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iam8bit Studio Tour

21 Mar

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AIGA Los Angeles hosted a studio tour at iam8bit’s studio in Los Angeles. The outside of the studio looks like a pop up shop and gallery. Their creative abilities do not lie just with clients, but also self-initiated projects and brand entities. A couple of their brand entities include “Most Awesome Party” (a multimedia tentpole collaging television, books, and a web platform together), “Pixel Shifters: (a sci-fi/comedy web series including merchandise and marketing drive), and Nerdcore (indie publishing label). It is a small shop run by Jon Gibson and Amanda White. iam8bit is a creative production company, who are multi-talented whether it be in television productions, creating experiences, shaping ideas, and manufacturing tangibles, and telling stories.

iam8bit has a lot of events that happen throughout the year such as a galleries, pop up stores, and parties at their own studio. Everything they do make them unique.

Be sure to check them out at www.iam8bit.com, follow them on twitter @iam8bit or Facebook.

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Perk: Sunday Brunch with Debbie Millman

21 May

It is a rare opportunity to get meet well-known designers so I jumped at the chance when I found out that Debbie Millman on Mother’s Day. I have met her previously, at an another AIGA LA event last year, however, this time it was limited to only 12 lucky folks. Debbie Millman brought some great insight to the discussion. I found her very inspiring after being able to listen to the discussion and I have always enjoyed listening to her Design Matters.

Some Tips from Debbie Millman:

1. Always have a contract no matter who it is you are working for if consulting on design work

2. Have a deposit of payment before starting work and a payment at delivery

3. Get a good lawyer for contracts and copywriting

As much as Debbie gave us great advice, we got to learn more about her. She always talked about things that is important her meaning she lived through it at some point in her career and/or life.

For the first ten years, Debbie was actively designing, editing, and painting. In 1993, she took a job in branding and it has stayed in her career ever since. She currently one of the partners and President of the Design Group at Sterling. She also does Design Matters and is the former AIGA National and AIGA New York  President. She has wrote several books such as “How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer”, “Brand Thinking and Other Noble Persuits”, “Brand Bible  The Complete Guide to Building, Designing, and Sustaining Brands”, and other books.

If you in the Chicago area, check out Debbie Millman’s Exhibit at Chicago Design Museum Opening June 11 and  Chicago Design Museum Presents Debbie Millman AIGA Chicago Co-sponsored lecture event on June 13.


Professional Lecture Series and Distinc Studio Tour

10 Feb

Professional Lecture Series

Professional Lecture Series had a wonderful turn out. There was at least 60-70 people at the event and everyone seemed to be enjoying the lecture moderated by Eduardo Braniff- Imagination The Americas and the Panelists: Juan Rosenfeldt, Creative Director – FreeRange, Chris Do, President and Executive Creative Director – BL:ND, Bryan Neff, Senior Creative Strategist – Innovation Protocol, Scott Meisse, Project Manager – Ferro-concrete and Wendi Thai, Design Manager + Art Director – Ferro-concrete. All the panelists made great point about the business of design for 2012.

Some Good Points:

  1. Nurturing the client
  2. Reset/Star Over button
  3. You do not live without the client
  4. Create the best ideas while collaborating
  5. Mandatory 5pm break
  6. Bonding
  7. Crazy dress up days
  8. Embrace change
  9. Solve the problem
  10. Educating the client about the agencies process
  11. Designer should be the right fit
  12. Give employees the tool

These are just a few of the points that were made by the some of panelists. Each agency brought their own opinion about The Business of Design in 2012. I am looking forward to the next Professional Lecture Series which will be on Culture in March.

Studio Tour- Distinc

I finally made it to my first Studio Tour, which was at Distinc. If you want to take everything you know and throw it out of the window, I suggest checking them out. Distinc’s clients range form LA’s Best After School Enrichment Program, United States Artists, LA Stage Alliance, and many more. Distinc believes in working with causes, because Distinc wants to provide better understanding, better positioning, and better communication. It is a very lengthy process, but in the end the client gets exactly what they are looking for.

Find out more information about Distinc at http://www.distinc.net

Commentary on AIGA Los Angeles Events

25 Jan

Note: I have been extremely busy, which makes me officially a week behind on blogging. I am sure you are all wondering what is happening. My Grandma has been in the hospital for the last week and have been there on a regular basis. She finally got to go home last night, which was amazing and now I will play catch-up. Instead two events will be posted in one due to time constraints.

1/8/12- Onward! Upward! Increasing Your Chances for Success in Your Job Search
I would like to say a huge Thank Thank to AIGA UCLA Extension for putting on the event as well as the host Onward Upward. There was a lot of information provided from how to make your resume awesome to finding the right job through an agency. It has been a long overdue refresher course. You can email me at janette.designer(at)gmail(dot)com if you would like the information I gathered and I would be happy to get it to you. Overall, remember that your cover letter is what sells you and provides the company/agency to get to know you better and what you are capable of.  For your Portfolio, let your work speak for itself. This is just a sample of what I learned and I hope you can learn from it or it may be stuff you already know.

1/19/12- Behance/AIGA Los Angeles Meetup
Networking is awesome when you get bowl with a bunch of designers. It also leads to some competition and a great time to talk to fellow designers. These events would not happend if wasn’t for Michelle and Laurice and their dedication to finding great venues. I call it exploring Los Angeles, because I have little awareness to the entirety of Los Angeles, since I spent the last four years in Portland exploring the bar scene. So it is a ton of fun to go somewhere where you have never been and also a time for networking and fun.

Last Bit: AIGA Los Angeles Professional Series: The Business of Design is kicking off the first event tonight at 6:30pm and I even got to be the Assistant Producer for the event. I do know it will be awesome. I will be there at 5pm setting up with four other volunteers and will be there cleaning up. I look forward to seeing everyone there.

There will be a panel consisting of:

Juan Rosenfeldt, Creative Director/Director of Creative Services at nuvo TV – FreeRange <http://www.behance.net/freerange>
Chris Do, President and Executive Creative Director – BL:ND <http://www.blind.com/>
Bryan Neff, Senior Creative Strategist – Innovation Protocol <http://www.innovationprotocol.com/>
Scott Meisse, Project & Operations Director – Ferroconcrete <http://www.ferro-concrete.com/>
Wendy Thai, Design Manager + Art Director – Ferroconcrete <http://www.ferro-concrete.com/>

Moderator: Eduardo A. Braniff, CEO of Imagination <http://www.imagination.com/>  The Americas.

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AIGA Los Angeles Upcoming Events

18 Jan

AIGA Los Angeles started the new year with brand new Programming Chair and Assistant Chairs. We can kick off the new year with some great events and some new events as well.

Some events to look forward to:

Behance / AIGA Los Angeles Meetup
January 19, 2012
Let’s just say there is no better way to kick off the new year with networking and bowling.

Professional Lecture Series
January 25, 2012
The Professional Series is a program of conversations about today’s business of design. Professionals and entrepreneurs from a range of design enterprises will gather to discuss how each are growing their businesses through financial modeling, business development, recruitment and retention, innovation practices and, above all, great design.

Upcoming AIGA Los Angeles Programming Meeting

4 Jan

Want to be involved in planning the New Year with wonderful events coming from AIGA Los Angeles? Come and be a part of the Programming Committee to help plan events for the 2012 year. January 9, 2012 7pm at Oiishi Creative, the Programming Committee will be knowing who will be helping out with what events. It is not too late to be a part of the planning and jump in. I invite you to come check it out and see what we are all about.

{I will be posting about the meeting next week}