Design MBA News

Posted on Monday, June 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

Ford and IDSA have teamed up to bring you "Designing Innovation"—a panel discussion on design featuring Nathan Shedroff of the California College of the Arts, Yves Béhar of fuseproject, Jordan Brandt of Autodesk and Freeman Thomas of Ford Motor Company. Check out the video above to see what they have to say about the role of technology in design, shaping consumer behaviors and responses to innovative products and how products stand out from and fit in with the world around them (among many other things, of course).

Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by Laura Braun

Last week, Ford and the Industrial Designers Society of America teamed up to host “Designing Innovation” in San Francisco – a panel featuring Nathan Shedroff of the California College of the Arts, Yves Behar of fuseproject, Jordan Brandt of Autodesk, and Freeman Thomas of Ford Motor Company. The panelists discussed the status and responsibility of product design today.

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Posted on Monday, May 12, 2014 by Laura Braun

Shedroff, Chair of MBA Strategy and Design at California College of the Arts, started the discussion by asking about the role of sustainability in design and strategic operations today. Sustainability is a criteria for research and development, design, materials and even production at every step. Yet, although it is fundamentally important to successful design, both Béhar, CEO and founder at Fuseproject, and Thomas, Director of Strategic Design at Ford Motor Company, emphasized that sustainability is no longer so prominently featured—it's become one theme of all the questions.

Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Come to the open house April 24 at CCA (San Francisco campus)

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom today used Twitter to showcase CCA’s MBA in Public Policy Design program*, which offers a new kind of degree at the intersection of professional skills, policy contexts, sustainable values, and design-thinking techniques.

CCA's MBA in Policy Policy and the MBA in Strategic Foresight program follow in the footsteps of the groundbreaking MBA in Design Strategy, which prompted BusinessWeek to hail as "one of the world's best design programs."

All three design programs are chaired by Nathan Shedroff, a pioneer in the experience design movement.

About the Tweet

Newsom's tweeted about the upcoming MBA in Public Policy Design open house event April 24, 2014, at 6:15 p.m. in Timken Lecture Hall on the San Francisco campus (1111 Eighth Street).

The event will feature Deputy Innovation Officer for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office Shannon Spanhake, who is a leading voice in highlighting how civic innovation is shifting public/private sector partnerships and creating new opportunities for startups and social enterprises.

The event is free and open to the public. To learn more and to register »

* Note: CCA's MBA in Public Policy Design program recently was changed to MBA in Civic Innovation.

Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 by Laura Braun

Based in Oakland, the two met at the California College of the Arts Design Strategy MBA program. Watson, a former Google employee, caught the startup buzz while in India building a Google satellite office, and decided she wanted to transport culture and build an organization. Acquistapace, who formerly produced films in Paris, and worked with artists in gallery settings, became interested in leveraging her design consultancy background into community building in a dedicated space. Thus, Zoo Labs was born, which also includes Didier Sylvain and Dario Slavazza.

Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 by Laura Braun

Deming and Gant met in grad school at California College of the Arts. They began dating and were soon plotting out a professional partnership. "Our skills are very complementary," says Gant. "I work a lot more in 3D, and Andrew has an MBA in design strategy and also a background in graphic design."

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Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 by Laura Braun

Will Semmes, associate program chair of the California College of the Arts, announced the school is planning a new MBA in Public Policy Design with a curriculum that is tailored to civic tech entrepreneurship and service. Inspired by civic tech startups that answer urban problems, Semmes said the curriculum teaches analytics, open data use, social enterprise skills, coding, app development and a variety of methods to work with government jurisdictions. The college is taking applications for the program now and is seeking additional instructors for the launch.

Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Laura Braun

Mandolinist, guitarist, and lead singer, Eric Robertson, initiated the project as a student at Berklee College of Music. He, along with multi-instrumentalist Duncan Wickel, bassist Josh Hari, and drummer Nicholas Falk deliver a new fusion of American roots music inspired by bedrock artists like Paul Simon, Ray Charles and The Band.

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Laura Braun

Such alternative historical practices were the subject of a recent pair of events held at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, both sponsored by the school’s Masters program in Design Theory and Critical Practices. The first was an exhibition entitled An Olfactory Archive: 1100-1951, curated by David Gissen and designed by Brian Price and Matt Hutchinson, that explored scent as a medium of historical reconstruction.

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations That Accelerate Change
Simon & Schuster, 2014
Kindle/hardcover, 272 pages, $12.74/$28

Lisa Solomon (Design MBA faculty) cowrote this book describing how leaders can use design for creative and collaborative problems solving. She and her coauthor, Chris Ertel, draw on decades of experience as innovation strategists, supported by cutting-edge social science research, dozens of real-life examples, and interviews with more than 100 thought leaders, executives, and fellow practitioners. Solomon says, “This book is a strong reflection of the core principles of innovation leadership we're trying to teach the MBA in Design Strategy students.”

The book also includes a “starter kit” full of tools and tips for putting the book’s core principles into practice. It has garnered wide support from recognized thought leaders and a great review in Publishers Weekly. CCA alumnus and Plum Organics founder Neil Grimmer (Sculpture 1995) is one of the highlighted cases in the opening chapter.