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LA Design Events: May 2011 Preview!

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AIGA LA Studio Tour: Ferroconcrete (AIGA LA)
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It's a new, springtimey month, designers of Los Angeles & surrounding environs, and that means a new selection of fantastic & fun creative industry events—maybe even outside on patios! Take a look, join in if you can, and post any new ones in the comments so we can all get out, meet up, hang, and enjoy our profession!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 • 7 - 9pm
Adobe Illustrator Users Group LA
Free and open to the public

Featuring Milka Broukhim / Kinematic Typography: how to get your hands dirty with typography and evoke emotions from print to motion. Also, Chana Messer: The Power of Smart Objects. Plus, a raffle to win Adobe Creative Suite 5.5!

Saturday, May 7, 2011 • 4 - 9pm
AIA/LA 2x8 Source & Noirscape(s) Openings at A+D
Free and open to the public, rsvp at the links above.

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Join A+D in celebrating the opening of two student driven exhibitions Saturday, May 7th AIA|LA's 2x8:SOURCE and NOIRSCAPE(S). 4-6PM Discussion with the 2x8:SOURCE Jurors (Students Only) / 6-9PM Public Opening Reception for 2x8:SOURCE and NOIRSCAPE(S) & 2x8 Scholarship Announcement. A DJ will spin and complimentary drinks will be served to toast to the students' hard work and completed installations. Education is core to the mission of the A+D Museum and we look forward to applauding these two shows with you! 

Monday, May 9, 2011 • 6 - 10pm
First Look at La Buca
Free with rsvp at the link above

Osteria La Buca has come a long way, baby, since it was a hole in the wall with Mamma in the kitchen. The once tiny restaurant has expanded up and out twice in the last few years - most recently with an overhaul by relative newcomer Brendan Ravenhill. Join us on Monday, May 9th for a peek at the redesign and to meet the designer. Brendan will talk to us about how he's gone from designing bottle openers to an entire restaurant, and the challenges of renovating a restaurant that hasn't closed during the process. Plus, we'll have food and drink specials courtesy of Osteria La Buca.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 • 11am - 1:30pm
PRINTEGR8
Register at the link above.

A first-ever West Coast presentation - PRINTEGR8 will offer fresh ideas, case studies, and cross-media marketing success stories - in a fast-paced “lunch and learn” mini-conference format. No hype. No wild promises. Just practical, real-world examples of how YOU can generate new business through integrated, multi-channel marketing.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011 • 7 - 11pm
Illustrated Type Art Exhibit, Gallery Nucleus
Free and open to the public

Gallery Nucleus is pleased to present an exhibit celebrating hand drawn letterforms and experimental typography. Parallel to increasingly computer-driven imagery, it is both refreshing and encouraging to see the resurgence of working by hand—as well as an expanding community that finds value in this practice. We have invited over 30 illustrators, graphic designers, sculptors, printmakers, and painters to interpret the alphabet, and are thrilled to showcase work at which art and design intersect. This collection explores how typography (even when reduced to a single letterform!) can be whimsical and bizarre, innovative and thought-provoking, and most importantly, downright fun!