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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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Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 by Allison Byers

Predominantly raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Estela Hartley, 36, observed early on disparate communities coming together to develop a unique blend of Hispanic and American culture. As a student at The Illinois Institute of Art–Chicago, she combined her public health and design skills to revive VISioN, a student organization providing design students service learning opportunities with nonprofit organizations.

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Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 by Allison Byers

The Core77 Design Awards Congratulates the 203 Winners, Runners-Up and Notables for the 2012 program!!

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Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Allison Byers

Mary Meyer was once a painter whose sartorial ambitions exceeded her wallet’s limitations. Thus, she began making clothes that she wanted to wear. And people just started buying it off of her. She’s still a painter. As a graduate of California College of Arts & Crafts, her fine arts skills take the place of the a design background.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Allison Byers

Not to distract from holiday-weekend drinking (our annual rosé rundown arrives Sunday) but here’s a shopping tip not related directly to bottles.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 by Russell Baldon

Kaii Tu's winning design is an embrace of dueling currents in California culture: nature and technology.

New York, N.Y. (May 19, 2012) – Wilsonart has named Kaii Tu from the California College of The Arts as the winner of its 2012 “Wilsonart Challenges...” student design competition at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). Tu’s “Torrey Chair" features a fragmented geometry, rendered from multiple perspective points. Seemingly random angles of different colors of wood grain laminate are used to simultaneously sculpt and paint the form.

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Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 by Mitchell Schwarzer

Mitchell Schwarzer gives his introduction at the CCA faculty retreat

On February 4, 2012, the faculty at California College of the Arts gathered at the college's San Francisco campus for a retreat focused on the state of the arts across our many disciplines. In the morning, 25 short presentations offered insights into challenges and opportunities faced by practitioners and thinkers in recent times. The word aired most frequently was crisis: the crisis of the Great Recession; the crisis of Global Climate Change; the crisis of understanding and working within a discipline in our digital age.

Watch the video of all the presentations (91 minutes), shot and edited by Yoni Klein (Photography 2012)

The economic downturn has produced an economic squeeze within most of our disciplines. Art directors, as Alexis Mahrus remarks, have diminished roles in shaping an illustration. Smaller profit margins reduce the flexibility and time given over to experimentation. Branding and celebrity worship take up a larger slice of the creative pie. Some presenters, like Sue Redding of Industrial Design, see no problem in this conflation of art and business and, furthermore, dispute the notion of a crisis. Yet many presenters feel that the economic crisis is not only real but wielding dangerously asymmetrical impacts. Demand remains strong for high-end craft goods and blue-chip fine art. Some small nonprofits are struggling to survive. To Ignacio Valero of Critical Studies, the priority given over to luxury items can be attributed to the ongoing influence of classical economic policies that privilege individual decision making over collective social and natural needs. Likewise, Sandra Vivanco of Diversity Studies notes that economic inequalities have greatly worsened over the past few years, especially in the developing world. Contemporary society is forging a timeless, spaceless way of conducting business, a race for lucrative and short-term gains that concentrates investment more than ever in the hands of a few.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 by Allison Byers

An outdoor concert always seem like a fun summer activity, until one considers the restroom situation: long lines of people waiting to use malodorous, unhygienic Porta-Potties. Although it won’t do much to improve the stench, Kevin Cheng’s dual-use system promises to slash the wait time: Each unit has a closed stall on one side and an open urinal for men on the other, with waste from both flowing into a single tank.

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Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2012 by Allison Byers

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee laid out his "innovation portfolio" for 2012 during an industry awards ceremony Wednesday night, articulating his plan to harness technology to improve city services and reiterating his self-appointed role as the "technology mayor."

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