Our work is joyful and rigorous with a dash of whimsy. Take a look.
CalArts Poster Archive
We worked with Michael Worthington and CalArts MFA students Guanyan Wu and Tracy Tran to develop the website for the CalArts Poster Archive. The physical archive started in 1995 when Shelley Stepp and Kary Arimoto-Mercer began collecting posters from the CalArts hallways in order to preserve the designs. Now, we are happy that a vast portion of these posters have found an online home. There are many more to come!
Condemned To Be Modern
We worked with the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and curator Clara Kim to design the identity and catalog for their Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition, Condemned to Be Modern. The exhibition explored the work of 21 contemporary artists responding to the history of modernist architecture in Latin America, specifically Brazil, Cuba, and Mexico.
The Pool Issue 2
We jumped back into The Pool and designed Issue 2 of the CalArts alumni magazine. We worked with our friend Kat Catmur to bring it to life and expand on the design from the first issue. This issue features a cover story about artist/DJ Dave Muller, a Michael Jang photo essay from the early days of CalArts, and a story about three kidneys residing inside of one human being.
Pioneering Women of American Architecture
This site is nominated for a Webby Award!
Cell Dogs is one of those magical organizations that manages to help three distinct populations at once. They rescue dogs from local shelters, enroll them in basic obedience training programs at correctional facilities where inmates are the trainers, and finally find loving families to adopt the dogs. Pups that show exceptional talent are enrolled in advanced training to become service dogs for families in need. We had the pleasure of designing and developing the website that showcases Cell Dogs’ amazing work.
Founded in 1950, the Tibor de Nagy Gallery was due for an identity refresh to go along with its move from Fifth Avenue to the Lower East Side. We created a contemporary logo with a punchy color palette to reflect the gallery’s hip new neighborhood and a desire to reach out to younger artists and collectors.
15th Year Anniversary Party Collateral
For the past 15 years, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust has been working with local communities to transform vacant lots into thriving parks and gardens. For their 15th Year Anniversary Party, we designed upbeat and colorful materials to celebrate their past while positioning them for an even brighter future.
We went to bat for the second time for the Oakwood School Athletics Annual. This time, the cover sports a giant collage of images from the 2016–17 athletic season.
Marciano Art Foundation
We had the pleasure of designing and developing the website for the Marciano Art Foundation, a new contemporary art space in the heart of Los Angeles. Located in the former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, the Foundation has a fantastic collection of contemporary art and admission is free! We also designed the ticketing platform in collaboration with Ticketure.
The first issue of the redesigned CalArts alumni magazine is out! We designed it with with our pal Kat Catmur. The Pool features a cover story about political cartoonist Ann Telnaes, a photo essay by Karolina Karlic, and a whole lotta quirky class notes from CalArts alums. Get ready to jump in!
PCM Chamber Music Competition
We created a fun and colorful identity for the inaugural PCM Chamber Music Competition at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. We deliberately stayed away from “serious” and “academic” to communicate to the classical prodigies that things are a little different here on the Best Coast. The competition was a success, so they will be holding another at the beginning of next year.
A Greater LA: Climate Action Framework
The folks at the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative (LARC) have been hard at work, writing their research report “A Greater LA: Climate Action Framework.” The report offers a plan of action for regional collaboration to fight climate change in the Los Angeles area. We worked with LARC to create an identity, infographics, and website for the report.
The Institute of Domestic Technology
We worked with the Institute of Domestic Technology to give their website a much needed facelift. It even works on mobile now. What a relief! The ticketing for upcoming classes is handled via Eventbrite and imported into the website dynamically through their API. Check it out. You might even be inspired to take a class. Cheesemaking or coffee roasting anyone?
Oakwood School stepped up its game in the athletics arena by producing an annual sports yearbook. We designed a small but mighty booklet that chronicles the 2015–16 season and reflects their rising prestige in high school sports.
For many moons, the MAK Center handed out an unfolded legal paper to its visitors. At last, those days are over. We designed a beautiful, new visitor guide for the Schindler House. It’s based on a self-guided walking tour of the house that enables visitors to gain insight into its history, residents, and architectural significance. To keep printing costs down for the high-volume job, we opted for newsprint. Though, we did splurge on 3 spot colors.
We worked with Oakwood School to design a platform to share their inspiring stories about students, faculty, and alumni. Among the inaugural posts are an interview with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, a profile of the Oakwood debate team, and a story about students making charming ceramic rain catchers.
We worked with Carl Bronson to design and develop a new website for Bronstruction, a Los Angeles based general contracting firm specializing in custom and mid-century modern homes. We were inspired by the logo to create a randomized honeycomb grid to display the projects.
As Is: Noah Purifoy, Joshua Tree
We worked with East of Borneo, Susan Morgan, and Dominique Vorillon on a new book about Noah Purifoy's outdoor museum in Joshua Tree.
Oakwood School Annual Report
We designed the digital version of the Oakwood School Annual Report. It's a narrative scrolling site that features quirky animations alongside the technical information to create moments of surprise and delight.
We worked with artist Natalie Bookchin to redesign her portfolio site. For the design, we drew inspiration from her work, especially her video installations and films.
The Witness Tree
The Witness Tree is a project by artist Carolyn Monastra that features photographs and essays documenting the effects of climate change around the world.
We had the pleasure of working with artist Fritz Haeg and LAND to design the book documenting the Wildflowering L.A. project.more...
Wildflowering L.A. meditates on the life cycles of native wildflowers in seemingly seasonless Southern California. At 50 sites around Los Angeles County, volunteers sowed native wildflowers in the fall of 2013 to bloom in spring 2014.
In 2013, Roman had worked with Fritz to design the identity for the project including the wooden signs, flyers, and posters. Yay Brigade designed the book documenting the project. It features essays, site documentation journals, planting instructions, and beautiful photos of urban wildflower fields. It can be purchased via LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division).less...
Schindler Lab is an online publication that documents a series of exhibitions highlighting the Schindler House, the groundbreaking residential dwelling built by R. M. Schindler in 1922 in Los Angeles.more...
Our aim was to create a focused, readerly experience that did not feel like a traditional website or blog. We wanted to emulate the rigor and gravitas of a print publication while still building a truly contemporary website. Ultimately, we created a site that provides space and tranquility for readers to get immersed in the writing.
The essays and proposal pages are structured simply, giving most of the attention to typography and large, full-bleed images. For the color palette, we drew inspiration from the materials used in constructing the house: muted blues (concrete), mahogany reds (copper and wood) and yellowing browns (canvas).
We explored alternative forms of navigation instead of a traditional menu. The table of contents clearly outlines the scope of the publication. It can be seen on every page as abstracted color bars along the top of the browser window, or accessed as a more detailed, full-page overlay.less...
Pasadena Conservatory of Music
The Pasadena Conservatory of Music (PCM) is dedicated to teaching traditional and contemporary music to children and adults. Since both of us love playing music, we were really thrilled to get the opportunity to redesign their website, which launched in July 2014.more...
One of PCM’s main goals was to reflect the school’s diverse offerings and student body, while highlighting the scope and rigor of their classes. We created a comprehensive navigational system that shows which departments offer classes for children and for adults. On desktops and tablets, the menus provide more detailed information, while still functioning beautifully on mobile devices.
PCM also wanted to promote their events and concerts series. We created a system that allows events to be highlighted and featured on any page of the site. The site is built in a modular fashion, so new pages can easily be designed and added to the site in the backend admin area.less...
MAK Center for Art and Architecture
The MAK Center for Art and Architecture is a contemporary space that explores the intersection of art and architecture through experimental programming. They are headquartered in the historic Schindler House, designed by Rudolph Schindler. We were asked to redesign and develop the new website, which launched in early 2014.more...
The MAK Center’s main challenge for the redesign was to communicate their multilayered mission to visitors: organizing events and exhibitions, preserving and programming historic architectural sites, and hosting a residency program. We created an intuitive navigational structure and an inviting, coherent homepage to reflect these goals.
We also built an archiving system for the MAK Center’s exhibitions and events, which allows visitors to filter past programming by category, year, or people.less...
Quintan Ana Wiskwo
Quintan Ana Wikswo is a cross-disciplinary artist with an extensive and varied body of work. We had the pleasure of designing and developing her website, which launched in 2013.more...
Quintan's primary goal was to create a way for visitors to understand the structure of her work and navigate through it easily. We developed an intuitive navigation system that visually illuminates the structure of her work: large bodies of work contain multiple projects, which in turn contain multiple types of work (visual art, literature, film, and performance).
While developing the visual aesthetic, we found inspiration in Quintan’s work: her use of transparencies and layering of organic textures echo throughout our design.less...
Wearing our Developer Hats
Sometimes we work with other designers and focus on coding projects. Here are a few:
Once Upon a Time...
There was a time before Yay Brigade when Roman and Nicole were simply known as Roman and Nicole. You can see their previous work (including several early collaborations) here: