From National Geographic to The Huffington Post; from stylish sensors for your fingernails to a design to detect deafness in newborns, Art Center’s students, faculty, staff and alumni are media headliners. Click a few of the links below to get a taste of recent coverage about diverse subjects including a mobile home tour through Detroit, origami art on speed, smart growth for future generations of artists and designers, the benefits of naps and much more.
- New York Times Magazine “It’s Official: The Boomerang Kids Won’t Leave”—Cover story featuring photo essay shot by alum Damon Casarez, who was also the subject of a Q&A published on the New York Times, the 6th Floor Blog “Under Cover: A ‘Boomerang Kid’ Documents His Generation.”
- GeekWire “’Sensor Salon’ brings LCD screens, 3-D printed objects and sensors to fingernails”—According to Geekwire, Microsoft Research’s Bill Buxton called the Graduate Media Design student project “one of the best examples he has seen that ‘designers think differently than computer scientists.’”
- National Geographic “Rolex Awards for Enterprise Granted to 2014 Young Laureates”—Highlights alum Neeti Kailas’s award-winning device to test newborns in India for deafness.
- Los Angeles Times “Art Center College of Design builds toward the future”—Features Art Center’s acquisition of South Arroyo property and plans to build student housing, including quotes from Art Center President Lorne Buchman, Associate Chair of Illustration Aaron Smith and current students.
- The New York Times “In Time-Lapse Videos, the Magic Unfolds”—Review of ‘Folded’ exhibition in the Williamson Gallery on the Hillside Campus.
- The Huffington Post “From the Garage to the Front Lines of Social Innovation: Learning From the Less Visible Traits of Intrapreneurs”—Article written by Mariana Amatullo, co-founder and vice president of Designmatters
- Outlook Pasadena “Davidson Set for Third Term Leading Art Center Board”—Profile of Robert C. Davidson Jr.
- Cinema Without Borders “Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead and Panel”—Features the screening of Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead Video and Panel Discussion.
- The Huffington Post “Art Center College Of Design Opens Nap Room To Combat Student Exhaustion”—Highlights Art Center’s offerings for students’ well-being, including the nap room, dog therapy, chair massages, yoga and basketball tournaments.
- Industrial Designers Society of America “Meet the 2014 Winners”—Art Center students are among the top winners as IDSA’s International Design Excellence Awards.
- Fast Co. Create “Learning In The Flesh: Why Disney Sends Its Animators To Life Drawing Classes”—Mentions faculty member Bob Kato’s Drawing Club.
- The Hollywood Reporter “Throwback Thursday: Michael Bay Scored With ‘Pearl Harbor’ in 2001”—Highlights career of alum Michael Bay.
- Wheels.ca “Hyundai Genesis designer started with interior concepts for auto supply company”—Highlights faculty member John Krsteski’s design of the Hyundai 2015 Genesis.
Even if you’ve missed all the great stories in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly, you’ve no doubt heard that DreamWorks Animation’s latest film Rise of the Guardians—which takes childhood fantasy figures like Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny and reimagines them as mythological heroes in an epic fantasy adventure—comes out in theaters Wednesday, Nov. 21.
And right in the middle of all that legendary action is the film’s production designer, Art Center’s own Patrick Hanenberger, who graduated from the College in 2003 with a degree in Transportation Design and is currently teaching a Visual Communication course.
We recently caught up with Hanenberger to ask him about his role in Guardians, how he ended up working in animation and which lessons from Art Center have stuck with him.
Dotted Line: First of all, how did you go from being a Transportation Design student to a production designer for animated films?
Patrick Hanenberger: I studied Transportation Design at Art Center and it taught me problem solving, 3D modeling, sculpting, sketching, designing around the human figure, rendering, research and most importantly presentation. These are all skills I use on a daily basis and are universal in any kind of design field. I always knew I wanted to work in movies and animated movies are great for designers since every single little detail needs to be designed and modeled. During Art Center I developed my portfolio to be very content based, which meant I always designed my vehicles for a specific story. After graduation I got a job as a visual development artist and from there on over the last eight years worked my way up to become production designer.