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Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2015 by Laura Braun

So we reached out to professors at seven of the world’s top design schools to ask what books they recommend for getting your feet wet in design. Each school submitted five books that span design disciplines, from industrial design to graphic design to interior design and more. We combined them into this reading list, links to Amazon and all. Let your summer beach reading start here.

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Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015 by Laura Braun

The social network’s first woman, Goodin initially saw Facebook “as just a fun thing that my friends made,” but over time, “it morphed into the zeitgeist while I watched,” she said. She’s currently earning an M.F.A. in design from the California College of the Arts and hopes to launch her own consultancy to craft sustainable products that improve people’s lives. “I’m not there yet,” she said, “but a gal can dream.”

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Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

I graduated with an English Lit degree, and sort of meandered for a few years after that. I wasn’t totally aimless, but somewhat. I worked in a record store for awhile and as a receptionist at an in-flight magazine publisher (“Good morning, Alaska, Horizon and Midwest Express magazines”). Eventually I worked into a desktop publishing position in a non-profit where I designed brochures and newsletters. I enjoyed it, so I decided to go back to school at California College of the Arts (then CCAC) to study further. That’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.

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Posted on Monday, June 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

"We are winning today. Today is going to be a great day. There is breakfast casserole!" Randi Gloss, 24, loaded up a square paper plate with food and swung herself into one of the lilac velour lounge car booths on the train she was riding: the Millennial Train Project, a 10-day journey which carried millennial social entrepreneurs and innovators across the country this week. As the train stopped in cities across the southern United States, the riders conducted individual project research and received mentorship from thought leaders spanning a number of industries.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

As the sun rose over an ash-pale stretch of Arizona desert sprinkled with saguaro cacti—a Western scene straight out of Central Casting—25 millennials emerged from bunks on refurbished 1950s Pullmans, grabbed coffee, and began to work.

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Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Ming & Khen Soh pose with Ming's 32-pound king salmon

The following exchange between Wai Khen Soh and Wai Ming Soh -- twin brothers and each an Illustration major -- appears in the spring 2015 edition of Glance, the college magazine, as part of the How We Got Here series.

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Ming: I started thinking about my next course of action in life while I was serving my mandatory service in the Singapore Armed Forces. I had taken a diploma in digital media design in a polytechnic (which is like American community college) prior to my enlistment.

I asked myself: Shall I embark on work, or further my studies? Whatever path I pursued, I wanted to do the same thing as my twin brother, Khen, as it would be cool to see a pair of twins in the same profession.

Khen: It’s nice seeing brothers face tribulations side by side, especially when they have the same faces! Like most twins, we are always tearing at each other’s throats, only to give the other a friendly pat on the back when the going gets tough.

Also like most twins, we have similar interests. Drawing and creating stories are passions going way back to our childhood. It helped that our parents were encouraging.

I went to a polytechnic, too, and took a diploma in graphic design, and while the education was invaluable, I felt more interested in drawing and painting narratives. So we decided to take an undergraduate program in illustration together.

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Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

At San Francisco’s California College of the Arts (CCA) students use Othermill in their cutting-edge Hybrid Lab, a multidisciplinary creative technology lab that makes tools of engineering accessible to students in art and design. Students prototype circuit boards for computers, and wearables for mechatronics. Instructors said it has lowered the barrier to getting started with electronics.

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Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015 by Laura Braun

The winning teams were then assigned to five “design captains” tasked with overseeing the installations along their respective stretches of the festival’s two-mile route — Autodesk, Gensler, the Exploratorium, the Studio for Urban Projects, and the California College of the Arts. A design charrette in January offered an opportunity for design captains to dispense advice and constructive criticism to their charges while signaling the start of a sprint to the finish in time for the April deadline.

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Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

Christopher Ireland doesn’t surf, but the adjunct professor in the graduate design program at the California College of the Arts (CCA) knows a coming wave when she sees one. “Desktop, laptop, mobile,” Ireland says, summarizing the waves of technology that have transformed our society utterly in the last 20 years. “We can see the wave of wearables coming.”

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Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 by Jeremy Joan Hewes

Scott Minneman and JD Beltran demonstrate the Cinema SnowglobeView slideshow 

Everyone relies on highly portable technology to stay in touch, find a restaurant or a parking space, and grab images on the go. But a few lucky folks have seen or held the Cinema Snowglobe, a marriage of art and technology that is an object of pure delight.

Designed and created by CCA Graduate Program in Design faculty members JD Beltran and Scott Minneman, this new snowglobe updates the old-fashioned little scene in glass that you shake to see the snow fly and settle. When you shake this palm-sized marvel, you see video or animated images that are looped to play repeatedly.

The several early editions of the Cinema Snowglobe feature a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge, a fireworks display, or a walk through the Rose Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Another snowglobe is a collaboration with the artist Leo Villareal and displays his marvelous Bay Lights installation that illuminates the west span of the San Francisco­–Oakland Bay Bridge.

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