Graphic Design News

Posted on Thursday, May 27, 2010 by Cinthia Wen

Cinthia Wen has been appointed chair of the Graphic Design Program at California College of the Arts (CCA), it was announced today by Provost Mark Breitenberg.

"After conducting an extensive national search, we are very pleased that Cinthia Wen will be our new chair,” stated Breitenberg. “She brings an exciting and compelling vision for the future of graphic design at CCA.

Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Last year Architecture Director Ila Berman and associate professor Mona El Khafif worked with Graphic Design associate professor Bob Aufuldish to design their book URBANbuild local global. The result? It was honored in the 2010 “AIGA’s 50 Books / 50 Covers” competition, which chronicles the year's most outstanding book-design solutions—inside and out.

Posted on Monday, May 17, 2010 by Jim Norrena

AIGA's Medal was designed by James Earle Fraser in 1920

With a towering career trajectory that boasts almost as many accolades as there were graduates at commencement, California College of the Arts Graphic Design adjunct professor Jennifer Morla recently was awarded an AIGA Medal, considered the most distinguished in the field of design.

Yet considering Morla's exceptional contributions to the design community, few here at CCA were surprised. We've come to expect good things from this talented member of the CCA faculty.

Posted on Monday, April 19, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Watch the slideshow below to view submitted work by Jeremy Mende

Graduate Program in Design and Graphic Design adjunct professor Jeremy Mende has been issued a Franklin D. Israel Rome Prize in the American Academy in Rome's 2010–11 Rome Prize Competition.

Posted on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 by Jim Norrena

This year's exciting Bay Area lineup of Earth Day Celebration activities includes CCA noted alumna Gaby Brink (Photography 1992; Graphic Design 1995), cochair of the AIGA Center for Sustainable Design (CFSD), presenting the West Coast premiere of the AIGA's Living Principles for Design on Thursday, April 22, at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco.

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.

Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

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.

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).

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.

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.