Industrial Design News

Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

In his two and a half years at Fitbit, VP of Design Jonah Becker has helped the company "outrun (pun!) industry giant Apple."

In an interview with lifehacker, Jonah--a graduate of CCA's Industrial Design program in 1997--talks about his long history with the College: 

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Laura Kenney

Judy Leung's Bini helmet

Judy Leung (Industrial Design 2017) has won the 2017 Industrial Designers Society of America Student Merit Award for the western district.

Each winner was chosen from among candidates at about a dozen schools in each region. The five district-level winners are invited to attend the annual IDSA International Design Conference that takes place this August in Atlanta, where they will be recognized on stage at an awards ceremony. 

This year, for the first time, the winners from all five districts are women.

Leung presented four projects for the contest, all of which she completed while she was a student at CCA.

Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017 by Laura Braun

The new custom paint job is 1000 per cent Red Hook specific, according to Dylan Buffington, the designer behind the frames colour way. And to give the Allez Sprint track bike some extra exclusivity it will not be available to the public and only the team.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by Laura Braun

Hundreds of thousands of tons end fabric waste up in landfill in the U.S. alone every year. Lintite is a new material made of dryer lint and concrete that aims to reduce some of this waste. This past week, Daniel Lev Coleman (Industrial Design) debuted his new collection of lintite furniture at Milan Design Week.

Posted on Friday, April 7, 2017 by Laura Braun

Jonah Becker, Fitbit's VP of Industrial Design, is nothing short of a design veteran. Shortly after graduating from the industrial design program at California College of the Arts, Becker co-founded the industrial design agency One & Company. During his time at One & Company, he worked on numerous projects with major companies, including Burton, HTC and Under Armour.

Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by Jim Norrena

In fall 2016, senior Industrial Design students enrolled in ID5: Context, the fifth of six required studio courses for their major, received the unique opportunity to engage in a rigorous start-to-finish design process reimagining French automaker Renault's two-seat Z.E. electric car (a.k.a. Twizy).

The studio course, which involves the engagement of an industry partner, provided a focus on identifying design opportunities, incorporating future technologies, and creating meaningful brand and product experiences while explicitly addressing the physical, emotional, and sensorial needs of Renault’s users.

Such industry partner engagements hold tremendous value for students and the industry partner alike.

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by Laura Braun

Fred Bould's list of accomplishments includes the kind of projects most industrial designers can only dream of. He has been in the game for over twenty years and has taught at Stanford University and California College of the Arts. Bould and his Silicon Valley-based product development studio Bould Design have garnered a handful of Red Dot and IDEA awards, among other accolades. Bould is responsible for designing popular hardware like the Nest thermostat, Roku boxes, and the GoPro HERO3.

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 by Laura Braun

Every surfer has their own style of surfing. The way a person moves their body to give power to the board, whether they’re regular or “goofy-footed”… these are just some of the small differences that change how both the surfer and their board move through the water. As a lifelong surfer, Rob Renn wanted to turn those little idiosyncrasies that make up a person’s surfing style into data that could then be used to create a custom surfboard optimized for its surfer. Renn decided to tackle this project for his senior thesis at CCA where he was studying industrial design.

Posted on Monday, March 13, 2017 by Laura Braun

Although Gravel & Gold owners Holly Samuelsen (Textiles 2008) and Tomra Palmer focus on modern silhouettes, their textile designs are influenced by 20th century Vienna collective Wiener Werkstätte and the British Omega Workshops, along with midcentury Finnish textile design. “We’re always looking back, particularly at the last century moving toward modernism,” Samuelsen says.

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Posted on Monday, March 6, 2017 by Jim Norrena

Did you know CCA students have access to more than 600 internship and externship opportunities each year?

For some, it's a curricular requirement (e.g., Graphic Design students must complete an internship prior to graduation), while for others it's an inspired career move.

And a good one!