Graphic Design News

Posted on Monday, April 5, 2010 by Jim Norrena

CCA Graphic Design adjunct professor Christopher Simmons has been judged—his course-specific website, that is—as one of HOW magazine's top-10 sites for designers, an honor determined by the design publication's editors each month.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Moby-Dick
CCA, 2009
Hardcover, 136 pages, $30

Designed by Jon Sueda (Graphic Design faculty), this Wattis Institute exhibition catalog pays homage to the classic 1930 Random House edition of Herman Melville's canonical novel Moby-Dick. It features artworks and biographies of 33 artists, more than half of whom were commissioned to create new work in response to the novel’s wide-ranging and evocative themes. It also features a foil-stamped cover, a fold-out map, essays by Jens Hoffmann (CCA Wattis Institute director) and Alexander Nemerov, and full-color illustrations.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

URBANbuild local global
William Stout, 2009
Paperback, 464 pages, $60

Awarded the “AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers” competition as one of the top examples of outstanding book design in 2009.

This book is most notably a documentation of the work of URBANbuild, a program launched by Ila Berman (director of Architecture) to be a unique multiscaled laboratory for city research as well as a vehicle to generate innovative design strategies to aid in New Orleans's urban revitalization. This program primarily focused its investigations on culturally significant neighborhoods central to the core of the city that had been severely damaged, not only by Hurricane Katrina but also by a long history of neglect and urban decay. The book is coauthored by Mona El Khafif (Architecture faculty) and designed by Bob Aufuldish (Graphic Design faculty).

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Finding Frida Kahlo
Princeton Architectural Press, 2009
Hardcover, 256 pages, $50

Designed by Martin Venezky (Graphic Design faculty), this controversial accounting of a mysterious (and disputed) collection of more than 1,200 long-lost personal possessions allegedly belonging to Frida Kahlo offers a fresh look at one of art’s iconic women. Through reproductions of Kahlo's letters, drawings, and diaries as well as photographs of her belongings, the book offers a fascinating visual exploration of the artist's inner world.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Electric Image: After the End of Photography
Powerhouse Books, 2008
Hardcover, 96 pages, $40

The photographic art of Chris Kitze explores how digital representation has contributed to the transformation and globalization of culture. Designed by Jeremy Mende (Graphic Design faculty), The Electric Image showcases digitally manipulated images by Kitze that expand our awareness of the new visual mythology created by the virtual realities that surround us.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Imaginative Feats Literally Presented: Three Fables for Video Projection
Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, 2009
PDF, 29 pages, free

The seductive, disquieting video installations of Jeanne C. Finley (Media Arts faculty) and John Muse create tension among visual, auditory, documentary, and narrative elements. This exhibition catalog, designed by Ellen Gould (Graphic Design 2001), documents Finley and Muse's presentation at Haverford College in 2008 and includes an essay by Irina Leimbacher.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Best of Letterhead and Logo Design
Rockport, 2010
Hardcover, 352 pages, $40

This collection features the most creative and inspiring work from the past four volumes of the Letterhead and Logo Design series. Coauthored by Christopher Simmons (Graphic Design faculty) of the San Francisco design office MINE, the book offers a range of innovative techniques and fresh solutions for identity designers everywhere.

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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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