July 8th, 2014

Newsletter for March 2014

AIGA Medal, Natural History Museum, Curtis Institute of Music, Blake Little, Mohawk Fine Papers, Sagmesiter x Walsh, Adobe Remix,

Find the March 2014 newsletter here.

April 27th, 2011

Mohawk Via Launch

The third in the series of Mohawk Via promotions has just been released. Like the previous promotions, Mohawk Via Printing and Paper was designed by AdamsMorioka and follows Via’s format of providing useful information in a fun “stop what you’re doing and look at me” kind of way The conceptual basis for Mohawk Via Printing and Paper is an American approach, which Sean Adams equates with the qualities of Via. “The American point of view — expansiveness, honesty, plain speaking, compassion, diversity and courage — tied in perfectly with the attributes of Via,” he says.

Like all Mohawk Via promotions before, Mohawk Via Printing and Paper is educational and useful. “Mohawk Via Printing and Paper demonstrates how Mohawk Via can handle high-end imagery such as fine art and critical photography. The promotion also has an FAQ section about the paper itself and printing tips to maximize the paper’s potential,” says Jane Monast, Director of Communications, Mohawk Fine Papers.

Mohawk Via Printing and Paper incorporates a handy list of Mohawk Via’s 35 shades and 7 finishes, as well as an envelope chart. Mohawk stocks a wide selection of envelope sizes in all Mohawk Via shades and finishes. Any non-stocked items can be ordered directly through Mohawk at
Mohawk Via Printing and Paper was printed by Primary Color, Los Angeles, CA, using a 20 micron Staccato screening.

Click here to get a copy of Mohawk Via Printing and Paper.

April 27th, 2011

Cannes Lions Awards

Noreen Morioka was part of a select group of judges at the 2010 Cannes Lions Awards in France. The Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival is the world’s biggest celebration of creativity in communications. As the most prestigious international advertising awards, more than 24,000 entries from all over the world are showcased and judged at the Festival. Winners receive the highly coveted Lion trophy, presented at four award ceremonies.

The Festival is also the only truly global meeting place for advertisers, advertising and communication professionals. Over 8,000 delegates from 90 countries attend seven days of workshops, exhibitions, screenings, master classes and high-profile seminars by industry leaders such as Sir Martin Sorrell, Bob Greenberg, Maurice Lévy, David Droga, Mark Tutssel and Tham Khai Meng, as well as people like Mark Zuckerberg, Ben Stiller, Yoko Ono, Kofi Annan, Steve Ballmer, Biz Stone and Bob Geldof

April 27th, 2011

AdamsMorioka at Cusp

Sean recently spoke about the aesthetics of design at Disneyland at the international Cusp Conference in Chicago. The lecture focused on design and branding utilizing ideas of reassurance, storytelling, and personal connection, exemplified by design decisions at Disneyland since 1955. He reinforced the AdamsMorioka of optimism in design with the final phrase, “All design is an act of optimism.” Cusp is a conference that is about “the design of everything.” Speakers range from futurist, Natalia Allen, to author Richard Saul Wurman.


April 27th, 2011

Fast Company Design Master

Due to the success of AdamsMorioka’s blog,, Sean was asked to join the Fast Company magazine’s roster of Design Masters. His articles follow subjects as diverse as the Theme Building at LAX to the color of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Introducing Guest Blogger Sean Adams: Where Adventureland Meets FantasylandBy Alissa Walker

I’m jetting over to Spain for the ARCO contemporary art fair this week, and although I’ll be popping up here from time to time throughout the week, I wanted to leave you all something extra special while I was away. I pondered the options for who could fill in. Who could be entertaining yet educational? Insightful yet inspiring? Proper yet provocative?

The answer came as I was doing my daily morning Web browsing, and visited Burning Settler’s Cabin, the Internet territory of Los Angeles designer Sean Adams. Like most of his posts, Sean had managed to combine a seemingly disparate variety of themes–which usually includes at least one Disney reference–with luscious vintage ephemera, most of which is on display at either his groovy pastel-tinted mid-century ranch or buttoned-up modern office in the Flynt (as in Larry) Building. But also like most of his posts, Sean had woven his rich knowledge of visual history into a slightly-inappropriate narrative. I knew then there was no better person to give you in my absence.

For 15 years, Sean and his business partner Noreen Morioka have mastered a blend of eye-popping graphics and tongue-in-cheek wit that have made their firm AdamsMorioka into a real-life playground for their pop culture passions. Stepping into their office is like entering a highly-saturated Technicolor world where work for an eclectic group of clients like The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Adobe, Gap, Nickelodeon, Sundance, Target–and, yes, The Walt Disney Company–live together in perfect harmony. And the Disney obsession is more than just a passing fancy: Sean and Noreen actually decided to open their firm while riding the PeopleMover at Disneyland in 1994.