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Honoring a beloved professor with a passion for type

Posted December 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments
The late professor Leah Hoffmitz with one of her students at Art Center

Leah Hoffmitz Milken had taught typography and graphic design at Art Center College and Design for over 20 years when she passed away at the age of 61 after a long illness.

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Find Free Water Anywhere, With New WeTap App

Posted November 12, 2014 by | Comments Off
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A new app from WeTap aims to make it easy for citizens to be able to spot their free water fountains.

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Lisa K. Weber, Illustrator, Taps Into Her Dark Side With Hex11

Posted October 29, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Lisa K. Weber is an illustrator with a taste for the dark side. Since graduating from New York’s Parsons The New School For Design she has forged a career illustrating comic books, graphic novelizations of classic literature (including Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allen Poe), textiles and character and backgrounds for animated cartoons.
But she has tapped into her fascination with the otherworldly in her latest project Hex11, a graphic novel that is the first …

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L.A. Designer: LA2050′s Tara Roth Talks about Crowdsourcing Civic Improvement

Posted October 8, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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DnA spoke with the president of the Goldhirsh Foundation about crowdsourcing ideas for improving L.A.

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“Contact In The Desert” — A UFO Lovefest

Posted September 23, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Faced with the enormity of human impact on earth, extraterrestrial life is looking more appealing. At least, that is the view of some who attended ‘Contact In The Desert,’ a four-day conference that took place mid-August at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. 
Bennett Stein, aka The GOOD4NOTHING CONNOISEUR, attended this be-in for UFO consciousness-seekers and first-hand recountings of close encounters of the 3rd kind.
He went armed with skepticism but says …

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L.A. Designer: Ellen Bennett Designs Aprons for SpaceX and Earthling Cooks

Posted September 23, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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This young designer is behind the aprons at your favorite L.A. restaurants and the SpaceX cafeteria.

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Architect Kurt Meyer: From Switzerland to Los Angeles to the Himalayas

Posted September 23, 2014 by | Comments Off
Bunker Hill Towers in the background; the flowers in the foreground are now the World Trade Center.  Photo courtesy Pamela Meyer

Kurt Meyer, the Swiss-born architect who made a mark on Los Angeles with his work in preservation, design and master planning, and his chairmanship of the downtown Community Redevelopment Agency, died last month at the age of 92. One of his late-in-life acquaintances was KCRW’s arts reporter Lisa Napoli, who shared with Meyer a passion for the remote country of Bhutan (where Napoli helped found a …

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L.A. Designer: Pam Juba and Carlie Campesi Put Doggie in The Window

Posted September 3, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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As household pets outnumber children, they are spawning a new industry of goods, services and accessories tailored to our increasingly pampered pooches and kitties.
So when Found Animals, a nonprofit founded by billionaire medic and philanthropist Gary Michelson and his wife Alya, planned Adopt & Shop, a one-stop adoption, pet accessories, doggie grooming, training and daycare center headquartered in Culver City, they challenged interior designers Carlie Campesi and Pam Juba to create a “safe …

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Deborah Sussman Passes After Long And Vivid Career

Posted August 20, 2014 by | 3 Comments
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Deborah Sussman, environmental designer who created the colorful identity for the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics, has died. She was a woman with style and personality as vivid as her work.

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L.A. Designer: Howard Cummings and Ellen Mirojnick Create The Look For The Knick

Posted August 19, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Howard Cummings, production designer, and Ellen Mirojnick, costume designer, last worked together on creating Liberace’s glittery world for Behind The Candelabra. Most recently they got down in the muck and marvels of medicine at the turn of the last century, creating the astounding look for Steven Soderbergh’s new show The Knick.
It’s a look that both supports the characters ­­and gives us an enthralling window into …

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