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Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012 by Allison Byers

Bob Ciano was art director of Opera News magazine for three and a half years in the late 1960s. Published for members of the Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York, the magazine cost just 35 cents, but its covers were worth a million bucks. Ciano was the conductor of an ensemble of superb illustrators, including Milton Glaser, whose artworks were preludes to choruses of articles inside. From San Francisco, Ciano told me a little bit about these gems.

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Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012 by Allison Byers

Techies beware or be-aware! The annual ACADIA conference rolled through San Francisco last weekend, and if you weren’t there, you missed a mind-blowing event.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by Allison Byers

San Francisco's seemingly inevitable transformation into Silicon Valley's hipper, more bike-friendly older brother is already bringing a lot of changes to the city--higher rents, more private shuttle buses, increased frequency of Foursquare check-ins and a new kind of street festival.

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Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 by Allison Byers

San Francisco, October 22, 2012: California College of the Arts announces the launch of three groundbreaking new graduate programs: the Master of Architecture in Urban Design and Landscape (MAUDL)*, the MFA in Comics, and the MFA in Film. The MFA in Comics will begin its first classes in summer 2013. The MAUDL program and the MFA in Film welcome their first students in fall 2013. All three begin accepting applications on November 15, 2012, at cca.edu. The deadline to apply is January 5, 2013.

Updated 7/15/2013: The launch of the Master of Architecture in Urban Design and Landscape (MAUDL) has been postponed.

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Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 by Allison Byers

There are people who like to paint their nails. And then there are the Floss Gloss girls.

To call Aretha Sack and Janine Lee--who founded the San Francisco-based brand in 2011, along with Monica Kim Garza--nail junkies would be an understatement. "I've been mixing my own nail polish colors since the '90s--I would go to Walgreens and could never find the colors I liked," explains the 25-year-old Sack, who started selling her one-off batches to fellow students at the California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

Zena Adhami's 2012 Design MFA thesis presentation

During the height of the Arab Spring, Zena Adhami (MFA Design 2012) was watching from her apartment in San Francisco as revolution erupted back home.

She decided to make it the subject of her CCA graduate thesis: an examination of the specific media and technologies that were making it possible for her to stay informed from halfway around the world.

This time of upheaval also represented a culmination of Adhami's efforts to reconsider graphic design as a more politically engaged pursuit. "Every once in a while there's a degree of social consciousness among designers, but usually I feel that they're talking to themselves, and that's a failure of design intelligence," she opines.

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Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 by Allison Byers

Kevin Wada's fashion illustrations and caricatures have a wry wit and authority mixed with a slick gay sensibility.

In Kevin's own words:
I was born in the greater Los Angeles area, raised in the San Gabriel Valley and went to college at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. I've been here in San Francisco for about five years and couldn't be happier.

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Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 by Allison Byers

Shortly after San Francisco's Urban Prototyping Festival opened Saturday, the garden planter-slash-urinal wasn't getting much business, but there was a sizable crowd watching the graffiti war unfold and kids were lining up to bounce on the LED-lit hopscotch.

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Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 by Allison Byers

Does the word laminate conjure images of rippled, split or peeling Formica counters? Yeah, me too. But a group of California College of the Arts students reversed my perception by translating the surface material into fluid, natural and innovative chair designs.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by Jim Norrena

Expanded job, another book, and a new bundle of joy!

Things have been good thus far for author and CCA Writing and Literature chair Aimee Phan, but 2012 has been exceptionally good -- professionally, artistically, and personally.

Phan was appointed chair of the MFA Program in Writing effective fall 2012 (in addition to her current responsibilities as chair of the undergraduate program); she published her second book -- and first full-length novel -- * The Reeducation of Cherry Truong *(St. Martin's Press); and she also gave birth to her second child, a son, in April.

Any one of these new challenges would prove demanding even for the most highly accomplished and energetic of persons -- so it is with awe and, yes, fascination, that I asked Phan to give us less-motivated mere mortals the chance to learn from the source what it's like to commandeer one's life with such tasks at hand, while simultaneously giving the impression of effortlessness.

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