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Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

Zena Adhami's 2012 Design MFA thesis presentation

During the height of the Arab Spring, Zena Adhami (MFA Design 2012) was watching from her apartment in San Francisco as revolution erupted back home.

She decided to make it the subject of her CCA graduate thesis: an examination of the specific media and technologies that were making it possible for her to stay informed from halfway around the world.

This time of upheaval also represented a culmination of Adhami's efforts to reconsider graphic design as a more politically engaged pursuit. "Every once in a while there's a degree of social consciousness among designers, but usually I feel that they're talking to themselves, and that's a failure of design intelligence," she opines.

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Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Work from California
Moravian Gallery, 2012
Paperback, 64 pages, $5

Graphic Design faculty member Jon Sueda curated the exhibition this catalogue documents, and edited and designed the book. It features the work of numerous exceptional graphic designers who are based in California and make work that directly interprets or reflects upon California as subject matter. The featured designers include CCA faculty members Bob Aufuldish, Jeremy Mende, Martin Venezky, Eric Heiman, Christopher Simmons, Emily McVarish, Geoff Kaplan, Brett McFadden, and Scott Thorpe, and recent alumnus James Edmondson. Graduate Design faculty member Megan Lynch also contributed interviews to the publication. The show took place at the 25th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno in the Czech Republic in 2012.

To order the book, please email marie.pazderkova@moravska-galerie.cz.

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Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 by Allison Byers

Over the next month leading up to the presidential election, four separate designers / design firms will tackle the not-so-small problem of rebranding the United States. A more detailed post on this project series can be read here. First up: MendeDesign from San Francisco.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 by Tan-ya Gerrodette

An iPad app models video and audio display configurations that correspond to characteristics of different location studies.

CCA Graduate Program in Design faculty member Rachel Strickland's Walk-in Theater for iPad has arrived and the free app is available to download at the App Store.

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Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012 by Allison Byers

When Doug Caldwell went to see the movie X-Men, he wasn't thinking about his day job. But what he saw would change his life ... and the way the U.S. military makes war.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by Allison Byers

During my month long residency at Headlands Center for the Arts, I met artist Jeremy Mende. His work is one of several I began having an internal dialogue or conversation with. Check out my interview with him.

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Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Allison Byers

From the rise of nail art blogs to the fashion industry’s embrace in recent years of out-of-the-box polish hues tied to seasonal trends (remember jade, anyone?), nail color is huge these days with everyone from young teenagers on up. But where’s a girl to go for fingertips that shine in shades you won’t see everywhere else? You might turn to new San Francisco company Floss Gloss. Co-Founders and California College of the Arts alums Aretha Sack and Janine Lee use their art backgrounds to produce unusual, rich hues made without DBP, toluene or formaldehyde.

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Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2012 by Allison Byers

Building a bike is an expensive and time-consuming process, traditionally reserved for devoted hobbyists and the very wealthy. But as cycling gains a stronger foothold in American cities, it’s likely that such skills will become more commonplace in design education programs. Leading the way is Nicholas Riddle, a designer at Easton and the founder of the Urban Mobility Lab at the California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by Allison Byers

Industrial design has always been a sexy job, if only in the minds of industrial designers. Then Apple and its sleek, user-friendly consumer electronics became household items and suddenly, industrial design became sexy to a much wider swath of society.

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Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 by Allison Byers

We picked seven absolutely stellar graduating projects from design schools around the world for the round-up in our July/August issue, but we found many more that were equally worthy of our attention. Graduate students in industrial design, architecture, and communication design are traversing disciplinary boundaries, and stepping out of the cocooned world of the design school to take on some heavy challenges.

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