Graphic Design News

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

How to Hang a Picture: And Other Essential Lessons for the Stylish Home
St. Martin's Griffin, 2013
Hardcover, 160 pages, $19.99

CCA alumna Susanne LaGasa (Graphic Design 2005) coauthored this user-friendly guidebook that details everything you need to know about hanging, framing, decorating, and displaying art. Think of it as Strunk & White’s Elements of Style for how to put art on your wall.

The book outlines not only technical pitfalls and mishaps—crumbling plaster, ruined antique lath, mismatched art hung too close together, poorly-mounted photographs warping in their frames—but also more essential aesthetic lessons. The skill and consideration with which you decorate your home makes a statement about the world you inhabit. And when it’s done right, it very clearly looks a whole lot better.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition
Prestel, 2013
Hardcover, 258 pages, $75

This exhibition catalogue, published by Prestel and the de Young Museum, was designed by Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish. It captures the grand scale and vibrant color of Hockney's work of the 21st century. In the past decade, having returned to England after years on the California coast, Hockney has focused his attention on both landscapes and portraits, all the while maintaining his fascination with digital technology. The resulting work is full of color and light, ranging in dimension from billboard-size to letter-size.

The catalogue features more than 100 full-color works of art from museum collections and Hockney's private studio, including such major new works as The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate Wood, The Bigger Message, and Bigger Yosemite. It also includes multiple-image galleries (spread over gatefolds) of some of his iPad drawings and self-portraits, plus film stills from the artist's "Cubist" movies.

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Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Ninth Page: Etel Adnan's Journalism 1972-74
CCA, 2013
Paperback, 128 pages, inquire to purchase

This book accompanies the thesis exhibition of the class of 2013 of CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice. It was edited by faculty member Julian Myers-Szupinska and student Heidi Rabben, and it was designed by Graphic Design faculty member Jon Sueda.

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Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

New Constellations, New Ecologies
ACSA, 2013
$35

This book was coedited by Director of Architecture Ila Berman and Edward Mitchell and designed by Graphic Design faculty member Brett MacFadden of MacFadden & Thorpe. It ocuments the proceedings of the ACSA’s 101st annual meeting, which took place in spring 2013 at CCA (read more here).

Subtitled "New Constellations, New Ecologies," the hope for the conference was "to reset the agenda for architectural education." As a counterpoint to the 100th anniversary meeting hosted by MIT, the first American school of architecture, ACSA 101 took place at CCA, one of the younger architecture schools. The intention of this shift was to "resituate the issues facing architecture within the Bay Area's complex context: a global urban mega-region known for its technological innovation, ecological attitude, and social diversity, with cultural and economic influences coming from its position at the edge of the continent and its strong ties to the Pacific Rim."

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Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Never Built Los Angeles
Metropolis Books, 2013
Hardcover, 376 pages, $55

Graphic Design faculty member Eric Heiman and his firm Volume Inc. designed this book, which explores the "what if" Los Angeles, investigating the values and untapped potential of a city still in search of itself.

In more than 400 color and black-and-white illustrations, this book shows buildings, master plans, parks, follies, and mass-transit proposals that only ever saw the drawing board -- in total more than 100 visionary works that could have transformed both the physical reality and the collective perception of the metropolis, from Olmsted Brothers and Bartholomew's groundbreaking 1930 Plan for the Los Angeles Region, which would have increased the amount of green space in the notoriously park-poor city fivefold; to John Lautner's Alto Capistrano, a series of spaceship-like apartments hovering above a mixed-use development; to Jean Nouvel's 2008 Green Blade, a condominium tower clad entirely in cascading plants.

Heiman says: "Since all of the projects in the book are unrealized, the imagery is solely drawings, models, and digital renderings. We picked up on the vernacular of architectural plans and blueprints -- the line work, the title blocks, etc. -- for the typographic palette as a way to appropriately frame this visual content. The design also offers two ways to parse the book. The chapters are organized around building typologies. Each individual project, though, is color-coded to reflect its specific Los Angeles neighborhood, with the exact locations indicated on site maps that introduce each section.

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Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Excerpts from Silver Meadows
Nazraeli Press, 2013
Hardcover, 108 pages, $75

Selected by Time as one of the top photo books of 2013! This is the sixth monograph from Nazraeli Press devoted to the work of CCA alumnus and Photography faculty member Todd Hido, and it is his most ambitious project to date. It is designed by Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish.

Silver Meadows is the name of a street that runs through the neighborhood in Kent, Ohio, where the artist grew up. The setting of Hido's childhood, it also became the creative wellspring for his work. Here, it serves as a point of departure for his reexamination of a Midwestern suburban upbringing: 'a trip through the innocence of childhood and adolescence and into the darker aspects of life beyond.'

This first edition is printed on matte Japanese art paper and features an "installation" of tipped-in images on the case binding.

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Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime
Steidl, 2013
Hardcover, 240 pages, $85

Black Maps, designed by Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish, is the first in-depth survey of the major aerial projects by alumnus David Maisel (MFA 2006), whose images of radically altered terrain have transformed the practice of contemporary landscape photography. In more than 100 photos that span Maisel's career, Black Maps presents a hallucinatory worldview encompassing both stark documentary and tragic metaphor, and exploring the relationship between nature and humanity today.

Maisel's images of environmentally impacted sites consider the aesthetics of open-pit mines, clear-cut forests, rampant urbanization and sprawl, and zones of water reclamation. These surreal and disquieting photos take us towards the margins of the unknown and as the Los Angeles Times has stated, "argue for an expanded definition of beauty, one that bypasses glamour to encompass the damaged, the transmuted, the decomposed.”

See more of the design at Aufuldish’s website.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 by Allison Byers

Went to a memorial service the other day, or rather to a celebration of the life of in this case Michael Cronan, the protean designer and painter and mentor and doer of good works. He died way too young, at 61, and lots of people went down to the California College of the Arts to pay their respects.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Allison Byers

For most design school graduates, it’s a dream come true to produce work that is seen by millions. For Zach Gibson (MFA Design 2011) and Jefferson Cheng (Graphic Design 2005), it’s an everyday reality working in the art department at Google.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal
Chronicle Books, 2012
Hardcover, 192 pages, $29.95

Michael Morris (Graphic Design 2004) designed this adaptation of the diary that Jim Henson faithfully kept throughout his career. The diary is supplemented with a trove of little-seen visual material, including rare sketches, personal and production photographs, storyboards, doodles, and much more. Throughout, archivist Karen Falk delves into the behind-the-scenes details of Henson's life and artistic process.

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