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In 1995, during the making of his TV series Triumph of the Nerds about the birth of the PC, Bob Cringely did a memorable hour-long interview with Steve Jobs. It was 10 years since Jobs had left Apple following a bruising struggle with John Sculley, the CEO he had brought into the company. At the time of the interview Jobs was running NeXT, the niche computer company he had founded after leaving Apple. During the interview, Jobs was at his charismatic best – witty, outspoken, visionary. In the end, only a part of the interview was used in the series and the rest was thought lost. But recently a VHS copy was found in the series director’s garage. Now, cleaned up with modern technology, and put into context by Cringely, the entire interview will be screened in Landmark Theatres. — (C) Official Site

Chip Kidd is a designer and writer in New York. His book cover designs for Alfred A. Knopf, where he has worked since 1986, have helped create a revolution in the art of American book packaging. Kidd has published two novels, The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners, as well as Batman: Death by Design, an original graphic novel published by DC Comics and illustrated by Dave Taylor. He is also the author of several books about comics, notably Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. SchulzMythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex RossBatman: Animated, and Jack Cole and Plasticman (with Art Spiegelman).

You Are Not Special Commencement Speech from Wellesley High School

“You’re not special, because everyone is.”

The empirical evidence is everywhere, numbers even an English teacher can’t ignore.  Newton, Natick, Nee… I am allowed to say Needham, yes? …that has to be two thousand high school graduates right there, give or take, and that’s just the neighborhood Ns.  Across the country no fewer than 3.2 million seniors are graduating about now from more than 37,000 high schools.  That’s 37,000 valedictorians… 37,000 class presidents… 92,000 harmonizing altos… 340,000 swaggering jocks… 2,185,967 pairs of Uggs.  But why limit ourselves to high school?  After all, you’re leaving it.  So think about this: even if you’re one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you.  Imagine standing somewhere over there on Washington Street on Marathon Monday and watching sixty-eight hundred yous go running by.  And consider for a moment the bigger picture: your planet, I’ll remind you, is not the center of its solar system, your solar system is not the center of its galaxy, your galaxy is not the center of the universe.  In fact, astrophysicists assure us the universe has no center; therefore, you cannot be it. “

Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view.  Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.  Go to Paris to be in Paris, not to cross it off your list and congratulate yourself for being worldly.  Exercise free will and creative, independent thought not for the satisfactions they will bring you, but for the good they will do others, the rest of the 6.8 billion–and those who will follow them.  And then you too will discover the great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself.  The sweetest joys of life, then, come only with the recognition that you’re not special.”

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Creating his self titled “pervasive art” (adding your work to any medium anywhere from canvas to clothing to toys etc) for over the last 2 decades, Gary Baseman is an artist you’ve got to be familiar with. Although Baseman did not train formally as an artist, he developed an aesthetic style using iconic images and strong messages, reflective of his focus in Communications at UCLA. His career spans from illustration to fashion, design, toy, animation, music, and more. He has worked with Nike, Mercedes-Benz, and AT&T.

The 3 time Emmey winning animator, will be giving a free lecture at CSU Fullerton & a special Signing in UH-252 (University Hall) on, Tuesday 7pm (Nov 16).

From CSUF Graphic Design Club:

Don’t forget! This upcoming Tuesday, September 28th, renowned graphic designer Sean Adams will be speaking in our very own TSU Pavilion B at 7:00pm. This event is hosted by AIGA and is FREE to those who wish to attend. [Free means no excuses! You should go!]

Here’s a bit of background info on Adams:

Sean Adams is a partner at AdamsM Step, Communication Arts, Graphis AIGA, The Type Directors Club, The British Art Director’s Club, and the New York Art Director’s Club. AdamsMorioka has been exhibited often including a solo exhibition at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Adams has been cited as one of the forty most important people shaping design internationally in the ID40.
Sean is President ex officio and past national board member of AIGA, and President ex officio of AIGA Los Angeles. He is a Fellow of the Aspen Design Conference, and AIGA Fellow. He teaches at Art Center College of Design. Sean is a frequent lecturer and competition judge internationally. Adams is the co-author of Logo Design Workbook, Color Design Workbook, and the series, Masters of Design. AdamsMorioka’s clients include The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Adobe, Gap, Frank Gehry Partners, Nickelodeon, Sundance, Target, USC, and The Walt Disney Company.

Time
September 28 · 7:00pm – 10:30pm

Location CSU Fullerton, CSUF Titan Student Union – Pavilion B

CSUF Graphic Design Club
Cal State University Fullerton & the AIGA Orange County
is proud to present this special speaking event with Sean Adams

– On the surface, AdamsMorioka seems benign and safe. The visual works are reassuring and seductive. The colors are fresh and clear, the imagery is optimistic and friendly, and the forms are simple and accessible. There are no dense, oblique, and pointless compositions; no angry, distopic, and offensive images. It’s a happy, clean world. But, then, on closer inspection, this world is complex. The ideas are multi-layered and work for multiple audiences. Design legend Ed Fella, says, “AdamsMorioka makes more from less.”

-Thomas Ediso

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“Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories…”
Stories about design, love and death from Steve Jobs

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The Pencil Mileage Club presents three outstanding CSUF animation alumni who will talk
about their individual paths as they have built their careers and reputations in the animation business.

Saturday, April 24th
at 6:30 PM in the lecture hall VA-113 in the Visual Arts department at CSU Fullerton and is open to the public. For more details contact dlamb@fullerton.edu.

Canadian graphic designer, illustrator Marian bantjes is a speaker at the TED conference in Long Beach today. I wish I was there. worked as a book typesetter for 10 years (1984–1994), marian bantjes had a deep understanding of typography. Her innovative hand work, patterning and highly ornamental style made her “one of the most innovative typographers working today,”. Check her blog www.bantjes.com

Below is a lecture she did two years ago in Walker Art Center, Minnesota.