Graphic Design News

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."

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.

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.

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.

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Allison Byers

Lynn Sondag in her studioView slideshow 

For most students, graduation marks the end of their academic career. But for some California College of the Arts alumni, graduation was only the beginning. Many have become educators in their chosen field, and a select few serve in chair and director positions at educational institutions across the country and around the world.

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Way Beyond Art 2: Wide White Space
CCA Wattis Institute, 2012
Paperback, 146 pages, $17

To see more pages from the book visit the official Wide White Space website.

Edited and designed by Jon Sueda (Graphic Design faculty), this book investigates graphic design's evolving relationship with the practice of exhibition making as it intersects with the visual arts and the work of both artists and curators. It features notable designs (in full color) and essays by Project Projects and CCA faculty members Rachel Berger, Eric Heiman, Brett MacFadden, Emily McVarish, and Scott Thorpe.

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

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Melissa Tioleco-Cheng's (Graphic Design 2002) firm, rise-and-shine studio, designed and illustrated this book intended to help families who have lost a baby. The story describes different types of newborns, including babies who live for only a short time. The book is downloadable for free in a digital version, and hard copies are being distributed free of charge to families.