posada

Charlie Neshyba Hodges and David Hollo. Photo by Juan Posada

Graduating from ArtCenter is no mean feat—everyone who satisfies our degree requirements has much to be proud of and this Saturday we will celebrate with 128 hard-working, talented and probably exhausted individuals as they receive their degrees. During each graduation ceremony, we also take the time to recognize a number of exceptional student achievements—students who graduate with honors, students who graduate with distinction, students who completed the requirements for a minor, students who began their ArtCenter careers in one of our Public Programs and students who are veterans of the Armed Forces.

We reserve special recognition for the graduate with the top academic achievement, the valedictorian of the class, and the individual who is the recipient of the Student Leadership Award. We ask these stellar graduates to address their peers at the graduation ceremony. This term, graduates and their friends and family will hear from valedictorian Charlie Neshyba Hodges and Student Leadership Award recipient David Hollo. This exceptional duo have weathered the challenges before them and emerged triumphant. At first glance, it looks like they followed the same path and made a number of the same stops on their journey through ArtCenter—both of them satisfied the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Product Design. Both of them will be graduating with a Designmatters Minor in Social Innovation. Both of them worked as teaching assistants, both of them were nominated to receive the Student Leadership Award and both of them will be addressing their peers at the Graduation ceremony. Yet, in a way that is somehow very ArtCenter, they are also remarkably different.

Enrolling in ArtCenter was the beginning of the second act for Charlie’s career trajectory. A Google search brings up his Wikipedia page that recounts his successful career as a dancer. Performing with Twyla Tharp, im’ij-re and the Sacramento Ballet, Charlie was named Best Male Dancer at the European Critics’ Choice Awards (2003), Best Male Dancer on Broadway (2010), and L.A. Weekly’s Person of the Year (2014). He has appeared on television (including the Tony Awards, Regis & Kelly and The View) and in print (The New YorkerThe New York Times, Vogue and others).

Having already achieved more than many do in a lifetime, to say Charlie flourished during his time at ArtCenter would be an understatement. Described by a staff member as “a force of nature,” Charlie served as a teaching assistant for a number of classes, was a Designmatters representative at the Better World by Design conference, a student competitor at WantedDesign and he was recently named the Western District Student Merit Award Winner for the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) and will represent ArtCenter at IDSA’s national conference. He led the renovation of Hillside’s sustainable garden as part of EcoCouncil and was selected to speak at the student-led TEDx ACCD and the BOLD symposium produced by Career and Professional Development. He also managed to find time to teach Design for Dance to 13 year-olds at the Colburn School and slightly older students CalArts.

Awards, accomplishments and accolades appear to rain down on Charlie wherever he goes and whatever he does but the real secret to his success is his dedication to hard work. It is not unusual to find ArtCenter students who work hard and are persistent and tenacious but Charlie takes those traits to a whole new level. “I think that luck is lonely like a one-night stand, while skill provides the benefits of a long-term commitment. And I’m the marrying type,” he tells the audience in his TEDx ACCD talk, recounting how he auditioned and was rejected 41 times before landing a position with the Sacramento Ballet. For Charlie, it has always been about hard work and a positive attitude. As he says, “Failure is a rainstorm: if you just let yourself get wet, you’d realize how much fun it is to splash through puddles, dance in the street, and feel the cool rain on your face.”

Yearning for more wisdom from Charlie? He talks about his ArtCenter experience in this recent video.

The Student Leadership Award fulfills ArtCenter’s vision of educating artists and designers who are not only leaders within their professional fields, but also leaders in their communities. Each term, the College reaches out to the campus population for nominations from peers, faculty and staff. A committee selects the student who most demonstrates leadership through their participation in ArtCenter’s campus life, community outreach, student organizations and department initiatives. The selection committee is often faced with a difficult task of choosing between exceptional students and this term was no exception.

This term’s Student Leadership Award winner, David Hollo, was raised in Budapest, Shanghai and New York and he had his sights on ArtCenter from the time he was 11. He recalls admiring the work of concept artists, car and product designers and marveling at the fact that they all attended the same College. He decided then that he would be a designer—he didn’t know yet what kind of designer, but he knew where he was going to study.

Where Charlie is a force of nature, David is a careful thinker. Described by fellow students as “deeply thoughtful” and “someone who will carry the weight for everyone,” David’s singular focus served him well at ArtCenter, where he carefully devised an educational path for himself focusing on his interest in systems design and planning.

“This institution to me always revolved around recognizing beauty and value in our world, complemented by the relentless ambition to make it better,” David writes, explaining his mindset and approach.

Participating in ArtCenter’s NASA/JPL conference and representing the College the National Academies Keck Futures conference, where he was tasked with introducing design thinking and methodologies to scientists and engineers, David made a point to, in turn, learn as much as he could about scientific investigation and engineering rigor.

David participated in the Designmatters Safe Niños project where a team of students were so moved after visiting Coaniquem, a nonprofit pediatric treatment facility in Santiago, Chile that cares for young burn survivors, that they joined together and worked as a team, organizing themselves like a design studio, instead of working on their projects individually. This collaboration inspired David to join with a classmate and create a student-led course, Design for Transformation, which asked students to look at local problems and use design-thinking to solve them. “The class exemplified how the tools and skills involved in design can have a profound impact on social issues and systemic problems,” he recalls.

David was awarded a prestigious Design fellowship with Dalberg Design, where he conducted research in Kenya, Tanzania, Myanmar and Nigeria, for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Inspired by the impact design can have on global problems, on his return he worked with CMTEL (ArtCenter’s Color, Materials and Trends Exploration Laboratory) to help develop an interactive materials and trends library. “The increasing environmental impact of humanity makes it more important than ever to rethink how we approach education about the materiality of design,” he observes.

Described by a faculty member as someone who “responds to every situation with quiet but powerful mediated thinking.” and as someone who takes “strategic risks,” David is committed to tackling big global problems. “Be it climate change, poverty, waste, pollution, corruption, the more challenging and gnarly the problem, the more motivated I become.”

Charlie and David are each going to have a hand in changing our world for the better. We just know it and we can’t wait to see it.

We would be remiss if we didn’t recognize the contributions of the other Student Leadership Award nominees. Kristen Hahn devoted much of her time at ArtCenter to serving the community She was a peer mentor, a teaching assistant, acted as the social media director for TEDxACCD and served in student government. She took her role as Illustration Department representative seriously, fielding and addressing individual concerns brought to her by fellow Illustration students. Ultimately, she met with the President and Provost to discuss and find solutions for issues that were consistently raised by students and faculty. Her hard work changed the ArtCenter experience for the better for all Illustration students, now and in the future.

Matt Ravenelle and Andi Choi were nominated for their dedication to serving fellow students, primarily through the ArtCenter Christian Fellowship. Matt founded the group and was singled out for his commitment to serving to his fellow students. “Matt has led the Christian Fellowship with such a humble and guiding heart, he has certainly impacted so many lives at ArtCenter through his service and example. Andi was an active participant in the Fellowship, taking over as President in 2018. She was lauded by students for her kind and generous nature. Supporting her nomination for the leadership award, a student writes, “Andi is a person who is both a listening ear and an organizer who helps ArtCenter students feel connected.”

Saturday’s Graduation ceremony will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, starting at 10 a.m. Grad Show follows, from 1–6 p.m. in Exhibit Hall B at the Pasadena Convention Center, adjacent to the Civic Auditorium. If you can’t make it to Graduation, we will be livestreaming the event. For more information about everything Graduation, including links for the livestream and our Graduation app, please visit artcenter.edu/graduation.

Summer Grad Show to try out downtown location

Picture1Grad Show is going on the road—trucks and vans loaded with the models, prints, paintings and creations representing years of blood, sweat and tears, will soon be streaming down Linda Vista and along Green Street—to the heart of Pasadena, where graduating students from all departments will be preparing their exhibits for Grad Show, under one roof for the first time. Everyone is excited by this opportunity but it is a big change for the College so we thought we would check in with Director of Special Events JoJo Tardino to get a little intel about the change and what to expect.

Campus News: Why the Pasadena Convention Center?

Jojo Tardino: The Convention Center provides a large, public-facing venue where we can fit everyone in one spot, allowing visitors to view the work of graduating students from all majors. In addition, the Exhibit Hall is adjacent to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, where the Graduation Ceremony is held, making it possible for grads, friends and family to walk to Grad Show from the ceremony.

CN: This is a big change for the College—why did we choose an off-campus location?

JT:  Grad Show serves many purposes—it is a recruiting event, a networking event, an exhibition and a celebration of years of hard work. We are always evaluating and looking at ways to improve the experience for all audiences, as well as our students. As the College began to spread out, the challenges of putting on one show over two campuses began to mount and it became evident that we needed some creative solutions. The College convened an internal DesignStorm last term to tap into the thoughts and wisdom of our students, who were asked to explore ideas for “Grad Show 2.0.” Many great ideas were presented but, overall, we learned that students wanted a more unified, cross-disciplinary and more community-facing Grad Show.

Although we will miss seeing our hallways and classrooms be transformed into exhibition spaces, stretching Grad Show over our two campuses made it difficult for visitors to take in the entire show and near impossible for grads to view work of their peers from other departments. We currently don’t have a campus location that can accommodate all departments.

CN: Who made this decision?

JT:  Many parts of the College are involved in Grad Show, from my department, Marketing and Communications, to Career and Professional Development and, of course, the educational departments. We all have input, but, ultimately, the decision was made by the department chairs, with guidance and support from new Provost Karen Hofmann. Together, they agreed that the Summer Grad Show could serve as a pilot, essentially the first iteration of Grad Show 2.0.

CN: What are the challenges presented by the venue change?

JT:  Well, we don’t have 24/7 access to the venue but I like to consider that a positive and hope it means less long nights and missed sleep for graduating students. Producing Grad Show has always been a little like directing a performance, with actors, dancers and musicians who all have different needs, costumes and props. For students, it means they need to prepare an exhibit that can be transported and they will have to carry in everything they need. Loading in and loading out needs to be much more carefully choreographed than in the past.

CN: Everything they need?

JT:  We hope they have everything they need with them but we’ll have a tool station with drop cloths, hammers, drills, etc. Like always, faculty and staff will also be available to lend a hand, helping students straighten a picture frame or aim a spotlight and, perhaps most importantly, offer moral support.

CN: Are students being asked to reduce or make changes to their exhibits?

JT:  Overall, no. But, in conjunction with sustainability efforts currently underway at the College, students at this Grad Show have been asked to consider the materials they are using, and to minimize or eliminate the use of foam board and vinyl, using recyclable materials as much as possible.

CN: Is Thursday still “industry night?”

JT:  Yes. Thursday is an opportunity for our graduating students to network with their future peers in industry, including ArtCenter alumni and potential employers. Grad Show is open to everyone Saturday afternoon, from 1–5 p.m.

CN: Where should people park?

JT:  Anywhere they want! Most people will be familiar with the neighborhood and parking options but, for those haven’t spent much time in Pasadena, the Convention Center has a parking lot and there are large parking structures at the neighboring Paseo Colorado shopping center. Also, the Del Mar and Memorial Park stations along the Metro Gold Line are both about ½ mile from the venue.

CN: Have you heard complaints?

JT:  No! I don’t mean to be surprised, but it is unusual to find this much consensus at ArtCenter. While it’s a big cultural shift for the College, everyone who I’ve spoken with is very excited about the move. Not to mention, people are relieved that other students, faculty and classrooms aren’t being displaced during finals weeks.

CN: What if we have more questions?

JT:  Download our Grad Show app (Apple or Android). Yes, there’s an app! It has information on graduating students, schedules and more.

Visit our website at artcenter.edu/graduation for information about all of our Graduation activities and links to the main events calendar. Visit the Pasadena Convention Center website for directions and parking information.

We hope to see you there!

Employees rewarded for years of dedication to ArtCenter at Service Awards luncheon

Photo: John Dlugolecki

Photo: John Dlugolecki

On a typically beautiful sunny summer day in Pasadena, a group of ArtCenter employees gathered in the Faculty Dining Room for a plated-service luncheon. A yearly tradition, the team from Human Resources hosted this invitation-only event that celebrates employees with at least 10 years’ employment at ArtCenter who achieved significant career milestones in 2017.

Welcoming the group, Rich Haluschak said it was important to take time out from our day-to-day routines and acknowledge the faculty and staff members who have demonstrated a dedication and commitment to the College by the longevity of their employment. Taking part in these luncheons every year, Rich observed that it was not unusual to have employees being recognized for 30, 35 and 40 years of service to the institution.

To put that in perspective, an employee celebrating their 40-year work anniversary in 2017 would have begun their ArtCenter career in 1977. The same year that Jimmy Carter was inaugurated as the 39th President of the United States, Elvis Presley died, football legend Pelé retired, NASA launched the Voyager 1, the Apple II was introduced and the Atari 2600 was released. The price for a gallon of gas at $0.62 was less than the price for a gallon of milk, which would cost you $1.68. And Wayne Hunt started teaching graphic design at ArtCenter, the same year he founded Hunt Design, just one year after the College moved from its downtown Los Angeles location to the Hillside Campus in Pasadena. It would be five years before the College offered its first course in computer graphics. Hunt continues to teach in the Graphic Design department and also works with the College on signage and wayfinding initiatives, including offering his expertise to our Master Plan.

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MOONS exhibition—curiosities, myths and more

Artwork by Tim Hawkinson for the "Moons" exhibition | Williamson Gallery

Artwork by Tim Hawkinson for the “Moons” exhibition | Williamson Gallery

MOONS, an exhibition pondering wonder, worlds and orbiting mysteries, opens July 19, with a reception at the Williamson Gallery. The exhibition opens right in the middle of Pasadena’s AstroFest, which celebrates the city as the center of space research and study. Nothing says space research more than COSPAR, an organization created in 1958 to promote international cooperation in the pursuit of scientific research in space, which is holding its annual gathering in Pasadena this year.

Between MOONS, AstroFest and COSPAR, Pasadena is earning its reputation as the City of Astronomy. It truly is the place for space.

“Celestial bodies tethered by orbital physics to our solar system’s planets, commonly known as moons, comprise a consortium of enticing worlds that are rocky, wet, icy, cratered, hot, cold, and puzzling, some of whose veneers are textured with mountains, lakes, concealed oceans, valleys, volcanoes, geysers, canyons and plains, and have both water and heat to fuel tantalizing speculations,” says Williamson Gallery Director and MOONS curator Stephen Nowlin. “Such objects lead us to both the poetics and the disruptions ignited by an age-old urge to ponder reality beyond the single planet in which we are cradled.”

The MOONS opening reception on Thursday, July 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. is free and open to the public.

“nice” exhibition at HMCT opening reception Thursday, June 28

Image from Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008–18, currently running at London’s Design Museum

Image from Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008–18, currently running at London’s Design Museum

The Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography [HMCT] South Campus Gallery presents “nice” —an installation designed and curated by HMCT 2018 Typographer-in-Residence, Lucienne Roberts. The public is invited to an opening reception this Thursday, June 28, from 6–9 p.m. The exhibition runs through September 23, 2018.

Roberts is a design graduate of Central St Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London and has been practicing as a graphic designer, design writer/educator for over 25 years. In 2012 she co-founded GraphicDesign&, a publishing and curatorial venture that foregrounds how graphic design connects with all subject matter. GD&’s two most recent projects are Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008–18 currently running at London’s Design Museum until August 2018, and Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?

For this exhibition, Roberts’ starting point was a poster initially featured in the Hope to Nope exhibition carrying the following provocation: “Slogans in nice typefaces won’t save the human races.” The message of the poster is apocalyptic — the human race needs to be rescued. Furthermore, it warns of the dangers that arise when meaning and aesthetics become disassociated and designers design primarily for themselves. With the intentions of teasing out its meaning, and arguing for an alternative position, “nice” presents multiple re-workings of the poster’s message. Alongside displays exploring the power of the slogan through time, the definition of “nice” is used to describe different typefaces and the democratizing effect of print and typography in sharing human knowledge and experience.

The first section of “nice” pairs a set of advertising, religious, and political slogans each opposite Oddly Head’s poster to ask if history bears out that its message is “true.” Another section displays email correspondence between Roberts and a select group of graphic designers and typographers including Erik Spiekermann, Paula Scher, and Hamish Muir, in which she asks them to cite five “nice” typefaces. “nice” also presents a collection of books, one of which is a rare facsimile of typographer/printer Giambattista Bodoni’s famed Oratio Dominica of 1806, in which the Lord’s Prayer is reproduced in 155 languages.

Roberts’ colleague David Shaw and Lavinia Lascaris, the 2018 HMCT typography fellow and a recent graduate of ArtCenter’s MFA Graduate Graphic Design (MGx) program, assisted with the installation and design of the exhibition. Additional installation assistance was provided by HMCT ArtCenter staff, and students Lulubi Garcia, Joshue Molina, Roberto Rodriguez, and Jorge Ruano.

“nice” is organized by the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography and made possible by the generous support of the Lowell Milken Family Foundation.

Grad Art’s Diana Thater receives prestigious Art + Technology Grant from LACMA

Diana Thater, “As Radical As Reality” (2017), installation for two video projectors, two media players, and Altuglas Visio screens

Diana Thater, “As Radical As Reality” (2017), installation for two video projectors, two media players, and Altuglas Visio screens

Diana Thater, ArtCenter alumna, core faculty member and former chair of the Grad Art department, was one of four artists awarded a 2018 Art + Technology Grant from LACMA’s Art + Technology Lab. Inspired by the spirit of LACMA’s original Art and Technology program (1967-1971), which paired artists with technology companies in Southern California, the Art + Technology Lab at LACMA supports artist experiments with emerging technology.

Thater will develop a new body of work that is focused on bio-inspired and bio-mimetic robots. Working in video, the endeavor will investigate how these machines adapt the neurophysiology and behavior of their animal models. Thater’s project is called The Zeroth Law.

The grant awards include monetary and in-kind support for projects that engage emerging technologies. LACMA issued the 2018 Request for Proposals in December 2017, and the museum received over 430 submissions. The four grant recipients selected for 2018 will work with neural networks, genetic engineering, navigation systems, and bio-mimetic robotics.

The Art + Technology Lab and its artist projects enjoy the support of an advisory board composed of the leading innovators across a variety of technological industries. Advisory board members lend their experience and expertise and help drive the conversation around how museums will use new technology in the future. Members of the advisory board come from Accenture, DreamWorks Feature Animation Group, Google, Hyundai, Snap, Inc. and SpaceX

An exhibiting artist since 1992, Thater has received international acclaim for her groundbreaking film, video and installation-based works. A writer and curator as well as an artist and educator, she is known for exploring the unpredictable relationships between culture and nature, human and animal, and science and magic. Her film Welcome to Taiji with T. Kelly Mason and Ric O’Barry served as the basis for the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove. Her work is in LACMA’s collection and was the subject of the major exhibition Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination (November 22, 2015–April 17, 2016).

LA Design Festival events in Pasadena

LA design festivalThe LA Design Festival honors the city’s rich design culture and celebrates its status as a global design capital. From architecture and interiors to graphic, industrial, fashion, set, costume, and experiential design, the LA Design Festival showcases the best of the local design scene as well as some exciting national and international voices.

Intuitive Objects: When Interaction Becomes Second-Nature // Friday, June 8, 7–10 p.m.
The Supplyframe DesignLab presents Intuitive Objects: When Interaction Becomes Second-Nature as part of on Friday, June 8, This event marks the inaugural opening of the Supplyframe DesignLab’s gallery. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and offers a great networking opportunity.

Designed Interactions: Diverse Perspectives // Saturday, June 9, 2–5 p.m.
A panel discussion featuring Interaction Design Chair Maggie Hendrie, alumna Christine Meinders, and women from NASA/JPL and Artifical Knowing. The design of physical objects, screen-based software, as well as gesture and voice interfaces, share a universal language: the language of interactions. This panel, featuring women at the forefront of interaction design, will explore what it means to design interactions for emerging technologies, machine learning, and diversity in a world that is changing exponentially.

Tickets are $10 for general admission but FREE for students with code STUDENTACCESS.

Design Slam 2018: Prototyping the Future // Saturday, June 9, 7–10 p.m.
Design Slam is a mashup between a poetry slam and design-oriented flash talks, accompanied by sounds and images. This year’s Design Slam features interactive installations and flash talks by ArtCenter students around the theme Prototyping the Future. Taking place on the rooftop at 950, Design Slam is an exhibition, a performance, a party, an immersive experience like no other.

ArtCenter Dominates ICFF Studio 2018 Competition at New York Design Week

“Black Kaleidoscope” designed by Jialun Xiong

“Black Kaleidoscope” designed by Jialun Xiong

The ICFF Studio competition is open to designers working in the industry for less than five years who have a working prototype that is not in commercial production. Each year, up to 12 finalists are chosen to exhibit at ICFF in their own individual booths under the ICFF Studio umbrella. This year, eight out of the 11 chosen finalists were from ArtCenter. Congratulations to this talented crew who were chosen out of hundreds of submissions from around the world.

Representing ArtCenter in the 2018 ICFF Studio were:

  • “Lavida” chair created by Chenchen Fan, Product Design student
  • “Nostalgia” created by Yelling Guo, Environmental Design student
  • “Snug” created by Nupur Haridas, Graduate Environmental Design student
  • “Froz” designed by Huan Pei, Graduate Environmental Design alumnus
  • “Fog Table” created by Haeun Kim, Product Design student
  • “Mokum” and “Creative Exploration” designed by Kelly Kim, Product Design student
  • “Sensi” chair created by Sasipat Leelachart, Environmental Design student
  • “Black Kaleidoscope” designed by Jialun Xiong, Graduate Environmental Design alumnus

Xiong’s “Black Kaleidoscope” was also chosen by Architect Magazine as one of its Top Nine Picks from ICFF 2018.

Now in its 13th edition, ICFF Studio is the forum where emerging designers compete with peers by submitting market ready, producible concepts with the goal of being chosen as one of the finalists that will be profiled to 36,000 architects, interior designers, developers, visual merchandisers, and retail buyers attending ICFF. The most prestigious competition in the design industry, ICFF Studio presents a handful of young and emerging designers to the best of the North American design community; the most successful architects, the leading interior designers, the best visual merchandisers, buyers from the nation’s better retailers and the markets top developers. In addition, finalists are exposed to more than 800 exhibitors from all over the world who get to meet with finalists, see their concepts and designs and in many cases get to do business with them.

Finalists are presented at ICFF in their own individual booths under the ICFF Studio umbrella, offering an amazing opportunity for Studio finalists to introduce their offerings to the design world and begin to build their future. ICFF Studio winners can launch their career by presenting their designs to some of the world’s top designers and architects. A great example is ICFF Studio star and ArtCenter alum Nolen Niu, who launched his idea into the market at ICFF, then started his own business in Los Angeles.

ICFF Studio is presented by ICFF and Bernhardt Design. Bernhardt Design is a leading designer and manufacturer of contemporary furniture for the home, office and hospitality space for over 127 years.