Art Center

An L.A. View of Meggs's N.Y. School of Design

Everyone will approach the fifth edition of Meggs’ History of Graphic Design through their own personal filters. Steve Heller’s already done his overview of the print and digital versions. Paul Shaw may pick up his Blue Pencil to correct factual and editorial errors. Marxist and feminist critics might deal with the two Martha Stewart...

Illustrator and Entrepreneur Scott Gandell on the Tools of His Trades

Scott Gandell is an illustrator and printmaker. He also co-owns and operates the South Pasadena Mercantile Co., which is packed with an eclectic assortment of home furnishings, folk art, books, original paintings, and other merchandise. I first met him when I was interviewing attendees at 2010′s ICON Conference in Pasadena for an Imprint story. He...

How Sean Adams Transforms His Childhood Insecurities into Brilliant Graphic Design

If you’ve seen Sean Adams at design functions, you’ll recall a bright and friendly guy who makes grinning 1960s-era stewardesses seem positively dour by comparison. In fact, in a behind-the-scenes story about my Imprint coverage of an event last year I noted, “Throughout AIGA National’s Pivot conference, none of the on-stage staff smiled anywhere...

Influence and Inspiration, Part 2: Jeri Heiden

[Editor's note: This is the second interview with AIGA/LA's two newest Fellows, who were honored last Thursday (01/20/10) at Palihouse in West Hollywood. The first, with John Coy, is here]. From the early 1980s to the mid-1990s, Jeri Heiden was boosting the fame of Madonna, k.d. lang, and many others with her graphics for...

Why George Lois Is Wrong About Mad Men: A Conversation with Mel Abert

Ever since Mad Men premiered in July of 2007, George Lois has been shooting off his mouth – I know: Dog Bites Man – about how the show got everything all wrong because … well, because it wasn’t all about him. George has been a consistently brilliant – and persistently self-aggrandizing – ad legend...