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.
Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011 by Simon Hodgson
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.
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.
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.
Posted on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 by Sarah Owens
Three CCA undergraduate students shared in raising over $3,000 in one night by helping to organize LifeStock, a music festival benefit that took place in Riverside, California, from July 31 to August 1. Architecture students Colin Deckner and Chris Bass designed the stage, while Graphic Design student Christine Rode designed the promotional materials.
Posted on Monday, November 8, 2010 by Samantha Braman
Birmingham . . . or San Francisco?
Robin Terra (Graphic Design 1985) never had any intention of starting her own business, but in 2001 when her employer announced the office's impending relocation to Alabama, well . . .
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook
Sustainable Skyscrapers: Vertical Ecologies and Urban Ecosystems
Paperback, 64 pages, $25
The skyscraper is architecture's ultimate icon. The term itself conjures images of seemingly impossible, awe-inspiring loft, and as a design proposition the skyscraper raises some of architecture's biggest questions. Is it possible for a sense of community to develop among inhabitants of a vertical, stratified environment? What is the essence of a slender form? This book, the latest installment in CCA's Architecture Studio Series, documents several innovative answers by CCA students and faculty. It is designed by Mike Hu and Mai Ogiva, Graphic Design undergraduates in CCA's Sputnik studio, and edited by Ila Berman (director of Architecture) and Nataly Gattegno (Architecture faculty).
Posted on Monday, October 25, 2010 by Jim Norrena
Graduate Program in Design student Jesse Geller's Home Street Home earned highest honors in CCA's R.A.W. Video student contest. Want to cast your own vote? Details about CCA's first-ever R.A.W. Video Audience Award coming soon!
R.A.W. Video Contest Winners Announced
Posted on Friday, October 8, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook
Is a new golden age of creativity upon us? Or is it the end of design as we know it? (Or both?) Is design going to be the primary catalyst of meaningful societal change in the upcoming decades, or are we all just going to be designing a bunch of apps?
Design is Dead! Long Live Design?
Posted on Monday, October 4, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook
Paul McCarthy's Low Life Slow Life
Hatje Cantz, 2010
Paperback, 640 pages, $75