Design News

Posted on Friday, June 8, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

Left: Courtesy of Hatch Workshop. Right: Courtesy of House 9.

California College of the Arts is proud to announce Hatch Workshop and House9 as the two winning teams of the college’s annual IMPACT Award, presented by CCA’s Center for Art + Public Life. This CCA-wide competition for students, alumni, faculty, and staff provides a $25,000 award to each winning team, as well as a robust network of resources and partnerships to enable teams to complete their projects over the course of one year.

Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

CCA associate professor and chair of illustration Owen Smith.

CCA associate professor and chair of the Illustration program Owen Smith is the designer of 19 New Yorker covers, subway images for San Francisco MTA, award-winning murals and sculptures. Smith’s artistic inspiration is a blend of Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, film noir, femme fatales, pulp illustrations, and the high-drama of Renaissance art. A recent article in The Daily Beast boasts a number of his accomplishments—including "killing Christmas."

Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by Maggie Beasley

In a two-part series, Design Dean Helen Maria Nugent spends an hour talking to the CCA DESIGN IS editorial team about her ambitious plans for the division, the recent move to San Francisco, and why she loathes the “that’s not design” critique.

On template: Helen Maria Nugent, Dean of Design, shares her thoughts on the new newsletter for the Design Division and what it means to be studying design today.

Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by Maggie Beasley

Featured designer, Alicia Cardell, Illustration Senior, talks about design, dogs, and life after graduation.

Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by Maggie Beasley

Lynda Grose, Chair of Fashion Design, discusses her new vision for the Fashion program at CCA with the CCA DESIGN IS editors.

What’s new for the Fashion Design program at CCA?

I envision Fashion Design to be a program where students conceptualize, develop, and construct designs by incorporating sustainability and technology fluidly.

Posted on Monday, April 16, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

CCA Fashion Experience 2018 Teaser Trailer

The CCA Fashion Experience 2018 will debut 11 professionally juried thesis collections from graduating students in the school’s Fashion Design program this May. The students will present their work through both fashion show and—for the first time—installations that frame their collections with artistic vignettes and speak directly to their design narratives. Utilizing street-cast models, the show will reflect the diversity of the Bay Area as well as global contributions to fashion.

Posted on Monday, April 16, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

CCA Commencement Exhibition 2017.

This May, California College of the Arts (CCA) presents its annual Commencement Exhibition—an expansive and interdisciplinary showcase of work by graduating students across all disciplines on the college’s San Francisco campus. Including works by both undergraduates and graduates, the exhibition will feature architecture, design, fine art, screenings of works by students in the college’s Film program, and a reading room where the audience can preview written works ranging from novels to poetry to comics and more.

Posted on Friday, July 14, 2017 by Chris Bliss


Jakarta, Indonesia, is regularly devastated by flooding. When disaster hits, Twitter has emerged as a powerful platform for communication, coordination among residents and emergency responses with the hashtag #banjir — the Indonesian word for flood.

“Right now a lot of the emergency response tools that are being developed are happening in a siloed way,” said Sara Dean, an architect and designer who previously worked on a web-based platform called Peta Jakarta, which gathered, sorted and displayed information on flooding in real time. “One of the advantages that we’ve found in social media is — even though it’s an untamed, noisy type of communication — it’s also a place where people are listening. And so they don’t need to know that an emergency is going to happen; they could even be very unprepared. But when you want to get their attention, you can get it because they’re already there.”


Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Helen Maria Nugent appointed dean of design at CCA

Helen Maria Nugent was appointed dean of design at California College of the Arts (CCA), it was announced today by Provost Tammy Rae Carland. She will oversee CCA’s Design Division with 6 undergraduate and 3 graduate programs. Nugent is professor and founding chair of the Designed Objects programs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She will begin at CCA on August 16, 2017.

Posted on Monday, May 8, 2017 by Laura Braun

Jennifer Morla established San Francisco-based Morla Design in 1984 as a multi-disciplinary studio and has since continued to pair wit and elegance on everything from motion graphics and branding to retail environments and textiles. Morla has created design programs for Levi's, Design Within Reach and the Mexican Museum, San Francisco. She has been honored with over 300 awards of excellence in the field of visual communication, including the 2010 AIGA Medal.