My attendance to the LA Art Book Fair started off the same as last year as I took the train from lovely Fullerton to more lovely Downtown LA, except rain was in the forecast. A quick half hour on the train and I was at Union Station briskly walking off to the Geffen MOCA in anticipation of seeing new objects, new people and new perspectives. I wasn’t let down as I ran into more people than I expected. This year’s fair had more weight to it as word got out from last year and it surely wasn’t going to disappoint. I opted to go Friday afternoon so I would have more time to stroll and soak it all up and avoid the crowded opening night.
Some highlights included running into my lone graduating class of 2009, Joe Potts. We were the lone class graduating from CalArts with MFAs in Graphic Design. It was great to catch up and share stories of what we have been up to. Always refreshing to hear success stories from like minded peers. I ran into my old CalArts faculty Jon Sueda and Stuart Smith, OTIS’ Kali Nakitas, Font Shop’s Erik Spiekermann, Basel’s Ludovic Balland, Surfer extraordinaire Warren Smith, past work buddies Yuhei Kawaguchi and Matt Deak.
I picked up a couple of books and made connections with a couple of presses, makers and designers. It was followed by an unexpected down pour that forced the outsiders into the foyer and allowed me more time to peruse the little gems in the Xerox Section. I quickly escaped back to the train station with minimal rain damage. I sat on the train soaking up the purchases I made and smiled with satisfaction.