We are sailing into new and uncharted waters, and our analog past would seem to offer little guidance to our digital future. But still, it will not go away, that “empty jingle,” that mesmerizing mantra of modernism: form follows function. What it invites — what it demands — is a renewed introspection into the relationships between ourselves and our things.
Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 by Laura Braun
Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 by Laura Braun
This month, the two will be putting their ideas about glass into practice in Cincinnati — they are artists-in-residence at Camp Washington’s Wave Pool Gallery. Both Riley and Ihrig have art backgrounds. She studied glass at Rhode Island School of Design; he pursued Industrial Design at California College of the Arts.
Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by Jim Norrena
CCA each year provides its undergraduate and graduate students with more than 600 internship/externship opportunities in architecture, design, fine arts, and writing.
Because the college is located among the most well-known, respected, and innovative companies and design firms, we are uniquely positioned to provide students with access to real-world industry leaders and help them build relationships as interns and develop professionally toward life-long careers.
Location = Access = Career Success
“Perhaps CCA’s most enduring contribution to our students’ professional lives as designers and artists,” explains Dean of Design Leslie Roberts, “is our deep roots into tech, design, and fine arts in the Bay Area." Roberts goes on to cite such heavyweights as Uber, Huge, Facebook, Arup, Autodesk, Google, and frog as being among the many noteworthy companies where current design students and alumni are building their careers.
“Our industry ties allow CCA students unique access to internships coveted by peers around the world. Are other colleges and students envious of this opportunity? Of course they are!”
Roberts shared a recent email she received from a former student who had interned while in the MFA in Design program: "I've actually been thinking about CCA lately ... probably the best career move I've ever made. More than doubling my salary and moving from regular designer to lead in less than two years!"
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2016 by Laura Braun
Barry Katz knows a lot about what makes a tech community thrive. Katz is a design thought leader, consulting professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, professor of Industrial and Interaction Design at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Fellow at IDEO, Inc.
Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 by Laura Braun
It’s one thing to be a sneakerhead, but designing sneakers in your head is something altogether different. Cubby Golden has proven nice with a pen tool and an actual pen. While he’s currently designing footwear for New Balance, his experience doesn’t stop there. Golden has designed footwear for Nike, a cell phone for Telecoms Korea and currently serves as an adjunct professor at PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy.
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
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.