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Steve “Spaz” Williams
Full Time Faculty, School of Advertising
The award-winning director has excelled in all areas of filmmaking because of his simple obsession for figuring out how things work. He’s applied his talents to almost every format of visual communication, both long and short, and in 2006 brought his vast experience to his feature film directing debut on Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Wild.” Upon graduating from the Disney animation program at Sheridan College in Toronto, Williams worked solely as an animator, doing comedic cartoons. Fascinated with visual effects, Steve soon joined Alias Research, who at the time were just getting their feet wet in character animation.Steve’s ability to create characters while also understanding computers caught the attention of Industrial Light & Magic, then just beginning to set up animation workstations. It was the late eighties, and Steve became the first anmiator at the company animating solely on computers. Credits for features such as The Abyss, Terminator 2, and Jurassic Park soon followed. Arguably the greatest work to at ILM came while sharing an Acdemy Award nomination for his contribuition on the feature The Mask; still a benchmark film for its augmentation of live action with animation. He also provided expertise on the phenomenally successful re-release of George Lucas’ “Star Wars” triology, and served as the second unit director/visual effect supervisor for the 1997 feature film, “Spawn.” Williams soon turned his attention to directing TV Commercials, taking his background in animation and visual effects and applying it to live action spots. Williams’ spot career immediately took off as his work was selected for the prestigious Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase at Cannes 2002. He then went on to win multiple Clios for Electronic Arts and the Blockbuster “Carl & Ray” Campaign.
Classes for Fall:
ADV 365 TV Commercial + more to come… stay tuned
Creative Director, JUMBOshrimp
JUMBOshrimp’s Creative Director is Bryan Birch. He is responsible for the quality of the creative product on all levels, assuring not only its creativity but also its clarity, relevance, adherence to strategy, and contribution to the brand.
Bryan has been a creative director for more than 20 years, working at multinational ad agencies on a number of prestigious brands. His experience includes creative direction on Intel at EuroRSCG/DSW, Sprint at J. Walter Thompson, Mazda and Taco Bell at Foote Cone Belding, Apple Computer and Visa at BBDO, and Honda at IPG’s Dailey and Associates. Equally comfortable in the conference room and the classroom, Bryan has taught advertising at Art Center College of Design for over 15 years. He has also served as Creative Director for the Miami Ad School’s Planners Boot Camp in San Francisco.
Classes for Fall:
ADV 342: Campaign Design (Thursdays, 3:30-6:20)
ADV 616: Advanced ADV Concept Development (Tuesdays, 7-9:50)
President, Rod Dyer International
Rod Dyer is responsible for some of the most recognizable logos and symbols currently in use, including Maverick Records, Gramercy Pictures, The Disney Channel, Entertainment Tonight, and Outlook Films. His client roster has included Paramount Pictures, Eastman Kodak, Buena Vista Film & Television, and Twentieth Century Fox, to name but a few. Mr. Dyer began his career at Kenyon Advertising in his native South Africa. After emigrating to the United States in 1960, he worked for the Gore, Smith, Greenland Agency, New York; Jerome Gould Package Design; Carson/Roberts Advertising; Charles Eames; and Capitol Records. In 1967, he formed Rod Dyer, Inc., in Los Angeles and began producing award-winning work for virtually every major record label in the country. As his client list broadened to include other disciplines, Mr. Dyer became synonymous with the entertainment industry. He now is president of Rod Dyer International, a Los Angeles-based, multi- disciplinary enterprise known for its expertise in graphic design, branding, advertising, and package design. In addition, Mr. Dyer has published a series of successful collector’s books and created a line of necktie and pen designs marketed through Acme Studios.
Classes for Fall:
ADV 341: Ad Creative 2 (Tuesdays 12-250)
ADV 602: Art Direction (Tuesday 3:30-6:20)
Born and raised in Japan, Koji Takei is well established in Los Angeles as a graphic designer, photographer and sculptor. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, he has freelanced for Fortune 500 companies, several cities and governments, as well as major record companies. He has won numerous awards from the graphic industry and his work has been published in major publications in the U.S. and abroad. His fine art sculpture is represented by Robert Berman Gallery and William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica where he exhibits on a regular basis. He is currently a faculty member of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
Class for Fall:
ADV 499 Creativity (Fridays 12-2:50)
Jay Vigon, acclaimed world wide for his innovative and influential graphics is a graduate of The Art Center College of Design in southern California. Vigon earned his reputation by applying distinctively bold conceptual graphics to logo design, album covers, and fashion advertising. His clients include George Lucas, Warner Bros., Cole of California, Gotcha sportswear, and Swatch watches. Jay is the author of two books: Marks and Marks II, which are considered a must have for any designers library. Jay Vigon’s pioneering style led him into broadcast graphics for television commercials with such clients as AT&T, Diet Coke and Toyota. He then moved behind the camera to assume the role of director. Among Jay’s many projects are spots created for Mercedes Benz, GTE, Seiko watches and Keiser Permennte. In 1994 Vigon established Made On Earth , a boutique built around character driven products that are now sold across the country. Jay Vigon continues to do graphic design, while working on a series of fine art projects and filming a documentary based upon the life of Cesar Chavez.
Classes for Fall:
ADV 195: Graphics 2 (Thursdays, 12-2:50)
ADV 616: Advanced ADV Concept Development (Thursdays, 3:30-6:20)