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All Together Now

All Together Now - Invite WEBAll Together Now is a group show comprised of seven gridbased alphabets by seven different graphic designers. If type design is equal parts practical (formal structure) and poetic (autobiographical concern), then typography is the best sort of catalyst for meaningful dialogue with each other.

Organized by Harsh Patel.

September 5 – 20, 2013. Opening Reception Sept 5, 9PM.

1010 Westwood Blvd, Floor 4 Los Angeles

Photo Shoot at Morphosis Architecture

Last Saturday, instructor Michael Powers brought his Photographic Portraiture students to the Morphosis Architects firm. Their beautiful design studio served as a perfect backdrop to the shoot. Student Kamil Mrouah was kind enough to share a few of his images from the day, so here they are!

Thanks for Morphosis for the generous use of their space, and congrats to Michael and his students on the beautiful work!

Powers shoot 1

Powers Shoot 2 Powers Shoot 3 Powers Shoot 4

Course Spotlight: InDesign

Check out the two galleries below of outstanding student projects from instructor Michelle Constantine’s winter quarter 2013 InDesign course. This first contains projects made during the quarter:



And here is a gallery of the students’ final projects:


It’s Your Show 2013 Opening Reception Pics


Last Friday’s Opening Reception for It’s Your Show 2013 was a smashing success, with packed crowds all night long.  If you weren’t able to make it, we encourage you to stop by the 4th Floor Gallery at 1010 Westwood Boulevard to check it out.  The exhibition will remain up until the end of May.

Student Work: Package Design

Check out these outstanding projects from John Beach’s winter 2013 quarter course, Package Design:

Excellent work!

Student Work: Paola Carleo

Check out this inspired Design II: Collateral Communication project by DCA student Paola Carleo, completed under the mentorship of instructor Shirin Raban. Scroll through the slideshow to learn Paola’s inspiration for the project and insight into her process:



It’s Your Show 2013! Call for Entries

It’s that time again!  Time for “It’s Your Show,” our annual exhibition of student work from the areas of design, fine art and photography. This is a great event that brings together students of all disciplines to share their ideas and show the exciting variety of work created in our courses.

Please read the submission guidelines below carefully. It’s important to properly label your e-mail entries, and remember that it’s limited to three entries per student.

Submission Deadline:
Midnight on Sunday, April 14

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 3rd, 6:30 – 8:30pm
UCLA Extension
1010 Westwood Center Gallery, 4th floor
Exhibition runs through May 30th

Open to all original work created in a UCLA Extension Studio Arts, Photography or Design Communication Arts course during the past two years. All genres, formats, and media are eligible. Three submissions maximum per student.

Submission Guidelines:
Digital submissions only.

Email design work to dca@uclaextension.edu.
Email photography and fine art work to visualarts@uclaextension.edu.

Files should be .pdf or .jpeg images no larger than 1MB and named in the format described below. Include your name and phone number in the body of the email.

Digital File Label:


All entrants will be emailed on or before April 19 regarding their submission(s). Students will be asked to bring their original artwork to 1010 Westwood Boulevard in advance of the show and be required to sign a release of liability at that time.

Special recognition will be given by a jury of Los Angeles artists to projects displaying excellence in specific elements of art and design.

Questions? Call (310) 206-1422.

Student work: John Candland

WK11_C5_Candland_John - Cookies_Page_1It’s always exciting when students let their playfullness and originality shine through in a project. Student John Candland did just that in the course Icons, Logos, and Logotype Design. Not only did he animate his logo, but he also created a version out of cookies! Talk about an unforgettable interview leave-behind. John shared more with us:

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What was your inspiration for this project?

Candland Connection was a logo design for my own hypothetical, future business with services including public relations, social media, web design, etc.  Something that I’m passionate about is authentic, open communication and “connection” between people.  That’s where the puzzle pieces concept came together.  Each of the puzzle pieces represents a person, and when they come together, each person is holding another person in their arms.  I believe that as humans, we feel incomplete until we “connect” our authentic, true self with others whom we “fit” together with.

Can you tell us what your process was like? 

I drew several thumbnail sketches for the logo options.  My instructor, Shirin Raban, and fellow students agreed that this concept was my strongest.  I created the logo in Illustrator, and used feedback from Shirin to tweak the shapes and the colors, and keep the concept simple.  (I had though about putting faces on the puzzle pieces).   Shirin had taught us about animated logos which made a lot of sense to me since so much of modern communication is online, it’s a great way to make a logo pop.

Here’s one of my earlier drafts:


Great work, John!

Enroll in Icons, Logos, and Logotype Design today.

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