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Intellectual Property Rights for Creatives | 175



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I was in #PalmSprings for #ModernismWeek and got into a very passionately heated conversation between an architect, designer and myself on the topic of intellectual Property rights and their relationship to the design and architecture business. The designer at the table that night was LA native and LA design fixture, Gary Gibson. My background is in broadcasting and digital media. Was the general manager and program director for Playboy and the digital audio division. It was there that I met Emile Nicolau. Emile is one of the sharpest minds in the field of intellectual property rights. As the GM, I didn’t always see eye-to-eye with Emile, but I did always listen to him and he kept me out of trouble. As I was thinking about how I wanted to present the ideas regarding design and intellectual property, I heard Lori Posner on a panel at the 2017 WestEdge Design Fair and was really impressed t both her knowledge of artist’s rights, but the manner in which she conveyed the ideas and made them easy to understand.

See, I have been around intellectual property for quite some time and it is probably one of the most complex areas of the law. And it is probably one of the most misunderstood elements of the design and architecture business. If you are a designer, architect, artist, product designer or creative of any type that delivers a product or design based on your creative talents, you have rights based on that performance. Knowing your rights and choosing to or not to enforce them are two very different things. The following conversation is all about intellectual property rights featuring IP attorney Emile Nicolaou, art expert, Wendy Posner and designer, Gary Gibson. This interview was recorded live from the Convo By Design Audio Design Lab at the LA Design Festival. A collaborative space designed to showcase audio design and explore issues that affect designers of every discipline. Publisher’s Note: My voice sounds terrible, it sounded like this all weekend from talking non stop over a three day period of time. I will have to take that into account the next time we do this.

Enjoy this conversation covering intellectual property rights for creatives, And if you do, please, head over to Apple Podcasts and leave us a five star rating and a review, it is greatly appreciated and it helps new listeners find the show.

#Design #Architecture #Art #ConvoByDesign #IntellectualProperty #Copyright #ModernismWeek #PalmSprings #Miele #SnyderDiamond #LADesignFest #Movies

Convo By Design – http://www.ConvoByDesign.com

Snyder Diamond – http://www.SnyderDiamond.com

Miele USA – http://www.MieleUSA.com

Vondom USA – http://www.Vondom.com

Wendy Posner – http://posnerfineart.com/

Gary Gibson -https://garygibson.com/wordpress/

Special thanks to: Emile Nicolaou, Wendy Posner and Gary Gibson for adding their insight and expertise of a very important issue to this conversation recorded LIVE from the Audio Design Lab presented by Convo By Design at the LA Design Festival.

Music provided by Electric Sol Artist: Electric Sol Song: Your Love Makes Me High www.electricsolmusic.com


Haily Zaki – Founder of LA Design Festival |174



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The LA Design Festival has come and gone this year. But, over the next few weeks and months, you will be hearing the conversations that were recorded live in the Convo By Design Audio Design Lab as well as panel conversations from the main stage at the event. Design really is for everyone, Haily Zaki, founder of the LA Design Festival is a believer and practitioner of that very concept. Following is a conversation with Haily that was recorded during this year’s event.

For me, the main take-away from this years event, same as last year’s, I learn so much from creatives in other disciplines. The artists, graphic designers, wood workers, product developers and others leave me with a strong desire to see how I can incorporate new ideas into the construction and recording of audio for memorable on-demand experience. You will be seeing some new elements in the weeks and months to come, so look out for that. Enjoy this conversation with the LA Design Festivals Haily Zaki. And if you do, please, head over to Apple Podcasts and leave us a five star rating and a review, it is greatly appreciated and it helps others find the show.

#Design #Architecture #Art #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond #LADesignFest #Movies

Convo By Design – http://www.ConvoByDesign.com

Snyder Diamond – http://www.SnyderDiamond.com

Miele USA – http://www.MieleUSA.com

Vondom USA – http://www.Vondom.com

Music provided by Electric Sol Artist: Electric Sol Song: Your Love Makes Me High www.electricsolmusic.com


ON SET: William DeBiasio | 173



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You have heard from set decorators on the podcast before. I enjoy speaking to set decorators for a number of reasons not the least of which is their MacGyver like skills. The great ones possess a superpower for turning one thing into something else for the sake of the script. Another skill is looking at a page of text and creating a designed space based on nothing but that. Designers and architects do this every day by channeling and deciphering the needs and wishes of clients, now imagine there is now conversation, only the printed page. In contrast, there is also no actual homeowner, chef owner or client complaining that the cerulean just isn’t the “right” shade, that is true. You have heard from William DeBiasio before but this is the first time we have had the opportunity to sit together for a loner conversation. One specifically about the business and dressing a set for imaginary people. DeBiasio has been a set decorator for some time and you have seen his work on Pretty Little Liars, Famous In Love, Crank, Ray Donovan, Melrose Place, Gossip Girl and Skyscraper.

Decorating a set is not that different from designing a home. I find it really interesting in the process that many set decorators use to build characters for which to design. It is very similar to the process many of the world’s most successful designers deconstruct their clients in order to design for them. Enjoy this episode of Convo By Design with Set Decorator, William DeBiasio.

If you like what you hear, and I hope you do. Please go to Apple Podcasts and leave us a note and a 5 star rating. It helps new listeners find the podcast.

#Design #Architecture #Art #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond #SetDecor #Movies

Set Decorators of America https://www.setdecorators.org

Convo By Design – http://www.ConvoByDesign.com

Snyder Diamond – http://www.SnyderDiamond.com

Miele USA – http://www.MieleUSA.com

Vondom USA – http://www.Vondom.com

Music provided by Electric Sol Artist: Electric Sol Song: Your Love Makes Me High www.electricsolmusic.com


Christopher Mercier | 172



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Pairing passions and finding a way to do what you love for a living make for great conversations. Art and architecture go so well together and it is an absolute joy to find these two qualities in the same individual. We have had masterful architects on past episodes like Takashi Yanai, who, in addition to being a masterful architect, is a highly skilled photographer. Ward Jewell, another master who is not only an accomplished draftsman but a musician as well. It seems counterintuitive to me because architecture is so steeped in math, angles and measurements that you would think there might not be room for such a heavy creative side. It seems counterintuitive to me but it is really fun to talk about pairing passions and adding more layers to these conversations. So, that being said, I had the chance to sit with Christopher Mercier, he prefers Chris, and we spent some time together at the LA Design Festival, recording in the Audio Design Lab.

You are going to hear a unique perspective on applying an artists approach to the mechanics of architecture. Blending and bending spaces in residential, retail and restaraunt design. Chris is also going to share, in his view, the 3 main purposes behind architecture and how that affects the way he works. You can also learn a little more about Chris and see some of his work on our YouTube channel.

Thank you for listening. If you like what you hear, and I hope you do. Please go to Apple Podcasts and leave us a note and a 5 star rating. It helps new listeners find the podcast. Enjoy this episode with architect and artist, Chris Mercier.

#Design #Architecture #Art #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond

fer Studio – http://www.ferstudio.com

Convo By Design – http://www.ConvoByDesign.com

Snyder Diamond – http://www.SnyderDiamond.com

Miele USA – http://www.MieleUSA.com

Vondom USA – http://www.Vondom.com

Music provided by Electric Sol Artist: Electric Sol Song: Your Love Makes Me High www.electricsolmusic.com