Graphic Design News

Posted on Monday, October 24, 2011 by Allison Byers

A glimpse into a day at fashion house Oscar de la Renta for art director and CCA alumna Laura Kramer (Graphic Design 2002).

Ten years ago, Laura Kramer (Graphic Design 2002) was sitting at a desk in a classroom at CCA. Today, she barely has time to sit down at her desk . . . in her office at one of the most influential fashion houses in the world, where she collaborates with many of today’s top fashion industry leaders. Kramer is the in-house art director at Oscar de la Renta.

The job encompasses a vast range of responsibilities: directing photo shoots, editing video, producing visuals for fashion shows, and shooting in-house. She also takes part in designing fragrance packaging, trunk show invitations, web assets, and social media platforms. "It's a family-run business," she explains, "so we all wear many hats."

Fashion Week Challenge

Last month was Kramer's first experience with New York Fashion Week. "The process is very hands-on. While photographing the fittings in the showroom with Oscar and the creative team, I recognize how amazing it is to be so closely involved in the process.” She manages the visuals both in preparation for the show and the night it takes place, including organizing the videographers and photographers in the pit to ensure the collection is well captured on the runway. The moment the show is over, she is editing video, uploading photographs to the website, and planning for look books. "At times it's stressful, but you step back and think, 'Wow, this is incredible -- I never thought I would end up here.'"

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Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 by Simon Hodgson

Jon Sueda and Martin Venezky (photo by Nikki Ritcher)

Today, professors Martin Venezky and Jon Sueda seem like two sides of the same coin. In the Graphic Design courses they co-teach at CCA, they listen to their students before speaking, argue with each other fruitfully and comfortably, then almost always agree on what the student should do next. In addition to their academic work, each has forged a successful professional career. Venezky is one of the most influential designers of his generation. His projects include work for SFMOMA, Reebok, the Sundance Film Festival, and the two-volume, 600-page, award-winning publication for the International Center of Photography's The Mexican Suitcase, documenting recently unearthed Spanish Civil War photographs by Robert Capa and others. Sueda just finished a major international commission, designing the graphic identity for the 12th Istanbul Biennial. He is also curating an exhibition at the International Biennial of Graphic Design in the Czech Republic in 2012. While the rapport and respect between these two designers is solid and obvious today, it's not a relationship that developed overnight. This is the story of a mentorship spanning two continents, four states, and 15 years.

Back in 1996, the 25-year-old Sueda enrolled in CCA's undergraduate Graphic Design Program. A tennis-playing Hawaiian with a BFA from UC Davis and a background in painting and printmaking, he signed up for a class with Venezky. "Jon was extraordinarily shy and basically terrified," says Venezky. "He was also really, really good. He hated the critiques, but when I made suggestions, he followed through and went much further, and I was really impressed with that. His development was amazing to watch." Says Sueda, "I didn't know what graphic design was, and I wasn't sure what I was getting into. At UC Davis, we never really had critiques. So I wasn't prepared, and I found it hard. I didn't even know I needed a computer. I went through the first semester doing everything at Kinko's."

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Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 by Chris Bliss

Film faculty member Lynn Marie Kirby with students at CAFA

What began in 2008 as a visit by CCA President Stephen Beal to the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing is now blossoming into a productive relationship between the two schools. This fall CCA enrolled six more undergraduate students from CAFA’s International Foundation Course; they join the first four students who began their studies at CCA in fall 2010.

In the first foray into faculty exchanges, David Hisaya Asari (Graphic Design) and Lynn Marie Kirby (Film) spent spring break 2011 at CAFA. An IFC instructor visited CCA in August. And Furniture faculty member Christopher Loomis is in Beijing now teaching for the semester.

What inspired this relationship between the two schools and what are the plans for the future?

Laying the Groundwork

In October 2008 President Beal was invited to participate in a forum on international art education, as part of CAFA's 90th anniversary celebration. He was impressed with the 4,000-student institution and its leaders, many of whom have ties with U.S. institutions. President Pang Gongkai was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. Vice President Xu Bing, well-known artist and recipient of the prestigious MacArthur “genius” award, lived and worked in New York for more than 10 years. Dean of Design Min Wang completed his graduate work in design at Yale and worked for more than 20 years in the United States, including a stint at Adobe before forming his own firm in San Francisco.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 by Chris Bliss

Renowned writer Ishmael Reed joins the MFA Program in Writing faculty

For additional information about CCA's 2011-12 faculty hiring, read the latest Academic Newsletter by Provost Mark Breitenberg.

New Full-Time Faculty

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Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 by Shiraz Chavan

Global outreach allows CCA to offer an arts education enriched with cultures

CCA might be closer to you than you think! Our assistant director of international admissions, Shiraz Chavan, will travel through Asia and Turkey in fall 2011. Meet with her for a portfolio review or to ask questions about CCA's international admissions process.

Email Shiraz now to schedule a one-on-one appointment for when she visits your city (see schedule below). Please note: We highly encourage you to RSVP as events fill up quickly.

TAIWAN

Hsinchu
Oct. 23–24

Taipei
Oct. 25-26

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Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Exhibitionist: Issue 3
Archive Books, 2011
Magazine, 64 pages, $15

The Exhibitionist, edited by CCA Wattis Institute director Jens Hoffmann and designed by Graphic Design faculty member Jon Sueda, is a journal focusing solely on the practice of exhibition making. Its objective is to create a wider platform for the discussion of curatorial concerns, encourage a diversification of curatorial models, and actively contribute to the formation of a theory of curating. This issue features articles by What, How & for Whom/WHW, Victoria Noorthoorn, Lars Bang Larsen, Carol Yinghua Lu, Jessica Morgan, and Elisabeth Sussman.

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Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

History's Shadow
Nazraeli Press, 2011
Hardcover, 72 pages, $75

David Maisel’s (MFA 2006) work has always been concerned with processes of memory, excavation, and transformation. In the History’s Shadow series, Maisel re-photographs, then scans and digitally manipulates, X-rays from museum archives that depict artifacts from antiquity. X-rays have historically been used by art conservators for structural examination of art and artifacts much as physicians examine bones and internal organs; they reveal losses, replacements, construction methods, and internal trauma invisible to the naked eye. Maisel's mages seem like transmissions from the distant past, both spanning and collapsing time. The book, designed by Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish, contains an original short story by Jonathan Lethem that was inspired by Maisel's images. It was named one of American Photo magazine's Best Photography Books of the Year!

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Posted on Sunday, July 3, 2011 by David Asari

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Adobe Design Achievement Awards

First Place, Environmental Graphics and Packaging, 2007
Po-Yun Jack Wang

Honorable Mention, Print, 2007
Shawn Cheris

Finalist, Print Multi-Page, 2006
Albert Ignacio, Marcelo Viana Neto, and Yaeger Rosenberg

Honorable Mention, Live Action, 2006
Lisa Mishima

First Place, Print, 2004
G. Dan Covert

Third Place, Print, 2004
Michael Morris

Honorable Mention, Print, 2004

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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Huckleberry Finn
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, 2010
Hardcover, 108 pages, $35

Edited by Jens Hoffmann (CCA Wattis Institute director) and designed by Jon Sueda (Graphic Design faculty), this book accompanies the exhibition of the same name at the Wattis Institute in fall 2010. It is the final volume in the Wattis’s 2008-10 trilogy of exhibitions and books in which canonical American novels are taken as points of departure for examinations of key themes in American culture. The book features texts (essays, artist bios, a timeline, a glossary, and more) by Maurice Berger, Mirjana Blankenship, and Hoffmann, and full-color illustrations of works by each artist in the show. The artists include Edgar Arceneaux, Ruth-Marion Baruch, Romare Bearden, Claude Clark, Jamal Cyrus, Emory Douglas, Ellen Gallagher, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rodney Graham, David Hammons, Dorothea Lange, Henry Lewis, Glenn Ligon, Thomas Nast, Kirsten Pieroth, Horace Pippin, Betye Saar, Yinka Shonibare, Alec Soth, William Desmond Taylor, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker, and Andy Warhol, among others.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Just Design: Socially Conscious Design for Critical Causes
How, 2011
Hardcover, 208 pages, $40

Christopher Simmons (Graphic Design faculty) is a designer, writer, educator, design advocate, and principal of the noted San Francisco design office MINE. Here he organizes 150 design projects into six sections exploring the different ways design can serve the greater good, from supporting existing causes to seeking out hidden problems to celebrating positive change. Essays by influential designers and interviews with designers who pursue social change offer insight into how any designer can use his or her talents to change the world. Works by numerous CCA faculty and alumni are featured, and Cinthia Wen (Graphic Design chair) contributes an essay.

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