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Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Laura Braun

Based on 19th century technology, this “Harmonograph” uses pendulums to guide a drawing apparatus. It was made by a team led by Seth Augustine and Christina La Sala at California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Friday, June 3, 2016 by Laura Braun

What makes design in the Bay Area so unique? From tech inventions to culture-changing products, human-centered design, emerging fashion to international architecture, San Francisco Design Week explores it all. Produced by AIGA SF and spanning the Bay Area from Silicon Valley to San Francisco, it includes more than 200 events including 60 studio tours. World-renowned designers, entrepreneurs and innovators will be sharing their talents June 2-9, 2016.

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 by Laura Braun

The 10th annual, weeklong event is upon us, chockablock with receptions, discussions, exhibits, open studios, and open houses—including Dwell's tour of a 600-square-foot prefab Monogram Modern Home at Larkspur's Marin Country Mart. Many events are already sold-out, so comb the schedule for whatever suits your fancy and sign up now.

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 by Laura Braun

As a design practitioner and educator for the last 20 years at the California College of the Arts (CCA), I respectfully take exception with your assessment. Design schools and educators are doing a remarkable job of educating the next generation of designers; however, talented professionals like yourself could be more involved in making the system even better.

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 by Laura Braun

We are sailing into new and uncharted waters, and our analog past would seem to offer little guidance to our digital future. But still, it will not go away, that “empty jingle,” that mesmerizing mantra of modernism: form follows function. What it invites — what it demands — is a renewed introspection into the relationships between ourselves and our things.

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Posted on Friday, May 27, 2016 by Chris Bliss

High Up. Graphic Design Around Town

Faculty members from California College of the Arts (CCA) present three programs as part of San Francisco Design Week, which will be held June 2–9, 2016. SF Design Week spans the entire Bay Area and offers more than 60 studio tours and 75 events featuring world-renowned designers, entrepreneurs, and innovative thought leaders.

High Up: Design Around Town

Jon Sueda, chair of CCA’s MFA in Design Program, will introduce High Up. Design Around Town, an international collaborative design project that was curated by CCA Design faculty members Geoff Kaplan and Marina Pugliese.

Five teams of designers were matched between Milan and San Francisco and each team produced at least one collaborative image posted in strategic urban locations in both cities during the respective Design Weeks (April in Milan and June in San Francisco).

Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016 by Janet Vail

Barbara Holmes: CCA Furniture Program Faculty Member Highlight

The genre-defying art of Furniture professor Barbara Holmes is wide ranging in both materials and style.

She makes lively installations from pieces of reclaimed wooden lath that spiral around doorways and tree trunks. She cuts open discarded hollow-core doors, exposing the support structure within, and remakes the pieces into scaled-down architectural forms, sometimes lit from within.

And she has made prints from 100-year-old tree stumps in the Sierra Nevada.

No matter the material or technique, Holmes is interested in our past and the things we’ve discarded and moved beyond. “It's a theme that runs through all of my work, and using reclaimed materials, past histories, and lost knowledge is all a part of my process,” she says.

Holmes’s artwork has a playful quality that, combined with its positive message of reclamation and transformation, hits a chord for the modern viewer. Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions and is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Recology.

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2016 by Laura Braun

The pair started thinking about a move after graduating from California College of the Arts, where Gant studied industrial design, and Deming got his MBA in business and design strategy while simultaneously working for Yves Behar's Fuseproject. They felt supported by the design scene and shops there, but by 2012, the tech industry had already started to change the culture of San Francisco and finding a spacious, affordable studio space proved impossible.

Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by Laura Braun

On a sunny November day in San Francisco’s Mission District, inside the offices of Stamen Design (a studio known for cool-looking maps), I met what you might call a unicorn of the modern knowledge economy. Her name is Nicolette Hayes.

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by Laura Braun

Part of this pivot involves nudging the internal conversation toward sustainability, an important global issue that wasn't directly addressed until recently.