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Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by Allison Byers

CCA Interaction Design Chair Kristian Simsarian talks to BBC Click's Sumi Das about Google design.

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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

Looking for an innovate way to address this problem, the city reached out to an unlikely source: a class of undergraduate art students at the San Francisco-based California College of the Art, who partnered with Silicon Valley tech giant Intel.

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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

The cardinal rule of home buying is "location, location, location." But it can also apply to educational institutions.

"Any college or university takes much of its character from its location," says Stephen Beal, president of California College of the Arts. "An increasing part of a student's education isn't just about what's happening in the classroom, but also outside of it."

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Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 by Jim Norrena

CCA's booth at Maker Faire received two Make magazine editor's choice awards

Ever since the college was founded in 1907, making art has defined what we do at California College of the Arts -- both what we create and how we create it.

Today we have a new challenge to how we create art. The Bay Area has become a vast melting pot of innovation driven by the demands of technology-reliant and design-savvy enthusiasts.

We live in the innovation corridor -- a unique stomping grounds where the doers and makers are integrating time-honored principles of craft into the ever-changing technological landscape.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 by Allison Byers

Went to a memorial service the other day, or rather to a celebration of the life of in this case Michael Cronan, the protean designer and painter and mentor and doer of good works. He died way too young, at 61, and lots of people went down to the California College of the Arts to pay their respects.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Allison Byers

For most design school graduates, it’s a dream come true to produce work that is seen by millions. For Zach Gibson (MFA Design 2011) and Jefferson Cheng (Graphic Design 2005), it’s an everyday reality working in the art department at Google.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Allison Byers

Owen’s brainchild is the Sparse bicycle light, which slips onto the stem or seat post of a bike, deterring potential thieves who would need to undo the frame to access the aluminum LED light. As an assistant professor of industrial design at California College of the Arts who has lent his design talents to Nokia, NASA, and Nike, Owen (who is also an avid cyclist), wanted to make something beautiful. “The lights that are out there are garbage. I wanted it to be invisible when it’s off and echo the lines of the bike,” he says.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Power to the People: The Graphic Design of the Radical Press and the Rise of the Counter-Culture, 1964-1974
University of Chicago Press, 2013
Hardcover, 264 pages, $45

Though we think of the 1960s and the early '70s as a time of radical social, cultural, and political upheaval, we tend to picture the action as happening on campuses and in the streets. Yet the rise of the underground newspaper was equally daring and original. Thanks to advances in cheap offset printing, groups involved in antiwar, civil rights, and other social liberation issues began to spread their messages through provocatively designed newspapers and broadsheets. This vibrant new media was essential to the counterculture revolution as a whole, helping to motivate the masses and proliferate ideas.

This book is assembled by the renowned graphic designer and CCA Design faculty member Geoff Kaplan of General Working Group. It presents more than 700 full-color images and excerpts from these publications, many of which have not been seen since they were first published almost 50 years ago.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

San Francisco–based studio Shape Field Office partnered with Nicholas Riddle, a framebuilder and founder of the Urban Mobility Lab at California College of the Arts, to create this handsome porteur-style conveyance.

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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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