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By David Niles White | Friday, December 23, 2011

Stefan Bucher shares his behind-the-scenes story of designing the Saks Fifth Avenue Yeti

At the final lynda.com employee quarterly meeting of 2011, Creative Inspirations subject Stefan Bucher made a surprise appearance. And he brought a friend. . . well, about 300 of them.

Upon being asked by Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City to create a Yeti plush toy for sale during the holiday season, Stefan came up with dozens of Yeti options to present to Saks, who ultimately left the final decision up to him. The complete Yeti-plush package included a Yeti hangtag book created by Stefan (complete with proper care and feeding instructions for the Yeti) and a customized bag designed by Stefan and dotted with snowflakes created by another Creative Inspirations subject, Marian Bantjes, with which to properly carry the Yeti (since the Yeti doesn’t fit in any of Saks’ standard holiday bags).

Stefan finished his December presentation by revealing the Yeti from his snowflake bag before handing the spotlight over to lynda.com co-founder Bruce Heavin. Bruce then revealed that as a special holiday gift, each lynda.com employee would receive their very own Yeti. Stefan was kind enough to autograph Yeti paws for employees after the presentation.

To purchase a Saks Fifth Avenue Yeti of your own while they are still in stock, visit www.saksfifthavenue.com.

Interested in more?Stefan G. Bucher, Designer, Illustrator, and WriterMarian Bantjes, Graphic Artist

Suggested courses to watch next:tokidoki, Character Illustrator Ron Crabb, Digital IllustratorBig Spaceship, Digital Creative AgencyBert Monroy, Digital Painter and Illustrator

By David Niles White | Thursday, July 21, 2011

Free screening of Stefan G. Bucher Creative Inspirations documentary

On Thursday, July 28, join lynda.com and Art Center College of Design as we present a screening of the new film from the lynda.com Creative Inspirations series, Stefan G. Bucher, Designer, Illustrator, and Writer. Follow Stefan from his first illustrations, through Art Center College of Design, Portland agency Wieden+Kennedy, Madonna’s Maverick Records, and finally his own company, 344 Design. If you’re in the Pasadena, CA area, it’s a great opportunity to check out our latest documentary on the big screen, meet other lynda.com members, and attend a Q&A with Stefan Bucher.

Admission is free, as space permits.

Event details:

Stefan G. Bucher, Designer, Illustrator, and Writer Art Center College of Design, Hillside Campus, Pasadena Ahmanson Auditorium

Thursday, July 28

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Screening 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Q&A with Stefan

RSVP to alumni@artcenter.edu by July 25.

We hope to see you there!

By Bryan Hillebrandt | Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Meet the lynda.com monsters, and the monster maker Stefan Bucher

Stefan G. Bucher and the lynda.com wall of monsters.

Stefan G. Bucher and the lynda.com wall of monsters.

The first time I walked the halls of our headquarters in Carpinteria, I was pleasantly surprised to come in contact with a pack of lynda.com monsters.

The monsters are the work of the amazing Stefan G. Bucher, the genius behind dailymonster.com and 344 Design in Los Angeles. lynda.com co-founder Bruce Heavin originally suggested that Stefan create four monsters to adorn the walls of our headquarters, but Stefan got inspired and created 13 for Bruce to pick from.

According to Stefan, once Bruce saw the selection of monsters, he decided to use them all. The monsters are displayed on a prominent wall at the office and lucky lynda.com folks get to see them every day. As you can see from the photo, Stefan’s installation is pretty cool, too.

Stefan has decided to let the lynda.com monsters out into the wild and posted each of them on his dailymonster.com blog. Go check them out:

Monster 01 | Monster 04 | Monster 07 | Monster 10 | Monster 13Monster 02Monster 05 | Monster 08 | Monster 11Monster 03 | Monster 06 | Monster 09 | Monster 12

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