Career Development News

Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

What does “The Invisible Hand” mean to you?

For Leigh Markopoulos, chair of CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, and alumna Xiaoyu Weng (MA Curatorial Practice 2009), who were invited to participate in the 2nd Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum (CAFAM) Biennale in Beijing in February, it meant, above all, opportunity.

About the CAFAM Biennale

The CAFAM Biennale is an international tour de force that, in this second edition, put the focus on curatorial education. As curatorial practice becomes more recognized in China, CAFAM officials took the opportunity to showcase the ways in which other schools teach curation as a discipline.

“This biennial was an enlightened attempt to bring international and national art to Beijing and to allow students to participate not only through lessons, but as interns, et cetera, in the event’s organization,” explained Markopoulos.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Turner Duckworth is an award-winning visual identity and packaging design agency

"The time I spent at Turner Duckworth as a junior designer has been brief, but full of valuable lessons," recalls Graphic Design student Suwanna Ruayrinsaowarot. "The experience has been enriching and insightful in many different aspect of life."

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Ruayrinsaowarot gained useful experience in her role as a junior designer at the award-winning visual identity and packaging design agency's San Francisco studio. She worked within a team of creatives, which allowed her to achieve various hands-on experiences from creating professional mockups to packaging designs.

"The company culture at Turner Duckworth is a strong, unique, and friendly one. It offers a book club, Tuesday jogging sessions, and staff birthday celebrations. The staff is friendly, funny --  most members are in their mid-20s and mid-30s. Yet they are experienced and professional."

She adds: "They have all been a great source of inspiration for me. I am motivated to discover what I want to do in this field in the future."

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Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Carolyn Packer, visual designer at Townsquared

"This summer I have been working as a visual designer at Townsquared, a new tech startup based in the Mission district of San Francisco," shared Carolyn Packer, a Graduate Program in Design student.

Townsquared delivers a private online network structured around neighborhoods, allowing small businesses to connect, communicate, and collaborate with each other.

Packer is quick to point out some of the perks of working at Townsquared: "Everything in the office is sourced from local merchants, artisans, printers, shop owners, etc. All of us got to play in part in making the office a beautiful and inspiring creative space."

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Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Jack Koloskus gave a studio demonstration that was featured in the SF Design Week open tours

"This summer I worked at Moving Brands at their San Francisco office," explains Jack Koloskus (Graphic Design 2015).

Moving Brands is an independent, global creative company. It partners with established and emerging businesses to design and transform their brands and experiences to thrive in the moving world.

High Praise for Innovation

"And it was a wonderful experience. One of the things that drew me to Moving Brands is their willingness to explore experimental and new-media solutions and approaches to problems and clients that many other places wouldn't consider.

"One of the most exciting aspects [of the internship] was being able to work on the code for an interactive installation design piece they created for San Francisco's Design Week open studio tours, which I gave a demonstration of during the tours."

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Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Jim Norrena

KPCB fellow Ben Wasserman at Flipboard in Palo Alto

“I didn’t know that it would lead to one of the most successful and exciting summers of my life,” says Ben Wasserman (Graphic Design 2015), referring to his offer letter from Flipboard, a Palo Alto-based startup, in late spring confirming his acceptance to the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) Fellows Program.

Wasserman was one of only 11 applicants (out of 2,500) accepted to the design fellowship program, which is led by design and technology pioneer John Meada. Applications come in from more than 200 universities across the Unites States.

KPCB fellows attend private events hosted by portfolio companies, where they meet talented engineering and design luminaries from across Silicon Valley. Coverage of the program has been included in FastCompanyTechCrunchBusiness InsiderInc. and Gigaom

KPCB partners with some of the brightest entrepreneurs to turn disruptive ideas into world-changing businesses. The firm has helped build pioneering companies like Amazon, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Google, Nest, and Twitter.

 

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Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Students and alumni gain experiential learning during internships

CCA student designers are working in exciting, innovative internships at such innovative companies as Google, Motorola, Intel, de Young, Cooper Hewitt, Chronicle Books, Autodesk, frog, Townsquared, Flipboard, and many others -- and by doing so they are positioning themselves to kick-start their careers and reap the benefits.

Today the internship experience has become status quo; employers typically seek to hire only candidates who can demonstrate they already possess the experiential learning creative jobs require.

Don't Get Left Behind

Employers now routinely screen job applicants: Those who have completed an internship can stay; those who haven’t are weeded out.

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Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Ghetto Goldilocks is part of the 25th Street Collective in downtown Oakland

It used to be when an article of clothing became outworn you either gave it away or you threw it away. Those were the options.

Yet today's artists are using their arts education to revisit, rethink, and ultimately repurpose how to use discarded materials in ways that are socially rewarding, environmentally sustainable, and downright eye-catching!

Ghetto Goldilocks

Briget Campbell (BFA Ceramics 2005) is the proprietor of Ghetto Goldilocks, which is part of the 25th Street Collective located at 477 25th Street in downtown Oakland. Artist-merchants within the collective are producing works that not only attract art consumers but also those consumers who are looking for sustainable products.

In Campbell's case, she has ingeniously repurposed recycled and discarded clothing pieces to re-create new fashion pieces that are unique, stylish, comfortable . . . and literally built to last. She takes yesterday's forgotten mediocrity and makes today's stunningly memorable fashion statements.

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Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 by Simon Hodgson

Photo: Zack DeZon

How does an engineer reinvent himself? One possible answer: at art school.

In 1996, just a year after graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in civil engineering, Bruce King-Shey felt lost.

A lifelong musician, he switched tracks from engineering to take an entry-level job at the Annapolis Symphony. But when his career in arts management began to feel stalled, he wasn’t sure where he should turn next.

Today King-Shey (Industrial Design 2004, MA Visual Criticism 2005) is vice president of design innovation at food and beverage giant PepsiCo.

His circuitous career path offers much insight into how an arts education can unlock hidden talents.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

Mimi Pond is a career cartoonist, illustrator, author, and mother

Chances are likely you're already familiar with cartoonist and illustrator Mimi Pond's (Drawing 1978) work.

Of her five books, The Valley Girls’ Guide to Life is a 1980s cult classic, and she holds the credit for writing the first episode of The Simpsons -- a job Matt Groening, the show’s creator, personally offered her.

Pond's latest book, Over Easy, released in April to rave reviews.

And her résumé contains a veritable laundry list of pop-culture favorites including such popular television series writing credits as Pee-wee’s Playhouse and Designing Women.

She also furnished Seventeen magazine with a full-page comic for each issue during the early 1980s as well as worked with National Lampoon, the Village Voice, the New York Times, Adweek, and many more publications.

 

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Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Jim Norrena

(l-r) Stephanie Smith, Erin Wheeler, Kate Dey, and CCA President Stephen Beal

Right on the cusp of CCA's commencement exercises this Saturday, May 17, at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center, a timely WalletHub article, "Best & Worst Entry-Level Jobs," includes expert career advice from CCA's Career Development Director Kate Dey.

The featured article is written by Evolution Finance senior editor and writer John Kiernan and uses information sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Indeed.com, and Salary.com.

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