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  • Campus offices and facilities are closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

    Ahamnson Hall and Galef Center are open Saturday May 23 and Sunday May 24, 9-6.

    Graduate Studios are open to those students who have approved access.

  • Patrons Circle Tour

    May 30| Special Event
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    Otis' Patrons Circle Tour of Downtown L.A.!

    Discover how the creative economy is transforming downtown Los Angeles.  Studios and galleries continue to move to the heart of our city and into areas that were off the beaten path just a year ago. Otis Patrons Circle members will enjoy an Otis-inspired tour of downtown L.A.'s vibrant scene.  

    Tour includes:
    Visit to Kent Twitchell's ('77 MFA) new studio, followed by a short ride to see a few of his downtown murals

    Inside peek of Cynthia Vincent's ('88 Fashion Design) fashion design studio

  • Design Week 2015

    Jun 21| Special Event
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    OTIS’ MFA GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAM HOSTS:

    Design Week June 21-27, 2015

    I AM THE CITY

     

    VISITING ARTISTS

    Field Experiments: Benjamin Harrison Bryant, New York and Paul Marcus Fuog, Melbourne And Karim Charlebois-Zariffa, Quebec/NYC

    www.field-experiments.com

     

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Advertising Arts Magazine

Advertising Arts Magazine

Location: Special Collections

The Library owns 14 issues of Advertising Arts from the early 1930s as well as several other early publications, such as Commercial Art and Alphabet and Image.

All quotes from "Advertising Arts: America Becomes Modern(istic)" by Steven Heller which was originally published in U&lc, Vol. 36, No.1, Summer 1999.

"Advertising Arts maintained a niche and succeeded in raising the level of design sophistication through advocacy of the "modernistic." And today, over sixty years later, it remains an important historical document in defining the evolution from work-a-day commercial art to sophisticated graphic design."

"When Advertising Arts made its debut during the Great Depression, the economy was at its nadir and desperation was at its zenith. Unless advertising and public relations men... could help resuscitate the economy, the nation would plummet further into the abyss - and with it the advertising industry."

"Advertising Arts promulgated a design fashion unique to the United States during the early 1930s, called the Streamline Style."

Special Collections materials are available for viewing by appointment with Library Director or Circulation Manager.

Advertising Arts May 1934 cover

May 1934 cover

Advertising Arts September 1934 cover

September 1934 cover

 I Believe in Design

"I Believe in Design"

 Here in Your Hand

"Here in Your Hand"

 Galvanotype

Galvanotype demo

 Horse Head Zinc

"Horse Head Zinc"