SoCal Type Fanatics

hrant's picture

OK, that's enough Northern lillies doing shout-outs...

Who do we got from Greater LA County and adjacent?
I'm in Glendale - I know, I know...

hhp

beejay's picture

Besides Hrant...typedesignerwise in So.Cal... Martin Archer www.dazeofourlives.com myself (agency 26) www.agency26.com Ben Balvanz (fontalicious) www.fontalicious.com some others in the LA area include Jill Bell (www.jillbell.com) Corey Holms (www.coreyholms.com) + typophile regular Plain*Clothes. ** san diego design mafia includes Brett Jackson (www.imbrettjackson.com, typeface tag) and occasional typophile Steve Graham (aka Deadbeat). ** instructors ** Jens Gehlhaar (Cal Arts) teaches typography at Art Center (Pasadena). Sibylle Hagman (emigre, cholla) is art director of the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles. bj

(old information ^^)

Leslie Cabarga and Doyald Young and Michael Doret
any other So-Cal typophiles??

plainclothes's picture

yes, indeed, I'm nestled up in the LA area foothills like
Hrant, right here in Monrovia. I fully support the
typographic greatness of SoCal (though my wife and I
have been contemplating a move to Portland... ).

beejay's picture

the list also includes John Studden (letterhead)
and Greg Lindy (lux), from Burbank and
Venice, respectively.

What this all means I have no idea.
Maybe there's an L.A. TypeCon
in the future.


:-)



beejay's picture

Two more So. Cal typophiles:

Jes

hrant's picture

News flash for Angelenos eyeing the ATypI conference in September:
http://dir.travelzoo.com/Air.asp?intCategory=11&id=106361

hhp

beejay's picture

$64 to Vancouver!? That's not an airfare...
that's chipping in for gas.

plainclothes's picture

"that's chipping in for gas."

gas to Vegas, maybe. thanks for the heads-up, Hrant.

andyclymer's picture

I too am in SoCal, San Diego specifically. Always looking for any neat type/design meets/events anywhere in SoCal.

hrant's picture

Leslie Cabarga is having a signing for his new book on March 14th at Hennessey + Ingalls (Santa Monica), 5-7 PM.

hhp

Corey Holms's picture

Jeff Keedy and Ed Fella are both in the LA area.

antiphrasis's picture

I live in Lake Forest, Orange County.

I'm a nobody... working on becoming a somebody, though. I'm currently working on my first font, I might put a sample on the critique forum this weekend.

I guess this is my way of introducing myself.

I've been fond of typography, and graphic design for years... and one day it'd be nice to turn my hobby into my profession.

Talk to you guys later. (No more lurking for me.)

beejay's picture

Welcome Lauri.

btw, there are at least 20 more people to add to this
list ... including Doyald Young.

A few local AIGA people have talked about
forming a Type Club.

Haven't heard anything lately.

bj

hrant's picture

If you do it outside of AIGA, I'll join.

hhp

beejay's picture

Well your Typo L list, LA Division, probably
functions as a Type Club. :D

the Type Club talk was clearly being discussed
as something separate from AIGA.

bj

antiphrasis's picture

Thanks BJ.

I can't really look at your name without thinking of the singer PJ Harvey... =)

hrant's picture

I wanted to let you guys know that Gerald Lange (former master printer for USC) will again be teaching his letterpress class at the ArtCenter in Pasadena (at the new "wind-tunnel" location). It's 14 weeks of some serious type and cylinder press printing. Gerald is as fun as he's educational, and even though I took the class about a year ago, I still feel the new insight into old type trickling down to me almost every day. The stuff you realize when actually holding metal type in your hand, putting the sorts in the stick and not to mention rolling the paper on the inked form, can actually put a smile on your face. BTW, it starts in mid-May, and there's a limit of ten students per semester.

hhp

hrant's picture

Hurry, the door is closing on sign-ups for Lange's letterpress class!
Lube it or lose it. The cylinder press, that is...

hhp

antiphrasis's picture

Small update: I don't live in OC any longer; I moved to downtown Los Angeles. No more uninterupted sleep for me. ;)


Lauri

hrant's picture

You live in Downtown LA? Heavy.
Like in one of those grubby-chic artist lofts or something?

(To non-Angelenos: our downtown is not like yours.)

hhp

antiphrasis's picture

Hrant,

You hit the nail on the head! I do live in a loft on Main Street in downtown LA. My block is pretty nice, but bum-town is not too far away. And then there's Little Tokyo if I feel like Japanese food. Mmmm... sushi, sashimi, ramen, and shabu shabu. =)

Lauri

hrant's picture

You're vagrant- and sushi-adjacent?! Man am I envious - and that's rare for me. Rare as in yellowtail sashimi with slightly too much wasabi paired with a cold, bone-dry Sapporo, for lunch... I hate you.

hhp

antiphrasis's picture

Hrant,

Funny! If you're ever in neighborhood, I'll take you to lunch. =)

There's another cool Japanese restaurant that I like (well maybe not as authentic as the places in Little Tokyo). It's at the Beverly Center, and it's called Todai. It's an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet. You should've seen me pig out at that place a week. They've got so much good fish, and I believe they even had yellowtail sashimi. And the best part: they prepare you custom crepes.

Lauri

hrant's picture

There's actually a Todai in Glendale - but I haven't tried it yet. Back when I used to live in West LA my favorite sushi place was Katsu on 3rd - I wonder if it's still there. The sign outside was a big stone fish laying on a dish. No text. Inside was like a blue cube. Sushi zen, I tell you.

hhp

antiphrasis's picture

Hrant,

I think you should definately give Todai a try, it's to-die for. ;)

I checked the yellow pages (Yahoo one) for Katsu and I didn't find it, so I guess they'ren't around any longer.

Please let me know when there's something cool going on in LA typography/graphic design-wise. Because I'd love to go... I'm still a newbie to a certain things and I'd like to learn more.

Thanks!


Lauri

hrant's picture

Dr Levon Chookaszian will give a lecture (in Armenian, but with a lot of illustrations) on "THE DECORATED LETTERS OF ARMENIAN MANUSCRIPTS", at the Glendale Central Library (222 E. Harvard St.) on Sunday, March 20, at 4:00 p.m. I'll be there, but the extent of real-time translation I could provide depends on many factors. :-)

hhp

1dglover's picture

I live in Alhambra. Talk about good places to eat asian food! WOW!

hrant's picture

Oh, I'd forgotten about this thread...
Here you go then! http://typophile.com/node/15756

hhp

hrant's picture

Starts in 2 days!
http://typophile.com/node/15756

hhp

hrant's picture

Attention alphabetic Angelenos!
http://typophile.com/node/18293

I might take my class on a field trip to it.
Let me know if you'd like to make it bigger.

hhp

antiphrasis's picture

Hrant,

That sounds like fun... guess who else is coming to town?
http://houseind.com/showandtell/index.php?id=148

hrant's picture

I wish they'd do one in the Glendale Galleria,
otherwise it seems too salesy for me to sit in
traffic for. :-/ But thanks for the heads-up,
I'll definitely spread the word!

hhp

hrant's picture

To be fair to House:
I've now heard from two people who went to the Apple store event(s), and it seems the presentation wasn't very salesy at all, with a lot of interesting (and in this case not surprisingly, entertaining) things shown.

hhp

fontplayer's picture

I live in Orange County. A lot of my graffiti photos were taken in downtown LA: http://www.fontplay.com/freephotos/graffitiart.htm
And this cool mannequin was under the 10 freeway in a seedy area
somewhere near (south-east of?) the Staples Center:
http://www.fontplay.com/freephotos/2nd500/fpfreefoto-1858.jpg

Joe Pemberton's picture

Come on, I know there was an ad hoc, unofficial
Typophile meeting down there last year.

BJ?

[Moderators note for people outside the Western US:
SoCal = Southern California]

umlautthoni's picture

I live in Rancho Santa Margarita, Orange County. I am always looking for type events - missed the Letter As Image that was in Inglewood from April to July '06. Hoping it comes back or something similar.

hrant's picture

Mark, don't miss the Helvetica movie in the second half of April (twice).

hhp

umlautthoni's picture

Helvetica movie? When? Where?

I am particularly interested in this movie as my sir name is of Swiss descent.

tamye's picture

Time to revive this thread. Anyone new to SoCal in the type scene?

I'll be heading down that way in the next month or so to start the planning for TypeCon2010, which will be held in LA August 17-22. Anyone who wants to get involved, email me at info at typesociety.org.

dirtcastle's picture

I'm not new to Socal, but I'm new to the typography scene.

I'm looking for opportunities to learn, network, and collaborate.

I will be applying to MFA Design programs in the fall. Right now, I think OTIS is the frontrunner, but I'm still considering other schools.

I have a lot of website-related experience, if anyone wants to barter his/her type knowledge in exchange for help with website stuff.

hrant's picture

Eric, welcome to this wonderful bottomless pit.
Generally no bartering necessary - just ask your
questions and put stuff up for a crit, and people
will help just for the hell of it.

BTW, I assume you've looked at ArtCenter?

Unrelated: I learned about this exhibit during
the ATypI conference: http://andlab.com/art/

hhp

dirtcastle's picture

Ah... good to see signs of life!

Yes, I looked at ArtCenter and pretty much every other MFA program. What appeals to me about OTIS is the focus on graphic design, as opposed to "media design". My goal is to become a teacher.

Also, my BA is in Politics, not design. So I'm definitely looking for a program rooted in fundamentals. OTIS seems to be that program. That said, I still have yet to go and actually meet with Admissions and take a tour.

Thanks for the link, btw.

If anyone is having an event, opening, or gathering in the future, please let me know!

Thanks!

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

I live in Pomona.

I am still learning about type and design... everyday.

Mike Diaz :-)

Giocchino's picture

I'm in Glendale, CA to- I'm just starting courses in graphic design and learning about type.

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

Where? ArtCenter?

hrant's picture

From the event:

In the photo are:
Vahe Shahinian (http://www.itsmyseat.com/ , http://www.armeniancalendar.com/)
and
Haro Mherian (http://www.hyspell.com/)

hhp

jaykay109's picture

Wow, didn't know about this thread till now. I'm in Torrance. Yay for SoCal Type Fanatics! Are any of you fans of the International Printing Museum in Carson? Great local resource for type nerds like us...

- Josh Korwin
http://blog.threestepsahead.com/

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