Graphic Design News

Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Jack Koloskus gave a studio demonstration that was featured in the SF Design Week open tours

"This summer I worked at Moving Brands at their San Francisco office," explains Jack Koloskus (Graphic Design 2015).

Moving Brands is an independent, global creative company. It partners with established and emerging businesses to design and transform their brands and experiences to thrive in the moving world.

High Praise for Innovation

"And it was a wonderful experience. One of the things that drew me to Moving Brands is their willingness to explore experimental and new-media solutions and approaches to problems and clients that many other places wouldn't consider.

"One of the most exciting aspects [of the internship] was being able to work on the code for an interactive installation design piece they created for San Francisco's Design Week open studio tours, which I gave a demonstration of during the tours."

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Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Jim Norrena

KPCB fellow Ben Wasserman at Flipboard in Palo Alto

“I didn’t know that it would lead to one of the most successful and exciting summers of my life,” says Ben Wasserman (Graphic Design 2015), referring to his offer letter from Flipboard, a Palo Alto-based startup, in late spring confirming his acceptance to the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) Fellows Program.

Wasserman was one of only 11 applicants (out of 2,500) accepted to the design fellowship program, which is led by design and technology pioneer John Meada. Applications come in from more than 200 universities across the Unites States.

KPCB fellows attend private events hosted by portfolio companies, where they meet talented engineering and design luminaries from across Silicon Valley. Coverage of the program has been included in FastCompanyTechCrunchBusiness InsiderInc. and Gigaom

KPCB partners with some of the brightest entrepreneurs to turn disruptive ideas into world-changing businesses. The firm has helped build pioneering companies like Amazon, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Google, Nest, and Twitter.

 

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Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Students and alumni gain experiential learning during internships

CCA student designers are working in exciting, innovative internships at such innovative companies as Google, Motorola, Intel, de Young, Cooper Hewitt, Chronicle Books, Autodesk, frog, Townsquared, Flipboard, and many others -- and by doing so they are positioning themselves to kick-start their careers and reap the benefits.

Today the internship experience has become status quo; employers typically seek to hire only candidates who can demonstrate they already possess the experiential learning creative jobs require.

Don't Get Left Behind

Employers now routinely screen job applicants: Those who have completed an internship can stay; those who haven’t are weeded out.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Lawrence Lander, 27, hails from Houston but is currently attending the California College Of The Arts in San Francisco working towards a master's degree in graphic design. His Houston sticker, which replaces the lone star in the Texas state flag with a simple "H" for Houston is his way of keeping close to the city he loves.

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Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 by Rachel Walther

Frank Merritt and Teri Gardiner [Photo: Rachel Walther]

Frank Merritt (Architecture 1999) and Teri Gardiner (Graphic Design 2001) are both CCA alumni. Merritt is a principal at Jensen Architects, based in San Francisco. Gardiner is the marketing and communications manager at Richmond Art Center; she also maintains an active freelance graphic design practice.

They met through mutual CCA friends and married in 2009. They live in the lower Nob Hill / upper Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco and run the alternative/experimental gallery Ramon’s Tailor, located at 628 Jones Street.

CCA: What was the inspiration for starting Ramon’s Tailor in 2011? You are already both very busy people!

Frank: Ironically, the inspiration came out of working really long days. I was overwhelmed. I love my job -- I get to be creative and work with great people -- but I wasn’t making time for myself.

Then I read about Ray Oldenburg’s concept of a “third  place.” In addition to your workplace and your home, he says, to have a good life balance you need a third space: the barbershop, the gym, anything.

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Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 by Shiraz Chavan

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

CCA might be closer to you than you think! Our Admissions Office representatives will be in Asia, Turkey, Canada, Central and South America this fall. View our travel schedule below and take this opportunity to make an individual appointment to get your portfolio reviewed and ask about our admissions requirements. Scheduling a on-on-one appointment with the representatives by clicking on their name below.

*Please note that we highly encourage you to RSVP for events as they fill up quickly.*

MEXICO

Guadalajara
Sept. 22

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Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Art Fare: Andy Freeberg
Sojourn Books, 2014
Hardcover, 88 pages, $50

Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish designed this book of photographs by Andy Freeberg; it is the very first title published by Sojourn Books. In the pictures, Freeberg depicts dealers and their workers at the major art fairs in Miami, New York, and Basel.

Freeburg says: “Gallery owners and their staff are usually hidden behind large entry desks and closed office doors. But at the major art fairs I’ve visited, like New York’s Armory Show and Art Basel in Miami and Switzerland, they’re in plain view in their booths. As if on stage, you can see art dealers meeting with collectors, selling and negotiating, talking on cell phones, working on laptops, and manipulating touch screens in 21st century postures newly adapted for the latest electronic devices. I found the lighting, costumes, and set design excellent for photographing these living dioramas, where the art world plays itself.”

More images of the design: https://www.behance.net/gallery/Art-Fare/15506285

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Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Modern Originals: At Home with Mid-Century European Designers
Rizzoli, 2014
Hardcover, 224 pages, $50

Volume Inc. (whose principal is Graphic Design faculty member Eric Heiman) designed this new book of photographs by Leslie Williamson. The pictures are of the homes of midcentury European designers -- some iconic, some unknown -- and they reveal an inspiring personal approach to modernism. Many of the homes are usually closed to the public. The featured designers include Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Finn Juhl, Robin and Lucienne Day, and Gae Aulenti.

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Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Allison Byers

Inspiration comes in many forms for designers. But for Matt Dick (Individualized Major 1997) inspiration comes from a simple act that takes place all over the world, every day. “People getting dressed. Everywhere. Then and now. That is what inspires my work.”

Dick is the founder of Small Trade Company, a San Francisco–based workshop and studio, begun in 2010. “We develop products of our own, and we develop projects with other people,” Dick told Station to Station.

“I try to keep this space really without parameters. The team works on everything.” His designs are in stores and boutiques all over the world: Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Dallas, and all around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Recently, Dick has collaborated with Levi's XX, the brand’s premium division, and on restaurant uniforms for Blue Bottle Coffee, State Bird Provisions, and Bar Agricole.

The famed event designer Stanlee Gatti has gone on record with the San Francisco Chronicle that he calls on Dick “for everything wearable. I just love the ease with which he greets people and situations.”

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Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Laura Braun

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college offering 22 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs in the areas of design, fine arts, architecture, and writing. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, and currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students. The college educates students to shape culture and society through practice and critical study. Graphic design at CCA is a media-blind discipline that engages the mind and the senses by translating ideas – from simple to complex – into the communication of information, emotion, and reflection.

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