Faculty News

Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Americana: 50 States, 50 Months, 50 Exhibitions
CCA Wattis Institute, 2012
Hardcover, 240 pages, $25

This catalogue, designed by Jon Sueda (Graphic Design faculty), documents a five-year-long series of exhibitions that examined the 50 American states, featuring artworks, historical artifacts, curiosities, and aspects of the overlooked and the little-known. The series was coorganized by Wattis Institute director Jens Hoffmann and CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.

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Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Allison Byers

The design competition to bring fresh life to San Francisco's Fort Mason Center has been won by a team that proposes such twists as a floating pool and a pedestrian bridge to Marina Green.
Larger aspects include the conversion of an empty pier building into an art-themed hotel. But what set apart the team led by Holland's West 8 was its varied and often fine-grained approach to the 13-acre enclave, which is thronged on some days and all but empty on others.

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Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Jim Norrena

In fall 2012 California College of the Arts welcomed Cathrine Veikos as the new chair of its undergraduate Interior Design Program.

With the first semester behind us, we sat down with Veikos to check in and hear firsthand about what she brings to the program and how she plans to use her expertise in her future endeavors.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Way Beyond Art 2: Wide White Space
CCA Wattis Institute, 2012
Paperback, 146 pages, $17

To see more pages from the book visit the official Wide White Space website.

Edited and designed by Jon Sueda (Graphic Design faculty), this book investigates graphic design's evolving relationship with the practice of exhibition making as it intersects with the visual arts and the work of both artists and curators. It features notable designs (in full color) and essays by Project Projects and CCA faculty members Rachel Berger, Eric Heiman, Brett MacFadden, Emily McVarish, and Scott Thorpe.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Collective Action Toolkit
frog design, 2012
Digital, free

David Sherwin (Interaction Design faculty) is a principal designer at frog design. He and Erin Sanders (also Interaction Design faculty) are the primary creators of frog’s new Collective Action Toolkit (CAT), a package of resources and activities that enable groups of people anywhere to organize, build trust, and collaboratively create solutions for problems impacting their community. The toolkit provides a dynamic framework that integrates knowledge and action to solve challenges. Designed to harness the benefits of group action and the power of open sharing, the activities draw on each participant’s strengths and perspectives as the group works to accomplish a common goal.

Read more about the CAT on frog's design mind blog.

Read an interview with David Sherwin in FastCoDesign about how the CAT came about.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Dutch Bike
NAI Publishers, 2012
Paperback, 160 pages, $19.95

Zahid Sardar (Visual Studies faculty) authored this book, the third in a Premsela/Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion book series highlighting Dutch culture. The Dutch Bike recounts the trajectory of the earliest bikes that emerged from England and France and became a ubiquitous part of the Dutch landscape. They were used by young and old, and the familiar triangulated steel frame omafiets or “granny” bike shown on the book’s cover became known as the Dutch bike. The book examines the historic and social conditions that made the Dutch bike popular around the globe and how it has evolved since its advent a little more than a century ago into one of the hippest symbols of eco-living in cities everywhere.

Sardar is a design critic who has written about industrial design and architecture for two decades in the San Francisco Chronicle, where he served as design editor. He also writes for Dwell magazine and other international design publications.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

100 Best Bikes
Laurence King Publishers, 2012
Paperback, 224 pages, $19.95

Zahid Sardar (Visual Studies faculty) authored this collection of the best and most popular bikes to be found anywhere right now, for every kind of cyclist, whether you are a BMXtreme or mountain bike enthusiast, a keen tourer or racer, a city commuter or courier, or simply fascinated with the constantly advancing mechanics and engineering of folding and other innovative bike designs. Sardar is a design critic who has written about industrial design and architecture for two decades in the San Francisco Chronicle, where he served as design editor. He also writes for Dwell magazine and other international design publications.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Take Me to Your BBQ
Disney-Hyperion, 2012
Hardcover, 40 pages, $16.99

Aliens have landed on Willy’s farm, and they’re not leaving without a square dance and a square meal! So fire up that grill, lay on the barbeque sauce, and snatch up that fiddle. Told in verse, this rollicking story puts a twist on the typical encounter with the third kind. Adam McCauley’s (Illustration faculty) out-of-this-world illustrations match Kathy Duval's hoedown rhymes like ribs and taters! Get ready for some extraterrestrial, lip-smacking fun.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Zygote Quarterly
Issuu, 2012
Digital, free

Thomas McKeag (Industrial Design faculty) cofounded the digital magazine Zygote Quarterly earlier this year. The magazine is devoted to the nexus of science and design, where they meet in biologically inspired problem solving. It focuses on the informed professional and presents material that is at a level between the peer-reviewed journal and the popular press. In 2012 it was nominated by the Digital Magazine Awards in two categories, Launch of the Year and Science and Nature, competing against magazines such as Scientific American and New Scientist.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

The Walls of Hope project in progress in Monthey, Switzerland

Claudia Bernardi (today a professor in CCA's Community Arts Program, but who also teaches in a wide range of disciplines, including Diversity Studies, Fine Arts, and Visual and Critical Studies programs) was a student at the university of art in Buenos Aires in 1976, the year the military dictatorship took power in Argentina.

"Those were very dark years -- very tragic, painful, and violent. The ones who survived learned to look at life, history, and art quite differently."

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