Graphic Design News

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

BART etiquette poster designed by CCA Graphic Design student Bill Chien

Last week Bay Area Rapid Transit revealed newly designed posters to combat bad behavior and encourage positive rider etiquette. 

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Laura Braun

Jennifer Morla established San Francisco-based Morla Design in 1984 as a multi-disciplinary studio and has worked on projects ranging from motion graphics and branding to retail environments and textiles. She  has created design programs for Levi’s, Design Within Reach and the Mexican Museum, San Francisco. Morla lectures internationally and has taught at California College of the Arts for 23 years.

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Posted on Monday, May 8, 2017 by Laura Braun

Jennifer Morla established San Francisco-based Morla Design in 1984 as a multi-disciplinary studio and has since continued to pair wit and elegance on everything from motion graphics and branding to retail environments and textiles. Morla has created design programs for Levi's, Design Within Reach and the Mexican Museum, San Francisco. She has been honored with over 300 awards of excellence in the field of visual communication, including the 2010 AIGA Medal.

Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017 by Laura Braun

Fox and Wang are known for their work with logos, trademarks, and type; both teach at the California College of the Arts and run their own studio, Design Is Play. "We are both practicing graphic designers with a love for the mechanisms by which meaning is conveyed," they tell Co.Design over email. "We thought that a book exploring symbolism authored by practicing designers would bring a unique perspective to an established category."

Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017 by Laura Braun

These inviting images of Obama that were sprinkled across his social media channels stand in opposition to Trump’s brash businessman persona. For Mark Fox, a graphic design professor at the California College of the Arts, the contrast is clear just from their Twitter headers. The Obama administration’s now-archived White House Twitter account shows a photo of Barack and Michelle embracing as they look out over Washington from the White House. Trump’s profile, on the other hand, shows him sitting at his desk in the Oval Office, surrounded by aides and photographers.

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 by Laura Braun

Four out of the five designers in his office are graduates of the California College of the Arts (CCA), and that is no coincidence. A 1968 graduate of CCA himself, Vanderbyl taught there from 1973 to 2014, and was dean from 1986 to 2002. “I firmly believe that theory needs to find its way into practice. [A designer is] not someone who just takes orders and executes things that some client wants. You are someone who participates, and you’re a thinker,” he says. 

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 by Laura Braun

Inspired by Pentagram's work for the Hillary Clinton campaign, graphic design professors Mark Fox and Angie Wang from the California College of Arts designed Trump his own logo. It's made up of four rotated, interlocking 14-karat Ts—each one representing a different supposed aspects of the Trump brand, including strength, success, wealth, and impolitic "tell it like it is" speech—that are positioned to create a Nazi swastika in the negative space.

Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017 by Laura Braun

The Jogging marked a shift in how artists approach the Internet. While practitioners of “Net art” in the nineteen-nineties and early aughts largely considered the Internet a virtual space, separate from the real world, by the early teens many artists regarded it as “something that pervaded existence in every way,” Lauren Cornell, a curator at the New Museum, told me.

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 by Laura Kenney

Symbols: A Handbook for Seeing
The Monicelli Press, 2016
Paperback, 256 pages, $40

A pictorial reference book for artists and designers. Graphic Design faculty members Mark Fox and Angie Wang survey sources both historical and contemporary, high and low, revealing the narrative riches of symbolism found in a range of media and across times, places, and cultures.

Posted on Monday, November 7, 2016 by Katie Conley

Matthew Jervis

Matthew Jervis (Graphic Design 2004) believes we can all be designers. Design is fundamental to how humans survive and relate to the world, he says.

This belief took shape during Jervis’s undergraduate years at CCA and solidified when he wrote his senior thesis. Today, it’s central to his work as a learning designer and educator developing enrichment after-school programs for kids and creativity-inspiring events for adults through his Berkeley–based incubator Make It Creativity.

Jervis also spreads the word on creativity during speaking engagements at places like Mills College, The Maker Faire, and the Boys & Girls Club. And he’s published a book, How to Entertain, Distract, and Unplug Your Kids: Tricks, Tools, and Spontaneous Screen-Free Activities.

“All of my teachings are based on the creative process and empowering people to see themselves as creative,” he says. “It’s as much a way to approach work as it is to approach life.”