Industrial Design News

Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 by Marion Anthonisen

The only collection of its kind at any art school in the country, the CCA Materials Library is an interdisciplinary space where students explore texture and engage imagination. Within its walls, fashion students envision constructing purses from heavy-duty conveyor belt textiles. Film students see high-performance sailcloth and imagine large-scale video projection screens. The idea is to inspire through tactile experimentation, and it's a pretty awesome place. Check out the video tour above. Many thanks to CCA alum Jake Sollins for taking us through the archive!

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Posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

NONOBJECT
MIT Press, 2010
Hardcover, 240 pages, $29.95

What happens when designers think beyond the object to creative positive, unexpected design experiences? This book by Branko Lukic with text by Barry Katz offers inventive perspectives on design and engineering that help reframe and reinvent the way we think about traditional (and often mundane) objects. Branko Lukic is founder and principal of Nonobject Studio in Palo Alto, which provides design innovation solutions and strategic consulting services to established companies, nonprofit organizations, and startups worldwide. Barry Katz helped to articulate the philosophy of the Nonobject; in addition to serving on CCA's faculty he is also a consulting professor at Stanford University and a fellow at IDEO.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 by Samantha Braman

Ryan Duke (Industrial Design 2008), an independent Oakland-based industrial designer and CCA alum, won the 2010 Oakland Indie Award in the "Greenie" category this past May.

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Posted on Monday, September 13, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Congratulations to CCA Industrial Design students Erin Fong, Ryan David Francis, and Marc Levinson, all finalists among 814 participants, who were each awarded an honorable mention at the 23rd Annual Koizumi International Design Lighting Competition for Students, a significantly competitive international competition for lighting design students, whose objective it is to "promote promising youth and improve the cultural lighting situation."

Erin Fong — Quintet
Ryan David Francis — Triode Safety Light

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Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2010 by Samantha Braman

How can craft and technology influence, and cater to, evolving social needs, user demands, and civic infrastructure? This summer, students in Nick Riddle's Industrial Design course titled "Bike Building I: The Frame" set out to answer the question.

Focusing on traditional principles and techniques of bicycle frame building, Riddle led students through the process of researching, designing, crafting, and manufacturing a custom bike. According to each student's individual desire, some of the final bikes were for mountain riding, others were for road riding, and others were purely for leisure. All were conceived, designed, and assembled in just six weeks.

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Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2010 by Samantha Braman

On August 6–7, Zach Gibson, a student in CCA's Graduate Program in Design, will host Strangers, a 48-hour bookmaking project at the Levi's Workshop at 580 Valencia in San Francisco. He and 10 other Bay Area artists will gather to produce content for a book about the work they do.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Last year BusinessWeek magazine ranked alumna Caroline Lu (MFA Design 2008) among the “twenty-one people who will change business." The industry-leading magazine also distinguished California College of the Arts as one of the “world’s best design schools,” for its commitment to a cross-disciplinary curriculum that "defies inclinations and shatters silos."

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Posted on Monday, May 3, 2010 by Sarah Owens

CCA's Industrial Design seniors took on a range of contemporary health issues for the 2010 Industrial Design Senior Project. The show, [Second Opinion]/calendar/2010/second-opinion-industrial-design-exhibition), will feature these forays into the well-being of the contemporary urbanite. Eighteen graduating Industrial Design seniors will present a fresh perspective on how industrial design can aid, shelter, and disrupt your 21st-century well-being.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 by Chris Bliss

QB3 Director Regis Kelly, Jack Wadsworth, and CCA President Stephen Beal View slideshow 

It lies just across the railroad tracks from the California College of the Arts San Francisco campus, yet it seems like a world away. UCSF’s Mission Bay campus is a sprawling complex with thousands of scientists working on complex projects that are too esoteric for our community of artists, architects, designers, and writers. Or so we thought.

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Posted on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Innovation X: Why a Company's Toughest Problems Are Its Greatest Advantage
Jossey-Bass, 2010
Hardcover, 256 pages, $27.95

Adam Richardson (Industrial Design 1992), strategy director at the award-winning global innovation firm frog design, shows business leaders and managers how to accomplish truly effective innovation in today's disruptive climate. Richardson shows how business is filled with "X-problems"—tough new challenges that present massive innovation opportunities, but also risks. Combining frog design's approaches with insightful analysis of companies such as Apple, BMW, Clif Bar, Google, Maxtor, and Salesforce.com, Richardson illustrates how to envision and realize successful new business ventures, products, and services.

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