Designer Profile: Jee-eun Lee

Not many young designers can boast a pedigree as impressive or as diverse as Jee-eun Lee’s. From Mirko Ilic to Milton Glaser, Lee has had the rare good fortune to begin her already promising career by collaborating with two of the …

A Saul Bass Book… Finally!

  You’ve read Steve Heller’s effusive review of Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design in the N.Y. Times this past Sunday; it’s the one that concludes, “… an essential portrait of a designer who successfully balanced art and …

AIGA National Conference's Top Four Moments of "Self-indulgence"

A graphic artist can gain fame while defying client expectations. German Expressionism can still inspire fine artists. Smart-ass sarcasm can baffle design judges. Oh, and Michele Bachmann and Dick Cheney are “DoucheBoobs.” “Pivot,” last week’s AIGA National Conference in Phoenix, …

AIGA.org Redesigned

The AIGA national website, long a deep resource for design advocacy and documentation, has just been redesigned. The new format makes the rich content from its various “journals,” like AIGA VOICE (which I have edited with Sue Apfelbaum), and archives …

Aaron Draplin on Portland, Palin, Pizza, and…Design

The theme of last month’s San Diego AIGA Y Conference was “Spark.” But Aaron Draplin, the first speaker, had grander ambitions. Aaron had flown down the coast from Portland, Oregon, which he calls “a good place to get rained on,” …

Now You Know Y (the Conference), Part 4

. This is our fourth and final conference report. This time, Y’s achievements and legacies within and beyond San Diego’s design community are considered. Be sure to look back to posts one, two, and three. And note that Y16 is …

You Don’t Know Y (the Conference), Part 3

. In this, the third of four installments, the Y team reflects on memorable people and moments over the past 15 years. Here are parts one, two, and four. And here’s info about next week’s Y16, at the University of …

You Don’t Know Y (the Conference), Part 2

Above: artwork from an animation by Stefan G. Bucher. . The San Diego AIGA’s annual Y design conference is next week, March 25th and 26th. Part one of this four-part report covered its inception. Here, some of the key people …

You Don’t Know Y (the Conference), Part 1

This is the first of four reports. Here are parts two, three, and four. Sure, your boss will foot the bills for design conferences that tell you how to do this ‘n’ that. But the ones that probe the “whys,” …

Influence and Inspiration, Part 1: John Coy

[Editor's note: This is the first of two interviews with AIGA/LA's newest Fellow recipients. The second, with Jeri Heiden, is here.] Lee Clow was reinventing advertising. R/Greenberg Associates was inventing motion graphics. April Greiman was inventing PostModernism while running CalArts’s …