Ian Besler

Design, Research, Teaching, Writing

About

Ian Besler is a designer, educator, and writer whose work is situated at the edges between interfaces, media, software, and cities. His practice is especially interested in the best practices, codes, protocols, semantics, standards, syntaxes, and vernaculars of visual communication, design, and digital interactions. He was raised in Chicago. He is based in Los Angeles.

He is a lecturer of design with courses in interaction design and user experience design at the University of Southern California, Santa Monica College, and a recent graduate design seminar at ArtCenter College of Design. A book of his images, titled Best Pracitces, will be published in by No Style Press.

He works at Besler & Sons, LLC, a multidisciplinary studio that he co-founded in with Erin Besler, a lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design (A.UD) at University of California Los Angeles.

Their work has been presented and exhibited in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Vancouver, Shenzhen, and Sydney and their research and writing has been published in San Rocco, Medium, Gizmodo, Archpaper, Pidgin, Pool, Log, Arredamento Mimarlık, Offramp, and Perspecta. The essay Super Models or: Some (Scale) Models That I’d Like to Know received a Core77 Design Award for Writing & Commentary.

Besler & Sons have been profiled and their work featured in The New York Times T Magazine, Dezeen, Architect Magazine, The Architect's Newspaper, Archinect, ArchDaily, and Design Indaba.

Ian’s background is in journalism and graphic design; he holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the College of Media at the University of Illinois and a Master of Fine Arts from the Media Design Practices program at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, where he was the Milken Family Foundation Post-Graduate Design Fellow.

All work © - Ian H. Besler, except where otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

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Texts & Publication

2017: 4 Items!

  1. Enjoy Your Deck :-)
    Make New History: 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial (exhibition catalog).
    Lars Müller Publishers
    Edited by Mark Lee, Sharon Johnston, Sarah Hearne, Letizia Carzoli
  2. Best Practices [Forthcoming]
    No Style Press.
    Edited by Jonathan Crisman
  3. Sample Room
    OfficeUS Manual, Pentagram/Lars Müller Publishers.
    With Erin Besler, Besler & Sons, LLC
  4. Aggregate [Forthcoming]
    University of Technology Sydney.
    With Erin Besler

2016: 10 Items!

  1. Like So
    Perspecta 49: Quote, Yale School of Architecture.
    With Erin Besler
  2. On Background
    Offramp 11: Ground, SCI-Arc.
    With Erin Besler, Besler & Sons
  3. Creating Maker Spaces in Schools of Art and Design [PDF]
    Intel Design School Network, ArtCenter College of Design.
    With Elise Co
  4. Table of Contents [PDF]
    Pool #1: Table, UCLA A.UD.
    With Erin Besler, Besler & Sons, LLC
  5. Along the Frontier of Resolution
    Log 36: ROBOLOG.
    With Erin Besler
  6. Alright, Click on Your Guy [PDF]
    Arredamento Mimarlık: After the Star.
    With Erin Besler
  7. Special Effects [Forthcoming]
    Medium
  8. Shift Happens [Forthcoming]
    Alumni Series Journal
    Media Design Practices, ArtCenter College of Design
  9. A Taxonomy of Synthetic Turf Patent Drawings [PDF]
    L.A. Forum for Architecture and Urban Design newsletter.
  10. Amerimax Model Showroom [Forthcoming]
    Young Architects 17: Authenticity
    The Architectural League of New York, Princeton Architectural Press
    With Erin Besler, Besler & Sons, LLC

2015: 13 Items!

  1. Mapping the Information Age: Microchips Become High Art at the Pacific Design Center
    A/N Blog, The Architect's Newspaper. Edited by Mimi Zeiger
  2. Click On Your Guy: Interface Vernacular and the Aspirational Performance of Software Tutorials Online
    Medium
  3. The Entire Situation and StudFindr
    The Chicago Architecture Biennial exhibition catalog. With Erin Besler, Besler & Sons, LLC, and Satoru Sugihara, ATLV
  4. Los Angeles Resolution Frontiers
    Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City exhibition catalog. With Erin Besler, Besler & Sons, LLC
  5. Along the Frontier of Resolution
    International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) 2015 exhibition catalog. With Erin Besler, Besler & Sons, LLC
  6. Sculptor Michael Parker's Disco Ball Sauna Steams Up This Pasadena Gallery
    A/N Blog, The Architect's Newspaper. Edited by Mimi Zeiger
  7. Arik Levy Reflects on Design with His New Exhibit at Los Angeles' Please Do Not Enter Gallery
    A/N Blog, The Architect's Newspaper. Edited by Mimi Zeiger
  8. A Taxonomy of Synthetic Turf Patent Drawings
    Pool, UCLA A.UD. With Erin Besler, Besler & Sons, LLC
  9. A Taxonomy of Synthetic Turf Patent Drawings
    Medium
  10. Along the Frontier of Resolutions [PDF]
    Pidgin Magazine No. 19 Magic. Princeton University School of Architecture. With Erin Besler
  11. The Meticulous Engineering Behind Your Neighbor's Fake Lawn
    Gizmodo, Gawker Media. Edited by Meg Neal
  12. June Gloom Gray and the Colorspace of L.A.
    Medium re:form. Edited by Sarah Rich
  13. Along the Frontier of Resolution
    Lab Blog, Media Design Practices, ArtCenter College of Design

2014: 3 Items!

  1. Along the Frontier of Resolution: Panoramic Vision, Earth Browsing, and Model Making
    Medium
  2. Some Scale Models We'd Like to Know
    San Rocco No. 9 Monks and Monkeys. With Erin Besler
  3. Super Models or: Some Scale Models That I'd Like to Know
    Core77 Design Awards 2014. Writing and Commentary, Student Category

Press

: 4 Items!

  1. The New York Times T Magazine
    Everyday Design Objects Get a Sleek Upgrade.”
    Photographs by Anthony Cotsifas,
    Styled by Theresa Rivera
  2. The Globe and Mail
    Material world.”
    By Anya Georgijevic
  3. Culture Trip
    Terrazzo is the ‘New Marble’ and Designers are Going Crazy for It.”
    By Charlotte Luxford
  4. Design Milk
    Terrazzo-Inspired Products and Accessories.”
    By Caroline Williamson

: 21 Items!

  1. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
    Terrazzo, ragazzo! Junge Designer entdecken einen alten Baustoff.”
    By Florian Siebeck
  2. Custom Home
    Products: Props by Besler & Sons.”
    By Selin Ashaboglu
  3. Dezeen
    Besler​ ​&​ ​Sons launches speckled terrazzo home accessories.”
    By Dan Howarth
  4. Architect Magazine
    Object of the Moment: Props by Besler & Sons.” By Selin Ashaboglu
  5. Sight Unseen
    Saturday Selects: Week of September 26, 2016.” By Sean Santiago
  6. The Architect's Newspaper
    Materials & Applications brings experimental architecture to the L.A. public through mini golf.”
    By Antonio Pacheco
  7. The Architect's Newspaper
    The Architectural League Prize turns 35.”
    By Sharon McHugh
  8. The Architect's Newspaper
    Eleventh edition of SCI-Arc’s academic journal Offramp hits the internet.”
    By Antonio Pacheco
  9. KCRW Design & Architecture
    A Mini-Golf Course Designed by Architects.”
    By Avishay Artsy
  10. LA Weekly
    A Closer Look at an Architecturally Significant Mini-Golf Course in Echo Park.”
    By Brian Feinzimer
  11. Pasadena Now
    ArtCenter College of Design Publishes Report on How to Build Next-Level Maker Spaces.”
    By Teri Bond
  12. LA Weekly
    This Pop-Up Mini-Golf Course in Echo Park Is Actually a Collection of Architectural Wonders.”
    By Catherine Womack
  13. LAist
    L.A.’s Problems Have Been Turned Into This Echo Park Mini-Golf Course.”
    By Juliet Bennett Rylah
  14. Archinect
    This Week’s Picks for LA Architecture and Design Events.”
    By Justine Testado
  15. KCRW
    5 Design Things to do This Week: TURF: A Mini Golf Project.”
    By Avishay Artsy
  16. The Wall Street Journal
    L.A.’s Arts District: A Walking and Gawking Guide.”
    By Margot Dougherty
  17. KCRW
    5 Design Things to do This Week: Panel Discussion: Creative Work in Los Angeles at the A+D Museum.”
    By Avishay Artsy
  18. Los Angeles Downtown News
    A Downtown Museum Show Inspired by Downtown.”
    By Eddie Kim
  19. Go Design Go
    Expansion and how it’s affecting Downtown L.A.’s Art District.”
    By Caitlin St. John
  20. Architect Magazine
    Next Progressives: Besler & Sons.”
    By Danielle Rago
  21. Design Indaba
    Erin Besler: Repositioning architectural practices for new design.”
    By Jamie Matroos

: 7 Items!

  1. The Architect's Newspaper
    On Horizons.”
    By Todd Gannon
  2. Archinect
    Chicago Architecture Biennial: The 10 Most Outstanding Entries.”
    By Jessica A.S. Letaw
  3. ArchDaily
    15 Must-See Installations at the Chicago Architecture Biennial.”
    By ArchDaily Editorial Team
  4. Chicago Tonight
    Preview of the First Chicago Architecture Biennial.”
    By Erica Gunderson
  5. The Architect's Newspaper
    Midwest Calling.”
    By Mimi Zeiger
  6. Archinect
    2015 Architectural League Prize ‘Authenticity’ Winners to Lecture and Exhibit Next Month.”
    By Justine Testado
  7. BlouinArtinfo
    Chicago Architecture Biennale Announces 63 Participating Firms.”
    By Anna Kats

Teaching

2017: 164 Students Taught!

  1. Graphic Design Seminar (DES 203)
    Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California
  2. Graphic Design Seminar (DES 203)
    Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California
  3. Web Design Seminar (DES 303)
    Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California
  4. Web Design Seminar (GR DES 66)
    Design Technology Department, Santa Monica College
  5. Web Design Seminar (GR DES 66)
    Design Technology Department, Santa Monica College
  6. Web Design Seminar (GR DES 66)
    Design Technology Department, Santa Monica College
  7. Web Design Seminar (GR DES 65)
    Design Technology Department, Santa Monica College
  8. Web Design Seminar (GR DES 66)
    Design Technology Department, Santa Monica College
  9. Web Design Seminar (GR DES 66)
    Design Technology Department, Santa Monica College
  10. Graphic Design Studio (FADN 202)
    Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California
  11. Web Design Seminar (FADN 303)
    Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California

2016: 96 Students Taught!

  1. Various Staircases” (Special Project Intensive)
    Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology, Sydney
    With Erin Besler, Besler & Sons, LLC
  2. Web Design Seminar (GR DES 66)
    Design Technology Department, Santa Monica College
  3. Graphic Design Studio (FADN 202)
    Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California
  4. Web Design Seminar (FADN 303)
    Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California
  5. User Experience Design Seminar (GR DES 62)
    Design Technology Department, Santa Monica College
  6. Web Design Seminar (GR DES 66)
    Design Technology Department, Santa Monica College
  7. Web Design Seminar (FADN 303)
    Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California

2015: 38 Students Taught!

  1. Making Do(Graduate Seminar)
    Media Design Practices, ArtCenter College of Design
  2. Web Design Seminar (FADN 303)
    Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California
  3. New Space(Graduate Studio)
    Media Design Practices, ArtCenter College of Design
    Studio Led by Benjamin H. Bratton, Anne Burdick,
    and Metahaven (Vinca Kruk, and Daniel van der Velden)

2014: 11 Students Taught!

  1. New Car Experiences(Graduate Studio)
    Media Design Practices, ArtCenter College of Design
    Studio Led by Ben Hooker