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Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Allison Byers

The designer behind the One Laptop Per Child Project, Yves Behar is truly a world-class designer, balancing aesthetics, function, and socially-based initiatives. Founder and principal designer of FuseProject, he also happens to be the Chair of the Industrial Design Department at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts. Recently, he facilitated a design studio in which Industrial Design students partnered with South Korean cell phone manufacturer Pantech to design new cell-phone models, taking on the future of mobile communications and addressing the idea of emotional networking.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by Jim Norrena

In the following interview, Writing and Literature and MFA Program in Writing faculty member Matthew Iribarne discusses his recent experience teaching CCA's ENGAGE: Teaching Creative Writing graduate course (spring 2012).

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Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by Jim Norrena

CCA's MFA Program in Writing and the Center for Art and Public Life launched a pilot course in the spring, called ENGAGE: Teaching Creative Writing. The course marks the first partnership between the graduate Writing Program and Oakland School for the Arts (OSA), an urban, public charter school housed within the Fox Theatre's administrative offices in downtown Oakland.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Allison Byers

Amy Williams on Fashion Education & Sustainability at the CCA.

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Posted on Monday, June 11, 2012 by Allison Byers

A couple on a weekend hike through the Oakland hills pick a few blossoms, some wild onions and fennel. They eye the blackberries, just starting to flower, and make a note to come back for those in late summer.

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Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012 by Allison Byers

Even if you've never set foot in an art gallery or a museum, you may be familiar with Owen Smith's work.

Smith is a local artist and illustrator whose work has been featured on the cover of the New Yorker (several times), in publications from Sports Illustrated to the Los Angeles Times, and up and down Market Street, for starters. If you're from New York, you've likely seen his work in Brooklyn's 36th Street subway station.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by Jim Norrena

(l to r) Fashion Design chair Amy Williams, Maybelline representative Gabriel Almodovar, and program manager Pam Zahedani

CCA's sold-out 2012 Annual Fashion Show, a favorite among the numerous commencement-week events held at the college, took place Friday, May 11. The runway presentation, held inside a trademark tent in front of the main building on the San Francisco campus, is the program's capstone event of the year and serves to showcase the innovative thesis collections built by senior Fashion Design students.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by Christina Linden

Amy Campos and CCA students at the Dolores Shelter Program

In fall 2011, CCA faculty member Amy Campos and a group of Interior Design students worked with Dolores Shelter Program (DSP) as part of an ENGAGE at CCA course. Their brief: to generate ideas for the renovation of DSP's homeless shelter on South Van Ness in the Mission District of San Francisco.

The facility's residents are in great need of an empowering and supportive sense of place, hope, and safety, and the aspiration was to facilitate this via better space planning and organization, and the creation of more durable and usable furnishings and storage.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Allison Byers

The word speculation is altered by the context in which it appears. Stockbrokers use it in a certain way, workplace gossips in another.

There's also an architectural dimension that kicks in as designers pursue visions that have no realistic chance of ever being built. There are different motivations: to plant seeds, question norms or nudge the public debate.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Allison Byers

As fellow commuters rush through BART, you slow down, lifting your eyes to take in the illustration on the mezzanine wall: It's a bright, color-soaked poster of an aging Japanese woman looking on as a young, kimono-clad bride is saturated with light from a golden lantern.

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