Events
  • Public-Library is a cross-disciplinary design studio in Los Angeles. They construct identities, concepts and experiences for brands through the practice of reduction using fundamental typographic theory and experimentation with space and form.

    Ramón Coronado and Marshall Rake met as design students at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After studying, working, and exhibiting independently for many years—both stateside and internationally—their design philosophy and approach brought them back together as Public-Library in 2011.

  • Sandra Lim

    Mar 29| Lectures
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    Sandra Lim is the author of two collections of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque and The Wilderness, winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Louise Glück. Her work is also included in the anthologies Gurlesque, The Racial Imaginary, and Among Margins: An Anthology on Aesthetics. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Research Institute.

  • Intern Recruitment Day

    Mar 30| Special Event
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    Continental breakfast will be from 8:00 – 8:45, interviews will take place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Otis welcomes companies that are recruiting for Summer internships in the following areas: Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Communications Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Product Design, Toy Design.
  • A quintessentially Los Angeles artist, Larry Johnson has worked for over 4 decades investigating the inherent contradictions between the shiny surfaces and underlying cynical logics of American culture. His works reference the languages of animation (especially the fantasy worlds of Walt Disney), graphic and commercial design, and advertising.

  • A limited number of tickets are available to FUN HOME, an emotionally charged and poignant family drama, inspired by the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel, in which she explores her coming out and the suicide of her domineering father Bruce. Sign up in the Office of Student Activities located in the Student Life Center Room 150E.

  • Edgar Arceneaux was born in Los Angeles in 1972. He investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations, and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala.

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Steve McAdam

Steve McAdam
Founding Academic Chair
Teaches In
Education: 

MFA, Film/Design, California Institute of the Arts

BFA, Film/Animation, California Institute of the Arts

Bio/Affiliation: 

Steve McAdam is an educator and award-winning designer in product design, packaging, graphic design, animation and film.  His career began as a child actor, working on a variety of television shows that included; Riverboat, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Leave It to Beaver, Whispering Smith, Wagon Train, Cimarron City and others.

As an undergraduate in film at Cal-Arts he worked as an assistant animator for television and motion pictures on Hanna Barbara, Jay Ward, Mirakami-Wolf and Pantomime Pictures cartoons, and on the feature film Yellow Submarine.  He also interned as a camera assistant on the Rolling Stones documentary Gimme Shelter and as a post-production assistant on the academy award winning documentary Woodstock.  In graduate school he worked as a documentary filmmaker for public television, directing and editing the biographical documentary series on famous scientific figures entitled “The Living Legends”, which aired on KCET and the BBC.

He was the former Director of Product Design at Mattel Toys in Infant/Preschool, Games, and the Activities/Entertainment groups and working on brands that included Barbie, He-Man, See N’ Say, Disney, Nickelodeon, Wham-O.   As a graphic design, illustrator, he worked as a freelance political cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times and illustrated numerous educational books, children’s books, and a line greeting cards.  In advertising and packaging design he started the packaging department for Prism Entertainment in Century City.  As Vice President of Creative Services for the Leo Paper Group and Leo Luxe Packaging a global printer and product manufacturer he has worked in the publishing, gift and stationery and packaging industries and conducted creative workshops with clients that include; Hallmark, Disney Publishing, Penguin-Putnam, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Studio 100, Coppenrath, Harper Collins, Reader’s Digest, Rand McNally, Zondervan, Nordstrom, Starbucks, to name a few.
He has taught Toy Design and Cartoon Illustration and Storyboarding at UCLA and is the Founding Academic Chair of Product Design at Otis College of Art and Design.

AWARDS/HONORS: 

Awarded the Cine Golden Eagle Awards for best educational documentary, 1974, 1975

Toy of the Year Award, Mattel, 1987

China Print Award, 2009

PUBLICATIONS:  

Visioneering and the Art of Distinctive Packaging, Packaging News, 2014

The Art of Distinctive Packaging, Packaging Digest, 2014

Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist