Graphic Design News

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Real to Real: Photographs from the Traina Collection
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2012
Paperback, 136 pages, $45

Bob Aufuldish (Graphic Design faculty) designed this exhibition catalogue for the de Young's Real to Real exhibition. The featured work, organized thematically, ranges from rare black-and-white photographs by Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Diane Arbus, and Garry Winogrand to luscious, eye-popping work in color by William Eggleston, Andreas Gursky, and Stephen Shore.

Celebrating photography's fundamental fluidity and diversity through roughly 100 works, authors Kevin Moore (who served as an adviser to Trevor Traina in shaping his collection) and Julian Cox (founding curator of photography and chief curator at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco) explore the collection's range from early documentary to more recent conceptual art. Real to Real examines the preoccupation in pictures with everyday "reality," excess, spectacle, and loss.

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Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Rachel Walther

Type design is a bit like the music business: There are a few rock stars whose names everyone knows, but there are also a whole bunch of other people you haven't heard of, out there making a living doing what they love.

And CCA is proud to claim many men and women in both categories. Over the years the college has accumulated a real wealth of faculty, students, and alumni who embrace the label "type designer" and have had their letterforms used in some impressively high-profile venues. The college's emphasis on this subfield of graphic design sets it apart from other schools; the Graphic Design Program has maintained a series of courses exclusively devoted to it for more than 20 years now.

And the Bay Area, largely thanks to CCA and its ripple effects, is today a real hotbed of people who are active in the field.

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Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

For friends Clive Hacker (Graphic Design 2012), Trevor Hacker (Graphic Design 2008), and Harrison Pollock (Graphic Design 2010), design is about a lot more than lines, colors, and fonts.

"Or working on the computer," adds Clive, speaking specifically about the trio's band, Sunbeam Rd., which formed in 2009 during his years at CCA (and was just featured today -- April 5, 2013 -- in the San Francisco Bay Guardian).

The three friends, who all hail from Lompoc, California, definitely perceive a relationship between the graphic design process and the process of producing an album. "With both, you have think about every aspect that you're putting together," says Clive.

Trevor agrees: "There's an overarching thematic element that's happening, but you still have to design each little piece, every idea, and then put them together. All these little tiny parts become the whole."

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Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by Christina Linden

Teknion NeoCon Showroom by Michael Vanderbyl, Chicago, 2012

"My high school guidance counselor told me I wasn't smart enough to be an architect," Michael Vanderbyl said, wryly, as he handed me the program produced last fall on the occasion of his induction into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. Given the multidisciplinary course of his extraordinary career, perhaps the counselor meant to say something more like, "Vanderbyl is too intelligent to be limited to just one pursuit."

The Hall of Fame award is reserved for individuals who have made a significant contribution to the prominence of the design industry. Other inductees over the years have included such legendary figures as Frank Gehry, Antonio Citterio, and Massimo and Lella Vignelli.

"It's very flattering to be counted among such company," Vanderbyl says. "I had attended the Hall of Fame event in the past -- it's held at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan -- and it was fantastic to be recognized there myself."

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Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Allison Byers

At a Castro church, the organizers of March4Equality stood in a circle holding hands below red mesh hearts made from contorted Hula Hoops and, in a meditative trance, vocally imagined themselves rallying for same-sex marriage amid a lively evening at Castro and Market streets.

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Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 by Allison Byers

Erik Adigard is a trailblazing digital-media designer who first made a splash back in the early 1990s with a series of visual essays for Wired. In more recent years, his work has taken a turn away from the web to focus on installations on the border of art and design.

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Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 by Jim Norrena

When Adobe announced the winners of its 2012 Design Achievement Awards in the fall, the list included CCA alumnus Michael Rigley (BFA Graphic Design 2012). Rigley's conceptual thesis project, a video called "Network," won in the student Motion Graphics category.

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Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013 by Jim Norrena

(l-r) Graphic Design alumni Sam Wick, Sonja Hernandez, Talin Wadsworth, and Shawn Cheris at Adobe's San Francisco offices

Adobe is the global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions. Given its international reputation for producing cutting-edge digital content tools and services, it's a highly desired employer for almost any graphic designer.

Given the competition, CCA is proud to learn four talented, career-focused Graphic Design alumni (all within five years of graduation) currently hold senior design positions at Adobe's San Francisco offices.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by Allison Byers

Michael Cronan, a San Francisco-based graphic designer and marketing executive who placed his stamp on popular culture when he created the brand names TiVo and Kindle, died on Tuesday in Berkeley, Calif. He was 61.

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Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Americana: 50 States, 50 Months, 50 Exhibitions
CCA Wattis Institute, 2012
Hardcover, 240 pages, $25

This catalogue, designed by Jon Sueda (Graphic Design faculty), documents a five-year-long series of exhibitions that examined the 50 American states, featuring artworks, historical artifacts, curiosities, and aspects of the overlooked and the little-known. The series was coorganized by Wattis Institute director Jens Hoffmann and CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.

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