Art Director’s Club of Tulsa is ending another great year of speakers on a high note. Petrula Vrontikis will be at Living Arts Thursday, April 18th. Members, don’t forget to use your two guest passes! Bring all your colleagues and friends out to see Petrula, a truly inspiring designer. She has been an influence in the field for decades, and her work has earned her numerous awards and a permanent spot in the Library of Congress. For an overview of Petrula and what to expect Thursday night, read on.
Petrula Vrontikis had a goal after college: to start her own business within 5 years. She did just that by founding Vrontikis Design Office in 1989. The work she has since produced has been featured in over 100 publications. Shortly after starting her firm, Petrula also began teaching at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She debuted her book, inspiration=ideas, in 2002. In 2003, Graphic Design: USA selected Petrula as one of their “100 People to Watch.” Then in 2007 she was awarded an AIGA Fellows Award, recognizing her impact in both the field and in her community. If you can’t tell by now, Petrula Vrontikis is an inspiring artist and brilliant businesswoman.
Petrula’s firm is the Vrontikis Design Office. So why is their web domain 35k.com? Turns out a German automobile manufacturing company bought the rights to their original domain, VDO.com… for $35,000. Just another example of how Petrula and her team have learned to be flexible and take surprises with a grain of salt.
Hobbies & Inspiration
Petrula has often emphasized the importance of work/life balance. This is a topic you can never get too much advice on, and we’re hoping to hear more on Thursday. For now, know this: her interests include yoga, travel, and swimming with sharks.
Mohawk Paper is our event sponsor this time, which is good news for you. Did you know that their brand architect is Michael Bierut? In our minds, this means any swag they’re giving out is bound to be beautiful. Not to mention their paper’s great, too!
Petrula Vrontikis is an amazing speaker to wrap up our 2012-2013 season. But the real end-of-season party is May 16, at Graphex 44! We’ll be partying the night away, all while celebrating the best design pieces in the region. So get inspired Thursday, then get ready to let loose in May! We hope to see you at both events to help us close out this season.