Ed Fella, who has retired from his profession as an illustrator and graphic designer, currently teaches in the graduate program at CalArts, where he has worked since 1987. “After 30 years (from 1957 to 1987), I’m finished with professional practice—the next generation now has it well in hand,” he says. “I call myself an ‘exit-level’ designer. I do my own personal form of ‘art-design’ which is basically a deconstruction of the forms and techniques of my past work and experiences as that long ago commercial artist, and which seems to bring me lots of recognition (and awards) in my old age. I also love doing projects like this one. It keeps me in the game, but comfortably on the bench.” http://www.edfella.com
Pacifica Radio, founded in 1949, is a listener-sponsored network of community radio stations.
“The Los Angeles-based Pacifica Radio station has been around since 1959. It’s KPFK, 90.7FM, and it hosts a program, ‘Live From the Left Coast,’ every Sunday morning that I have been a regular listener to for many years. As the station is completely listener-supported, of course, it is always short of money, and holds several yearly fund-drives. So this tote-bag project will be my contribution to the cause. My design has the call letters in a red circle in a rather idiosyncratic mix of swirling letterforms (possibly on the edge of readability), while ‘Live From the Left Coast’ butts up against a ‘coast’ line in a back-slanted, roughly hand-lettered font—which, by the way, is one of my own, and just may be reminiscent of protest posters. The founder of Pacifica, Lewis Hill, was an anti-war dissident, even during WWII!”
See the complete set at My Design Shop. There are only 25 of each design, and they all come with a handmade hang tag and are individually numbered. All proceeds will go to the charity that the designer has chosen.
BROWSE OTHER DESIGNERS Atelier Télescopique for Fondation de France
Büro Destruct for Greenpeace
Christoph Niemann for Doctors Without Borders
Deanne Cheuk for Smile Train
Geoff McFetridge for Gabriella Charter School
HORT for Amnesty International
James Joyce for Save the Children
Laurent Fetis for The World Wildlife Fund
Rick Valicenti for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Si Scott for The World Wildlife Fund
Spin for Bone Cancer Research UK
**Contest Winner: Sawdust for the British Heart Foundation