Industrial Design News

Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Students and alumni gain experiential learning during internships

CCA student designers are working in exciting, innovative internships at such innovative companies as Google, Motorola, Intel, de Young, Cooper Hewitt, Chronicle Books, Autodesk, frog, Townsquared, Flipboard, and many others -- and by doing so they are positioning themselves to kick-start their careers and reap the benefits.

Today the internship experience has become status quo; employers typically seek to hire only candidates who can demonstrate they already possess the experiential learning creative jobs require.

Don't Get Left Behind

Employers now routinely screen job applicants: Those who have completed an internship can stay; those who haven’t are weeded out.

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Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 by Simon Hodgson

Photo: Zack DeZon

How does an engineer reinvent himself? One possible answer: at art school.

In 1996, just a year after graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in civil engineering, Bruce King-Shey felt lost.

A lifelong musician, he switched tracks from engineering to take an entry-level job at the Annapolis Symphony. But when his career in arts management began to feel stalled, he wasn’t sure where he should turn next.

Today King-Shey (Industrial Design 2004, MA Visual Criticism 2005) is vice president of design innovation at food and beverage giant PepsiCo.

His circuitous career path offers much insight into how an arts education can unlock hidden talents.

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Posted on Friday, June 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

San Francisco native Zara Dramov majored in industrial design, so it's natural that her inaugural designs for her bag line, the Common Knowledge, have a structured, architectural silhouette. But the California College of the Arts graduate's inspirations for her Bone Bag also include both origami and the way bone interacts with skin (think elbows and cheekbones). She also had practicality in mind; the Italian leather bags - of which there are two sizes and four colors (plum, oxblood, olive bronze and black) - include a removable snap-in pouch.

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Posted on Friday, June 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

But then I got busy, and fell out of touch with Owen (a former Nike, Intel, and NASA design contractor who is former acting director of the industrial design department at the California College of the Arts). Recently I learned that the Sparse lights were available for online ordering, and I bought my own pair, for $140. They’re great, and they make my clownishly large Specialized crosstrail bicycle (it’s XXL-sized, to fit my 6’3” frame) look a little bit cooler—maybe even like something you’d find parked in the Batcave.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Submitted by CCA students Leslie Greene and Sam Bertain

Congratulations to CCA's 2014 Royal Society of Arts U.S. Student Design Award Winners -- and to their faculty advisors!

This year's awardees included an impressive sampling from not one, but two CCA design programs -- Fashion Design and Industrial Design:

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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014 by Jim Norrena

With revenue in excess of $24 billion and having more than 44,000 employees worldwide, Nike Inc. is one of the world's largest suppliers of athletic shoes and apparel and a major manufacturer of sports equipment.

For those California College of the Arts alumni who went to work at Nike, they describe their careers as innovative, creative, and truly rewarding.

CCA Prepares Alumni to "Just Do It"

CCA's alumni at Nike attribute their successful careers to their CCA education.

According to Industrial Design chair Sandrine Lebas: "The college offers courses that delve into soft goods and wearables, technology and user interface, crafts and making, and even bike-frame design and building; all with an emphasis on user-centric research, sustainability, market context, and entrepreneurship."

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Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Laura Braun

My friend Barry Katz, a professor at both Stanford’s Design School and at the California College of the Arts, and a fellow at IDEO, reminded me the other day: Liberal Arts are the Arts that Liberate. It further strengthened my belief that everybody should learn to program, and that the liberal arts colleges should make it compulsory for students to have at least a course or two in computer science to graduate.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Laura Braun

Every once in a great while, a young talent (ahem, Alexander Wang and Prabal Gurung) will come along and stop us dead in our tracks. And, right now, that’s recent California College of the Arts grad Zara Dramov, behind handbag brand The Common Knowledge. Inspired by three-dimensional structure, this new line only stocks two styles at present, but, quite frankly, that’s all it really needs. Because, they’re that good.

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Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

Sparse was founded by Remy Labesque, Nick Riddle and Colin Owen. Sparse released its first products, integrated bicycle lights, in October 2013. Of the founders, Nick has moved on to TRP. Remy works at frog in San Francisco. Colin juggles a teaching gig at California College of the Arts and Sparse.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

Branch co-founder Nick Cronan on designing what wearable tech should look like.

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