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James Hubbell Exhibition
James Hubbell Exhibition

James Hubbell was an artist, sculptor, and architect who spent over 60 years designing and creating buildings, artifacts, and fine art that reflected a deep passion for the ocean and for nature’s gifts. In Harmony with Nature was the first comprehensive exhibition on Hubbell mounted in Los Angeles. Hubbell passed away on May 17, 2024.

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Welcome to the Tornado Creative shop, a source for beautifully designed objects from us and our friends. We dug through our archives to offer you some very rare, collectible items. Many of these products are out of print and available in very limited quantities. Get ’em while they last!

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Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder | Get On Board
Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder | Get On Board

The Grammy-winning release “Get On Board” by contemporary blues masters Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder, is a remake of the original record by Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee. Percussion by Joachim Cooder. Art Direction by Al Quattrocchi & Jeff Smith of Tornado Creative, Los Angeles. Photography by Abby Ross.

  • I've worked with Al and Jeff on about seven projects now, and keep coming back for more! They never fail to deliver beautiful work, the feedback I get on packaging is tremendous, not to mention they are the nicest people to work with.
    Richard ThompsonMusician Extraordinaire
  • I've worked with Tornado for over 21 years now - first and Rhino and for the last five years at Shout! Factory. They continue to be our "go to" designers. They do top quality work in diverse styles and mediums - and are as comfortable with a '50s look as with a completely modern timeless approach. They are extremely committed to what they do and their attention to detail is consistently excellent.
    Garson FoosPresident, Shout Factory
  • It’s a special gift to work with a team who can take the tiniest seed of an idea or a vague sketch of an abstract concept and not just articulate it – but render something that feels like a refined giant step in your own thinking. Al and Jeff have a command of not just their craft, but a deep intuitiveness and sensitivity that confirms their commitment to each client and each project. That’s what fully engaged collaboration should feel like and that’s what they bring – every time.
    Lynell GeorgeJournalist, Writer & Photographer
  • In working with Jeff and Al, I conjure a smile and good fun. You both bring such authenticity and good design to everything project I present to you. I am lucky, and the legacy of the Helms Bakery is superbly fortunate, to have Tornado on-board. Toot - toot!
    Walter Marks IIIWalter N. Marks, Inc.
  • These days, anyone with a computer and some free fonts downloaded from the internet considers himself a designer. That's why I was excited to work with Tornado, because I wanted to work with real designers, people who knew what they were doing. The book they designed, Night of the Tiki, turned out beautifully. The attention to detail and the graphic ideas that Al and Jeff contributed made the book a real stand-out.
    Josh Agle (aka Shag)Artist
  • Tornado is an F5 on the design scale. Behind the scenes, a whirlwind of activity, leaving a wide range of beautiful work in its wake.
    Tommy SteeleCreative Director & Author

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