Graphic Design News

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?

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Posted on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 by Marion Anthonisen

Exploring the middle ground between fact and speculation, recent graduate Mathieu Stemmelen (BFA Graphic Design 2010) is inspired by things unseen, like divides that exist only on maps or in unspoken attitudes about society.

Mathieu’s interactive book Visualizing The Invisible, which examines invisibility through biology, culture, and philosophy, received first place in the Book Design category at the 2010 Art Directors Club (ADC) awards. Much of his book’s content is printed using invisible ink, apparent only when placed under ultraviolet fluorescent light.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 by Sarah Owens

Concentric model of a strong brand. Only the inner layers affect the outer, not the other way around.

CCA’s Graphic Design adjunct professor Christopher Simmons is a designer, writer, educator, design advocate, and principal of the noted San Francisco design office MINE™.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 by Clay Walsh

That’s right folks, the rumor’s true: It’s time again to break out your video camera and hit the streets for CCA’s R.A.W. (Real Artists at Work) Video competition.

This year’s theme: Bike Culture at CCA—as you define it!

What’s CCA’s R.A.W. Video competition? It’s the college’s annual student video competition that awards $500 cash to each juried winner of an original artistic point of view submitted in the form of a short video that depicts a designated theme.

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Posted on Monday, August 23, 2010 by Jim Norrena

It's refreshing to know design does matter—and that people still matter—to such design leaders as CCA Graphic Design faculty member and alum Michael Vanderbyl (BFA Graphic Design 1968), who has gained international prominence in the design field as a practitioner, educator, critic, and advocate.

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Posted on Monday, August 2, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Chinese and English Nursery Rhymes: Share and Sing in Two Languages
Tuttle Publishing, 2010
Hardcover, 32 pages, $16.95

This book collects English-language nursery rhymes and songs with their counterparts from China, illustrated by Kieren Dutcher (Individualized Major 1984), whose brightly colored illustrations feature a multiethnic cast of children and adults. The book is organized into themes: "Outside," "Inside," "Party," "Play," and "Night." "Hickory Dickory Dock" shares a spread with "Little Mouse," a rhyme about a mouse that climbed a lamp to eat the oil and can't get down. The Chinese rhymes are presented in simplified characters, pinyin Romanization.

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Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2010 by Samantha Braman

On August 6–7, Zach Gibson, a student in CCA's Graduate Program in Design, will host Strangers, a 48-hour bookmaking project at the Levi's Workshop at 580 Valencia in San Francisco. He and 10 other Bay Area artists will gather to produce content for a book about the work they do.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Last year BusinessWeek magazine ranked alumna Caroline Lu (MFA Design 2008) among the “twenty-one people who will change business." The industry-leading magazine also distinguished California College of the Arts as one of the “world’s best design schools,” for its commitment to a cross-disciplinary curriculum that "defies inclinations and shatters silos."

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Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010 by Jim Norrena

(l to r) CCA chairs Julian Carter, Melinda L. de Jesús, and Tirza Latimer at the diversity conference [photo: Jim Norrena]

The “Doing ‘Diversity’: Making It or Faking It?” conference was the first-of-its-kind, all-day planning and discussion meeting devoted specifically to the issues of diversity representation and celebration here at California College of the Arts. The discussion panels laid the groundwork for the college to ratchet up its commitment to fostering greater diversity at CCA.

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