Graphic Design News

Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by Laura Braun

One of the mantras of CCA’s Secret Project is, “If your dream can be accomplished in your lifetime, you aren’t thinking big enough.” Perhaps that’s why second year Interaction Design student Weiwei Hsu hit the ground running after just a few experiences with the project.

Led by award-winning designer and faculty member John Bielenberg, Secret Project is a cross-departmental effort that puts CCA’s “make art that matters” motto into motion. Through a class and a series of blitzes, Secret Project aims to inspire problem solving and diverse thinking via rapid prototyping using existing resources. The program launched in 2014 with a string of workshops that soon attracted something of a following.

“During the last academic year, John and I were running these ‘blitz’ workshops. We did six to eight of them and Weiwei and her friends always showed up. They were awesome. They always came and gave it their all,” says Marc O’Brien, Graphic Design adjunct professor and co-captain of Secret Project.

Hsu’s first experience with Secret Project was a blitz in East Palo Alto partnering with Google, where participants brainstormed ways of encouraging community interactions to create a safer environment.

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 by Laura Braun

To a design purist, San Francisco’s flag is all kinds of wrong. Dating from 1900 and featuring a phoenix rising from a crown of flames (a reference to the city’s recovery from the fires of the 1850s), it violates more than a few rules of good flag design. Roman Mars, host of the culty design podcast “99% Invisible,” is so bothered by our flag that he devoted a good portion of his TED talk earlier this year to dissecting it. “The phoenix doesn’t work,” he declares.

Posted on Friday, September 11, 2015 by Laura Braun

Pinder, who also is dean of the UNM College of Fine Arts, and Karen Fiss, a professor at the California College of Arts, worked on pulling together the exhibit for the past year.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

"Generally, it's cleaner, but by being cleaner and simpler, it's lost some of its distinction," said Angie Wang, a professor who teaches typography at California College of the Arts. "In simplifying, they've sort of eradicated the humanistic tendencies. Is that good or bad? It depends on what they're trying to achieve."

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Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 by Shiraz Chavan

Global outreach allows CCA to offer an arts education enriched with cultures

CCA might be closer to you than you think! CCA's Admissions Office representatives will be in the Middle East, Asia, Turkey, Canada, and Central and South America this fall.

View our travel schedule below and take this opportunity to make an appointment to have your portfolio reviewed and ask about our admissions requirements.

Contact the appropriate representative (below) to schedule a one-on-one appointment.

Note: We highly encourage you to RSVP for events as they fill up quickly.

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 by Laura Braun

Tim Belonax is a man of letters and a man of books. He is a designer, writer, and design educator. Currently, he is graphic design lead at Airbnb where he works with design teams to craft the company’s global brand narrative. Concurrently, he is a Senior Lecturer at California College of the Arts (CCA), where he teaches graphic design.

Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015 by Laura Braun

While the doomsday clock counts down to midnight, a different measure of society's well-being is on a seemingly endless upswing: the selfie clock. For her senior thesis at the California College of the Arts, designer Suwanna Ruayrinsaowarot built a counting program that visualizes in real-time all the Instagram photos tagged "#selfie."

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Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

My first job was actually at Incase. I started working here during my senior year in college. They brought me on as a freelancer to design a brochure, and I guess the rest is history. I signed on full-time the second I graduated.

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Posted on Friday, June 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

Even if you never knew what they were called, you’ve definitely seen an air dancer. They’re those floppy dudes filled with air that flail about worldwide in front of car dealers and other businesses advertising super sales. Though Jeremy Mende isn’t the first artist to explore this ridiculous, iconic capitalist symbol, he’s probably the first to custom-build one, tether it to a pole, and clock the countdown to its demise. As Mende explains, his air dancer named Lucky is inspired by “the idiot-philosopher from Sam Beckett’s 1953 play Waiting for Godot.

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015 by Laura Braun

Cities across Canada connected via webcast on May 5 for the latest panel discussion hosted by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) exploring “The Future of Human-Centred Design” with panelists from Purpose, UX For Good and California College of the Arts.

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