Graphic Design News

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Huckleberry Finn
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, 2010
Hardcover, 108 pages, $35

Edited by Jens Hoffmann (CCA Wattis Institute director) and designed by Jon Sueda (Graphic Design faculty), this book accompanies the exhibition of the same name at the Wattis Institute in fall 2010. It is the final volume in the Wattis’s 2008-10 trilogy of exhibitions and books in which canonical American novels are taken as points of departure for examinations of key themes in American culture. The book features texts (essays, artist bios, a timeline, a glossary, and more) by Maurice Berger, Mirjana Blankenship, and Hoffmann, and full-color illustrations of works by each artist in the show. The artists include Edgar Arceneaux, Ruth-Marion Baruch, Romare Bearden, Claude Clark, Jamal Cyrus, Emory Douglas, Ellen Gallagher, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rodney Graham, David Hammons, Dorothea Lange, Henry Lewis, Glenn Ligon, Thomas Nast, Kirsten Pieroth, Horace Pippin, Betye Saar, Yinka Shonibare, Alec Soth, William Desmond Taylor, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker, and Andy Warhol, among others.

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Just Design: Socially Conscious Design for Critical Causes
How, 2011
Hardcover, 208 pages, $40

Christopher Simmons (Graphic Design faculty) is a designer, writer, educator, design advocate, and principal of the noted San Francisco design office MINE. Here he organizes 150 design projects into six sections exploring the different ways design can serve the greater good, from supporting existing causes to seeking out hidden problems to celebrating positive change. Essays by influential designers and interviews with designers who pursue social change offer insight into how any designer can use his or her talents to change the world. Works by numerous CCA faculty and alumni are featured, and Cinthia Wen (Graphic Design chair) contributes an essay.

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Music for a City, Music for the World: 100 Years with the San Francisco Symphony
Chronicle Books, 2011
Hardcover, 272 pages, $45.00

NOON, the design studio of Cinthia Wen (Graphic Design chair), designed this book in which author Larry Rothe shares the San Francisco Bay Area's love of music. Released in time for the San Francisco Symphony's celebration of its 100th anniversary, this definitive history features hundreds of archival photos and images to give readers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into one of the world's foremost orchestras and the cultural life of the city, from the Gold Rush to the present day.

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Julius Shulman Los Angeles: The Birth of a Modern Metropolis
Rizzoli, 2011
Hardcover, 240 pages, $60

Volume Inc., of which Eric Heiman (Graphic Design faculty) is a principal, designed this book featuring four decades of photographs of Los Angeles by Julius Shulman. Shulman, whose life and career spanned nearly a century, played a key role in the mid-century modernist movement through his photographs of the pioneering architecture of Richard Neutra and Charles Eames, among others. His pictures have been widely published, but this monograph presents many never-before-seen images on a subject closest to Shulman's heart: Los Angeles and its environs, including Palm Springs and other suburbs. In the pictures, Los Angeles becomes a living organism, simultaneously vibrant and volatile, depending on the neighborhood. Many of the buildings and neighborhoods have since been torn down or otherwise altered beyond recognition, making these photographs some of the only lasting testaments to their existence.

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Mid-Century Designers
Rizzoli, 2010
Hardcover, 224 pages, $45.00

Volume Inc., of which Eric Heiman (Graphic Design faculty) is a principal, designed this book of newly commissioned photographs by Leslie Williamson. The book is unique in that it presents interiors designed by significant architects and designers for themselves to live in. Many have never been published before. The featured designers include Russel Wright, George Nakashima, Harry Bertoia, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eva Zeisel, among other iconic names. Williamson's photographs show these creative homes as they were inhabited by their creators: Walter Gropius's historic Bauhaus home in Massachusetts; Albert Frey's floating modernist aerie on a Palm Springs rock outcropping; Wharton Esherick's completely handmade (including a hand-carved staircase) Pennsylvania house.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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).