Graphic Design News

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource
AlterNet, 2010
Paperback, 232 pages, $19.95

Water Matters, designed by CCA alumna Robin Terra (Graphic Design 1985) of Terra Studio, includes more than 80 photographs and 17 thoughtful essays by leading writers, artists, and activists. The book is intended to make readers fully appreciate the life-sustaining value of water and inspire them to do everything in their power to preserve and protect our threatened water resources. The essayists are Barbara Kingsolver, Bill McKibben, Maude Barlow, Tina Rosenberg, Sandra Postel, Elizabeth Royte, Cynthia Barnett, Wenonah Hauter, Jacques Leslie, Jeff Conant, Paula Garcia, Christina Roessler, Eleanor Sterling, Kelle Louaillier, William Waterway, Brock Dolman, and Erin Vintinner and Tara Lohan.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories
UC Press, 2011
Hardcover, 416 pages, $45

Gertrude Stein is justly famous for her modernist writings and her patronage of vanguard painters (most notably Matisse and Picasso) before they were famous. This book illuminates the less-familiar aspects of Stein's life: the portraits for which she posed, the domestic settings she created with Alice B. Toklas, and the signature styles of dress the two women adopted. Focusing on portraits in a range of media, photo essays, press clippings, snapshots, clothing, furniture, and other visual artifacts, the authors reveal Stein's sophistication in shaping her public image and cultural legacy. The book accompanies an exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, and is coauthored by Visual and Critical Studies chair Tirza True Latimer (with Wanda Corn). It is designed by alumna Lia Tjandra (Graphic Design 1997).

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Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

One Million
Abrams Image, 2009
Paperback, 224 pages, $15.95

Originally published in 1970, One Million was out of print for some time until its author, the highly esteemed New Yorker editor and columnist Hendrik Hertzberg, was prompted by fans to create a new edition. It is designed by the New York-based Think Studio, whose principals are CCA alumni John Clifford (Graphic Design 1997) and Herb Thornby (Graphic Design 1998). Their design was included in the prestigious AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers competition in 2010. The project was inspired by the author's journalistic impulse to try to make the newsworthy, large, and rather abstract number "one million" more concrete for people. In the book, each of the 200 pages features five thousand dots, and on each page, a few of the dots are called out from their place in numerical order with a little piece of statistical information, cumulatively bringing the concept home.

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Posted on Monday, March 21, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Join us at the many events scheduled to celebrate CCA's 2011 graduating class

Note: This page showcases the wide selection of end-of-year events CCA hosted in 2011. Events listed here are for illustrative purposes only; all events have passed.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 by Chris Bliss

Renowned San Francisco retailer Gump’s will celebrate its 150th anniversary by opening its doors March 31 for Mirror Mirror, a gala celebration to benefit California College of the Arts (CCA). The festive event features a dinner party and an auction of one-of-a-kind mirrors created by 30 leading artists, architects, and designers, including designer Yves Béhar, architect Mark Jensen, artist Raymond Saunders, and interior designer Kelly Wearstler (see complete list below).

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Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Graduate Program in Design and Graphic Design faculty member Jeremy Mende is the 2010-11 Fellow in Design at the American Academy in Rome, and his project, 100yearsfromnow, was recently unveiled. It is a public art installation produced in the streets of Rome with the cooperation of the city.

See photos of the project and read more about it.

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Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011 by Simon Hodgson

Lia Tjandra signs books at the Infinite City release party, 2010View slideshow 

For Lia Tjandra (Graphic Design 1997), now art director at the University of California Press, professional success has been a group effort. While pursuing her CCA degree, she was inspired by professors such as Martin Venezky and Bob Aufuldish. "Bob's a great person to know. I'll be forever grateful to him." She is grateful as well to Jennifer Sonderby, her former boss at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, for lessons on strategic thinking and different ways to make a designer's voice heard. She credits Steve Renick, who was art director at UC Press for 20 years and taught a book design course at CCA, for sparking her interest in that field. In fact, as she looks back on her 15-year career, there's only one person Tjandra forgets to praise: herself.

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Posted on Monday, January 10, 2011 by Jim Norrena

If you're looking at this image, you're on the new CCA website!

Check Out CCA's Newly Redesigned Website!

It's a popular, yet often misquoted, Hollywood line from the 1997 film Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner: "If you build it, [they] will come." Well, CCA built it (and published it) and now the college wants everyone to come see the newly redesigned website, just in time for the start of the spring semester! We hope the entire CCA community is pleased with the results.

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Posted on Saturday, January 8, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Hey, there's a CCA app for that! [Photo: Jim Norrena]

CCA Graphic Design lecturer Nathan Manousos recently taught the "iPhone App UI Design" course within the college's fall Extended Education program. It is the college's first-ever iPhone app–focused course, and the successful student projects reveal a wealth of effective iPhone design as well as prove user-interface technological skills are plentiful here within the college's own community.

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Posted on Thursday, December 16, 2010 by Sarah Owens

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts will present the exhibition The Way Beyond Art: Wide White Space January 20 through February 5, 2011, in the lower-level Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. The exhibition is free and open to the public, with an opening reception on Thursday, January 20, from 6–8 p.m.

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