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Web Design / Development Opportunity

The UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC) is looking for an experienced web designer for a paid position with their department.  

Qualifications: 

  • Extensive experience with web and digital art creation and editing software such as Adobe Creative Suite
  • Familiar with html, CSS, Flash, etc
  • Have good sense of web design with template, scripts, etc. 
  • Able to present target concepts through digital art and come up with alternative designs for discussion at a given time frame. 

Interested candidates may apply by sending a letter of application, resume, and work samples or portfolio link to Victoria Velasquez at Smart Grid Energy Research Center.

The UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC performs research, creates innovations, and, demonstrates advanced wireless/communications, internet and sense-and-control technologies to enable the development of the next generation of the electric utility grid – The Smart Grid. SMERC also provides thought leadership via partnership between utilities, government, policy makers, technology providers, electric vehicle and electric appliance manufacturers, DOE research labs and universities, so as to collectively work on vision, planning and execution towards a smart grid of the future.

Andrew Byrom @ A+D Museum on June 29

Join renowned typographer and graphic designer Andrew Byrom for an exciting and interactive discussion on TYPOGRAPHY and his EXPERIMENTAL approach to graphic design the evening of Friday, June 29th from 6-8pm.

Andrew’s clients include The New York Times, Penguin  Books, UCLA Extension, and Sagmeister Inc. His work has been featured in numerous design publications including Print Magazine, +81, and Creative Review,  and has been honored by the AIGA and the Type Directors Club. 

Andrew is a Professor at CSULB and has also taught at UCLA Extension, Northern Illinois University, plus Luton University and Central Saint Matrins in the UK. He has given presentations about his ideas throughout Europe, Asia and the US –  including the AIGA Y-Conference, ATypI, TypeCon, The Type Directors Club, Kuala Lumpur Design Week, and TEDx

Come with your favorite font in mind and join the conversation. (Tip: Make sure it isn’t comic sans.)  The A+D Museum is located at 6032 Wilshire Blvd.  For more information and to reserve your spot, see here

Also, this summer you can join Andrew every Saturday for his Typography course here at UCLA Extension.  This hands-on course covers the fundamentals of type, its characteristics, vocabulary, and nomenclature as well as creative uses of type and how it is integrated in successful design.

Enroll today.

Introducing Janine Vigus: New Design Fundamentals instructor

We are excited to announce designer Janine Vigus will be joining UCLA Extension this summer as our new Design Fundamentals instructor.  She brings with her an extensive background designing for the non-profit sector, with years of experience creating enriching design for the Greater Los Angeles area.  She took a moment to answer some key questions about her Design Fundamentals course this summer.

This course is considered the first course in the DCA certificate program. What will I take away from it?

We will be looking to the groundbreaking studies from origins of modern graphic design, and exploring the ways in which an understanding of and facility with formal elements – such as point, line, and plane, rhythm & balance, scale, framing, and figure/ground relationships – underpin great design, and provide greater conceptual freedom. Through a series of projects that I hope will be challenging, inspiring, and fun, students will experience design as practice, working through exercises towards successful solutions, and finding grounds for further exercise and experimentation within those solutions.

You’ve had a remarkable career thus far with clients including Chinese American Museum, Getty Conservation Institute, Huntington Library Press, LACMA, and Library Foundation of Los Angeles. What makes you passionate about design?

I’m interested in the way that design can create conceptual and practical clarity, and in the role of narrative and ethics, which I think are intimately connected. I like the idea that emotional and intellectual work are supplementary to each other, and that discipline and freedom have equal weight. I’ve been inspired by colleagues – by designers I’ve worked for and with; by editors, curators, and clients – from my first job in a design studio working for John Coy to my colleagues at LACMA, and by projects with clients that have been rewarding collaborations.

Do you have any sample assignments? 

Students will have the freedom in class assignments to find physical and/or digital solutions in a project to construct an emotive word using point, line, or plane. They will explore rhythm and balance visually through a project that looks at sequential design through construction of an accordion book, and experience the value of responding to chance through the use of accidental images and found content. We will use a course text by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips: Graphic Design, the New Basics. Class exercises will be drawn from the text, which can be found here.

Course Spotlight: Surface Design for Consumer Products

This summer, creative director and DCA instructor John Beach will guide students as they examine the role that style and surface play in consumer products, and how to design their own variety of surfaces for a range of products.  John took a moment to answer some key questions about Surface Design for Consumer Products:

Why is this course important for my design education?

Ultimately, it’s two fold. You learn and understand the structure and usability of a style guide, plus you will explore options in how to create your own content relevant to a target audience.  As designers, we are surrounded by style guides that dictate the fundamental usage of elements used to define brands, products and services. Often we are told how to use specific elements (for instance, the logo) to maintain that strict corporate image when creating beautifully designed packaging, or consumer products (anything that people purchase). More often, we are charged with creating these style guides so major brands will maintain a strong sense of continuity within the marketplace. We will look at how these style guides are built and utilized to control those steps.

What will I take away from this course?

This course is a hands on look at how to develop that style guide, for a product (or products) of  your choice. We will start by developing a concept for your line. Is it soft lines or hard lines? Is it textiles or paper goods? What is your target audience? Is it mass market or the luxury market? Each student will use a combined method of digital and hand built elements that will be turned into icons, badges and pattern work. You will be able to work in almost any medium you choose to generate your art (and then move into digital to complete the process).  We will then look at how to apply those patterns and art to a vast array of consumer products that form today’s modern marketplace.

In the end, you will walk away with a beautifully built style guide, based on your own art, showing a multitude of consumer products that could be built using your creativity. You will also understand, should you need in the future, how to use a corporate style guide to build most of the “every day” consumer products you see on the shelves of stores around you, whether that be Target, Crate and Barrel or Gucci, or your favorite local boutique.

Enroll in Surface Design for Consumer Products today!

Adobe CS6 Launch on June 10th

Mark your calendars, the CS6 Launch is coming up in two weeks:

Sunday, June 10 from 8:30am to 5:00 PM
The Olympic Collection Conference Centre
11301 Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064

CS6 came out sizzling with a ton of innovation and new ways of doing things! Graphic artists, motion designers, app makers, photographers, editors, animators, web geeks, digital publishing gurus and everyone else; there is a little something for everyone. Join us as we take an in-depth look at the newest features, hands-on workshops and a new way to work collaboratively.  To register, please visit the LA Adobe group Eventbrite page.

Early Bird Deadline Today!

Calling all students and creative individuals, today is the early enrollment deadline for many of our courses!  To receive a 10% discount on your courses fees, enroll today through our site or by calling our registration department at 310.825.9971.  Our registration office is open until 5pm today. 

If you have any questions about individual courses, please call our department at 310.206.1422.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

AIGA/LA EMERGE at A + D Museum

Earlier this month, DCA students joined other emerging design talent from colleges and universities in the greater Los Angeles area to showcase some of their best work.  Check out some images from the May 12th opening reception below.  EMERGE was organized and sponsored by the AIGA/LA Education Committee, and hosted by the A+D Museum.

Special thanks goes to Loyola Marymount University student Andres Andrieu for documenting the event.

It’s Your Show 2012: Awards of Distinction

Last Friday’s opening reception for “It’s Your Show!” was a resounding success.  Exhibiting students brought family and friends to make for a great evening of art viewing and mingling.  You can check out a selection of photos from that evening on our Facebook page.  Also, you may have noticed on the wall placards and in our show program, that 5 students’ works were chosen to receive Awards of Distinction.  A big “Congratulations” goes out to the following students and their work!

 

Adobe Illustrator User’s Group with Digital Designers/Los Angeles: May Meeting

Wednesday, May 16 from 7 to 8:45pm

Join us for a special meeting with the Adobe Edge Group to learn the new features and work flow with Illustrator and Edge! 

PLUS: Save the Date…

Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud 6 Launch

Sunday, June 10 from 8:30am to 5:00 PM
The Olympic Collection Conference Centre
11301 Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064

CS6 came out sizzling with a ton of innovation and new ways of doing things! Graphic artists, motion designers, app makers, photographers, editors, animators, web geeks, digital publishing gurus and everyone else there is a little something for everyone. Join us as we take an in-depth look at the newest features, hands-on workshops and a new way to work collaboratively. You don’t want to miss this one!

For more information check our Eventbrite page here.

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