Two Amazing Years of LosAngeles/CreativeMornings

Two years ago this month we started a Los Angeles chapter of CreativeMornings. It’s been two years of meeting great people, two years of being inspired and being surprised. I wanted to showcase the diversity of creativity going on in this great city and I feel we’ve done that, and are continuing to do that. I am so thankful that Tina allowed me to do this. It’s an honor to, not only be running the chapter, but to be involved with something Tina has created. 

We were the third chapter starting a month after Zurich who was the first non-NYC chapter. Tina flew out to kick it all off and our speaker was Zach Frechette from GOOD Magazine. Two years later and more than 25 events later we’re still kicking.  I still remember talking to Tina in my studio in DUMBO back in 2010. When I asked her if I could start a chapter in LA she was all for it and said, “when we announce the LA chapter every city out there is going to want one.” She was right. Two years later and there are 38 chapters. Wow…

There have been so many people and places that have helped make CreativeMornings in LA a success. I wanted to thank some of them now.

First and foremost I want to thank (mt) Media Temple. Full disclosure - I am the Creative Director at (mt).  Media Temple kept CM going here in LA and specifically Lilly Ngo Crick. After (mt) sponsored one event Lilly reached out and said they’d like to do it again sometime. When I was having a ton of trouble finding sponsors I called up Lilly and she said they’d love to sponsor it every month. I am indebted to them for doing this.

I also wanted to thank Willard Ford and his crew at 722 Figueroa. When I first tried to get the event going here I couldn’t find a venue who wanted to open up that early and for free! Willard was more than happy to and it’s still my favorite place to do events. His employees embrace CM and it’s almost turn-key at this point. 

I also want to thank all the sponsors and hosts: Something Massive, Boxed Water, HUGE, The Dieline, Proxart, Cool Haus, Roxanne Daner, IndiePrinting, The Fox Is Black, LA I’m Yours, LOMO, Downtown LA Artwalk, Mosaic, Handsome Coffee, LaunchpadLA, Fundamental LA, AIGALA, Affordable Art Fair and Atwater Crossing Kitchen.

Of course, there wouldn’t be an event without our amazing speakers: Zach Frechette (at the time GOOD), Bobby Solomon (The Fox Is Black), Alissa Walker (GelatoBaby), Andrew Gibbs (The Dieline), Katie Kirk & Nate Strandberg (Eight Hour Day), Scott Flora (Blik), Michelle Mcilroy (LOMO), Ryan Honey (Buck), Josh Nimoy, David Trubridge, Ted Vadakan & Angie Myung (Poketo), Brad Swonetz, Sharon Lee (Culture Brain), David Lai (Hello), Roger Gastman, Justin Gage (Aquarium Drunkard), Edward Boatman (The Noun Project), Paul Scrivens (Drawar), Shannon Flaherty (Hustle Up), Steven Harrington & Justin Krietemeye (National Forest), Sonja Rasula (UniqueLA), Dan Kuhlken & Nathan Goldman (DKNG), Nguyen Tran (Starry Kitchen), Victoria Davis (SpaceDog Books), Josh Rose (Weber Shandwick), Clare Crespo (Yummy Clare), Nabil Elderkin, John Ross Bowie!

LA/CM is not a one man show. I could never do it alone so thank you to all the various volunteers , especially Maggie Tielker, Levi Obery and Sarah Mick.

Finally, it’s not an event or a community without an audience. So! Thank you to anyone who has ever dragged their ass out of bed early, traveled down the street or across town to attend one of our events. Big thank to our regulars - you know who you are.

Here’s to future!


Studio Tour: Imaginary Forces

AIGA LA continued the Studio Tour series with Imaginary Forces. The famous studio played host for the night on June 22. The studio behind award winning work includes the EMMY winning main titles for Mad Men, as well as the celebrated opening sequences for Boardwalk Empire, The Pacific and Nurse Jackie was happy to show the lucky in attendance their workspace.

Founded in 1996, Imaginary Forces is a creative studio and full service production company specializing in creating and developing content for commercial advertising, digital and interactive platforms, feature films and film marketing, television, architectural spaces and global brands. 

The 2011 AIGA LA Studio Tours Series highlights the amazing work being created right here in our own sunny backyard. By meeting key staff, viewing agency work and learning about the process behind it, the Studio Tour series provides insight, education, and inspiration. Learn about the inner workings of established studios, see where their magic happens, and acquire the answers to all of your burning questions. The events are also a great opportunity to mingle with like-minded designers while enjoying light snacks and beverages.

Photography by Jennifer White (