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All’s play with Hello Kitty and tokidoki

Published by | Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
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Clockwise, from left: mystery HK princess; Kymberlee and Simone Legno, "Kitty Mama" Yuko Yamaguchi and me; posing with the inspirational Hello Kitty.

No one can accuse me of all work and no play this past weekend, as I attended a special Hello Kitty artist signing called the Three Apples art exhibit at Royal/T in Culver City, CA with my friend, fellow Hello Kitty fan, and former colleague Kymberlee Weil of introNetworks. Above is a collage of some of the day’s highlights, me getting a signature by ‘Kitty Mama’ Yuko Yamaguchi (Hello Kitty head designer visiting from Tokyo) and Kymberlee with Tokidoki creator, and lynda.com Creative Inspirations subject Simone Legno — at the launch of the exclusive tokidoki for Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary collection.

We saw an amazing art show, curated by Jamie Rivadeneira, owner of pop-culture shop in Los Angeles, JAPAN LA. Contemporary artists and Hello Kitty fans including Gary Baseman, Ron English, Buff Monster, Camilla d’Errico, Luke Chueh, Deph, and Yosuke Ueno are just a few of the 80+ amazing artists that have created Hello Kitty one-of-a kind artworks on display.

I bought some super cute Tokidoki Hello Kitty items, and got inspiration for my Halloween costume where I plan to channel a nerdy Hello Kitty.

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Goodies from the Hello Kitty artist signing this past weekend.

Celebrate design & designers at the 6th Annual AIGA Design Legends Gala in NYC

Published by | Monday, August 3rd, 2009

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6th Annual AIGA Design Legends Gala
Thursday, September 17
At The Waldorf-Astoria in New York City
Reception 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Dinner 7:30–10:30 p.m.
After-party 10:00 p.m.

What it is:

The AIGA Design Legends Gala is an annual fundraising event honoring those whose work inspires designers of all ages, sets the bar for creativity and innovation, and defines the design profession, as we know it. The 2009 honorees are:

The AIGA Medal: Pablo Ferro, Carin Goldberg and Doyald Young
The AIGA Corporate Leadership Award: Patagonia and Jet Blue
The AIGA Fellow Award
The 2009/2010 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships

Why attend?

  • The Gala is an exclusive occasion to honor those who have attained the highest level of achievement in our profession
  • It’s an incredibly entertaining way to celebrate our profession
  • A chance to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, make some lasting connections
  • A vital opportunity to contribute to the continued success of the organization and profession
  • Last year nearly 500 people attended, 26 designers were honored, and $140,000 was raised.

What will happen when you get there?

The evening begins with a cocktail reception: open bar and hors-d’oeuvres. Items for the Silent Auction will be on view and bidding occurs throughout the evening.

At 7:30 p.m., guests are invited into dinner Grand Ballroom.

The main event is a sit-down dinner during which the honors will be awarded. There will be breaks for milling around and visiting.

After the event there will be an after party across the hall. Designer DJs will spin designer favorites. There will be an opportunity to show off your dance moves until 2:00 a.m., cash bar.

Where the proceeds go

Funds raised at the Gala benefit the AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum, Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships, initiatives to make the profession more inclusive and diverse, and the Legacy Campaign, an endowment to secure the future of AIGA.

All proceeds from the AIGA Silent Auction benefit AIGA’s initiatives to both preserve the profession’s past—through the AIGA Design Archives—and promote its future—with Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships.

The Silent Auction

Last year’s first-ever silent auction of 31 artworks donated by AIGA Medalists and design luminaries raised a total of $16,800. Last year more than 20 AIGA Medalists and other noted designers contributed signed works.

Contributing designers included:

Gail Anderson, Marian Bantjes, Michael Bierut, Ken Carbone, Seymour Chwast, Bart Crosby, Meredith Davis, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, William Drenttel & Jessica Helfand, Joe Duffy, Shepard Fairey, Ed Fella, Steff Geissbuhler, Milton Glaser, Carin Goldberg, April Greiman, Steven Heller & Lita Talarico, Kit Hinrichs, Maira Kalman, Chip Kidd, Ellen Lupton, Bruce Mau, Abbott Miller, Clement Mok, Woody Pirtle, Paula Scher, Michael Strassburger, Deborah Sussman, Michael Vanderbyl, Massimo & Lella Vignelli and Fred Woodward.

Pricing:

Table and ticket options

AFTER-PARTY ONLY: $50

  • Dancing and mingling at the after-party; cash bar

INDIVIDUAL TICKET, FRIEND: $400

  • Cocktails, dinner and after-party

INDIVIDUAL TICKET, DONOR: $1,000

  • Recognition in the Gala program
  • One ticket to VIP reception with Medalists and AIGA Board of Directors
  • Cocktails, dinner and after-party

BENEFACTOR TABLE: $6,000

  • Recognition in the Gala program
  • Two tickets to VIP reception with Medalists and AIGA Board of Directors
  • Ten tickets for cocktails, dinner and after-party

PATRON TABLE: $10,000

  • Full-page, black and white advertisement in the Gala program
  • Recognition in the Gala program
  • Four tickets to VIP reception with Medalists and AIGA Board of Directors
  • Ten tickets for cocktails, dinner and after-party

LEADERSHIP TABLE: $15,000

  • Guests at the 2008 Gala
  • One named 2009–2010 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship
  • Full-page, 2-color advertisement in the Gala program
  • Recognition in the Gala program
  • Six tickets to VIP reception with Medalists and AIGA Board of Directors
  • Ten tickets for cocktails, dinner and after-party

Some additional answers to questions you might have:

Where can I sign up?

Go to http://www.aiga.org/content.cfm/events-gala and click the link Purchase tickets by September 10 and proceed to myaiga.org to start the process.

What if all I want to buy is an after party ticket?

In the payment process there is an option to select and purchase only the after party.

Do I have to be an AIGA member?

Not at all. For this event, there is no distinction between member and nonmember pricing.

If I buy an individual ticket will I be seated with people I know?

AIGA staff will try to accommodate all requests but there are no guarantees. Add a comment to the form when you purchase the ticket, along the lines of please seat me at the Louise Sandhaus table”. If you purchase a table or multiple tickets, you will manage your guest list through myaiga.org.

Here’s what past attendees had to say:

Brad Weed

“Whether you’re there to gaze at the design stars, revel in the generosity or experience the amazing presentations and decor, you’d be hard-pressed to leave the AIGA Design Legends Gala without a new friend, a new thought or a new appreciation for America’s most esteemed design institution.

Vernon Lockhart
“The Design Legends Gala has been an amazing experience for me; it’s a wonderful thing to honor and meet our design industry’s current and future legends. Last year meeting Clement Mok and Gail Anderson gave me goose bumps, and seeing the youthful winners of the AIGA WorldStudio scholarships was equally inspiring for me.”

Stanley Hainsworth
“The Design Legends Gala was everything the critics had raved about! Experiencing these design legends stand up and talk about their amazing careers really made me feel like I was part of the proud history of AIGA that stretches over time and across careers, into a very bright future.”

Elva Rubio
“The AIGA Design Legends Gala does the best job of introducing and honoring the award winners—the presentations are thoughtful, moving, inspiring and beautifully produced. The room is as equally dazzling and in tandem promising an exciting and entertaining evening. I look forward to this event every year!”

Your support of AIGA and the Gala is integral to the continued success of the organization and profession. I encourage you to participate in this wonderful event. May we count on your support?

Lynda and AIGA: discover, understand, appreciate, and be inspired by design.

Published by | Monday, July 27th, 2009

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Last year, I was invited by one of my most-valued mentors, Clement Mok, to apply for a seat on the national board of AIGA, the professional association for design, and I was selected to serve for one year. Ive never been on a non-profit board before, and its been a wonderful experience so far. I am inspired by the passion and dedication of the organization- from those who work tirelessly at the national headquarters in NYC to those who donate their time to the regional chapters. Im doing my part to spread the word of this 95 year-old(!) organization by writing this post, and inviting you to join me and 22,000 other design professionals to support AIGA.

AIGA is above all an advocate for designto discover it, discuss it, understand it, appreciate it, be inspired by it. AIGA has 65 chapters across the US that offer networking events, inspirational talks, events, portfolio reviews, design competitions, conferences, and community outreach to evangelize the value of design. The AIGA website is full of great information and resources, from job boards, to member portfolio sites, to design archives, to design blogs, to best practices.

In the age of everything virtual, AIGA offers many opportunities to meet and mix with other design professionals. Everyone needs to get away from the computer now and again and get together in the physical world to stand and bask in the light of design.

How you can get involved:

Find your local chapter, and attend an event. Non-members are welcome to all events! See if you like it! I am pretty certain you will.

Join the chapter as a member and get discounts on AIGA events, Adobe products, lynda.com products, health insurance and more! Your membership fee is also tax-deductable.

Become active in AIGA governance; every chapter has its own local board of directors and offers a great chance to flex and build your business skills. Its a way to give back to others, and that always feels good. Youll see me evangelizing AIGA events in the lynda.com blog now and again. I hope to see you at an AIGA event soon please let me know if you are a lynda.com member; its always a great treat to meet you in person.

Update on Entrepreneur of the Year award: The best is yet to come!

Published by | Thursday, June 25th, 2009
Lynda and Bruce, Entrepreneur of the Year finalists

Lynda and Bruce all decked out for the Entrepreneur of the Year award ceremony.

Hi Everyone!

I know many of you were following our nomination for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Greater Los Angeles area. We made it to finalists, but did not win the award and will not be going on to the national competition.

We were in awe of many of the other finalists and winners, and the experience of being part of this competition was pretty fantastic. The evening event on June 23 (red carpet et all – see pics of Bruce in a tux!) was fantastic. They made a pretty cool video of us describing lynda.com that I hope to get a copy of to share with you all.

Even though we did not win, we don’t measure our success by awards. It’s nice to be acknowledged, but the truth is no award can come close to how proud we are to be building this great business. The best is yet to come!

Thanks for everything!

-Lynda and Bruce

John Derry at lynda.com to record Painter 11

Published by | Sunday, May 24th, 2009
Painter table of contents on the white board!

Painter table of contents on the white board!

John Derry was here this week recording Corel Painter 11 Essential Training, due in the library in a few months. The white board scribbles lend a hint of what to expect from his new course!

John Derry is a pioneer in the field of digital painting and was one of the original creators of Corel® Painter™, long before Corel owned the product. Since 1985, he has leveraged his background in drawing and painting to advance the look and experience of traditional art-making tools on the computer. John received a master’s degree in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and co-patented two inventions relating to expressive digital mark-making. John is a regular contributor to AfterCapture Magazine, Rangefinder’s publication focusing on photographic post-production work. He teaches expressive photographic interpretation workshops in the U.S. and abroad. John is Corel’s Painter Ambassador-at-Large, and is a practicing artist and photographer. John can be found online at www.pixlart.com.

There is no one who knows Painter better than John, and we’re very proud to include his training in our library!

Jay Nelson recording QuarkXpress 8

Published by | Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
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Jay Nelson spotted in the lynda.com recording booth, recording a new QuarkXpress 8 Essentials course!

Had a few chances to visit with Jay while he was out here recording, having traveled from Boulder, CO to overcast Ventura, CA. Jay is celebrating the 17th year and 201st edition of Design Tools Monthly, his newsletter about all things graphics.

Jay continues to use and recommend QuarkXPress as his favorite page layout tool. He’s especially excited to share some of the newest features, such as new intuitive ways to lay out pictures boxes by dragging, twisting and rotating, the sleek and fun new interface, the new fluidity of the pen tool, and item styles, where an item can be saved as a style and replicated easily throughout a design. He’ll also be showing how to create Flash (!) and web sites using Quark. The project is super ambitious, taking two full weeks to record, and covering more in one video course than what’s available elsewhere in any format!

Catch Jay at his How Design Conference session, or speaking at the Institute of Newspaper Technology conference. We’re proud to have Jay in the library – thanks, Jay!

Wild about Harry

Published by | Friday, May 22nd, 2009

wildharryA noteworthy new Creative Inspirations video installment has been released today on the Online Training Library. Harry Marks is considered by many to be the godfather of broadcast design.

More than any other individual, he changed television by doing things with graphics that had never been attempted before. Not only did he pioneer the use of emerging imaging technologies, but he did so with style and reason. His pioneering work in the field of CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) brought him into collaboration with many other industry pioneers, including Douglas Trumbull, Robert Abel, Carl Rosendahl (whose company evolved into DreamWorks Animation), and Dale
Herigstad
(who is also the subject of a different Creative Inspirations).

In the early ’80s, Harry had the idea of bringing together people who work in
the disparate fields of technology, entertainment, and design, so he
partnered with Richard Saul Wurman and the TED Conference was born. This
installment of Creative Inspirations takes viewers on a historic journey
through the extraordinary career of Harry Marks.

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

Published by | Monday, May 18th, 2009
Author dinner on Thursday, May 14th From left to right: Taz Tally, Lesa Snyder-King, Jay Nelson, Max Smith, Jan Kabili, Megan Anderson, Bruce Heavin

Author dinner on Thursday, May 14th From left to right: Taz Tally, Lesa Snider, Jay Nelson, Max Smith, Jan Kabili, Megan Andersen, Bruce Heavin

Taz is here recording Photoshop CS4: Color Correction, Lesa is recording internal movies for our staff related to iStockPhoto usage, Jay is  recording QuarkXpress 8 Essential Training, Max is our lead training producer and he’s making sure our authors are eating a well-produced meal, Jan is here for a staff meeting, but her next project is Photoshop CS4: Selections in Depth, Megan is relating in her Author Relations role at lynda.com, and Bruce is here for the good meal and conversation with me, who is not in the shot as I am behind the lens taking the photo. We have meals with authors all the time, and now that I am blogging I hope to document these occasions and let you know which authors are in town and what new courses they are cooking up.