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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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Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by Laura Braun

Duley is launching a project called Legacy of War that he is hoping will be a broad collection of creative elements such as poetry, live performances, exhibitions and film screenings that together will give voice to people living in post-conflict countries. He is coming to the Bay Area Feb. 17-23 to speak about his remarkable life and the Legacy of War project.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by Jeremy Joan Hewes

Anh (left) and Hoang Nguyen in San Francisco (photo: Luis Ruano)

When Industrial Design alumni Hoang Nguyen and his brother Anh came to CCA in 2004 and 2006, respectively, they started a club with the objective of getting a group of students to work together, helping each other learn and improve their skills.

They named the club for its purpose: Creative Session.

Although the club was slow to develop, that early effort evolved into their joint venture, a lively online presence that showcases an array of design projects, videos, and musings from the two brothers.

Creative Session (CS) has been going for seven-plus years and has brought Anh and Hoang lots of attention, including invitations to teach, to participate in design competitions, and most recently to be jury captains for consumer products at the 2015 Core77 Design Awards.

They also receive frequent job inquiries, Hoang says, “but we make it clear that CS is and has always been a platform for Anh and me to think, create, and share as brothers and, more importantly, as designers without constraints.”

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Posted on Friday, January 16, 2015 by Jim Norrena

In 2011 students Anna Acquistapace (DMBA 2011), Olivia Nava (DMBA 2012), and Eric Persha (DMBA 2012), launched an idea inspired by the MBA in Design Strategy program's Social Ventures course (taught by faculty member Steve Diller).

The idea involves working with members of a solar-distribution company as a partner organization to offer community members in rural Tanzania connectivity services that use renewable solar energy.

(Initially the partner organization had wanted to address better solar-powered lighting solutions in Tanzania, which evolved into the more wide-serving Juabar business model.)

"Our [CCA] education helped us realize that you don’t approach innovation by answering questions, but rather you look to understand end-users’ needs.

"So we didn’t come to that project on 'how can we better sell solar lights?' but more 'how do we understand the electricity experience of Tanzanians with little or no electricity experience?'"

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Posted on Friday, December 5, 2014 by Jim Norrena

The Center for Art & Public Life (The Center) and the MBA in Design Strategy program, both at California College of the Arts, last month co-organized TechRaking 7, an annual hackathon series put on by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), which focused on the intersection of journalism and design.

TechRaking 7, the first within the series to work exclusively with college students (and CCA as its official partner), had CIR CEO Joaquín Alvarado reaching out to CCA to pose the question: How can we rethink human interaction around the news within our communities?

CIR enlisted colleagues from two of its local media partners -- Bruce Koon of KQED and Martin Reynolds of the Bay Area News Group (BANG) -- to challenge CCA students with some of their toughest community-engagement issues. For example, how might:

CIR create new ways for people to communicate about the role of guns in their neighborhoods?
BANG offer a more participatory model that empowers residents to share overlooked topics?
KQED develop cross-regional tools to communicate better the personal effects of the growing technology industry?

Far be it for anyone at CCA to turn away a challenge, thought leaders at The Center decided to enlist the help of CCA students -- working in small teams representing a wide range of disciplines -- to collectively come up with innovative solutions that could encourage greater public participation in today's changing news gathering and distribution policies and procedures.

In short, TechRaking 7 challenged students to give the concept of the traditional newsstand a much-needed facelift.

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Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

The plate was designed by Marco Guadarrama, a design strategist who's currently on a Fulbright Scholarship at California College Of The Arts, who likens his design to an "artist's palette."

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Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 by Laura Braun

For most of his career, Misrach has worked alone, but two years ago, he began to collaborate with the composer Guillermo Galindo. Galindo’s music, written for instruments made from objects found along the border, will interact with Misrach’s photographs in an exhibition that the San Jose Museum of Art is mounting in the spring of 2016. The exhibition will tour the country through 2018, and Aperture will publish a book documenting the collaboration. These photographs appear here for the first time.

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