Graphic Design News

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Posted on Saturday, November 21, 2009 by Jim Norrena

Watch Graphic Design alums G. Dan Covert and Andre Andreev as they discuss their post-CCA successes—founding the design firm Dress Code in New York and writing a design book together!

Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 by Clay Walsh

The winning short videos in CCA’s annual R.A.W. Video (Real Artists at Work) student competition are playing near you! As expected, the range of subject interpretation was as impressive and wildly creative as the CCA student body itself.

For this year’s competition in which each of the five winning filmmakers received $500 (and a $100 award for honorable mention), undergraduate contestants were challenged to create a short video depicting the CCA-based theme “culture of critique.”

Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

Huge crowds visit Refract House, flow through smoothly

California College of the Arts (CCA) and Santa Clara University (SCU), competing as Team California, maintained their lead in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon this morning by winning the communications contest.

In addition to designing, building, and operating an attractive, functional, and energy-efficient solar-powered home, competitors must communicate the technical aspects of the house and the user experience to a wide audience via websites and the public exhibit on the National Mall in Washington DC.