Calvin is the Principal and Creative Director of Mayhem
Studios, an award-winning design firm located in Los Angeles.
His focus is developing identity and
brand recognition for both small and large businesses. Promising fame and fortune,
Team CL hoodwinked Mr. C into joining the management team to help out with our
never-ending stream of membership requests. The poor guy has no idea what he
just got himself into. Okay ... we'll try our best to be gentle.
Calvin's creative spark ignited at the ripe old age of 10, amidst some coloring
books and a trusty 64 pack of Crayolas®. In a defiant act of coloring
outside the lines, he knew that he would have a career in the design field some
day. Next came the comic book influence. He loved how they swept him away into
another world. Entering the world of graphic design years later, he discovered
he really enjoyed solving problems through a visual medium.
Mostly self-taught, armed with a library of design books and a penchant for hard
work, Cal started his own company, Mayhem Studios, in 2001. Through Mayhem, he
marries strategic thinking with creative design to create effective messages
targeted to his clients specific audiences. Solutions may come in the form
of identities, branded collateral pieces, annual reports, brochures, logo design,
advertising and interactive web sites.
Sweating over a hot keyboard has resulted in the studio receiving numerous international
design awards, being featured in several books including Creatively Self-Employed,
Creativity Awards, American Corporate Identity, Big Book of Business Cards, Big
Book of Layouts. Calvin and Mayhem Studios are also profiled on several websites.
Being the nice guy he is, Cal believes in giving back to the community that helped
to shape the person he is today. He serves as a member of the Platt College Advisory
Board for the Visual Communications Department, on the NO!SPEC Committee and
he is also the organizer and president of the Los Angeles Designers Association.
When Mr. Lees not busy doing his design thing, he enjoys working toward
being the Hulks stunt double by getting huge at the gym. He also has an
affinity for dinning
out with friends and being a comic book geek.
Calvin's strategic and creative designs may be viewed on his web site at www.mayhemstudios.com.
You may also read all about his thoughts on design, marketing, life and latest
news on his blog, A Method to the Mayhem.