Design and Craft News

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

As a professor at California College of the Arts, I've pondered how to bring that spark home. How to get more students building as a means of thinking. How to get more people engaging in high-craft endeavors? I've contemplated how to parse design and the knowledge of how things actually go together. It struck that more building needed to happen for more students.

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Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 by Allison Byers

Amy has maintained a thoroughly active career, seamlessly intertwining her design accomplishments with her role as an educator and supporter of the community. Her body of work displays a rigorous focus on evolving environmental and sustainable concerns, in her field of instruction, her research and in her exhibitions.

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Posted on Friday, May 10, 2013 by Allison Byers

Calling all bike nerds – a new series of Bike + Design lectures hosted by the Industrial Designers Society of America and California College of the Arts just launched yesterday. If you’re into the history of bike culture, innovation of bike design, or bike brand building, you might want to check out these lectures by some of the biggest names in the Bay Area bike world.

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Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 by Allison Byers

Textiles instructor Sasha Duerr (center) and Local Wisdom students (photo: Jim Norrena)

This spring, CCA Fashion Design students addressed questions about garment use while participating in Local Wisdom, an ongoing international fashion research project that examines how we use, share, and engage with our clothes.

Several student projects selected as finalists will be featured in spring 2014 in a participatory symposium and exhibition in London, along with work from six other international design schools.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

Gregory HURCOMB: This interdisciplinary studio looked to examine the nature of surfaces, color, light and space through the
instigation and eventual transformation of California College of the Art’s main nave space. By utilizing different
digitally and analogue driven techniques such as scripting, collage, physical modeling, photography, rendering, and
drawing, the studio sought to explore the interstices between interior design, installation, art, and architecture.

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Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013 by Allison Byers

“At a broad level, Apple has been pretty outstanding because they led by design,” says Kristian Simsarian, chair of California College of the Arts’ undergraduate interaction design program and an IDEO fellow. “That’s really been a great credit to Steve Jobs, because he was one of the few business leaders that would actually make bold decisions, that didn’t necessarily have the quantitative backup which most business leaders want.”

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Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013 by Allison Byers

Powers received her ikebana teaching certificate after graduating from high school in June of 2012, which gives her the potential to teach her own classes. Right now, however, Powers is focusing most of her time studying glass blowing at the California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

The month of May not only ushers in warm weather, it traditionally kicks off student show season. With no less than seven schools with a fashion program in the San Francsico Bay Area there are a bevy of opportunities to get out and see what tomorrow's aspiring designers have to offer. First in line to show, and honestly a major SW favorite due to the consistently creative and well executed collections, is the California College of the Arts Senior Fashion Show, set to take to the runway May 17th.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by Allison Byers

At Stanford University you can learn how to design calm. The course is one of several dozen offered by what Stanford calls its d.school, an eight-year-old program in design thinking. The hybrid discipline—dubbed “the hottest trend in business culture” by Businessweek—is now taught at schools ranging from Parsons to Yale. At California College of the Arts you can get an MBA in Design Strategy, learning how to apply design principles to such seemingly un-designy pursuits as human resources and accounting.

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Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 by Allison Byers

The store carries the works of Jonathan Plotzker (who created custom organic scents for the museum), Qiana Ellis (whose jewelry is inspired by architectural details) and Meghan Urback (a California College of the Arts graduate who makes felt baskets), to name just a few Bay Area artists and artisans.

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