Casey Reas | play video
Together with Ben Fry, Reas started Processing—an open source computer programming language and software sketchbook—in 2001. The project began as a way to introduce computer programming and software literacy to the visual arts community. In 2012, they formed the Processing Foundation.
Reas is an artist whose software, prints, and installations have been exhibited worldwide.
He co-wrote and designed the book 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10, which explores how a single line of code—the extremely concise BASIC program for the Commodore 64 inscribed in the title—can be used to consider the phenomenon of creative computing. 10 PRINT was published by MIT Press in 2013.
Dmitri Siegel | play video
Siegel is a creative director, writer, and educator living in Ojai, California. He is VP of Global Brand for the music technology company Sonos, where he oversees creative, brand marketing, and brand experience. He was previously the global executive creative director for Patagonia, and the head of marketing and creative for Urban Outfitters. Take a peek at the first Sonos retail store in Surface, which Siegel describes as recreating “the experience of going over to a friend’s house.”
He writes and lectures frequently on design, technology, and digital culture. Recommended reading, Siegel’s essay "Designing Our Own Graves."
Siegel is the author of Green Patriot Posters: Images for a New Activism, which was featured in the exhibition Graphic Design: Now in Production.
Hrishikesh Hirway | play video
Lauren Mackler | play video
Curator, Graphic Designer
Mackler is a curator and graphic designer. Originally from the east coast, her practice is now based in Highland Park, Los Angeles.
She started Public Fiction, an exhibition space and quarterly publication in 2010. Organized around a theme or topic—This Sentence, The Middle Future, Catalogue for Lost (LA)—each Public Fiction exhibition lasts 3 months and culminates in a printed journal designed and produced by Mackler.
A recent episode of Artbound profiles new curatorial approaches at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and includes Public Fiction.
April Greiman | play video
Greiman operates Made in Space, a visionary design consultancy and hybrid art practice that operates at the forefront of visual communication. She moved her studio from New York to Los Angeles in the 1970s.
She was featured in Apple’s short documentary Mac 30 as a pioneering user of Macintosh technology.
Greiman co-owns and operates Miracle Manor Retreat, a hot springs motel located on the southern edge of Joshua Tree National Park—where she enjoys gardening and the desert.
Matthew Sullivan | play video
Sullivan runs the Los Angeles-based design firm AQQ; AQQ is an acronym for the Latin phrase “al que quiere” which translates roughly as “for he who wants it.”
He makes furniture and objects. With Folkert Gorter, he is working on a project called Observatory, an image streaming platform that aims to service cultural rather than social undertakings.
“We live by projection: every action is informed by confidence in our predictive abilities,” writes Sullivan on AQQ. “But there is not an aspect of any progression that remains unchanged from beginning to end.” For more, read "It’s Not Going to Play Out," Sullivan’s collection of notes on trial and error.
Guvenc Ozel | play video
Founder of Ozel Office, an LA-based interdisciplinary design firm that operates at the intersection of architecture, technology, and media.
Ozel studied architecture, sculpture, and philosophy before receiving his Master’s of Architecture from Yale University. Experience Cerebral Hut, a large-scale installation designed by Ozel Office and exhibited at the 2012 Istanbul Design Biennial.
Ozel is the Technology Director for IDEAS, an incubator for UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design.
Anne Burdick | play video
Burdick is chair of the Media Design Practices graduate program at Art Center College of Design. The program is focused on the intersection of media and technology, and offers both lab and field tracks.
With Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp, Burdick co-authored Digital_Humanities (MIT Press, 2012), and her essay “Preparing Designers for Jobs That Don’t Exist (Yet)” appears in this year’s SPAN reader.
She is design editor of the Electronic Book Review.