Indeed, the classroom drives much of their work and fuels their passion. Both are born educators who strive to make memorable points to the graphic design students at California College of the Arts (CCA). Talking about their own work might lead to a discussion of Gustav Stickley's views of Victorian furniture, the radical prints of Sister Mary Corita Kent or a history of the Russian constructivists.
Posted on Friday, May 8, 2015 by Laura Braun
Posted on Friday, May 1, 2015 by Laura Kenney
During the spring semester, six interdisciplinary student teams competed for three $10,000 grants to develop and actualize a socially innovative project. The IMPACT program encourages students across all disciplines to facilitate social change by applying their creative skills and implement solutions collaboratively with community partners.
The awards program supports the mission of The Center for Art and Public Life with the belief that community engagement is the cornerstone of a practice focused on changing the world.
Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Jim Norrena
Looking for a platform to drive positive change?
Want to challenge the status quo?
Seeking to think wrong in the process?
Welcome to Project M
Project M is a program designed to inspire and educate young designers, writers, photographers, and filmmakers by proving that their work -- especially their wrongest thinking -- can have a positive and significant impact on the world.
Spearheaded by CCA faculty member John Bielenberg, cofounder of Future Partners, Project M is a program for creative people who are already inspired to contribute to the greater good, and are looking for a platform to collaborate and generate ideas and projects bigger than themselves.
Project M has developed projects related to a conservation area in Costa Rica, microfinancing in Ghana, New Orleans after Katrina, the community of East Baltimore, and connecting households to fresh water in Hale County, Alabama.
Next Up: South Greensboro, Alabama, June 8-21
Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by Laura Braun
Tenazas attempted to enroll but much to her disdain, was rejected time and again. “They probably thought my work wasn’t too western and not sophisticated enough,” she recalls. She didn’t give up and instead, headed westward and eventually took courses at California College of Arts (CCA) in San Francisco.
Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015 by Laura Braun
Time is running out for the inflatable man. His precious seconds ticking upward in large blinking red numbers on an LED screen. Some passers-by stop to take-in the painfully slow demise - unaware that the writhing, thrashing figure with the frowny face is essentially pummeling himself into oblivion.
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015 by Laura Braun
“I will sit and sketch and then will quickly try to make a digital draft, print something out, make another model, redline it, and then go back into the computer. It’s a feedback loop between analog and digital,” she said. Gattegno believes it is this fluidity between the two methods that promotes authenticity and originality.
Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by Laura Braun
I consider myself truly blessed to do what I love everyday. Coming from a long line of entrepreneurs in my family, I always knew I wanted to own my own creative business. However, like many things in life, it took a few detours before MAIKA was born. A business degree from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, followed by a stint in banking and a serendipitous series of events, resulted in acceptance at the design program at the California College of the Arts.
Posted on Friday, February 6, 2015 by Jim Norrena
CCA's Oakland campus
Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2015 by Laura Braun
After graduation, I decamped to the West Coast without any real plan other than I wanted to live in a place that had more sunshine. For a year or so, I worked odd jobs (including checking bags at Rasputin’s Records in Berkeley) and during that period I saw an exhibition at the SFMOMA about four Bay Area graphic designers: MIchael Vanderbyl, Michael Cronan, MIchael Manwaring and Gerald Reis. That work—energetic, colorful, witty, multidisciplinary—made a big impression on me.
Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by Laura Braun
The tear sheet section of Coronado, California-based Dana Neibert's website has the imprint of the quintessential commercial pro. What separates him from many of his globe-trotting, camera-toting colleagues is the variety of images he creates for an unusually diverse range of clients from American Airlines, American Express and AT&T to the United States Postal Service, the United States Tennis Association and United Way, with banks, drug companies, and automotive and food manufacturers in between.