RKS Sessions: Office Environments at Pinterest, TOMS and MTV

You’re invited to the fifth RKS Sessions on November 4th!

Whether it’s designing a line of furniture or envisioning a new office or retail space for a client, Bernard Brucha and his team continue to hone their unique process of design while working with clients like Pinterest, Yelp, Capital One and AOL. Join us November 4th as Bernard Brucha, the founder of the multidisciplinary firm MASHstudios, speaks about the process of designing for functionality in interior and furniture design.

To register for this event, please visit:


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Brent Bushnell

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Thursday, October 16th, 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Playing with Lasers, Fire, and Robots for a Living

In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery at California State University, Long Beach
6241 East University Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815
Park in the Foundation Lot across from the Design Department main entrance – $5

In this talk, Brent Bushnell will explore the excitement and challenges of being an entrepreneur and engineer focused on large-scale entertainment. Over the course of four companies Brent has built high-tech restaurants, engineered huge spectacles for viral videos, created inventions on national television and is now in the throes of building a
traveling carnival. He will cover some pitfalls of managing creative people, fun approaches to staying imaginative and why you should go to clown school. If you don’t like fun, this talk is not for you.

Brent is the CEO of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles based experiential entertainment company. Most recently the team launched STEAM Carnival, a modern re-imagining of the midway to inspire kids about science, technology, engineering, art and math.  Previously he was the on-camera inventor for the ABC TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. He was a founding member of Syyn Labs, a creative collective combining art and engineering to create high engagement for large brands and bands including Google, Disney and responsible for the viral hit Rube Goldberg music video for OK Go that garnered 40 million views on YouTube. In his spare time, Brent mentors teens in game development and entrepreneurship via programs such as Spark and NFTE. He publishes at brentbushnell.com and @brentbushnell



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Alexandre Hennen

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Thursday, October 2nd, 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Designing Services

In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery at California State University, Long Beach
6241 East University Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815
Park in the Foundation Lot across from the Design Department main entrance – $5

Service experiences shape our day-to-day lives. We have them when we step into a retail environment, waste precious time on a customer service line, or Uber our way home from a night out. Sometimes they delight us, often they disappoint.

Successful service experiences are designed with customers at the center, and rely on holistically orchestrating human behavior, infrastructures, technologies, and operational models to craft brand encounters that matter.

As designers, we are in the business of understanding people to create meaningful
experiences that improve their lives, while growing business. In an experience economy, designers are increasingly challenged to apply those skills to create complex service interactions between companies and the people they serve.

Alex has been with Continuum for twelve years and has been leading Continuum’s Los Angeles studio since 2009. Over the years, Alex has worked for clients across a variety of industries, including American Express, BlueCross BlueShield, Samsung, and Target. Prior to joining Continuum, Alex worked at Attivo Creative Resource in Milan and Design-Net
AG in Frankfurt. He graduated magna cum laude from E.N.S.A.V in Brussels with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design.



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RKS Sessions – Copyright, Patents and Trademarks


Tuesday, October 7th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

RKS Sessions: Protect Your Innovation: Copyright, Patents and Trademarks

Hosted at Cross Campus, the leading collaborative, on-demand work space and business event venue in Los Angeles.

Did you know that intellectual property (IP) can represent over 90% of your company’s value? On October 7th, you’re invited to the fourth RKS Session with veteran IP attorney, Dan Dooley. Dooley will shed light on the often confusing world of IP covering trade secrets, copyright, trademarks and patents for businesses. Following his presentation Dooley will be joined by his client Matthew Joynes, CEO of the innovative gaming peripheral company Wikipad, to give advice from an entrepreneurial perspective.

RKS Sessions brings together luminaries and ideas focused on cutting edge user-experience, brand, service and product design. A monthly design-centric event series, it is jointly produced by RKS and Cross Campus. RKS Sessions is also a forum for the design community to share their ideas. Participation and questions by the attendees is both welcomed and encouraged.

Don’t forget to register for this event, here. Use the code “RKSCC100″ for a free ticket for you or a friend.


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Tim Hunter

Thursday, September 18th, 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Get WET – Immersing (Literally) Oneself in Design

In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery at California State University, Long Beach
6241 East University Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815
Park in the Foundation Lot across from the Design Department main entrance – $5

How does one go about designing with a medium you can barely hold (water) or shouldn’t hold at all (fire) for a client that doesn’t speak your language in a country you can barely find on a map?

Tim Hunter has been designing with these elements for these people ever since joining WET after graduating from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Industrial Design. During that time he has worked for clients ranging from developers, retail operators, resort owners, casino moguls, government agencies, presidential candidates, royal families, dictators, and opposition movements. His water and fire features have spanned the world from popular tourist destinations to remote Asian jungles; from sweaty-hot deserts to bitterly-cold sub-arctics. They have been viewed by three billion people on live TV and bombed by terrorists (once). People get engaged next to them, married in them, and regardless where his features are, people are universally delighted by the sight of water.

We as designers all face the challenge of creating something from nothing. By jumping off the deep end and wholeheartedly immersing ourselves into each new project, some delightfully wonderful results can (and will) occur. With a heavy dose of jet lag and a stomach full of strange food, Tim continues to throw himself into surprisingly unusual, yet inspirational, experiences.


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Jacob Hashimoto’s Gas Giant


MOCA Pacific Design Center

8687 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA

March 1 – June 8

Jacob Hashimoto (b. 1973, Greeley, Colorado), is an artist whose work studies visual experience in space, artifice, and craft through the use of materials such as handmade kites, fiberglass, marble and the skillful use of light. Combining traditional kite-making techniques and painting into sculptural environments, Hashimoto creates massive space-altering installations with thousands of thin paper sheets. For MOCA Pacific Design Center, Hashimoto is producing the third and final edition of Gas Giant. The work was previously presented in Venice, Italy in 2013 Fondazione Querini Stampalia by Studio la Citta and in Chicago in 2012 at Rhona Hoffman Gallery. This exhibition will be the first L.A. presentation of Gas Giant and will mark Hashimoto’s first solo museum exhibition in California. Jacob Hashimoto’s Gas Giant is organized by MOCA Senior Curator Alma Ruiz and Curatorial Assistant Selene Preciado.


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“Best” of TEDMED 2014: Unlocking Imagination



IDSA-LA and Karten Design are pleased to invite you to our very first TEDMED viewing party!

We’ve partnered up to bring TEDMED straight to you, with a live-streaming of the “Best” of TEDMED 2014: Unlocking Imagination on Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 5:30-10:00pm at Karten Design (details below).

We’re bringing wine and a keg! Come hungry, because tacos will be available for purchase on-site (cash only)!



5:30 – 6:10pm Welcome & Introductions
6:10 – 7:50pm TEDMED Session: “Turn It Upside Down”
This opening session of TEDMED 2014 introduces surprising insights that flip beliefs, question standard operating procedures, discard some closely held assumptions and lead to fresh insights about health and medicine. To see the lineup of participating speakers, click here.
7:50 – 8:05pm Break & Raffle
8:05 – 9:45pm TEDMED Session: “Stealing Smart”
This session demonstrates how some of the best solutions to problems in health and medicine come from other worlds than the domain where the problem originated or is usually addressed. To see the lineup of participating speakers, click here.
9:45 – 10:00pm Social



Tacos: 2 for $3 (cash only)
Beer and wine included!


Karten Design
4204 Glencoe Ave.
Marina del Rey, CA 90292


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IDSA-LA Planning Meeting

Thursday, August 7th
6:30 – 8:30 pm

IDSA members, non-members, and students are welcome to attend.

The IDSA LA Chapter wants you to be active in the chapter.

  • Network with the chapter’s designers.
  • Mentor future ID graduates.
  • Invite nationally recognized designers to our lecture series.
  • Plan the objectives of IDSA LA
  • Get Involved!



(formerly IDA los angeles)

8440 Warner Drive, Ste. A1 Culver City, CA 90232


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