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Outer Circle is Art Center’s alumni publication and features alumni-driven content and stories. Produced by Art Center’s Office of Alumni Relations and the Marketing and Communications Department.  If you have story ideas for inclusion in future Outer Circle publications, please contact the Alumni Relations office at 626.396.2305 or email alumni@artcenter.edu.


Editorial Director:
Vanessa Silberman

Contributor: Kristine Bowne

Writers: Lara Warren, Mike Winder

Design: Paul Gillis

Web site production:
Chuck Spangler

Alumni Notes and Events Coordinator: Matt O’Brien

Special Thanks:
Robert Dirig, College Archivist

Cover Illustration:
Andrew Holder ILLU ‘07

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Alumni Notes


Reza Bassiri GRPK '00 wants to keep you informed on his latest designs and work as The Orangeman.

Jose Caballer GRPK '96 announces Groop School:
iPad: The Future of Publishing Weekend Workshop When: June 11-13 Where: UCLA (To be confirmed) Who: Creative directors, film makers, media and advertising executives, digital strategists and anyone else involved in building online businesses What: A hyper collaborative weekend workshop led by The Groop on how to powerfully collaborate, envision and create digital applications for the Apple iPad and other platforms. The three-day event will be a challenging, hands-on workshop where teams will learn while executing a paper prototype of an Apple iPad application based on a theme provided by UCLA. At the end of the weekend, teams will pitch their prototype to industry experts and one team will be declared the winner. Groop School is $899 for the three day workshop. 10% of your tuition is donated to education. For more information on becoming a Groop School attendee, sponsor or partner, contact jose.caballer@thegroop.net or 310.384.1999

Ramon Coronado GRPH '09 recently had work featured in the SHFT Pop Up Gallery and Shop during the The Los Angeles Downtown Art Walk. For more information, visit his website ramoncoronado.info.

Michael Etter GRPK '03 is involved with a new project in Portland that replaces billboard advertisements with billboards designed by teenagers featuring messages of tolerance. This project, Create, Don't Hate! , gives students the opportunity to work with design professionals to create meaningful communication in their neighborhoods. A show of the work opens with artists' reception on March 5 at 6 pm at Pushdot Studios. The show runs through March 26. Find out more at designigniteschange.org and reactivemagazine.com.

Jessica Fiorella GRPK '00 would like to announce two awards won on the design for the retailer Stark and Whyte in Montréal, Canada which she consulted and designed for in collaboration with Ruscio Studio. For more information on the awards, including visual presentation and outstanding merit—click: Award #1 and Award #2.

F. Scott Garland GRPK '80 is opening The Sycamore Gallery in Monrovia, CA. The premier exhibition opens November 7, 2009 featuring wine and hors d'oeuvers from 5-8p.m. at 116 East Lemon Ave. Monrovia, CA. For more information on the gallery and to view the artist's work please visit thesycamoregallery.com.

Earl Gee GRPK '83, Partner and Creative Director of Gee + Chung Design, San Francisco, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, representing over 1,300 designers in graphics, interaction, experience, motion and affiliated fields in the Greater Bay Area. He will be serving a two-year term as Membership Co-Chairman.
Earl Gee GRPH '83 was recently honored as one of Graphic Design USA's People to Watch, appearing in the January 2010 issue. Gee is partner and creative director of Gee + Chung Design in San Francisco.
Earl Gee GRPH '83 recently received 1 Platinum Award, 2 Gold Awards and 2 Silver Awards in the 39th Creativity Annual Competition for projects in 5 different categories, to be published in the 400-page Creativity Awards Annual Book. Established in 1970, The Creativity Annual Awards is based in Louisville, KY and is one of the longest running independent international advertising and graphic design competitions in the world. He was also honored with a prestigious Silver Award in Graphis 100 Best Annual Reports 2010 for his firm's Velocity Interactive Group Offering Memorandum. Earl is Partner and Creative Director of Gee + Chung Design, San Francisco.

Ely Kim GRPK '04 invites you to his MFA thesis show, Off the Wall. Off the Wall is an exhibition of the print, motion, site-specific and interactive work of this year's 15 MFA candidates in the Graphic Design program at the Yale University School of Art.May 15-22, 2010 Yale University Green Hall Gallery 1156 Chapel Street, New Haven CT 06511 yaleoffthewall.com.

Kellis Landrum GRPK '03 recently organized a three-part series for AIGA Los Angeles and Adobe called Moving From Print to Web. These talks are geared toward helping established traditional creatives understand how to keep up with their rapidly evolving profession, as well as students who want to develop the skills employers need for the future.


In Memoriam

Charlie O. Hayward ADVT '70

Steve Madden ADVT '49

Norm Schureman PROD '85

Herb Weiland PROD '76

Robert Bartlett Young ILLU '92