Design and Craft News

Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

Artist and CCA alumnus Nigel Sussman. Photo by Clara Rice.

Artist and alumnus Nigel Sussman (BFA Illustration 2005) will create the artwork for the 15th annual Architecture + the City festival hosted by American Institute of Architects, San Francisco (AIASF) and the Center for Architecture + Design. Sussman creates complex isometric murals and illustrations and can often be found painting pictures of giant cats or flying food.

Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

SFMade and CCA will host the seventh annual pop-up holiday market at CCA's San Francisco campus on December 17 from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.. Over 70 makers based in San Francisco will be selling locally made bags, home goods, apparel, jewelry, gastronomic treats, body care items, art, and more. Shoppers can also purchase artwork from CCA students. 

This week, SF Curbed noted the fair as one of "the best holiday markets in San Francisco." 

Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by Jim Norrena

In fall 2016, senior Industrial Design students enrolled in ID5: Context, the fifth of six required studio courses for their major, received the unique opportunity to engage in a rigorous start-to-finish design process reimagining French automaker Renault's two-seat Z.E. electric car (a.k.a. Twizy).

The studio course, which involves the engagement of an industry partner, provided a focus on identifying design opportunities, incorporating future technologies, and creating meaningful brand and product experiences while explicitly addressing the physical, emotional, and sensorial needs of Renault’s users.

Such industry partner engagements hold tremendous value for students and the industry partner alike.

Posted on Monday, March 6, 2017 by Jim Norrena

Did you know CCA students have access to more than 600 internship and externship opportunities each year?

For some, it's a curricular requirement (e.g., Graphic Design students must complete an internship prior to graduation), while for others it's an inspired career move.

And a good one!

Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016 by Jim Norrena

CCA students from the spring 2016 EcoTAP Soil to Studio course, taught by organic dye expert and Textiles Program faculty member Sasha Duerr, are seeing their work -- in the form of costumes made from natural dyed fabrics -- performed on stage by Bay Area site-specific theater company We Players.

Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 by Jim Norrena

Demo of how to build a Modarri Toy Car

Industrial Design faculty member Brian Gulassa (Illustration 1984) was recently honored with a Best of 2016 award at the New York Toy Fair for his Modarri cars product line made by Thoughtfull Toys, the small startup toy company based in Santa Cruz, California, he helped found after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Gulassa is the lead designer for Modarri Cars: “This has been an incredible opportunity to design exactly the kind of toys I wanted as a kid."

With his Thoughtfull Toys team, Gulassa set out to create and sell beautiful, functional, durable toys.

Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

Emi Grannis in her studioView slideshow 

Emi Grannis (Jewelry / Metal Arts 2013) has been fascinated by miniatures since she was a small child.

“My mom still tells me stories about how she’d sit me down with paper and pencil and when she’d return, I’d be drawing these little circles that filled the whole page,” says Grannis.

Her attention to shape and detail continued throughout her education, but when it came time to choose a college and program, Grannis said she still felt a bit lost. Despite her stirring desire to create, she wasn’t sure how her talents could lend themselves to an art practice, or what that practice could really be.

“I was originally at another school and it was fine, but it was a general arts education and I realized that if I stayed there for four years, I’d graduate with no tangible skills. All my life I’ve been interested in making and I’ve always wanted to have an actual skill with my hands.

“I remember looking at CCA when I was in high school and thinking that it was a perfect fit, being craft-based. So, I applied and got in with a merit scholarship, which was awesome!”

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 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by Jim Norrena

(l-r) President Stephen Beal, Furniture faculty Donald Fortescue, Stephen Moore, Dean of Design Leslie Roberts, Furniture chair Russell Baldon

CCA student Stephen Moore (Furniture 2017) has been awarded a 2016 Bill Moggridge Award, which affords $10,000 to a selected design student to use toward his or her work and development. Moore was selected based on his display of design innovation, design excellence, design craft, and the overall strength of his vision.

The annual design awards program is sponsored by Techmer PM, IDEO, and the Bill Moggridge Awards Sustaining Committee, and in 2016 CCA was added as one of three new institutions at which Bill Moggridge had a significant impact. Moggridge received an honorary doctorate from the college in 2012.

(The Royal College of Art in London, where Moggridge was a visiting professor in interaction design and Stanford d. School, where he was an associate professor, are the other two institutions.)

Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 by Jim Norrena

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design recently announced CCA Ceramics senior Katharine Payne and Furniture senior Stacy Motte were each awarded a 2016 Windgate Fellowship Award, bringing to eight the total number of CCA students to date who've earned this distinction since the award program launched.

Now in its 11th year, the recognition continues to be one of the most prestigious and sought-after awards for emerging craft artists in the United States.

Four panelists reviewed a national pool of 95 Windgate Fellowship applicants from 63 universities and 18 Windgate Project Grant applicants to select the 2016 Fellows and Project Grant recipients on the basis of artistic merit.

They also discerned the potential of each applicant to make significant contributions to the field of craft.

Each year more than 100 universities from across the country are invited to nominate two graduating seniors with exemplary skill to apply for a fellowship award of $15,000 to support a project that will further their careers and contribute to the advancement of the field. Ten fellowships are awarded each year.