Alan Bell is president of BLK Publishing Company, Inc., a company he founded in 1988 to publish magazines targeted to the black community. At present, the firm concentrates on graphic design, print marketing, corporate identity and custom publishing. A special focus of the company is developing materials for community-based organizations that serve the health, educational and social needs of those residing in inner-city communities.
As a designer, he has done work for National Council of Negro Women, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Los Angeles County Department of Health, Minority AIDS Project, AmASSI and BMX, Magic Johnson Foundation, Crystal Stairs, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Charles R. Drew University, NAACP, Black AIDS Institute, UCLA, USC, National Bible Association, Congresswoman Diane Watson, Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Big Lots, Agouron Pharmaceuticals, U.S. Small Business Administration and Paramount Pictures. Among the celebrities for whom he has done work are Nancy Wilson, Vanessa Bell Calloway and Isaiah Washington.
Bell holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, a B.S. in business from the University of the State of New York and is a M.A. candidate in sociology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He worked on the doctorate in sociology at New York University, but left without completing the degree. He also studied film in the graduate cinema departments of both UCLA and NYU.