Graphic Design News

Posted on Friday, February 19, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Designer Indhira Rojas chats with Michael Welch, director of facilities and operations for the SF campus, atop the Nave.

Have you seen CCA's three-bin recycling system on campus? Better yet, are you clued in to how the system works? Because some students have been confused by what goes where (and why) involved in this new color-coded system, not everyone has been willing to participate—or even if they have been willing to participate, they’re not always successful in reaching the correct bin.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 by Sarah Owens

Bob Aufuldish was honored at San Francisco Center for the Book's "Five Treasures: The SFCB Peer Recognition Event"

Graphic Design faculty and alumni won big in 2009. Print magazine; Graphis, publishers of the eponymous international design magazine, design annuals, and numerous other publications; AIGA, the professional association for design; and the San Francisco Center for the Book all honored numerous CCA faculty and/or alumni from the Graphic Design Program—some of whom garnered multiple prestigious awards during the year.

Congratulations to each and all for a remarkable year of design accomplishments!

Awarded Faculty

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Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

Vanderbyl Design, proposed USPS rebranding, 2009

How can the U.S. Postal Service be saved? Vanderbyl Design was one of three design firms recently commissioned by Newsweek to propose a rebranding for the beleaguered institution. Of the three propositions, featured in the October 12 issue (and in the slideshow at right) it was the most honorific visually, and also the only one that extended beyond the logo to a full suite of applications. Vanderbyl says he couldn't do just a logo; he had to see how it would play out on the mailboxes, on the airplanes, on the trucks, even (brilliant!) on the little metered-postage stickers.

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Posted on Saturday, November 21, 2009 by Jim Norrena

Watch Graphic Design alums G. Dan Covert and Andre Andreev as they discuss their post-CCA successes—founding the design firm Dress Code in New York and writing a design book together!

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Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 by Clay Walsh

The winning short videos in CCA’s annual R.A.W. Video (Real Artists at Work) student competition are playing near you! As expected, the range of subject interpretation was as impressive and wildly creative as the CCA student body itself.

For this year’s competition in which each of the five winning filmmakers received $500 (and a $100 award for honorable mention), undergraduate contestants were challenged to create a short video depicting the CCA-based theme “culture of critique.”

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Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

Huge crowds visit Refract House, flow through smoothly

California College of the Arts (CCA) and Santa Clara University (SCU), competing as Team California, maintained their lead in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon this morning by winning the communications contest.

In addition to designing, building, and operating an attractive, functional, and energy-efficient solar-powered home, competitors must communicate the technical aspects of the house and the user experience to a wide audience via websites and the public exhibit on the National Mall in Washington DC.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 by Jim Norrena

Lower Potrero plaza is the latest Pavement to Parks project created by the San Francisco Planning Department.

With the fall term up and running, CCA’s San Francisco campus has gone from mild to wild with new and continuing students populating every corner. Yet if you haven’t already noticed, a new public corner exists where previously only hapless drivers cruised back and forth for that one opportune spot in which to park—and it’s called the Lower Potrero plaza.

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Posted on Monday, September 7, 2009 by Jim Norrena

The Steve Reoutt Memorial Exhibition runs September 1–10 in the Nave.View slideshow 

I paint portraits. Whether of people, trees, shoes, condiments, landscapes. Whatever.

~ Professor Emeritus Steve Reoutt

The Steve Reoutt Memorial Exhibition is on display in the rear of the Nave until September 10. A longtime California College of the Arts Graphic Design faculty member (41 years to be exact) and professor emeritus, Reoutt also was a book illustrator, curator, painter, and genuinely appreciated and loved member of the CCA community.

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Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

Sara SchneiderView slideshow 

"Controlled chaos" doesn't describe it at all; the situation in the Chronicle Books design department is more like beautiful, seductive, art-directed cacophony. There are shelves of books from floor to ceiling, immersing and enveloping the staff designers in a three-dimensional portfolio-gallery of their own work. But there is also spaciousness—room to move, room to think—and clearly everyone is thinking creatively. The few available walls are covered with sketches, drawings, ideas.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 by Jim Norrena

(l to r): Julia Anne Goodman, 2nd place; Alicia Escott, 4th place; Scott Oliver; 3rd place; Harriete Estel Berman, 1st place

Can something described as “blue junk,” “disintegrated upholstery,” or “IKEA plastic” become a winning entry in an art competition—one that is affiliated with many of today’s high-profile international artists?

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