Graphic Design News

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by Allison Byers

Since 1868, the University of California's motto has been "Let there be light." Now the university's new logo is bringing plenty of heat.
Critics have compared the recently unveiled logo - a yellow, half-realized "C" inside a stylized blue "U" - to a napkin doodle, a bidet or a banana label. One online commenter said it "looks like it's still loading."

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Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 by Allison Byers

Interior Design today announced its 2012 inductees into the Hall of Fame, which include Alexandra Champalimaud, Patrick Jouin, Jim Olson and Tom Kundig, and Michael Vanderbyl.
“I’m tremendously excited by this year’s stellar lineup,” said Cindy Allen, editor in chief of Interior Design, which will formally induct the group during the 28th annual Hall of Fame event on November 28th at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. “This group designs the full spectrum and, most importantly, positively impacts lives all over the world.”

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012 by Clay Walsh


CCA Graphic Design student Tyson Wischerath is the first-place winner of CCA’s 2012 R.A.W. Video (real artists at work) student contest for his video, Boundless City, which best upheld this year’s “No Boundaries” theme.

Wischerath’s winning video depicts skateboarding, exploring, and gathering inspiration on a sunny day in San Francisco. Based on the voting results, the video was a clear favorite among judges and students alike!

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Graphic Design student Mai Ogiya interned at Chronicle Books and designed these two picture books for kids under the supervision of Michael Morris (Graphic Design 2004).

The Story of Christmas features intricate scissor-cut illustrations by Pamela Dalton to follow the story of the nativity from the appearance of the angel to the shepherds who came from the fields and the three wise men who followed the star to pay respects to their new king. The artwork is in the Pennsylvania-German folk-art tradition, with many highly details animals and figures.

Chloe, Instead is the first picture book by Micah Player, an illustrator living in Los Angeles who previously worked at Paul Frank Industries as a designer and creative director. The book tells the story of Molly, who always dreamed of having a sister just like her. But she got Chloe, instead. These two sisters are nothing alike: Molly loves to color with crayons. Chloe prefers the taste of wax. Molly loves to read. Chloe prefers to nibble a book's spine. Molly is frustrated! But then she realizes that maybe sisters aren't the ones next to you on the piano bench, they're the ones dancing to the music you play.

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Work from California
Moravian Gallery, 2012
Paperback, 64 pages, $5

Graphic Design faculty member Jon Sueda curated the exhibition this catalogue documents, and edited and designed the book. It features the work of numerous exceptional graphic designers who are based in California and make work that directly interprets or reflects upon California as subject matter. The featured designers include CCA faculty members Bob Aufuldish, Jeremy Mende, Martin Venezky, Eric Heiman, Christopher Simmons, Emily McVarish, Geoff Kaplan, Brett McFadden, and Scott Thorpe, and recent alumnus James Edmondson. Graduate Design faculty member Megan Lynch also contributed interviews to the publication. The show took place at the 25th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno in the Czech Republic in 2012.

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Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Littlest Birds Sing the Prettiest Songs
Chronicle Books, 2012
Hardcover, 128 pages, $24.95

The San Francisco-based artist Jennie Smith celebrates the folk song tradition with her illustrated renderings of 13 soulful songs, including time-honored Scottish ballads, classics by the likes of the Carter Family, contemporary favorites by Gillian Welch, and more. Smith’s work was featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, and has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. The book includes a foreword from contemporary folk legend Michael Hurley, complete lyrics, and playable tablature or sheet music for each song.

The book is designed by CCA alumni Jennifer Tolo Pierce and Brooke Johnson (Graphic Design 2003).

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones
Chronicle Books, 2012
Paperback, 192 pages, $14.95

Michael Morris (Graphic Design 2004) is a designer at Chronicle Books and art directed this companion to HBO's Game of Thrones, which exists in seven foreign editions and an Amazon-only special edition that includes a package and a second book that Morris designed himself.

The book gives fans new ways to enter the show’s fictional world and discover more about the characters and the plotlines. Hundreds of set photos, production and costume designs, storyboards, and insider stories reveal how the show's creators translated George R. R. Martin's best-selling fantasy series into the world of Westeros. It features interviews with key actors and crew members that capture scripted and unscripted moments from the first two seasons, as well as a preface by George R. R. Martin. It is bound in a lavishly debossed padded cover.

Posted on Monday, October 8, 2012 by Clay Walsh

First place: "Making a 16-foot-Long Book," by Jocelyn Chang, Graphic Design

Congratulations to all the student finalists in CCA’s third annual R.A.W. Photo (real artists @ work) contest, which featured the theme “I Belong at CCA.”

Contestants were challenged to submit images that depict a project, moment, mood, or other quality of CCA life taken from a student perspective. As expected, the results were as varying as the students themselves!

Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Darth Vader and Son
Chronicle Books, 2012
Hardcover, 64 pages, $14.95

What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if "Luke, I am your father" was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other . . . except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Jeffrey Brown's illustrations give classic Star Wars moments a fresh twist, presenting the trials and joys of parenting through the lens of a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include light-saber batting practice, using the Force to raid the cookie jar, and Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star. The book is designed by Michael Morris (Graphic Design 2004) and spent some time on the New York Times best-seller list!

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2012 by Rachel Walther

Leslie Saiz (Graphic Design 1997) is always working. By day she's the managing producer and creative director for Petpet Park at Nickelodeon's Virtual Worlds Group, the creators of all of Nick's online virtual worlds content.

Nights and weekends you'll find her either volunteering her time for creative organizations in her East Los Angeles community -- such as Self Help Graphics & Art, a nonprofit center providing youth art classes in printmaking and graphic arts -- or working on her own projects at Ex-Voto Design, a creative lab she's developed with her husband, Stephen Saiz.