Industrial Design News

Posted on Friday, January 4, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Industrial Design magazine put an industrial-size spotlight on undergraduate Industrial Design student Charlie Weber in its three-part series that highlights nine accomplished class of 2013 interior design students.

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Allison Byers

As aspiring designers prepare to graduate in May 2013 from top design schools around the U.S., Interior Design got the insider perspective from students in their final semester - and from notable alumni - at four leading schools: Pratt Institute and Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco.

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Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Allison Byers

There are makers of things. There are artists. There are problem solvers. And there are people who do all three. Often simultaneously. Like Haley Toelle.

Once upon a time, Toelle studied sculpture to satisfy her interest in the handcrafting of physical things. As she was exposed to the study of sustainability and the processes of 3D modeling and 3D printing, a different interest was triggered. “For me, being an artist was about reflecting and translating the world around me,” she remembered. “As a designer, I can create the world around me. That is a very powerful thing.”

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Allison Byers

We had such a great time this year peeking into the everyday lives of designers, architects and artists in our monthly Designer Dailies column. Let’s take a look back at all 12 of them.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Dutch Bike
NAI Publishers, 2012
Paperback, 160 pages, $19.95

Zahid Sardar (Visual Studies faculty) authored this book, the third in a Premsela/Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion book series highlighting Dutch culture. The Dutch Bike recounts the trajectory of the earliest bikes that emerged from England and France and became a ubiquitous part of the Dutch landscape. They were used by young and old, and the familiar triangulated steel frame omafiets or “granny” bike shown on the book’s cover became known as the Dutch bike. The book examines the historic and social conditions that made the Dutch bike popular around the globe and how it has evolved since its advent a little more than a century ago into one of the hippest symbols of eco-living in cities everywhere.

Sardar is a design critic who has written about industrial design and architecture for two decades in the San Francisco Chronicle, where he served as design editor. He also writes for Dwell magazine and other international design publications.

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

100 Best Bikes
Laurence King Publishers, 2012
Paperback, 224 pages, $19.95

Zahid Sardar (Visual Studies faculty) authored this collection of the best and most popular bikes to be found anywhere right now, for every kind of cyclist, whether you are a BMXtreme or mountain bike enthusiast, a keen tourer or racer, a city commuter or courier, or simply fascinated with the constantly advancing mechanics and engineering of folding and other innovative bike designs. Sardar is a design critic who has written about industrial design and architecture for two decades in the San Francisco Chronicle, where he served as design editor. He also writes for Dwell magazine and other international design publications.

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Zygote Quarterly
Issuu, 2012
Digital, free

Thomas McKeag (Industrial Design faculty) cofounded the digital magazine Zygote Quarterly earlier this year. The magazine is devoted to the nexus of science and design, where they meet in biologically inspired problem solving. It focuses on the informed professional and presents material that is at a level between the peer-reviewed journal and the popular press. In 2012 it was nominated by the Digital Magazine Awards in two categories, Launch of the Year and Science and Nature, competing against magazines such as Scientific American and New Scientist.

Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by Allison Byers

Yield Design Co. Picnic Bag

More and more, the talented and driven creatives of the CCA community are turning to Kickstarter -- a funding platform for creative projects. We’ve seen more than 20 successful projects on the CCA Kickstarter page, and even more are out there, achieving their goals.

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 by Allison Byers

A former national arts magazine editor and freelance writer with a degree in literature, Jeni Tu studied Industrial Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, finished her degree in San Francisco at California College of the Arts, and re-launched her career as a furniture and product designer. Tu lends us the details of a busy day for this month’s Designer Dailies.

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Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 by Chris Bliss

Sandrine Lebas, chair of CCA's Industrial Design Program

Sandrine Lebas, creative director at the San Francisco firm LUNAR, has been appointed chair of the Industrial Design Program at California College of the Arts (CCA). The undergraduate program is one of the largest programs at the college with approximately 155 students.

Lebas was selected after an intensive international search. Previous chairs of the program have included fuseproject founder Yves Béhar and design scholar and CCA Distinguished Professor Steven Holt.

Lebas commented, “Drawing from 15 years of core industrial design experience in the Bay Area and Europe, I am thrilled to become a key contributor of the CCA design community. The craft assets of the college resonate with my design beliefs of thinking and making, allowing students to develop their own design voice through experimentation and creative intuition.”

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