Graphic Design News

Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Pierre Collier designed the official poster of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival (an adaptation of a photograph by David Lynch)

While much of the stargazing that took place at the 61st annual Cannes Film Festival (May 14–25) focused on established industry moguls—movie stars, directors, and producers—it was also an international arena wherein several CCA students, in collaboration with San Jose–based nonprofit Reel Ideas Studios, not only were selected to participate in the prestigious Cannes Student Filmmaking Program but also received highest honors for their contributions.

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Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2008 by Jim Norrena

CCA President Stephen Beal between Steve (l) and Doug at their retirement party.

**On May 14, 2008, Steve Reoutt passed away due to a recently diagnosed illness. The entire CCA community is saddened by this news and offers its condolences to the family.

Commencement at CCA is a time for beginnings and endings alike; while graduating students, still exhausted from completing their thesis exhibitions, are eager to embark on their new careers, other CCA community members are winding down, stepping back, and embracing their well-deserved retirements.

Two such notable faculty members, whose combined years of teaching within CCA's graphic design community exceed half the college's actual years in existence(!), are Doug Akagi (24 years: January 1984 to May 2008) and Steve Reoutt (41 years: January 1967 to May 2008).

Akagi is a founding member of the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Design (AIGA) who holds more than 150 awards in his field.

Reoutt is the recipient of the AIGA's Fellowship Award (2001) "For personal and professional contributions to raising the standards of excellence within our design community."

Each was honored Tuesday evening at a posh, heart-warming gathering held at the Graduate Writing Studio where fellow faculty, administrative leaders, students, and family and friends collected to pay tribute and celebrate the accomplishments of these two extraordinary educators.

During the program, each of the honored guests was "bestowed by resolution of the board the status of professor emeritus of graphic design . . . in recognition of their service of distinction as respected teacher, exemplary mentor, and cherished colleague." (Wow! That's better than a gold watch by anyone's standards.)

Newly appointed CCA President Stephen Beal presided, sharing with the group seemingly endless accolades, praises, first-hand student testimony, and personal insights about both men—far too many to list here (though it's likely the next issue of Glance will highlight each gentleman's epic list of accomplishments).

CCA Director of Research & Planning David Meckel and Visual Studies professor Leslie Becker each showered Akagi and Reoutt with additional praises that illustrated their unstinting spirit to CCA's community, all while an accompaniment of acoustic guitar filled the room (compliments of The Real Placebos) and the stellar Suzy Bettinger Catering folks provided the creme de la creme of the evening—literally).

According to Cinthia Wen, current Graphic Design Program chair: "CCA is indeed losing a wonderful resource, but Steve Reoutt's teaching lives on in those he has taught and in those who have since returned to teach at CCA." (His collected slide archive of the history of graphic design and visual communication has provided an invaluable resource for faculty in creating classes and lectures.)

Wen said about Doug: "He exemplifies what we try to teach and promote within the CCA community and within the Graphic Design Program—to appreciate, create, participate . . . and the ability to think beyond oneself and to give with sincerity."

And so while giving a gold watch may be a standard retirement gesture, ironically it's the two most recent CCA retirees who've given back to CCA a gesture of timelessness.

Congratulations (and many, many thanks) to Doug Akagi and Steve Reoutt on their retirement from CCA. We are indebted to each of you.

Can't get enough of Doug & Steve? See CCA Snapshots on Flickr.

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Posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

The March/April issue of STEP Inside Design features the top 100 designs from the magazine's Design 100 competition. Out of thousands of entries, 13 of the winning projects have ties to CCA. The projects were designed by three CCA faculty and 11 alumni. One of the projects also received the prestigious Judges' Pick award.

The designs are divided into categories based on their content and purpose. Here are the winners with ties to CCA.

Judges' Pick

Novel Writing Kit
Design: Rise-and-Shine Studio, Melissa Tioleco-Cheng (2002)
Art Direction: Chronicle Books, Michael Morris (2004)

Catalogs

Uneasy Nature
Design: Volume, Eric Heiman (1996), Amber Reed (2005), Madhavi Jagdish (2004)

RADAR: Selections From the Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan
Design: Aufuldish & Wariner, Bob Aufuldish (faculty)

Identity

SINO Restaurant
Design: Public, Todd Foreman (faculty), Nancy Thomas (2002)

Fuego Grill
Design: Pentagram, Erik Schmitt (1992)

Editorial

ReadyMade
Design: Volume, Eric Heiman (1996), Elizabeth Fitzgibbons (2005), Akiko Ito (2004)

Love Hotels
Design: Chronicle Books, Sara Schneider (1998)

Harry Callahan: The Photographer at Work
Design: Aufuldish & Wariner, Bob Aufuldish (faculty)

Miscellaneous

Paint by Number Kit
Design: Chronicle Books, Alethea Morrison (1998)

Posters

The Shins
Design: The Small Stakes, Jason Munn (faculty)

SFMoMA College Night
Design: The Small Stakes, Jason Munn (faculty)

The Books
Design: The Small Stakes, Jason Munn (faculty)

Readers Choice | Exhibit Design

Fuego North America
Design: Pentagram, Erik Schmitt (1992)

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Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Wen-Hua Hu, Trans-sensing

Every year I.D. magazine searches for the best work from the top design schools around the world. Three CCA alumni from the class of 2005 were recently honored in the Student Design Review 2006.

CCA alumna Wen-Hua Hu (Graphic Design '05) won the competition's top prize for her thesis project, Trans-sensing: Seeing Music, in which she developed a complex graphic system to explore what it would be like to see music. She based the project on the idea of synesthesia, literally "joined perception," the rare neurological condition in which the senses cross.

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Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Coffee grinder

CCA Industrial Design student Christine Miller was selected as a 2005 Bronze IDEA winner for her ACORN manual coffee grinder. Alumna and current faculty member Evelyne Chaubert (ID 2004) also won a Bronze award for "Family Class," an aircraft travel project that was her senior thesis.

Business Week magazine and the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) co-sponsor this annual international competition, which is highlighted in the July 4 issue of the magazine. It is considered one of the world's most prestigious design competitions, attracting entries from 20 countries, including the United States.

Newly appointed Industrial Design chair Yves Béhar also fared well in the annual competition. His firm, fuesproject, picked up five awards. CCA trustee Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, was pleased to see his company selected for a total of seven awards. The CCA Graduate Center won a Silver award in the Environments category.

A jury of 17 world-renowned designers and critics reviewed the IDEA entries. Judging criteria for each entry focused on five areas of industrial design excellence: design innovation, benefit to the user, benefit to the client/business, ecological responsibility, and appropriate aesthetics and appeal. Thirty-eight Gold, 59 Silver, and 51 Bronze awards were given.

The winners will be honored at a black tie ceremony in Washington, DC, on August 27, the final day of the 2005 IDSA National Conference & Design Gallery.

All 148 winning entries can be viewed at www.idsa.org.

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Posted on Monday, June 13, 2005 by Kim Lessard

CCA faculty member Douglas Burnham and alumni Robert Pei and Chris Weir, of Envelope A+D Architects in Oakland, received one of two $10,000 first-place prizes awarded today for their Octavia Boulevard housing design proposal. The prizes were given by the San Francisco Mayor's Office and San Francisco Prize. The winning project team also included Michael Cotton and Tolya Stonorov.

San Francisco Prize conducted the Octavia Boulevard Housing Design Competition for six parcels that front San Francisco's newly constructed Octavia Boulevard to generate creative housing ideas for those and other sites formerly occupied by the freeway.

"The removal of the Central Freeway has given us a unique opportunity to think creatively about new housing opportunities," said Mayor Gavin Newsom. "The housing design competition and the winning designs should encourage innovative, cutting-edge architecture for in-fill housing throughout San Francisco."

The Envelope A+D team submitted a proposal for Parcels M and N, which are on Octavia Boulevard and are only 15-feet deep. The competition jury selected the glass and steel design because the architects took maximum advantage of the proposed zoning for the area, creating an active street level, innovative unit types, and a dignified living place, all on a very narrow lot.

While construction of the winning designs is not guaranteed, the competition sponsors will encourage developers to team up with designers of the winning entries to bring architectural distinction to the boulevard.

The winning designs were selected by a jury of architects and urban design professionals from among 167 anonymous entries from around the world. The jury awarded six prizes: two first-place winners, a second-place winner and three honorable mentions. The jury also noted several community design ideas from other entries that could be incorporated in future housing developments. Complete descriptions, along with images of the projects, are available at www.sfprize.org.

An exhibition of all the entries will take place June 13–19 in the Nave at the California College of the Arts San Francisco campus, 1111 Eighth Street. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information on the exhibition, please contact 415.703.9562 or architecture@cca.edu.

Sponsors of the Octavia Boulevard Competition included the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Economic Development, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, the San Francisco Planning Department, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR), the American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter, San Francisco Beautiful, California College of the Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Hayes Valley neighborhood representatives, Lennar Communities, the Gap, A.F. Evans, Tandoori Grill, Absinthe Brasserie and Rene Netter.

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Posted on Monday, June 13, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Work by 12 CCA Graphic Design students has been selected for the "New Talent Design Annual 2005," published by Graphis, publishers of the eponymous international design magazine, design annuals, and numerous other publications. Designs were selected in the categories of logos, posters, promotion, and typography.

The 256-page "New Talent" volume is considered the premier international forum for work produced by students about to enter the professional arena.

Work was completed in 2003 and 2004 in the following courses: Graphic Design 1, Graphic Design 2, Graphic Design 3, Graphic Agitation, Screen Printing, Summer Design Intensive, and the Sputnik student design team.

Below is a complete list of winners.

Logos
Marcelo Viana Neto
Anjel Van Slyke
Michael Coyne
Andrew Kinzer
Sumi Shin

Posters
Connal Hughes
Wishmini Perera
Mabel Liang
G. Dan Covert
Andre Andreev
Nissa Ellison

Promotion
G. Dan Covert

Typography
Dennis Pasco

For more information on Graphis, visit www.graphis.com.

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Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

This summer, interior design is hot at two Extended Education events in July: the Interior Designers Forum (July 16) and Behind the Scenes in Interior Design (July 23), both in San Francisco.

The theme of the Interior Designers Forum is "Generations: A Legacy of Style," focusing on the role of mentors and design greats in interior design. Seven leading California designers will show slides of their newest work, discuss their influences, and illuminate their own career paths. Keynote speaker Suzanne Tucker of Tucker & Marks will discuss the legacy of Michael Taylor, one of the giants of California design. Best-selling design author Diane Dorrans Saeks moderates. The event is held in conjunction with the San Francisco Design Center's Summer Market and takes place at the CCA San Francisco campus from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $120 (includes lunch and refreshments).

The following Saturday, in Behind the Scenes in Interior Design, join Diane Dorrans Saeks on an insider's tour to four San Francisco interior design and architecture studios that are normally closed to the public. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $125 (includes lunch).

This summer's Extended Education classes range from one-day workshops to comprehensive multisession courses; from introductions to drawing, painting, and photography to specialized workshops taught by visiting artists. Day, evening, and weekend classes are available. During the summer, CCA also offers for-credit degree courses, study abroad programs, and, for young people, the Pre-College Program, Ninth-Grade Summer Atelier, and Young Artist Studio Program.

For more information about these programs, call 510.594.3710 or visit Summer at CCA.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

The spring 2005 issue of "Eleven Eleven," the annual journal of literature and art at California College of the Arts, is now available at independent bookstores Modern Times, Green Apple, and Dog Eared Books in San Francisco, as well as others throughout the Bay Area. The journal can also be ordered directly by contacting the editorial staff at eleveneleven@cca.edu or on Amazon.

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Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

An exhibition featuring close to 200 housing design proposals for San Francisco's newly constructed Octavia Boulevard will take place June 6–10 and then June 13–19, after the winners have been selected. Both exhibitions take place in the Nave at CCA's San Francisco campus. Also placing in the competition was CCA alum Wayne Campell, whose group from Elevation Architects received one of five Awards for Meritorious Community Ideas.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

About the Competition

San Francisco Prize is conducting an architectural design competition for six parcels that front the new Octavia Boulevard. Two of the parcels will be subsidized by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency as affordable housing. The city will sell the others to private developers. The purpose of the competition is to generate creative housing ideas for those and other sites formerly occupied by the freeway. While construction of the winning designs is not guaranteed, the competition sponsors will encourage developers to team up with designers who submit entries that will bring architectural distinction to the boulevard. Winning designs will win cash awards and subsequently be exhibited and published.

Sponsors of the competition include the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Economic Development, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research, the American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter, San Francisco Beautiful, California College of the Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and neighborhood representatives.

For More Information

For more information on the exhibition, please contact 415.703.9562 or .

For more information about the Octavia Boulevard Housing Design Competition, please visit www.sfprize.org.

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