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UCLAxOpen Panel Discussion: Portfolio Review

This coming Tuesday, February 9 from 12-1pm the Visual Arts presents: Portfolio Review, a free opportunity for DCA and UX certificate students to 1) learn about what makes a strong portfolio and 2) receive feedback on their portfolios or works-in-progress.

Topics include:
–Our panelists will answer the question: What do they consider to be a great portfolio and why? They will show examples.
–A few pre-selected students will receive feedback on their work. And critiques will be open so other attendees can benefit from hearing feedback on others’ work.

Panelist: John Beach

John Beach brings twenty five years of experience to the graphic design field. His clients in branding, packaging and consumer products, textile design and trend forecasting include Starbucks Coffee Company, Disney Consumer Products, and the Hillstone Restaurant Group (formally the Houston’s Restaurant Group), Smilebox, Inc., RoomsbyYou.com and the Ocean Park Community Center. He has worked in the entertainment industry, in most capacities, from title design for motion graphics, to advertising with the networks and movie studios, to custom printed props for film, television and theater. He has acted as an expert witness in the field of intellectual properties for law firms. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.

He has taught a plethora of courses in the DCA program and was the recipient of our departmental Outstanding Instructor award. This spring, John is teaching Publication Design and Design IV: Capstone.

Panelist: Diana Barraza

Diana Barraza is a seasoned UX/UI/Product designer with over 10 years of experience in technology. Specializing in mobile and enterprise design, Diana currently focuses on building internal products at Flyhomes (an end-to-end real estate startup). Simultaneously, Diana investigates how her work impacts and improves the home buying experience for customers. Previously with Heal–an in-home, doctor on-demand provider–Diana’s work contributed to Heal being named App of the Day in the App Store. With an academic background rooted in the social sciences and arts, Diana is eager to share her knowledge and experiences as an educator at UCLA Exchange. Diana is also proudly Latinx and an LA native. 

She is teaching User Experience II: Iteration in spring quarter.

Moderator: Scott Hutchinson

Scott Hutchinson is the Program Director of the Visual Arts at UCLA Extension. Currently he is organizing TEDxUCLA.

More about Scott: I work for the design, studio, photography and art history programs at UCLA Extension, in addition to consulting and teaching in the area of commercial design. My training is as a designer, with a BA and MFA from UCLA’s Design Media Arts program, and I specialize in identity work for a variety of non-profits, mainly in branding, identity systems, social media and web development. Board activity includes National AIGA Design Educators Committee, AIGA Los Angeles Education advisor, United Designs, UCLA Volunteer Center, and sustainability committees on campus, UCLA Extension, and the Green Observers Foundation. I have spoken at a variety of conferences on design, visual literacy, semiotics, and social media.

If you haven’t already, enroll in our free speaker series today!

UCLAxOpen Panel Discussion: Careers in Graphic Design

This coming Tuesday, February 2 from 12-1pm the Visual Arts presents: Careers in Graphic Design, a free panel discussion on current design trends and how to find your place in the industry.

Topics include:
• Jag and Vesna’s careers to date and what a day in their lives looks like
Finding your place:
• Focus — how to target areas
• Careers in design now and in the future
• Portfolios and storytelling — tips on putting together
• Careers in design — tips to land where you can excel

Panelist: Jeff Aguila (Jag)

Jag has been an Art Director for the entertainment advertising design industry for more than 20 years, specializing in print and digital campaigns designing for some of the best entertainment studios such as Art Machine, A Trailer Park Co., BLT & Associates, and A Squared Design Group working on theatrical, home entertainment, television and video game projects. In 2006 he received the Hollywood Reporter Key Art Award for Home Entertainment – Special Recognition Print for his work on the SAW:UNCUT Edition DVD packaging design. He has taught Design Fundamentals and Entertainment Graphic Design for the DCA program since 2000.

Student feedback:

“Jag was an excellent instructor. He built an interesting, informative, and well-structured class centered around the main pursuit of teaching us to begin thinking like designers. He picked assignments, chose demonstrations, asked guided questions, and shared materials that all pushed towards this goal of getting us to think, see and conceptualize as a designer does. I also appreciated his choice to share personal projects to provide us with real-world examples. And he specifically showed all the steps of the process, from design brief through ideation to final versions. Jag also made himself available, gave us good, pointed, and constructive feedback and seemed really invested in our learning. At the end of the quarter, he left us with workable advice, concrete next steps, and took the time to present us with all the work we had made as a class. It made me feel proud of our accomplishments as a group.”

Panelist: Vesna Petrovic

Vesna Petrović is the founder and owner of VESNA DE3IGN studio. She is a graphic designer and educator. Vesna served for several years as a board member in AIGA in two separate chapters—Los Angeles and Orange County—and its national center for Cross-Cultural Design. She also participated in design portfolio reviews for AIGA LA, AIGA OC, CSUN, Otis College of Art and Design, and here at UCLAx.

Her work has been published and shown in graphic design publications and exhibitions, and is included in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s permanent graphic design collection. Vesna has organized and curated two graphic design exhibitions—L.A. Design in Belgrade (AIGA) and Everyday Design From Around the World (AIGA), the latter traveling from Los Angeles to New York to Mexico City. She served as a judge at several design competitions including Art Directors Club of America, AIGA LA and AIGA OC. Vesna was trained both as an architect and a graphic designer and holds B.A./M.Arch degrees from the University of Belgrade.

She teaches Design Fundamentals and Design III: Branding in the DCA program.

Moderator: Scott Hutchinson

Scott Hutchinson is the Program Director of the Visual Arts at UCLA Extension. Currently he is organizing TEDxUCLA.

More about Scott: I work for the design, studio, photography and art history programs at UCLA Extension, in addition to consulting and teaching in the area of commercial design. My training is as a designer, with a BA and MFA from UCLA’s Design Media Arts program, and I specialize in identity work for a variety of non-profits, mainly in branding, identity systems, social media and web development. Board activity includes National AIGA Design Educators Committee, AIGA Los Angeles Education advisor, United Designs, UCLA Volunteer Center, and sustainability committees on campus, UCLA Extension, and the Green Observers Foundation. I have spoken at a variety of conferences on design, visual literacy, semiotics, and social media.

If you haven’t already, enroll in our free speaker series today!

UCLAxOpen Panel Discussion: UX Now and In the Future

On Tuesday, January 26 from 12-1pm the Visual Arts presents: UX Now and in the Future. A free panel discussion on current UX themes, and the future of the industry.

Topics include:

Behavior Design

  • What is it and how can you use it?
  • Enabling habit formation
  • Application to business settings
  • Design Ethics – responsibility when creating addictive systems

The Future of UX Design: Non-Visual UI, AR, VR and VUI 

  • What is their current state?
  • Where are they going?
  • How to crack the code of design prompts that are non-visual

Moderator: Scott Hutchinson

Scott Hutchinson is the Program Director of the Visual Arts at UCLA Extension. Currently he is organizing TEDxUCLA.

More about Scott: I work for the design, studio, photography and art history programs at UCLA Extension, in addition to consulting and teaching in the area of commercial design. My training is as a designer, with a BA and MFA from UCLA’s Design Media Arts program, and I specialize in identity work for a variety of non-profits, mainly in branding, identity systems, social media and web development. Board activity includes National AIGA Design Educators Committee, AIGA Los Angeles Education advisor, United Designs, UCLA Volunteer Center, and sustainability committees on campus, UCLA Extension, and the Green Observers Foundation. Speaker at a variety of conferences on design, visual literacy, semiotics, and social media.

Panelist: Thomas Dillmann

User experience architect with 15 years practical application in user experience and information architecture. His focus is on creating useful products and enjoyable site experiences. He has held positions as head of experience planning and lead information architect at interactive agencies and new technology ventures such as MRM Worldwide, UnitedFuture, and Threshold Interactive. Thomas has provided substantial user experience architecture for clients such as Harbor Freight Tools, SDCVB, HollandAmerica, Alpine, State of Washington, SAP, Autodesk, Microsoft, GM, Red Lion, Sony, MPAA, FOX, NBC, ABC, and Playboy. Thomas has participated in several early start ventures focused in on-demand video over IP for Hilton, LodgeNet, RespondTV and FasTV. Thomas holds a BA from UCSB and a MBA from Pepperdine University.

Panelist: Michelle Matthews

UX and product design leader with 10 years of experience designing mobile and responsive experiences. She is currently Head of Product Design at Hatch, designing solutions to improve sleep for families. Previously she led design for the health subsidiary of Headspace, one of the world’s leading mindfulness apps. She has also served as the Head of User Experience at Soothe (on-demand home massages), introducing the company to the practice of design research and user-centered design. Before that she was notably the UX Lead at Heal (on-demand doctor home visits) and for the award-winning fitness app, Studio Tone It Up. She has also spent many years working at award-winning agencies, designing experiences for clients such as Lexus, Gerber and Purina. She uses her behavior change and motivational therapy skills acquired as a therapist and social worker to design truly human-centered, intuitive experiences with empathy.

DCA Instructor Shirin Raban’s film to be screened, followed by director Q & A

I am very proud to announce the Sinai Temple Men’s Club will be presenting my film, “Between the Shells”, followed by a director Q&A next Tuesday September 22 at 6:30 pm (PST). The film was recently selected as Official Selection by Film Girl, Lift Off and YoFiFest Film Festivals.   For registration and info please see link and flyer below. 

“Between the Shells” tells us through art and interview the story of the Jewish People, from Biblical times to the present as seen through the eyes and unique artwork of Moosa Haim (Jalil) Harooni. Harooni is a brave and talented Persian Jew who lived through Iran’s Islamic Revolution, migrating to the United States after the Iran Iraq War.

This is a free event and open to all. 

To participate, you must register online: https://lnkd.in/gDH589k

See you there!

Shirin Raban

Distinguished Instructor Series: 2020’s Biggest Tech Takeaways from the Perspective of UX with Diana Barraza

We’ll present the final talk in our series on Tuesday, August 18 at 12pm.

Room to Grow: 2020’s Biggest Tech Takeaways from the Perspective of UX

2020 has shown us that the tech world has much to think about. Join Diana Barraza, UCLA Extension Instructor and Head of User Experience at Mesh Communities as they walk through some of the challenges tech must react to during these unprecedented times. From accountability of social platforms to truly protect their most marginalized users to how junior designers can best weather the storm, Diana will present a blueprint for a better tech outlook.

Diana Barraza is a UX and visual designer with over 10 years of experience in technology. Specializing in mobile and enterprise design, Diana currently ideates how to best connect likeminded people as Head of User Experience at Mesh Communities. Previously with Heal–an in-home, doctor on-demand provider–Diana’s work contributed to Heal being named App of the Day in the App Store. With an academic background rooted in the social sciences and arts, Diana is eager to share her knowledge and experiences as an educator at UCLA Extension. Diana is also proudly Latinx and an LA native.

Distinguished Instructor Series: Unity with John Selig

On Tuesday August 11 at 12pm we will present the next talk in our Distinguished Instructor Series. Here’s an overview:

A lot of people assume that getting into game development, VR, digital art, or interactive design has to be super difficult; join us for a discussion on why that’s not the case! These fields are more important than ever, and UCLA offers a number of paths to find your spot in the digital arts—even if you never want to write a line of code. John will take you through a quick overview of the many ways you can get involved in these rapidly growing industries, and then he’ll demonstrate just how quick and easy it can be to build a scene in Unity!

John Selig

John Selig has taught students of all ages, from 6 to 65; everything from photography to programming to web design, and more. He’s got a passion for games of all kinds, and he specializes in getting new students excited about combining creativity with technology. In his free time, you can find him writing and performing rock music and working on indie games!

Enroll here for Tuesday’s free and informative talk on this exciting, emerging area of design!

Distinguished Instructor Series: Exercise Your Design Brain with Pash

On Tuesday July 28 at 12pm we will present the next talk in our Distinguished Instructor Series. Here’s an overview:

Exercise Your Design Brain

Has your creativity been sheltering in place for the last several months (or more)?  Well there’s no time like the present to pull it out of the garage, dust it off, and take it for a spin.  Join Pash as he takes you and thousands of other designers through a series of fun, interactive creative exercises designed to get those wheels turning and remind your brain what it means to think like a designer.  OK so there won’t be thousands of people–but there will be enough for you to strut your stuff and impress them…and hopefully yourself too along the way.  Make sure you bring a pad of paper and a favorite pen or pencil.  And your brain—even if it feels a bit rusty.

Pash is a design strategist, author, and educator with 30 years of experience in the field of design. He has designed the official logo for Miles Davis, brand extensions for Playboy, products for John Varvatos, retail product strategy for Motown Records, and advertising for Perrier.  For the last 10 years he has been focused in the entertainment industry.

Pash’s work has appeared in hundreds of magazines, journals, and books.  It has sat on shelves on six continents, it resides in the Smithsonian Institution, it hangs on a wall in Oprah’s office. It has taught children, revitalized brands, secured funding, clothed celebrities, trained executives, developed platforms, modernized legacies, and of course, sold products.

From 2002 to 2004 Pash served as President of the Los Angeles chapter of AIGA.  In addition to UCLA Extension (where he has taught since 2001) he frequently guest lectures at other art schools.  He is also a popular speaker and is (used to be) on the road a few times each year to speak to creative professionals around the country.

Pash’s book, Inspirability, was published in 2005 and features personal interviews with 40 of the world’s most prominent and interesting graphic designers.

Pash lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jessica and his daughters, Mirabelle and Juliette.

Enroll here for Tuesday’s free and informative talk!



Distinguished Instructor Series: Art History with Dahn Hiuni

On Tuesday July 21 at 12pm we will present the next talk in our Distinguished Instructor Series.

Virtual Tour of LA Museums

Have you been missing the gardens of The Getty, or the paintings at the Broad? Join us for an hour-long, informal and interactive virtual tour of Los Angeles’s premiere museums. Participants visit The Getty Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Norton Simon Museum and The Broad, all online, enjoying highlights of these world-class collections. Veteran museum educator Dahn Hiuni (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Art Gallery of Ontario) welcomes you, encouraging dialogue and exchange about the art that inspires you.

Dahn Hiuni

Dahn Hiuni is a Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary artist. His work spans the fields of visual art, performance art, theater, and graphic design. Mr. Hiuni’s work has been presented at such New York venues as The Fringe Festival/Soho Playhouse, P.S. 122, Franklin Furnace, Mixed Greens, Artists Space, Metro Pictures, and Cooper Union. Other exhibition and performance venues include the Cleveland Performance Art Festival, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Lancaster Museum of Art. His solo performance TWENTIETH CENTURY ART is part of the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. A recipient of numerous awards and major grants, Mr. Hiuni’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Huffington Post and Playbill.

As professor, Dr. Hiuni has taught at Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts, FIT, Hofstra, Bucknell, SUNY, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and at the National Theatre School of Canada. He holds an MFA in studio art and an interdisciplinary PhD (Art History/Art Education/Performance Studies), both from Penn State. He is adjunct professor of art at SUNY Empire State College.

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