Design MBA News

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 Monday, April 11, 2016 by Jim Norrena

On Thursday, April 7, Center for Art and Public Life (CAPL) at California College of the Arts presented the spring 2016 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards, at which three juried interdisciplinary teams each were awarded a $10,000 grant to create innovative and creative solutions to social problems by collaborating with community experts and partners.

Through such grants, the awards program enables a new generation of creative innovators to develop meaningful social change. Students are challenged to apply their critical and creative problem-solving skills to make a difference locally, nationally, and internationally by developing proposals and facilitating actionable next steps.

In the spring CAPL received an unprecedented amount of grant proposals from undergraduate and graduate students across 15 different disciplines with project sites in San Francisco, Utah, India, Pakistan, China, and Columbia.


Posted on Monday, April 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

“If you look at the way we talk about our environments, you realize that our terminology is all city nomenclature, which is the nomenclature of how we build culture and how we build community,” said Nathan Shedroff, chair of California College of the Arts’ MBA program in design strategy and another guest speaker invited by Gensler for that evening.

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Posted on Friday, March 25, 2016 by Laura Braun

Smith said the concept for the class is part of a larger civic innovation focus that’s led by UChicago’s President Robert Zimmer. Outside the school, the program also underscores a growing trend in civic tech education that is seeded by both governments — who are educating through entrepreneurial fellowships and startup collaborations — and civic tech accelerators like San Francisco’s Tumml and Washington, D.C.’s 1776.

Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 by Laura Braun

Nathan Shedroff, California College of the Arts (NS): At a mechanical level there's the need to be multimodal and multi-spectral—different people learn in different ways and we can't rely on teaching in one way anymore. Education shouldn’t be all about someone standing in front of a classroom of 30, 60, or 100 people looking at them, that just doesn't work anymore. Pedagogy is changing around more collaboration. But we need to teach people how to be creative in a collaborative space together in order to be successful, and that doesn't come automatically.

Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 by Laura Braun

One bright September afternoon in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, I found myself sitting at an orange picnic table on a vacant lot the size of several football fields. It might be one of the most valuable empty lots in the United States.

Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

The ethics of capitalism. It's a fitting time to contemplate more deeply what really matters, and to that end, here is a timely essay from Nathan Shedroff, the founder and chair of the Design MBA programs at California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015 by Laura Braun

“The only value you ever create or that companies ever create happens in the context of a relationship. No relationship, no exchange of value on any level. The reason why experiences are so important is that that’s the container for a relationship, especially ongoing. So if you don’t have an experience, you can’t have a relationship. If you don’t have a relationship you can’t exchange value with anyone.” –Nathan Shedroff, Chair, MBA in Design Strategy, California College of the Arts (CCA) and author, Make it So

Posted on Friday, May 15, 2015 by Laura Braun

The full extent to which this interface was performative, however, was not readily apparent to Minority Report’s audiences. “Hollywood rumor has it that Tom Cruise … needed continuous breaks while shooting the scenes with the interface because it was exhausting,” write Nathan Shedroff, the chair of California College of the Arts’ MBA program in Design Strategy, and Cooper Design Fellow Chris Noessel in their book Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction. Try holding your arms perpendicular to their chest for an extended period. It’s uncomfortable.

Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Laura Braun

But other industrial designers successfully forged very different paths. Nathan Shedroff, designer turned entrepreneur, now leads California College of Art’s MBA Design Strategy program. Former IDSA chief Cooper Woodring has gone on to become an expert witness in design patent litigation. Brian Cheskey, a RISD alum, co-founded and is CEO of Airbnb.