An Evening with Arnold: How LA’s Most Decorated Designer Won an Oscar

Join us for an evening with a local legend Arnold Schwartzman, presented by AIGA LA in partnership with Christopher Guy and BritWeek. The British-born designer will speak to the AIGA community about his career and its lasting impact on the Los Angeles design scene. The multi-talented and multi-hyphenate designer—photographer, author, and filmmaker—was Saul Bass’ design director before becoming the design lead for a number of Academy Awards and the 1984 Olympics. The evening’s survey of Schwartzman’s career will highlight brushes with such legendary figures as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, among others.

Frances Anderton of KCRW will introduce this evening in what will surely become a master class in how to create a long-standing and notable career.




7:00–7:30 PM: Mix & Mingle
7:30–7:45 PM: Introduction
7:45–9:15 PM: Presentation
9:15–9:30 PM: Q&A

About Arnold Schwartzman
Arnold Schwartzman is a graphic designer, Oscar-winning® documentary filmmaker, and author. Schwartzman’s design career began in British television where he worked alongside talents such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and The Who. In 1978, he was invited by Saul Bass to Los Angeles to be his studio’s design director. Schwartzman was later tapped to be the Director of Design for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. He was also selected to design the Academy Awards annual presentation commemorative poster, programs, banners, billboards and theatrical trailers for a number of years.

Schwartzman has received numerous film and international design awards, including three Designers and Art Directors Association of London Silver awards. And, in 2000, Arnold was appointed an Officer of the Order of The British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

About Frances Anderton
Since 2002, Frances Anderton has hosted DnA: Design and Architecture, exploring pressing design issues with users, critics and design luminaries. She also assisted with producing KCRW's national and local current affairs shows, To the Point, and Which Way, LA?, hosted by Warren Olney.

Ticket Pricing
Early Bird Pricing (Ends April 13)
$25 Supporter Members and above
$35 Contributor Members
$40 Non-Members

Regular Pricing
$30 Supporter Members and above
$40 Contributor Members
$45 Non-Members

At the Door
$50 Members and Non-members
Note: No tickets will be sold at the door if the event sells out.

Requests for cancellation refunds may be granted only up to 24 hours before the event starts.

Parking is available at The Ann and Jerry Moss Theater. The entrance to the parking lot is located on Olympic Boulevard, after South Centinela Avenue. The driveway entrance is marked with an orange sign that says “New Roads School.” Spaces in the parking lot are limited, but street parking is also available on Nebraska Ave after 6PM. For public transportation visit for schedules.

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About the Speaker Series
The AIGA speaker series was crafted with the objective of spotlighting Los Angeles as a crucial city for design. Part of a local AIGA initiative to inform and stimulate the local design community, these events will be focused on a wide range of topics from Los Angeles-based projects, agencies and industry trends.


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When & Where
Wed, Apr 20, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM PDT
Moss Theater
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404