Faculty News

Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 by Laura Braun

Last year, Michael Shiloh, an engineer, tinkerer and lecturer at Bay Area colleges, co-taught an advanced architecture class at California College of the Arts that posed an unusual challenge to students: build a non-standard 3D printer in just one semester.

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Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

Maxwell-Parish, who runs the innovative Hybrid Lab at the California College of the Arts, designed the high-five camera so that it would automatically start rolling when someone neared with an outstretched arm. The GoPro camera would then cut as soon as the friendly greeting was complete.

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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 Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

In 2008 Crescimano landed at Gensler's San Francisco office. She was piling up internship hours, working on campus planning and office projects for clients like Hewlett-Packard and Kaiser Permanente. In her spare time, she co-taught, with Public Architecture, a studio on small-space interventions at California College of the Arts. She was also collaborating with the intelligentsia at the San Francisco urban-research nonprofit SPUR, frequently writingand speaking on the future of work.

Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

The odors on display harking from our fair city are plenty evocative, but far less poignant. The exhibit was curated by California College of the Arts architectural history professors David Gissenand Irene Cheng, and four vessels are meant to capture the historical smells of that school's Potrero neighborhood: salt air (nice); stables (see: "The Smell of Manure in the French Countryside"); coal soot (acrid, unbearable); and pollution (even worse).

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Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by Brenda Tucker

Proposed redesign captured attention of Ticketmaster design team!

Matthew Lew’s love of music has turned him into a bit of a design rock star.

In fall 2013, the CCA student (Graphic Design 2015) received a Typography 3 assignment from faculty member David Asari. Lew’s project, a total redesign of the iconic Ticketmaster ticket, got him ink in two leading magazines, Fast Company and Wired, and attention from business leaders and numerous designers, from Facebook to Dropbox, TicPic, Eventbrite, and yes, Jared Smith, the North American president of Ticketmaster.

Lew chose to reconsider Ticketmaster tickets because of his love of concerts. “The design is as old as the cassette tape; they are difficult to read and visually do not give any justice to the experience of live entertainment. It’s the only major ticket service that still prints tickets, and it lacks suitable anti-counterfeiting measures.”

Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

Will H. and I walked over to SPUR the other day to take a sniff at its latest exhibition (co-presented by California College of the Arts), "Urban Olfactory," which tries to answer the question "What does history smell like?" Before we walked into the building, we paused for a whiffing moment on Mission Street. New Ming's Chinese restaurant was across the street; a woman with two schnauzers on a leash passed by. We could smell neither egg rolls nor canines; just eau de San Francisco, the usual combination of urine and pot, Will observed.

Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

Curated by David Gissen and Irene Cheng of the California College of the Arts and featuring scents concocted by renowned perfurmers like France’s Christophe Laudamiel, the exhibit commemorates historians’ efforts over the past decade to record and reconstruct history’s odors to better understand the sense’s force in driving change. Get anywhere near the pollution vitrine -- a nauseating sample of what San Francisco smelled like following the Industrial Revolution -- and the demand for air quality regulations in the last century will make all the more sense.

Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 by Laura Braun

There is no Polaroid for smells, of course (unfortunately), and Urban Olfactory is not a real historical archive. But the idea was to imagine one, David Gissen, the exhibition's co-curator with Irene Cheng, told me. Previously, Gissen had speculated fantastically about "urban ice cores," or an archive of indoor air for future urban climatologists. The dozen or so scents at Urban Olfactory range widely in time and space, from early modern Europe to the California of 50 years ago.

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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