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Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Modern Originals: At Home with Mid-Century European Designers
Rizzoli, 2014
Hardcover, 224 pages, $50

Volume Inc. (whose principal is Graphic Design faculty member Eric Heiman) designed this new book of photographs by Leslie Williamson. The pictures are of the homes of midcentury European designers -- some iconic, some unknown -- and they reveal an inspiring personal approach to modernism. Many of the homes are usually closed to the public. The featured designers include Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Finn Juhl, Robin and Lucienne Day, and Gae Aulenti.

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Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Allison Byers

Inspiration comes in many forms for designers. But for Matt Dick (Individualized Major 1997) inspiration comes from a simple act that takes place all over the world, every day. “People getting dressed. Everywhere. Then and now. That is what inspires my work.”

Dick is the founder of Small Trade Company, a San Francisco–based workshop and studio, begun in 2010. “We develop products of our own, and we develop projects with other people,” Dick told Station to Station.

“I try to keep this space really without parameters. The team works on everything.” His designs are in stores and boutiques all over the world: Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Dallas, and all around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Recently, Dick has collaborated with Levi's XX, the brand’s premium division, and on restaurant uniforms for Blue Bottle Coffee, State Bird Provisions, and Bar Agricole.

The famed event designer Stanlee Gatti has gone on record with the San Francisco Chronicle that he calls on Dick “for everything wearable. I just love the ease with which he greets people and situations.”

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Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Laura Braun

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college offering 22 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs in the areas of design, fine arts, architecture, and writing. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, and currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students. The college educates students to shape culture and society through practice and critical study. Graphic design at CCA is a media-blind discipline that engages the mind and the senses by translating ideas – from simple to complex – into the communication of information, emotion, and reflection.

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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014 by Jim Norrena

With revenue in excess of $24 billion and having more than 44,000 employees worldwide, Nike Inc. is one of the world's largest suppliers of athletic shoes and apparel and a major manufacturer of sports equipment.

For those California College of the Arts alumni who went to work at Nike, they describe their careers as innovative, creative, and truly rewarding.

CCA Prepares Alumni to "Just Do It"

CCA's alumni at Nike attribute their successful careers to their CCA education.

According to Industrial Design chair Sandrine Lebas: "The college offers courses that delve into soft goods and wearables, technology and user interface, crafts and making, and even bike-frame design and building; all with an emphasis on user-centric research, sustainability, market context, and entrepreneurship."

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Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by Brenda Tucker

Proposed redesign captured attention of Ticketmaster design team!

Matthew Lew’s love of music has turned him into a bit of a design rock star.

In fall 2013, the CCA student (Graphic Design 2015) received a Typography 3 assignment from faculty member David Asari. Lew’s project, a total redesign of the iconic Ticketmaster ticket, got him ink in two leading magazines, Fast Company and Wired, and attention from business leaders and numerous designers, from Facebook to Dropbox, TicPic, Eventbrite, and yes, Jared Smith, the North American president of Ticketmaster.

Lew chose to reconsider Ticketmaster tickets because of his love of concerts. “The design is as old as the cassette tape; they are difficult to read and visually do not give any justice to the experience of live entertainment. It’s the only major ticket service that still prints tickets, and it lacks suitable anti-counterfeiting measures.”

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Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Laura Braun

A Bay Area native born in Santa Rosa, Reymundo Perez III is a naturally talented illustrator and craftsman currently pursuing his BFA in Graphic Design at California College of the Arts. He was selected for CCA’s Sputnik Design Studio in spring 2013 and recently accepted a Monotype Award for Typographic Excellence. Reymundo has natural curiosity and drive, and his talents range from publications to type design, video, web, and experimental processes, involving hand work whenever possible.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Wilderness
University of New Mexico Press, 2014
Hardcover, 128 pages, $50

Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish designed this monograph of Debra Bloomfield's work. A five-year project, it chronicles her photographic journeys into the landscape to an old forest in Alaska. A soundscape CD is part of the book, allowing the reader to share Bloomfield's journey: hearing the call of the common crow, the crunch of snow underfoot, and the hum of a ferry’s engine. There are essays by Lauren E. Oakes, Rebecca A. Senf, and Terry Tempest Williams
Wilderness.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Celluloid Salutations
BlazeVOX, 2014
Paperback, 142 pages, $16

Celluloid Salutations is the second book by alumna Elizabeth Block (MFA Writing 2002, MFA 2003).

Juliana Spahr says: “It’s all here: love, work, child. And the writing. Mainly the writing. It takes over all these other things and yet it is built out of all these things. This is how Elizabeth Block erases Elizabeth Block, as one poem claims. She does this automatically, animalistically, while wailing forward, gracefully and with improvisation.

Bill Berkson says: “Elizabeth Block’s poetry moves through those ‘layers of noise’ we all contend with and goes a long way toward conquering by absorbing them. Page by page, the intervals, apparent blanks and interruptions between word clusters, vibrate tellingly with each tabulation of event, the actuality in and of the words as Block arranges them. Here is urgency and nuance. The matter never gets figured out we want it to we think all day long on. Take time to read this magnetic book.

The cover artwork is by noted CCA alumna Amanda Hughen (Graphic Design 1999).

Block won the Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fiction Fellowship for her first novel, A Gesture Through Time, which was fiscally sponsored by Intersection for the Arts. She was a Poets & Writers grantee for the presentation of new work at the Lab in San Francisco.

Block has won many other awards and residencies, including an award from Poets & Writers and another from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program Tread of Angels Fellowship. Her writing has appeared on stage, in film, in public art, in books, on audio CD and podcasts.

She is also a filmmaker whose film poems have traveled extensively throughout the United States and elsewhere. She has published work in many genres and in many journals, and her work has also appeared on the public radio stations KQED and KSFR. She often collaborates with musicians and visual artists.

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Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 by Allison Byers

I’m a huge concert goer; more than 20 concerts in this past year. I’ve taken up volunteer ushering at venues to see my favorite musicians. My job requires me to check tickets and usher people to their seats--a manageable task, but after checking hundreds of Ticketmaster tickets, it’s very clear that these tickets were designed more than three decades ago without a serious look into how people interact with it.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by Allison Byers

Graphic designer Matthew Lew likes concerts, but he hates concert tickets. A student from California College of the Arts, Lew was dismayed by the poor standard of design of tickets, both from an aesthetic and usability perspective. Rather than simply complain about it, he set about creating "a redesign worthy enough to keep paper tickets in circulation."

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