“I did go back to black and white for the remainder of my time, jealous of the other students like Dan Boyarski and Jack McManus who were getting rave reviews on their color. Some years later I was suddenly able to really see color, and it sort of all opened up. Hoffman was right, though, at the time I could just not see or hear what he was trying to explain.” – John Clark, Basel 1977-1979
Presentations will be presented showing how designers are key to the change in this world and how strategic design thinking is crucial to sustaining the human race. Beginning with influences from the entertainment industry and such creative forces such as Saul Bass, Los Angeles design has been at the forefront of this wave, stressing effective storytelling that separates great brands from the mediocre.
Touch Everything: The Explosion of Graphic Design.
Graphic design instructor John Clark is founder of Looking, an interdisciplinary design studio involved in two dimensional, three dimensional and new media design. He is past Department Chairman for Communication Design, Art Center (Europe), and an instructor at Art Center College of Design and Otis College of Art and Design. Previously he was Vice President of Cross Associates, Los Angeles, a designer with Büro Rolf Müller für visuelle Kommunikation, Munich, and a co-founder of The GNU Group, Houston and Sausalito.
John Clark is the founder and design director of Looking. Before establishing Looking Studios, Mr. Clark developed an extensive background in design direction both here and abroad including Büro für Visuelle Kommikation, Rolf Müller, Munich; GNU Group, Sausalito and Houston; and Cross Associates, LosAngeles. Of his mission for Looking – John Clark believes in the importance of the conceptual development of original form, and that the integration of typography and image is essential to compelling communication. Looking’s broad range of corporate and institutional clients includes AIGA, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Los Angeles Public Library, L.A. County Arts Commission, Warner Records, and Warner Bros. Studios.