Industrial Design News

Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Brenda Tucker

The perfect jump shot

The new Autodesk workshop at Pier 9 feels like a mad scientist’s lab, despite the bright sunlight coming in the windows, reflected off the San Francisco Bay. Before entering, everyone must put on protective eyewear and sign an extensive release form. “Spooky” comes to mind when you see the large, dark gray machinery, weighing multiple tons, lurking in all corners.

Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

CCA DMBA Alum Ardy Sobhani and business partner Anton Willis of Oru Kayak are featured in this episode of CNN Blueprint, as well as former Industrial Design Chair Yves Behar.

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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Jim Norrena

The Craft Carriage by Patima Pataramekin (Industrial Design)

Patima Pataramekin is a second-degree junior in CCA's Industrial Design Program. Her work, coined The Craft Carriage, was exhibited in CCA's booth at the Bay Area Maker Faire (May 18-19).

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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

Looking for an innovate way to address this problem, the city reached out to an unlikely source: a class of undergraduate art students at the San Francisco-based California College of the Art, who partnered with Silicon Valley tech giant Intel.

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Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 by Jim Norrena

CCA's booth at Maker Faire received two Make magazine editor's choice awards

Ever since the college was founded in 1907, making art has defined what we do at California College of the Arts -- both what we create and how we create it.

Today we have a new challenge to how we create art. The Bay Area has become a vast melting pot of innovation driven by the demands of technology-reliant and design-savvy enthusiasts.

We live in the innovation corridor -- a unique stomping grounds where the doers and makers are integrating time-honored principles of craft into the ever-changing technological landscape.

Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Allison Byers

Owen’s brainchild is the Sparse bicycle light, which slips onto the stem or seat post of a bike, deterring potential thieves who would need to undo the frame to access the aluminum LED light. As an assistant professor of industrial design at California College of the Arts who has lent his design talents to Nokia, NASA, and Nike, Owen (who is also an avid cyclist), wanted to make something beautiful. “The lights that are out there are garbage. I wanted it to be invisible when it’s off and echo the lines of the bike,” he says.

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Reinventing the Chicken Coop: 14 Original Designs with Step-by-Step Building Instructions
Storey Publishing, 2013
Paperback, 192 pages, $19.95

Hey backyard chickens: meet contemporary design! Coauthors Matthew Wolpe (assistant studio manager in CCA's fabrication shop) and Kevin McElroy present 14 complete building plans for chicken coops that range from the purely functional to the outrageously fabulous.

Eleven of the 14 are by the authors, and one of the remaining three is by two CCA alumni: Yvonne Mauser (Wood/Furniture 2006) and Adam Reineck (Industrial Design 2005).

One has a water-capturing roof; one is a great homage to mid-Modern architecture; and another has a built-in composting system. Some designs are suitable for beginning builders, and some are challenging enough for experts. Step-by-step building plans are accompanied by full-color photographs and detailed construction illustrations.

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

San Francisco–based studio Shape Field Office partnered with Nicholas Riddle, a framebuilder and founder of the Urban Mobility Lab at California College of the Arts, to create this handsome porteur-style conveyance.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

As a professor at California College of the Arts, I've pondered how to bring that spark home. How to get more students building as a means of thinking. How to get more people engaging in high-craft endeavors? I've contemplated how to parse design and the knowledge of how things actually go together. It struck that more building needed to happen for more students.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Carol Pitts

CCA is pleased to announce the fifth summer of our Urban Mobility Program on the San Francisco campus.

Our summer 2014 frame-building courses are scheduled to meet in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate participants' work schedules.

Enrollment is limited to 8 students.