After thirteen years as department Chair for Graphic Design, Nik Hafermaas has stepped down. Hafermaas will return to Berlin, Germany and work with the internationally recognized firm, Triad. Sean Adams will assume the role of Acting Chair of both Undergraduate and Graduate Design. He will also continue his work with the Graduate Program which graduated the first cohort in April, 2018. The Graphic Design Graduate Program was launched in 2016 and has quickly grown to be one of the largest graduate programs in graphic design in the United States.
Speaking Engagements, Juries, Books, and Publications
The Dieline Awards 2018
Business Etiquette Lecture
November 14, 2017: 5:00 p.m.
Live Online Conversation: Sean Adams
October 26, 2017, 6:00 p.m. PST
AIGA Design Conference 2017
October 12-14, 2017 • Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Dieline Awards 2017
3x3: Plagiarism or Influence
June 14, 2017 • Pasadena, California
Live Online Conversation: Sean Adams
January 5, 2017, 6:00 p.m. PST
Y Conference Host
March 31–April 1, 2017 • San Diego, California
AIGA Phoenix Design Week
October 22, 2016 • Phoenix, Arizona
AIGA Design Conference 2016
October 17–19, 2016 • Las Vegas, Nevada
June 8–10 • Raleigh, North Carolina
How Design Live
May 19–23, 2016 • Atlanta, Georgia
March 31–April 2, 2016 • Santa Fe, New Mexico
AIGA Unite Conference
February 25, 2016 • San Diego, California
AIGA Conference, Command X
If you’re a regular at the annual AIGA Design Conference, I’m going to assume that Command X is already a firm favorite, but for the uninitiated, allow me to offer a little background to what became, for me, one of the lasting highlights of this year’s Vegas event. read more
The Design Kids, Australia
Sean Adams is ‘sending the elevator back down’ – he quit his successful branding agency to run the graduate program at ArtCenter & Command X at AIGA, AND to teach online courses through Lynda.com/LinkedIn – and all to help young designers! Sean talks about how most of his designs as a kid looked like Nazi propaganda (it was the only graphic design book in the library!), and his number 1 piece of advice for new students – Get your s*!# together! read more
Y Conference, 2017
I'll be the host at the 2017 Y Conference in San Diego. March 31–April 1, 2017. FYI, I'm not Roman Mars or Michael Bierut, so be kind.
The Designer's Dictionary of Color
This new book features design, art, film, and product design to illustrate the usage, cultural issues, and palette options of over 70 colors.
The Color Design Workbook
Since its initial release in 2008, this book has been a best-seller in the graphic design category. In 2017, a revised and updated edition will be released. The new version includes new work from some of the original and new designers as examples.
Dieline Awards 2017
Jury: Debbie Millman, Sean Adams, Pum Lefebure, Tosh Hall, Sebastian Padilla, Yo Santosa, Leland Maschmeyer, Ken Lo, David Hartman, Ximena O'Reilly, Brian Collins, Dallas Franklin, Alex Center
50 Books 50 Covers
Connective Tissue, the book documenting the creative process to rebrand the Arthritis Foundation was selected as one of the 50 Books of 2015. 50 Books/50 Covers is a competition and exhibition founded by AIGA in 1923.
How Design Conference, Atlanta
Last week I spoke at the How Design Conference in Atlanta. I talked about Scary Forks, or those forks in the road when you don't know if you should proceed, go left, or turn back. I wore pink rather than black.
ArtCenter MGx Multi-Tool Now Available
The ArtCenter Graduate Graphic Design program first cohort meets this September. Last month, we released the MGx Multi-Tool. This is ordered online at the MGx site. Rather than making a traditional viewbook, I wanted to design something useful. So you'll find rulers, tips on smart language, and advice from the stellar advisory board.
Running a Design Business: Self Promotion
Two weeks ago, I filmed the next Lynda.com/LinkedIn course, Running a Design Business: Self Promotion. After being called a media hog and relentless self promotor for twenty years, it was time to share my processes, systems, and ideas.
Bryn Mooth interviewed me recently discussing change, risk and my collection obsession.
Guest on The Human Calculator,
The History Channel
Saturday, January 16th
10 PM EST/7 PM PST
on H2 (History 2)
The Hollywood Reporter: Blunt Talk and UBS
Jonathan Ames’ Starz comedy is in many ways an ode to Network. I designed the UBS logo, history, and on-air graphics for the fictional program and network.
ArtCenter Graphic Design Graduate Program
Today the site for the ArtCenter Graphic Design Graduate (MGx) program is live and we are building an amazing space with a national American furniture company. I'm excited to serve as the Director of the program, providing designers with the skills and tools to not just succeed, but be the next generation of leaders.
Dieline Awards 2016
Jury: Debbie Millman, Sean Adams, Mauro Porcini, David Hartman, Gail Anderson, Alex Center, Dora Drimalas, Leland Maschmeyer, Jonathan Ford, Masanori Eto
Command X 2015 at the AIGA National Conference
This year I took over the role of emcee from Michael Bierut. That's not easy and resulted in a week of anxiety attacks before the conference. Fortunately, the host, Roman Mars, contestants, judges, Maria Gudice, and Bonnie Siegler calmed my fears.
Pleased to be asked to design a poster for the Soviet Dialogues Exhibition, Dialogues - Poster Art of the Soviet Union, in San Diego.
The Arthritis Foundation book has been published. Designed with DesignMatters at ArtCenter, the book is a documentation of the process and results of a 14 week studio devoted to a new message and campaign for the foundation.
This exhibition showcases more than seventy posters by sixty-plus designers, including Sean Adams, Paula Scher, and Milton Glaser. Beginning March 20, the posters will be on view at The Wolfsonian.