Industrial Design News

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 by Chris Bliss

Symposium participants ready for the design blitz

This summer an impressive group of 100 economists, educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, and scientists from across the country filled the Nave on CCA’s San Francisco campus. What could possibly bring them to a college of art and design?

The answer: The Future Is Up to Us: Symposium & Design Blitz, held on July 9, 2015.

Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Jannie is the head of user experience for Light, which is bringing the highest-quality photography to the smallest possible devices. Prior to Light, Jannie was the director of product design at Citrix, where she was responsible for the design and product experience of Citrix’s mobile consumer business apps. Previously, she held similar design roles at LiveOps, eBay and Oracle and has issued over five patents since the start of her career.

Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by Laura Braun

California College of the Arts graduate Zara Dramov is leaving her mark on the accessories map. Her design approach is unlike most; she has a degree in industrial design and a three dimensional eye. The idea to launch her handbag line, The Common Knowledge, was conceived after playing around with origami paper and creating a seamless shape, thus The Bone Bag was born.

Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Laura Braun

In New York, bright-eyed brands launch every season, each vying to become the next big thing. Occasionally, the designs strike a cord and end up on the arms of editors and shelves of hip boutiques around town. For straight-out-of-school designer Zara Dramov, it all started with the Bone Bag. Inspired by architecture and organic forms, she came up with a folded, three-dimensional design that manages to stay minimalistic while feeling completely fresh.

Posted on Friday, May 1, 2015 by Laura Kenney

IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards

CCA's Center for Art and Public Life has awarded IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards to three student-led projects aimed at solving real-world social needs within specific communities.

During the spring semester, six interdisciplinary student teams competed for three $10,000 grants to develop and actualize a socially innovative project. The IMPACT program encourages students across all disciplines to facilitate social change by applying their creative skills and implement solutions collaboratively with community partners.

The awards program supports the mission of The Center for Art and Public Life with the belief that community engagement is the cornerstone of a practice focused on changing the world.

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

For their efforts, Steigmann and Jensen, juniors at The California College of the Arts in San Francisco, won the top prize at the recent global competition for designing products and services to improve the lives of older adults.

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Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

Winning design SPAN by Nicholas Steigmann and Maiya Jensen

The Stanford Center on Longevity, in collaboration with Aging2.0, announced Nicholas Steigmann and Maiya Jensen from the California College of the Arts and their project “SPAN” as the winner of the second annual student Design Challenge, the finals of which were held yesterday, April 9, 2015 at Stanford University.

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Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Becker announced his departure from HTC last week. He will serves as vice president of industrial design -- a newly created position at Fitbit -- and will report to CEO James Park, Fitbit said in an e-mailed statement. Recode earlier reported on Becker's new job.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by Laura Braun

And, of course, it isn't just the bike itself that needs to evolve—so do cities. "We do need a better or different bike," says Colin Owen, who teaches bike design at California College of the Arts and founded an urban cycling brand called Sparse.

Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by Jeremy Joan Hewes

Anh (left) and Hoang Nguyen in San Francisco (photo: Luis Ruano)

When Industrial Design alumni Hoang Nguyen and his brother Anh came to CCA in 2004 and 2006, respectively, they started a club with the objective of getting a group of students to work together, helping each other learn and improve their skills.

They named the club for its purpose: Creative Session.

Although the club was slow to develop, that early effort evolved into their joint venture, a lively online presence that showcases an array of design projects, videos, and musings from the two brothers.

Creative Session (CS) has been going for seven-plus years and has brought Anh and Hoang lots of attention, including invitations to teach, to participate in design competitions, and most recently to be jury captains for consumer products at the 2015 Core77 Design Awards.

They also receive frequent job inquiries, Hoang says, “but we make it clear that CS is and has always been a platform for Anh and me to think, create, and share as brothers and, more importantly, as designers without constraints.”