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Marc Mertens, SESO & TED-Ed

Yesterday, we were excited to learn of the launch of TED’s new educational platform, TED-Ed.  Better still, Seso, the experience design firm founded by UCLA Extension instructor Marc Mertens, was instrumental in bringing this dynamic project to fruition. Marc will share his expertise in our upcoming summer course; User Experience Design.

The TED-Ed platform provides educators access to TED’s growing library of carefully curated educational videos, and the ability to build unique lessons around ideas.  These lessons can then be tracked through unique URLs, allowing educators to individually measure the efficacy of their teaching.  The TED-Ed site is an engaging new component in the educator’s tool box, and represents a forward thinking development in the continually evolving world of education.

TED-Ed has already garnered glowing praise from The Washington Post, The Atlantic, GOOD, and The Chronicle of Higher Education among others.  The Atlantic calls the new platform “Big” and maybe even “revolutionary.”  While The Washington Post remarks that TED-Ed uses “sophisticated animation, professional editing and high-quality production values to produce online lessons that are hard to forget.”

Check out this feedback from Marc’s former UX Design students:

“This was the best class I have ever taken, period. The subject material was really interesting and something that I can use in my career. I felt challenged, yet fully supported by Marc and the class. Out class also felt really cohesive and aligned. Awesome networking!”

“I wish Marc taught more classes! He is a great teacher, 110% knowledgeable, and really engaging. He makes a class in user experience a totally awesome user experience. I can’t thank him enough for all the advice, support and direction.”

“While he was an authority on everything we discussed, I liked that he also embraced other’s knowledge and expertise in the field.”

Apart from his upcoming User Experience Design course, you can also catch Marc at Big City Forum’s Mapping LA: Design Based Thinking, taking place May 2nd at the Armory Center for the Arts.

 

A Look into Martin Venezky’s Creative Process

Venezky's Studio

“The term “experimental” is often used as a code for unusable, weird, “crazy” or “going wild”. But I think that is a big misunderstanding, and something I try hard to correct in the classroom. When I teach an experimental class, I am quick to explain that experimentation is a methodology.” 

-Martin Venezky

Mr. Venezky put his own methodology to work for our Summer 2012 catalog cover, which you may have noticed popping up lately around the UCLA Extension building and campus.  Just released last week, we were excited to finally see the colorful and intricate design Venezky had created for us.

Martin Venezky is the mastermind behind Appetite Engineers, a small, internationally recognized design firm.  His interest in intricacy, complexity, ornament, and handwork has caused many wary employees to nervously inch their way toward the exit. But before taking flight, they have helped him create some wonderfully entertaining work for the Sundance Film Festival, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Chronicle Books, Princeton Architectural Press, and Blue Note Records, among others. 

Typographic Construction

His work has been featured in Eye, How, émigré, and Graphis.  Martin also was art director of the late, great Speak, a magazine of popular culture, literature, music, and art.  In 1997 he was listed among ID magazine’s “ID40” list of influential designers and, in 2001, an exhibit of his collected design work, Martin Venezky: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Architecture and Design, was held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  A monograph of his work, It Is Beautiful . . . Then Gone, has been published by Princeton Architectural Press.  Mr. Venezky has taught at CCA, California Institute of the Arts, and Art Center College of Design.

 

Final Catalog Cover design

Venezky shared some snapshots of his studio and the process involved in the creation of our cover image.  From the precise typographic cutouts to the carefully assembled ribbons and orbs, the handiwork involved in constructing the final image is quite impressive.

“I think that decoration, for its pure visual stimulation and wonder, is a fantastic thing. Our response to it is part of being human. Pattern, variation, texture, color, qualities of light and shadow, figure and ground – all of these things produce sensations in us that are based more on biology than rationality. The elevating of engineering to an aesthetic ideal is based on the purity of rational and mathematical thought.”

-Martin Venezky

Typography field trip explores the “the uncommon beauty of common things”

Instructor Andrew Byrom shared two exhibits with his students, the first called California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way” at LACMA, part of the Pacific Standard Time project celebrating the birth of the L.A. art scene.

The class then hustled across Wilshire Blvd. before it was shut down for President Obama’s motorcade to the Architecture and Design Museum, where Andrew discussed “the uncommon beauty of common things” at the exhibit on Charles and Ray Eames he co-created with Deborah Sussman.

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