R&D | Event

With the LA motion design scene in mind and a “community first” attitude, State’s Krissy Estrada and Marcel Ziul started R&D in 2018. 

R&D has hosted over 20 different talks averaging over 150 attendees per event, mixing college students to senior artists, all provided at no-cost to the audience. 

This little thing called a pandemic may have put in-person meet ups on pause, but R&D is thrilled to be alive and thriving again! 

From stop-motion directors to event creators to amazing designers, R&D has gathered a wide range of top industry speakers. The goal for each speaker’s talk is never to brag, but to inspire.

In July, we were joined by two stellar professionals and our dear friends, Burton Rast (formerly Google) and PJ Richardson (Laundry) to relaunch R&D 2.0. 

Our 2023 line up also included young studio founder Austin Bauwens (, the hilarious duo behind Costa Rican studio Pupila, and LA-native Matt Hernandez (Paramount+). 


“Our goal is to provide inspiring talks at no cost because money should not be a barrier to knowledge”

Krissy Estrada (Co-Founder of R&D)

Follow R&D on instagram @rd.losangeles to stay tuned for upcoming events.