DesignerCon 2017 recap

This past weekend, I attended DesignerCon 2017 in Pasadena. It’s my second year attending, and is now something I look forward to. I find unique gifts to give, perfectly timed for the holidays (although I always seem to present them early because I’m so excited). I had the kid in tow (again), but as a 4-year old, she is more patient and a tiny bit more interested. I know my love of art and design is rubbing off on her, because I really like the item she chose to purchase.

Next year, I might try to attend sans-kid, but that will probably mean I’ll spend a lot more money! Until next year, here are some highlights from this visit:

I met Paul Frank

Paul Frank was there last year, but I didn’t have a chance to meet him. This year, I was determined to get an autograph and have him sign my “Clancy the Giraffe” bag. Thankfully, his meet-and-greet was organized better this year, and not only did I get my bag signed, but I bought a cute limited-edition coin purse that matches it! He’s super nice and took the time to chat for bit.


Jo3bot is Joey Spiotto, a Los Angeles-based illustrator. I love all his work! I bought my husband a gift here – a storybook version with characters from one of his favorite video games, Bioshock.

If you check out his website, there are plenty of cute versions of pop-culture references, t.v. shows, movies, and video games in the style of “Little Golden Books” – Storytime, or 1950’s style record covers – “High Fidelity“.

Man One graffiti artist – Roy Choi Children’s Book

I met Man One, the famous artist well-known through his graffiti art work. He illustrated the children’s book, Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix, which I bought as a gift for a good friend of mine who is a fan of street-art, a foodie, and a new father. Man One founded Crewest Gallery in L.A. and his work has been featured in museums, t.v. shows, advertisements, and more.

Mauricio Abril

I learned about Mauricio Abril’s work at last year’s DesignerCon, and purchased several prints. I love his style of art, especially the child superhero-related themed illustrations.

This year, he released “Leia’s Legacy”, which is heartbreakingly beautiful.

Angry Little Asian Girl

I could totally relate to so many items sold at Lela Lee’s humorous Angry Little Asian Girl booth. It’s funny because it’s true. I bought something for my mom here. Which I will share on Instagram after I’ve given it to her!

You can find her items on Amazon or at her website:

Steph Lew

It’s no wonder my daughter was drawn to the art of Steph Lew. Steph has illustrated several books about Disney Princesses. I love her cute style. My daughter chose a postcard of a Centaurides, a female centaur. I haven’t taken a pic of it yet, but I will and post it on my instagram feed. I also bought a couple postcards for some friends that reminded me of them. 🙂

Learn more about Steph and see her work on her website:


DesignerCon is an annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys, customs, plush, designer apparel and so much more with urban, underground and pop art! It is a celebration of all aspects from the world of design.

Disclaimer: Westside Mommy attended this event as a member of the media. No monetary compensation was made for this post. All opinions are my own. 


I am a new mom to a baby girl. I live in West Los Angeles. This blog is about my experiences as a new mom and navigating my way through kid-friendly L.A.

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