Design News

Posted on Monday, October 27, 2014 by Jim Norrena

The CCA Digital Craft Lab is pleased to announce FORMATIONS 2014, an annual workshop series at CCA of software-based workshops for students and professionals, which will take place place on November 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Hooper Graduate Center (184 Hooper Street) on the San Francisco campus.

FORMATIONS provides a platform for students and professionals in the design disciplines to explore new technologies in a hands-on workshop setting. Each year the focus of the event evolves to reflect emerging architectural research topics in relationship to new media.

Event Details

Registration: 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 1 to 2 p.m.
Eligibility:  The workshops are open to all students, faculty, and professionals in the design fields.
Cost: Each workshop costs $175 for professionals; $100 for non-CCA students and recent graduates (who graduated within the last 12 months and have a valid ID); $75 for CCA students, faculty, and alumni.
Hardware & Software: Attendees must bring their own laptop to the workshop. See software requirements below.
Questions: Review the FAQ, below.

Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 by Laura Braun

In June CCA students from across multiple disciplines participated in CCA+AIR (Audi Innovation Research) Fellowship: Beyond Mobility, an intensive two-week design challenge that brought the Audi Group's leading designers -- and a host of other local designers -- to campus to hear students present about the next phase of creating luxury automobiles.

Architecture faculty members and Future Cities Lab partners Nataly Gattegno and Jason Kelly Johnson and Markus Auerbach from Audi AG’s AIR team spearheaded the event, which called for an interdisciplinary cross-section of program chairs to nominate students, who would then apply for the fellowship.

Auerbach emphasized daily a basic principle to which all Audi designers rely: “Humans have basic needs and rich desires.”

Students worked in teams and were instructed to keep the fundamental design consideration in mind as they envisioned the design of future automobiles for Audi AG, one of the "German Big 3" luxury automakers (along with BMW and Mercedes-Benz, which are the three best-selling luxury automakers in the world).

Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by Laura Braun

Like other artistic power couples—Charles and Ray Eames, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, or even John Lennon and Yoko Ono—the seminal work of Bob Stocksdale (1913‑2003), the father of American wood turning, and master fiber artist and weaver Kay Sekimachi (1926-)- proved that they’re better together. After World War II, Stocksdale, who grew up on a farm in Indiana, moved to California and bought a Victorian duplex in South Berkeley where he set about creating seemingly impossible-to-turn bowls and furniture of diseased and rare woods.

Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Matt Pearson at the Get Together event he organized to celebrate neighborhood talent in the Bernal Heights business community.

Graduate Design student Matt Pearson is consulting with Townsquared, a tech startup that provides an online network for local business communities.

The company's goal is to empower local businesses by making it easier for them to communicate and collaborate with one another.

Deepen Relationships

"I am the founding events coordinator for the company," Pearson explains. "I'm running an events pilot that culminates in eight community events in September and August.

"The goal of the pilot is to discover how live events deepen relationships and instigate collaboration within business communities.

Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Students and alumni gain experiential learning during internships

CCA student designers are working in exciting, innovative internships at such innovative companies as Google, Motorola, Intel, de Young, Cooper Hewitt, Chronicle Books, Autodesk, frog, Townsquared, Flipboard, and many others -- and by doing so they are positioning themselves to kick-start their careers and reap the benefits.

Today the internship experience has become status quo; employers typically seek to hire only candidates who can demonstrate they already possess the experiential learning creative jobs require.

Don't Get Left Behind

Employers now routinely screen job applicants: Those who have completed an internship can stay; those who haven’t are weeded out.

Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by Laura Braun

Most lights still have two settings--on and off--despite the fact that changing lighting can easily impact how much energy or focus we have, how well we sleep, and how easily we wake up in the morning. A new lamp from California College of the Arts student Quin Boucher is designed to shift throughout the day, providing exactly the right color and intensity of light for everything you do.

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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 Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Laura Braun

My friend Barry Katz, a professor at both Stanford’s Design School and at the California College of the Arts, and a fellow at IDEO, reminded me the other day: Liberal Arts are the Arts that Liberate. It further strengthened my belief that everybody should learn to program, and that the liberal arts colleges should make it compulsory for students to have at least a course or two in computer science to graduate.

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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Working with the California College of the Arts, the group recently organized a Design Sprint in which teams of students created outreach campaigns to improve road safety. The results included a program promoting Zen to resolve road rage to a public-transit-inspired group bike commute program. Organizers are working with public agencies to turn some of the most effective ideas into reality.

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Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Laura Braun

Designers often cite collaboration as one of their keys to keeping creative. That’s true, even for Heidi Meredith and Renée Walker, who live on opposite sides of the country. The pair originally met at California College of the Arts and they formed the design shop GOLD right after graduation in the summer of 2011. In its short existence, GOLD has created a number of smart and striking works, including designing the vintage-inspired book cover for At Home on the Range, a cookbook by the great-grandmother of Elizabeth Gilbert (the author of Eat, Love, Pray fame).