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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).

Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Laura Braun

Michael’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Denver Art Museum; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; and the Library of Congress. He is an alumni of California College of the Arts (CCA), where he has taught Design for more than 30 years. In 2012, Michael was named to the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Laura Braun

His clients include AmericanOne, Baker Furniture, Bernhardt Furniture,The Blackstone Group, Bolier & Company, Boyd Lighting, Esprit, HBF, IBM,Luna Textiles, McGuire Furniture, Robert Talbott, Teknion and The Walt Disney Company. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Denver Art Museum; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; and the Library of Congress. He is an alumni of California College of the Arts (CCA), where he has taught design for more than 30 years. In 2012, Vanderbyl was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

Sparse was founded by Remy Labesque, Nick Riddle and Colin Owen. Sparse released its first products, integrated bicycle lights, in October 2013. Of the founders, Nick has moved on to TRP. Remy works at frog in San Francisco. Colin juggles a teaching gig at California College of the Arts and Sparse.

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