LADdesign at A+D Museum's "COME IN:DTLA"

Happy Spring, everyone! We recently celebrated the new location opening of the A+D Museum, now in the Arts District in DTLA!  LADdesign was invited to exhibit work for the opening reception highlighting designers who find inspiration in DTLA.  This latest installment in their COME IN! exhibition series presents what is on the minds and in the studios of the cutting edge, innovative designers of Los Angeles. The exhibit is on view until June 23, 2016.

Our "30 Days in LA" artwork with the Solé Bicycle designed for the festival

Our "30 Days in LA" artwork with the Solé Bicycle designed for the festival

We exhibited artwork we created over the past two years for Red Bull Sound Select's month long music festivals every November. In small music venues across Los Angeles, concerts and events take place every night of the month. The programming of the music through the festival is curated to be a diverse spectrum of musical styles. From Punk and Alternative, to Hip Hop and Indie Rock, the concert series gives Los Angelenos a unique opportunity to see rising stars and much larger artists in very intimate settings. LADdesign created the artwork for the festivals to reflect the diversity of the musical artists in each poster for 2014 and 2015. The main festival artwork uses the graphic element of freeways as a visual symbol for the way music ties our diverse community together culturally, as well as representing that the festival geographically takes place in neighborhoods across our vast city. 

Top to Bottom, L-R: Chet Faker, Kali Uchis, Dum Dum Girls, Real Estate, Tv On The Radio, Courtney Bartnett, Festival Artwork, Warpaint.

Top to Bottom, L-R: Chet Faker, Kali Uchis, Dum Dum Girls, Real Estate, Tv On The Radio, Courtney Bartnett, Festival Artwork, Warpaint.

Westweek 2016 Keynote Panel "To Live and Design In DTLA" L-Rl Erin & Ian Besler, Curator Danielle Rago, Moderator Carlo Caccavale, Associate Director AIA Los Angeles, Myself, Loryn Napala & Monica Opaskar of Untitled Mondays, and Spencer Nikosey of KILLSPENCER.

Westweek 2016 Keynote Panel "To Live and Design In DTLA" L-Rl Erin & Ian Besler, Curator Danielle Rago, Moderator Carlo Caccavale, Associate Director AIA Los Angeles, Myself, Loryn Napala & Monica Opaskar of Untitled Mondays, and Spencer Nikosey of KILLSPENCER.

The annual design conference at The Pacific Design Center supported the exhibit with a panel discussion featuring exhibitors from "Come In" on a keynote panel "To Live and Design In LA" Examining the allure of DTLA among artists and designers, and how a new wave of creatives is leading the charge.

Photograph by Hunter Kerhart. Exhibition design by Tyler McMartin.

Photograph by Hunter Kerhart. Exhibition design by Tyler McMartin.

On Friday April 29 at 6pm-7:30 PM Join Exhbition Curator Danielle Rago leading a public tough of Come In! DTLA with LADdesign, Chris Francis and Jessica Fleischmann of Still Room Design for a comprehensive tour of the exhibition and work within the show. Curatorial Walkthroughs are free with museum admission. RSVP required. Registration is limited to 25 guests per tour. RSVP at plusd.org/event/come-dtla-curatorial-walkthrough-2/ or at rsvp@aplusd.org

https://www.facebook.com/events/995800357141786/

Thanks to Curator Danielle Rago, A+D Museum, Red Bull Sound Select, and Solé Bicycles

Thanks to Curator Danielle Rago, A+D Museum, Red Bull Sound Select, and Solé Bicycles

It was an honor to learn, share, and show with these fellow DTLA creative colleagues:

COME IN! DTLA PARTICIPANTS

Ave Pildas | Photography

Behnaz Farahi | Fashion Design

Besler & Sons | Architecture

Chris Francis | Shoe Design

Commonstudio | Landscape Architecture

HK Zamani | Fine Arts

Julia Koerner | JK Design | Fashion Design

Kat Catmur | Graphic Design

KILLSPENCER x SNARKITECTURE | Product Design

LAD Design | Graphic Design

Ozel Office | Architecture/Gaming

Ross Hansen Design | Furniture Design

Still Room | Installation Art

Taidgh O’Neill Design | Furniture/Textile Design

Tim Durfee Studio | Video Installation

Untitled Mondays | Installation Design

Vertebrae | Architecture/Installation Art

Vincent Tomczyk | Sculpture

Come visit the show, more information about it at:

 

http://godesigngo.com/westweek-buzz/downtown-los-angeles-art-district-expansion/?platform=hootsuite

https://www.facebook.com/events/995800357141786/

http://aplusd.org/portfolio/come-in-dtla

https://www.facebook.com/aplusd.la/

http://dola.com/events/2016/3/28/come-in-dtla

http://www.damnmagazine.net/calendar/come-in-dtla/

http://lacanvas.com/events/come-in-dtla-opening-reception-ad-museum/

 

A visit to Solid Sound 2015

One of the most rewarding aspects of working with the band Wilco in developing art and design for them is seeing the impact on the fans. There is no better way to see the Wilco fan engage in the comprehensive experience of their world than at Solid Sound, the music and arts festival curated by Wilco at MASS MoCA, the contemporary arts complex in the Wast Adams, deep in the lush green Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. More than just a three day music festival, Solid Sound is a complete cultural experience.

festival catalog

We designed the festival catalog, poster and advertising artwork for Solid Sound. As with any Wilco project, it is fulfilling as a designer to be part of something larger that makes an impact on the life and culture of fans. Wilco played two amazing nights, and in a first for the band, a night in an all acoustic "uplugged" set which 

Released at the festival: a book of Wilco tour poster art. The book was a compendium and history of the amazing posters that have been commissioned for Wilco's 20 years. We are thrilled to have some of our posters included and it was an honor to write the foreword for the book.

Rita Houston of New York's WFUV interviewed Jeff Tweedy and Spencer Tweedy of the band Tweedy. 

Check it out:  http://www.wfuv.org/content/tweedy-solid-sound-2015-interview

WFUV also did a live broadcast of the Wilco set:  http://www.wfuv.org/content/wilco-solid-sound-2015

WFUV DJ Carmel Holt wrote:

Wilco's opening night set at Solid Sound 2015 was the band's first-ever, all-acoustic performance, but what made the “unplugged” experience so remarkable was not just hearing these beloved songs as we’d never heard them before, but the fact that the sound was still so... Wilco. The “acoustic versions” of songs can sometimes feel watered down or softened, draining certain songs of their punch, or there can be a tendency to shy away from songs that might seem odd in an acoustic arrangement and stick to quieter material instead. But Wilco delivered some of their most killer moments of the night with tunes we are definitely accustomed to hearing loud (“Bull Black Nova,” “I Got You (At The End of the Century,” “A Shot In The Arm,” “Outta Mind (Outta Sight)” and a fantastic “Walken") plus songs you might expect to be part of an acoustic Wilco set (“Misunderstood,” “Hummingbird,” “Jesus, Etc.,” “Forget The Flowers” and the Uncle Tupelo favorite, “New Madrid.” Other highlights were rare performances of “Company In My Back” and “She’s A Jar.” 

Wilco's record label DbPM celebrated the band's 20 year anniversary by using one the the gallery spaces at MASS MoCA to produce an interactive timeline of Wilco's cultural history.

As a designer who has had the pleasure of working with Wilco to create artwork for five of their album releases, it is always personally gratifying to see people interact and appreciate the artwork. Even more so in a setting like this, where the scope of all of the artwork could be seen together over the course of the years.

Visitors were encouraged to add their favorite Wilco memory to the gallery push pin walls.

One of the most exciting aspects of Mass MoCA as a site for the festival is that there is a world class art museum in the middle of the festival, often you can hear the live music from one of the stages walking through the galleries.

The logo we created for the Solid Sound festival made it's way onto the beer cups...the album art for Summerteeth was used by SmuttyNose Brewing Co on their bottles of limited edition brew for the festival.

The logo we created for the Solid Sound festival made it's way onto the beer cups...the album art for Summerteeth was used by SmuttyNose Brewing Co on their bottles of limited edition brew for the festival.

Clever use of logo design:  dresses made by Mass MoCA using wrist bands from festivals past.

Jeff Kaye and D'Addario hosted a cool #DrumsWithGlenn contest. 50 lucky winners got to build a drum and perform beside him in the world premiere The Immortal Flux, a newly commissioned orchestral piece written by Kotche for D'Addario.

Inside and outside of the facility, all over the campus, its a pretty festive atmosphere.

Despite the rainy grey skies...we all showed up and had a great time.

My wife Julie and I had a so many laughs. Captured here by Wilco photographer Zoran Orlic.

Elevate 2015 AIGA Los Angeles portfolio day

The Los Angeles Chapter of the AIGA - the professional association for design, had a major revamp of the annual portfolio day, a day of professional review of the design work of graduating college students.

Produced by the education board of the chapter,  it was an inspiring day seeing the creative work of students, represented from all the schools in our community. With portfolios from UCLA, USC, Cal State, OTIS, Woodbury University and Art Center, one could see differences in the student work from each school, but easier to see were the similarities between the students the in enthusiasm to make an impact on our culture through design. Also inspiring was the way the Los Angeles design community pulled together in transforming and truly elevating the event to something more than a portfolio review, but an inspiring and educational daylong experience for everyone involved, on either side of the table. Chaired and inspired by Haven Lin-Kirk of USC's Roski School of design, it was great to work with her, as well as Scott Hutchinson of UCLA, representatives from all the schools involved, an army of volunteers and the AIGA board, all pushing and elevating each other's concept of an impactful day of design education.

To make the day more than a portfolio review alone we had a lounge with guests from the international branding consultancy HUGE, 2015 National Smithsonian Design award winners Oblong Industries, Wondros, Gamedesk, 2 Bit Circus. In the lounge students could engage, ask, and see up close and personal what these studios were doing. Instead of a job far, panel discussion, or presentation, the lounge fostered a close up connection to learning about the work of these industry leaders. The close up round table with each of these industry leading studios gave students a rare chance to interact directly with people doing groundbreaking work in their field.

Adding to the uniqueness of the day was the event site, the Steelcase Los Angeles showroom on the 32nd floor of the AT&T building in downtown. The Steelcase live/work showroom set a stage for a professional and truly aspirational day. With beautiful future forward business furniture, unblocked views of Los Angeles for miles and miles, industry leaders guests, and a huge spectrum of the creative community present, it provided everyone involved with a day to be inspired about our future for graphic design in Los Angeles.

We designed this, one of the posters for the event. We look at the event site every day from the LADdesign studio window in Downtown Los Angeles, so we took our inspiration from the site. Generously printed by Typecraft.

We designed this, one of the posters for the event. We look at the event site every day from the LADdesign studio window in Downtown Los Angeles, so we took our inspiration from the site. Generously printed by Typecraft.

On the 34th floor of Downtown L.A.s AT&T center at SteelCase Live Work center

On the 34th floor of Downtown L.A.s AT&T center at SteelCase Live Work center

Wrapping an inspiring day with my wife Julie and our cousin Kylie, who studies design and attended the event.

Wrapping an inspiring day with my wife Julie and our cousin Kylie, who studies design and attended the event.

A very special day at Elevate 2015

The morning abuzz in the Studio Lab

The morning abuzz in the Studio Lab

The future...now. A demonstration of the incredible spatial recognition technology from Oblong Studios

The future...now. A demonstration of the incredible spatial recognition technology from Oblong Studios

Sandy Irani and Kate Buss of Wondros talk with students about the films and social good projects from the studo

Sandy Irani and Kate Buss of Wondros talk with students about the films and social good projects from the studo

Games on the desk from education design innovators...Gamedesk

Games on the desk from education design innovators...Gamedesk

International brand consultancy Huge

International brand consultancy Huge

The dramatic SteelCase live work center

The dramatic SteelCase live work center

#AIGA #designeducation #AIGAevolve #AIGALA #portfolioday #Wondros #Oblong #Gamedesk

Live Music Design Workshop at Re:Design 2014

This is a look at our fourth workshop on combining music and design in one workshop at the Re:Design Creative Directors Conference 2014 at The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. 

The workshop is about the experience of listening to music played live and translating what we hear into a design that effectively represents the art of music. The session called on participants to question how one form of art, design, is adapted to be the visual articulation of a different form of art, music. Through the workshop, the participants face the challenges in aiming to have these two art forms overlap into a single message. During the musical performance, we designed to the music in live time. Through collage, using materials by hand, and the limited time frame, requires an immediate translation of what we hear into a visual treatment, calling on everyone draw on our most direct artistic response to the musician’s art and performance.

By designing in the presence of our musical guest, we're also compelled to explore the sensitivity of developing visual solutions for the songwriter and performer’s art, and the understanding that this music is their heartfelt creation, and how do we channel the most effective translation of this. Following the performance and design session, there was a group review of the work, including the comments and thoughts of our musical guest Jimmy La Valle of The Album Leaf, selecting the design solutions that most effectively embody the sound, spirit, and content of the music.

Not limited to the poster, designs took various forms such as this sculpture

Not limited to the poster, designs took various forms such as this sculpture

Inspired by the sonic landscape created by Jimmy La Valle of The Album Leaf.

This was about listening to the music and translating it to design as you heard it in real time.

Conference symposiarch/curator Christopher Simmons building the beautiful big book in response to the music

Conference symposiarch/curator Christopher Simmons building the beautiful big book in response to the music

At the end of the design & music session, with Jimmy we selected the designs that most closely embodied the music visually for later use by the band.

At the end of the design & music session, with Jimmy we selected the designs that most closely embodied the music visually for later use by the band.

ReDesign Creative Directors busy at work

ReDesign Creative Directors busy at work

San Francisco based designer Eric Heiman channels his love of music into his swift design prowess. 

San Francisco based designer Eric Heiman channels his love of music into his swift design prowess. 

On the left, Stefan Bucher of 344 Design and Daily Monster employs the mastery of his design hand skills.

On the left, Stefan Bucher of 344 Design and Daily Monster employs the mastery of his design hand skills.

All made possible by press proofs from Typecraft, ReDesign, and Jimmy LaValle of The Album Leaf

All made possible by press proofs from Typecraft, ReDesign, and Jimmy LaValle of The Album Leaf

Concorde Supersonic silkscreen

Available now as a gift for any fan of Concorde, the world's only Luxury supersonic aircraft. Five color hand printed silkscreen poster on 100LB bright white stock. Posters are $40 plus shipping. Contact us http://laddesign.net/contact/ for orders. 

Concorde Supersonic Flight 1971-2003

Concorde Supersonic Flight 1971-2003

Each poster hand printed in Los Angeles, California

Each poster hand printed in Los Angeles, California

Five color silkscreen on Cougar 100LB cover stock

Five color silkscreen on Cougar 100LB cover stock

Posters drying after printing.

Posters drying after printing.

The poster was created in support of a talk on our personal project on the design history of Concorde. A more in-depth look at the project is available at supersonicsite.com

Supersonicsite.com a history of the design, lifestyle, and technology of Concorde.

Supersonicsite.com a history of the design, lifestyle, and technology of Concorde.