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LA Design Events: March 2011 Preview

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Calling all print, web & motion graphic designers from all corners of the Southland, come out and meet your colleagues, listen to lectures from the masters, participate in talks, see exhibits, and celebrate our fantastic profession. Plan your industry social calendar right here!

Below is a preview of the events I've gathered for the first half of March 2011, but I know there are more out there. If you know of more design happenings, post them in the comments, and in the meantime, we'll do a mid-month follow up to showcase the second half of the month.

Friday, March 4, 6 - 8:30pm [tonight!]
A Design Discussion with Michael Doret
FREE! • no rsvp required

Michael is one of the most celebrated practitioners of “integrated letterforms”; his award-winning work blurs the distinctions between the worlds of lettering, illustration, and graphic design. Michael will delve into his past and share with the audience the primal sources for the sensibilities that drive his art, and how he came to do what he does. With graphic examples Michael will discuss how he discovered that his environment and surroundings while growing up made deep and lasting impressions in his young mind that are still blatantly reflected in the samples of work he’ll be showing from various stages in his career.

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Saturday, March 5, 6 - 10pm
RIPE: A Wine Show About Art Tasting opening reception
Free! • exhibition runs through March 27, 2011

As an art gallery exhibition, RIPE will transform wine barrels, wine bottles and even wine corks into cutting-edge contemporary art created by some of today's most exciting urban and graffiti artists. This exhibit is appropriately paired with wine tastings throughout the month! Participants include Plata Wine in Paso Robles, CA., Washington State based Charles Smith Wines, Sonoma, CA based wine barrel restoration experts ReCoop and Napa, CA based wine cork manufacturer W.A. Silva Corks USA.

Thursday, March 10, 2:30 - 4:30pm
The Age of Mammals
rsvp required, space is limited to AIGA members and UCLA Extension students

Design firm KBDA recently rebranded the permanent exhibition "Age of Mammals" at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum. Learn more about their process with Allison Bloss and Elizabeth Salud from KBDA as they guide you on a tour. Please RSVP via the UCLA Extension Visual Arts Facebook page Events tab at