Examiner Articles and Interviews

As the Graphic Design Examiner, I write articles covering graphic design, art, and technology. Articles include personal interviews with graphic designers, artists, and Adobe product managers and executives. I also attend and photograph special events such as Adobe MAX conferences, SIGGRAPH, the LA Art Show, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, MOCA exhibitions, Grammy Museum events, and Photo LA. In addition to the graphic design articles, I’ve also photographed at concerts and press conferences for the Music Examiner, including photos of Chuck D, Santigold, and Bruce Springsteen. Since I began writing for Examiner in 2009, approximately 200 articles have published to date.

Interviews with Moby on his photography and creative process

Musician-artist Moby, whose record sales total more than 20,000,000 copies worldwide, is also a photographer. For his most recent two albums, his photography serves as the album art, and his photos exhibited in conjunction with the albums’ release. The connected art and music reveal contrasting elements, expressing distinct emotions and representing unique experiences.

Here are the interview articles for the meeting with him just before the public opening of his photography exhibit at Project Gallery in Hollywood, as well as for the talk with him during the 2012 Photo LA art fair:
Interviews with Stanley Donwood, Radiohead artist and designer

The artist and designer for Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Atoms for Peace, the Glastonbury Festival, and more, Stanley Donwood held a large exhibition at Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects gallery, where I interviewed him before the show opening:
Interviews with John Van Hamersveld
 
In his award-winning career which has spanned more than 50 years, iconic graphic artist John Van Hamersveld designed the classic “Endless Summer” film poster, the famous "Pinnacle Hendrix" poster, the Jefferson Airplane Indian poster, his signature Johnny Face, the packaging design for The Rolling Stone's Exile on Main Street, the album design of the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour, the official poster and mural for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, the identity of Jimmy’z surf brand, the identity of Gotcha surfwear, the branding and logos for Fatburger, the 2005 Duke Kahanamoku portrait for the Surfrider Foundation, the 2009 Billabong Pipeline Poster, the current Viva Vision "Signs of Life" Las Vegas Fremont Street experience, and this year’s album design for both Asher Roth and for The Gaslight Anthem, just to name a few of his projects. As art director at Capital Records in the 1960s and 1970s, he has created some of the most memorable album covers.

In getting to know John since first meeting him in 2010, my writing on his work includes numerous articles, interviews, press releases, book introductions, and more. Here is a sample of some of the Examiner articles:
Interview with Jessica Walsh of Sagmeister & Walsh

Award-winning multidisciplinary designer Jessica Walsh presides as co-partner of NYC based design firm Sagmeister & Walsh. At the 2013 Adobe MAX conference, she discussed the importance of play in innovation and idea generation in the design process. Here is my two-part interview with Jessica:
 
Adobe MAX conference coverage
 
I provided comprehensive coverage for the most recent four Adobe MAX creativity conferences. Here are highlighted articles from each year:
 
Interviews with Senior Adobe Photoshop Product Manager Zorana Gee

Senior Adobe Photoshop Product Manager Zorana Gee, who has worked on the Photoshop team for more than fourteen years, is instrumental to Photoshop’s development and especially pivotal in impacting the evolution of Photoshop’s 3D capabilities. In addition to interviewing Zorana in December 2011 and in May 2014, I also cover her Adobe MAX conference sessions.

Here are the articles from the most recent interview:
 
Interview with Adobe’s VP of Experience Design Michael Gough

Adobe's VP of Experience Design Michael Gough leads an experience design team which is working on Adobe's innovations of a transformative digital pen, ruler, and new iOS drawing apps Line and Sketch. The pen and ruler are now released as the Adobe Ink and Slide.

Here is my interview with him just prior to the release of these new, revolutionary Adobe drawing tools:
Interview with Jocelyn Glei

As editor-in-chief and director of 99U, Behance’s think tank for making ideas happen, Jocelyn Glei is the go-to expert on how creative professionals can translate ideas into reality.

Here is my interview with her, which published as a five-part article series:
Interview with Brandon Boyd of Incubus

For musician-artist Brandon Boyd, frontman of the multi-platinum rock band Incubus, creative expression is a way of life. Here is my interview with him before his  European tour for the release of his So The Echo art book and the release of his Sons of the Sea album:
Interviews with music photographer Rob Shanahan

Recognized as one of music’s most published photographers, Rob Shanahan is Ringo Starr’s personal photographer. In these interviews, we discuss touring with Ringo, the release of his photography book, and visually capturing what the musicians are playing:
Art exhibit at Coachella Music Festival and interview with music photographer Piper Ferguson

The art exhibit at Coachella Festival 2014 featured several musician-artists, highlighting visual art that explores the relationship between art and sound. Artists include Moby (musician/photographer), Brandon Boyd (Incubus/artist), Piper Ferguson (photographer), Risk (graffiti artist), Fishbone (musician), Chali Tuna (Jurassic 5), DJ Poet (Black Eyed Peas), Lee Scratch Perry (reggae artist), Jim Evans (T.A.Z.), DJ Z Trip, and many more.

Here is my interview before the event with renowned music photographer Piper Ferguson:
Art fairs and art exhibitions

I provide coverage for Los Angeles area art fairs and art exhibitions, including the LA Art Show, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Photo LA, MOCA exhibits, and more. Here are highlighted articles and interviews:
Interview with artist and designer Chana Messer

Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor Chana Messer inspires as a fine artist, graphic designer, and teacher. Here is a two-part interview before the opening of her Terrell Moore Gallery painting exhibition:
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