Graphic Design News

Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 by Jim Norrena

(l to r): Julia Anne Goodman, 2nd place; Alicia Escott, 4th place; Scott Oliver; 3rd place; Harriete Estel Berman, 1st place

Can something described as “blue junk,” “disintegrated upholstery,” or “IKEA plastic” become a winning entry in an art competition—one that is affiliated with many of today’s high-profile international artists?

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Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

The American Institute of Graphic Arts San Francisco (AIGA SF), a chapter of AIGA, the oldest and largest professional organization for design, awarded Doug Akagi, Leslie Becker, and Michael Cronan—all past or present faculty at California College of the Arts—as its 2009 Fellows in recognition of their exemplary achievements and contributions to the design community. AIGA SF honored all three award recipients on June 15, 2009, at a reception that also acknowledged the golden anniversary of Communication Arts magazine, which was founded in 1959.

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Posted on Monday, May 18, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

Team California, the only competitor in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon hailing from the West Coast, is out to prove that aesthetics and engineering can work together to create an amazing living space. Combining the latest developments in green technology with their own high-end craft and artisanal skills, and taking into account California’s incredible climate, the students are designing and building an 800-square-foot home that they hope will bring home first prize.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

G. Dan Covert and Andre Andreev—CCA alumni, principals of the New York design firm dress code, and authors of the new book Never Sleep: Graduating to Graphic Design—will speak at CCA's San Francisco campus as part of the college's Graphic Design Lecture Series on Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. (in the Drawing Center, off the courtyard in the Graduate Center). The event is free and open to the public and will include a book signing.

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Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2008 by Jim Norrena

The Path to 9/11, with Lindsay Daniels's animation and design support, was nominated for an Emmy

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences tonight (Saturday, September 8, 2007) awarded
the 2006–7 Creative Arts Primetime Emmys for programs and individual achievements at
the 59th Emmy Awards presentation at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Eric Anderson, creative director; Josh Bodnar, editor; Lindsay Daniels, designer; Colin Davis, main title producer

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Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 by Jim Norrena

CCA's R.A.W. Video student competition yielded some rather raw interpretations. See for yourself!

The winning short films in CCA's R.A.W. (real artists at work) Video student competition are now available to view and share with family and friends (well, maybe just your friends).

Congratulations go out to five inspired CCA student filmmakers who won the first CCA-juried student video competition. Each artist receives $500. The challenge? Create a short interpretive film that captures the CCA experience from the student's perspective.

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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

CCA student (Graphic Design) and Olympic bronze medal champion Jill Kintner

Another Bronze Age? It is for CCA—

Jill Kintner (Graphic Design) knows better than most the truth behind the old adage "All that glitters is not gold." In fact, she'll tell you bronze—particularly Olympic bronze—also has the substance of true championship.

In the first-ever bicycle motocross (BMX) racing event at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics last week, Kintner medaled bronze in the women's race. Additionally, she was the only qualifying American woman, which is not surprising considering by age 21 she was the American Bicycle Association (ABA) BMX World Champion.

In fact, the Beijing Olympics was the last remaining major biking event in which Kintner had yet to compete; she has won every title in 4-cross mountain biking, and all major titles in BMX racing.

Yet despite a history of toggling BMX and mountain bike racing, in which she also held a world title in 2007 before committing herself to attaining an Olympic medal in Beijing, Kintner's multifaceted competitive nature runs pure as gold.

Growing up with a bike track down the street, it was easy for 8-year-old Kintner and her brother to take up the sport together. She started competing professionally at 14. Now 26, she is an Olympic champion.

During a break from her BMX and mountain-biking career, Kintner applied to CCA to pursue a BFA in graphic design. However, at the time her passion to wear a medal was stronger than her desire to design one, so she picked up her BMX bike and literally went for gold in Beijing. (Kintner is registered to return to CCA this fall.)

Where will one next find Kintner? She splits her time between her native Seattle and Australia, where she shares a home with boyfriend Bryn Atkinson (a former mountain bike team member).

To view Kintner's art, visit her self-designed website:

To read additional coverage of this remarkable athlete-designer, visit the NBC Olympic athlete bio for Jill Kintner.

All photos (c) Justin Kosman / Red Bull Photofiles.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts announces the continuation of the exhibition Tino Sehgal in the Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. The exhibition, now entering its second year, is organized by Jens Hoffmann, director of the Wattis Institute, and Claire Fitzsimmons, deputy director of the Wattis Institute. It is free and open to the public.

Since September 2007 the Wattis Institute has been presenting, concurrently with its other exhibitions, Sehgal's first solo show in the United States.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 by Sarah Owens

Film still: Oscar Garcia's Three Mother Fucking Amsterdams

Media Arts student Oscar Garcia is the first CCA student to present a short film in the San Francisco Festival of Short Films (a.k.a. SF Shorts), a festival organized by CCA Graphic Design faculty member James Kenney and award-winning Graphic Design alum Michael Coyne.

Garcia's Three Mother Fucking Amsterdams—one of only 49 programmed films—was selected from more than 1,100 international entries for this year's third annual event. The 12-minute short documentary interview film is about a gay American art student in Paris who, after drinking three enormous beers, is harassed by his classmates.

SF Shorts runs August 6–9 in several San Francisco movie theaters. Now in its third year, the festival is organized by Kenney. This year's judges include Pixar animator Bret Parker, Jeff Goodby (Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, a San Francisco-based advertising agency), and Nikki Silva (NPR's The Kitchen Sisters).

For screening times and locations, visit

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Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts will present The Exhibition Formerly Known as Passengers from September 2, 2008, through August 29, 2009, in the upper-level Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. The exhibition is organized by Jens Hoffmann, director of the Wattis Institute. It is free and open to the public, with an opening reception on Tuesday, September 2, from 6–8 p.m. On the first Tuesday of every month during the run of the show, there will be a short artist talk at 7 p.m.

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