event calendar: january 10-16, 2010

clearing rainstorm
[late afternoon in a clearing rainstorm]

it’s gonna be a great week, and a busy one! when i get a chance to wipe the deadlines from my eyes, there are a lot of great things to do around LA!

here’s what i’m up to

tuesday, january 11, 7:30am la area chamber referral network FREE with chamber membership. it’s been almost 2 months since i’ve been able to check in with the chamber, looking forward to saying happy new year to everyone!

thursday, january 13, 7-10pm béhance/aiga january meetup FREE! come to intelligentsia in pasadena and meet the LA design community!

friday, january 14, 8:30am creative mornings with andrew gibbs FREE with rsvp [sold out but you can waitlist if you want].

more events for this week

wednesday, january 12 5:30-8pm
biznik mixer at jerry’s FREE with rsvp! go out and mix it up with a great group of people at jerry’s in the marina!

every day is another opportunity to register for AIGA LA Fellows: Speakeasy!

creative inspiration

what a cool internet collaboration on a christmas song!


burn cottage wine packaging
[image: the dieline]
a really unique illustration on oncoated stock to showcase burn cottage, a biodynamic winery. by mash.


bathe wines
[image: thedielinewine]
beautiful, simple type treatment and illustration for bathe wines by fuller. so clean and classic! check the complete profile on the dieline.

some outstanding tv quotes from mad men, the wire and battlestar galactica, in custom typeset.

los angeles

spicy winter fruit salad
i’ve been writing for LAist about eating seasonally, and the latest is about spicing up your holiday menu with fresh LA fare. last week was a good look at swiss chard, followed by my first experience with creative mornings in los angeles with alissa walker. stay tuned for more each week!

loving LA got a lot easier with this awesome tumblr: 10>110>101, an eclectic collection of all kinds of LA ephemera. thanks to @theroyalacademy for sharing it!


i’m not going to add to your holiday overwhelm more than i already have, but consider these cookies. they’re made with salt and pepper. if you like salty cookies that really bring out the flavor, try these out: salt n pepper sandwich cookies. yum!

creative mornings / los angeles: alissa walker

the creative mornings los angeles audience for alissa walker
[image: oscar rios]

as a graphic designer, i’ve been reading alissa walker in various design publications for years. she’s been somewhat of a household name for designers and architects, but when i started seeing her name pop up with other accreditations, like good, fast company, longshot magazine, helping produce dna for kcrw, speaking on and moderating panel discussions—it seemed like she was suddenly everywhere. it’s been really cool to watch a trusted & respected voice in design rise to so many other outlets.

as a lover of gelato, she got coolhaus to make a custom brown sugar & bacon ice cream you could have between either ginger or chocolate chip cookies. i got mine with chocolate chip, poured myself a coffee and got settled in for the talk.

alissa started off with a run-down of her previous writing engagements, beginning with a hilarious hand-drawn zine she made at age 10, think teen, and culminating with the impressive list of projects she currently produces. “it wasn’t always this way,” she admits, so she went on to share the ah-ha moment she had in italy, when she decided she wanted to get paid to do what she loved: eat gelato and admire design and architecture.

how do you do this? take cues from your obsessions, and decide to participate in them every day. talk about them, write about them, self-describe with them, and people will start to take notice. put yourself and your work out into the world, and as your work progresses, more people will recognize you as the person who is obsessed with this great thing you love. over time, you may find your interests build on themselves, allowing you to engage audiences in multiple formats.

alissa found that adding her love of writing about design to throwing parties led to starting delab, hosting events where she was able to showcase artists in a bigger forum, sponsored by organizations they wanted to work with. same love of art and writing, but a whole new level of visibility.

and it doesn’t stop there—bigger organizations then take notice. good saw what delab was doing and asked them to do a series pairing designers with civic leaders to solve urban problems, which not only did wonders for the credibility and influence of design—the designers would often be contacted by government agencies to collaborate on projects. one example includes the 30-year anniversary redesign of the farmer’s market to make it better fit the urban landscape, which may have started as a design project, but allowed good to participate in food legislation in LA. put energy into doing what you love, and you never know how your efforts might grow to do good around you.

another thing alissa touched on was changing your ritual, staying energized by mixing things up. choose to do something different and commit to it. when she committed to stop driving and chose to walk or take public transit, her perspective and relationship to los angeles changed profoundly, from noticing hidden treasures to creating a strategic game of how to best use public transit. this has led to a new focus in her writing and a renewed love of LA.

ever voraciously curious, alissa is in a new transitional phase, exploring what she can do to better advocate for the urban changes she’d like to see in los angeles. after seeing what she spun out of eating gelato and loving design, i have no doubt we’ll be hearing about all kinds of awesome developments in the works next year. the world needs more alissa, and we get the best of her right here in LA!

alissa walker at creative mornings
[alissa walker, wearing her very awesome california necklace]

creative mornings los angeles chapter, headed by jon setzen, is currently held monthly at ford & ching in chinatown. check their vimeo account in the coming weeks for a full video of this morning’s presentation. in the meantime, follow alissa walker on twitter: @gelatobaby!