This past weekend, I attended the annual student runway show at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Not sure what to expect, I was surprised to find so much buzz and professional energy. Held inside a large tent at street level just outside the school, the show was packed and the level of excitement high.
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 by Allison Byers
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 by Allison Byers
Impressive effort, is a phrase that is often banded about when describing the work in student shows. Frequently it is used to describe the raw talent, if not 100% polished execution that one associates with a non-professional collection. But for the CCA Class of 2012 Senior Runway Show, which took place in San Francisco on Friday night, impressive effort doesn't begin to cover it.
Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 by Allison Byers
Some of the best trend spotting in town can be found on the corners of Polk and Eddy, Fourth and Mission, or Eighth and Hooper, where fashion students gather during breaks, many wearing their own designs or inventive thrift store finds. They're everywhere, from Dogpatch to Ocean Avenue.
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 by Allison Byers
While teaching a design class at California College of the Arts several years ago, Brian Kane noticed that his students often didn't sit. They instead draped themselves across their chairs or lounges, completely absorbed by their various electronic devices. Sealed off from the world by earphones and entranced by glowing screens, they were as likely to sprawl sideways as to sit up straight. Even in public places, many of them liked to rearrange the furniture and transform those spaces into their own customized zones for working, meeting or socializing.
Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2012 by Allison Byers
his year marks the third anniversary of the Rotman Design Challenge. It started out as a commendable experiment by the school’s Business Design Club to expose MBAs at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to the value of design methods in business problem solving. This year, the competition drew teams from a few other MBA schools and some of the best design schools in North America.
Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 by Allison Byers
Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by Allison Byers
In less than two weeks Savannah College of Art and Design will be hosting Design Ethos: Vision Reconsidered 2012 a two-part conference: part conversation, part action. The Ethos Conference delves into what is currently being done in the field of design to take on social problems, while the Do-Ference synthesizes those conversations to create a roadmap for social innovation in the future.
Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2012 by Allison Byers
WHEN you are a practicing alchemist, as Sasha Duerr is, strangers will often ask you to demonstrate your powers by heating up a caldron in the yard. It’s a living, and Ms. Duerr is usually happy to give it a try. On a recent Monday afternoon, she had arranged to spark up three propane camp stoves and scavenge a few things to boil.
Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 by Allison Byers
An outdoor concert always seem like a fun summer activity, until one considers the restroom situation: long lines of people waiting to use malodorous, unhygienic Porta-Potties. Although it won’t do much to improve the stench, Kevin Cheng’s dual-use system promises to slash the wait time: Each unit has a closed stall on one side and an open urinal for men on the other, with waste from both flowing into a single tank.
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 by Allison Byers
It may seem incomprehensible to the latest generation, but we used to choose what art schools we'd apply to by looking at printed paper brochures that came in the mail. In an era before social media and the internet, a school's reputation wasn't easy to ascertain, particularly if you lived far away from it; your high school art teacher—who might've been anything from an out-of-work landscaper to a bored housewife—would tell you they heard RISD was good, for instance, and that was about the extent of it.