Industrial Design News

Posted on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 by Jim Norrena

CCA Industrial Design junior Ryan David Francis placed third in the 17th annual International Housewares Association (IHA) student design competition for his Swivel Garden Cart entry. Judged by design professionals and managers at housewares companies, their decisions are based on original product concepts, research, analysis, and clear visual and verbal presentation.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 by Jim Norrena

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From February through April 2010, the Design Revolution Road Show is bringing a lecture series and traveling exhibition of "design that empowers people" to 25 universities and high schools across the United States.

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Posted on Friday, January 29, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Patricia Moore, dressed as a woman in her 80sView slideshow 

Different is the new "normal."

Or, more precisely: There never was a normal, and different isn't new. It's taken a while for the rest of the world to realize it, but industrial designer Patricia Moore has known this for decades and has forged a career out of what is now called Universal Design.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 by Brenda Tucker

Sanjit Sethi will head ENGAGE at CCAView slideshow 

In 2010, students at California College of the Arts (CCA) will design furniture for Lighthouse Community Charter School, Oakland; help improve communications and systems for seniors at Bethany Center, San Francisco; create protective nesting modules for seabirds on Año Nuevo Island, off the Northern California coast; and work with high school students to publish an anthology of personal essays at 826 Valencia Book Project, San Francisco. These and several other projects are part of ENGAGE at CCA, an innovative initiative that will launch January 11, 2010.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 by Sarah Owens

Project Masiluleke, an at-home, saliva-based HIV-testing program, features alum Tony Meredith's award-winning design.

California College of the Arts alum Tony Meredith (BFA Industrial Design 2008), in conjunction with his team at frog design, received IDSA’s (Industrial Designers Society of America) highest honors—gold placement—in the 2009 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) competition. Meredith and his team were honored for their design work on Project Masiluleke, a groundbreaking mission that uses mobile technology to address the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and tuberculosis (TB) epidemics in South Africa.

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Posted on Monday, May 18, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

Team California, the only competitor in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon hailing from the West Coast, is out to prove that aesthetics and engineering can work together to create an amazing living space. Combining the latest developments in green technology with their own high-end craft and artisanal skills, and taking into account California’s incredible climate, the students are designing and building an 800-square-foot home that they hope will bring home first prize.

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Posted on Friday, January 23, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

Jens Hoffmann arm wrestles artist Christian Jankowski while emcee Tom Colucci looks on [photo by Pablo Iragorri]

California College of the Arts delivered a strong presence at Art Basel Miami Beach 2008 with alums, faculty, and staff both in attendance and showing their work throughout the city.

Art Basel Miami Beach, the sister event to Switzerland's Art Basel, is one of the most important international art fairs. For one week each December over 40,000 attendees, including more than 250 leading galleries from around the world (presenting work by more than 2,000 artists) descend on Miami.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Student-designed lampshades will be auctioned at the gala
(photo by Zakary Zide)

Heads turned Wednesday, September 17, 2008, when Gump's—a purveyor of fine arts and crafts—hosted an over-the-top arts benefit: Made in the Shade. The gala paved the way for Gump's to give back to artists, with proceeds benefiting CCA in the form of an endowed scholarship.

Made in the Shade featured a silent auction where attendees could bid on custom-designed lampshades. While that in and of itself is a glowing idea, it gets brighter: several of the lampshades were designed by CCA students. Yet what's absolutely brilliant is that in order to illuminate the designs, models wore the one-of-kind lampshades atop their heads while on the catwalk! (Yes, it takes . . . gumption to pull off the old lampshade-on-the-head routine!)

Even if you didn't make the gala, you can continue to bid on 10 lampshades by visiting Clothes Off Your Back, but only until Friday, September 26. Don't miss your chance to wear a custom-designed lampshade on your head (or not) and help support the CCA scholarship that Gump's has so generously extended.

Several of the CCA participants were on hand mixing and mingling with supporters and answering questions about their designs.

Made in the Shade was an illuminating and inspired evening of high fashion (literally!) where once again those who wore the lampshades on their heads were the life of the party. The benefit gala was all in the name of art—only at this gala the familiar name was Gump's.

Event details:

Gump's San Francisco at 135 Post Street
Event starts at 6 p.m. (with cocktails & hors d'oeuvres)
Silent auction begins (ends at 9 p.m.)
Fashion show and live auction begin at 8 p.m.
Cost: $100 per ticket

For questions, please call Carmen Roberson at 415.984.9297.

CCA Participants

Kim Anno, Curtis Arima, Kelly Ball, David Cole, Jack da Silva, Marilyn da Silva, John de Fazio, Mark Eanes, Sally Elesby, Tony Esola, Chris Finley, Linda Geary, Camellia George, James Gobel, Katie Lewis, Deborah Lozier, Nathan Lynch, Nate Mahoney, Kari Marboe, KC Rosenberg, Marta Salas-Porras, Bryan Keith Thomas, Mariana Tocornal, Chano Uribe, Alison Yates, Zakary Zide, John Zurier

Remember, ask not what your lampshade can do for you, but rather what you can do with your lampshade.

—Anonymous

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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

Nick DeMarco's XS Chair is called out in the New York Times

CCA stole the show with innovative furniture as one of four design schools selected to exhibit work at the 2008 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York this past May.

With over 25,000 attendees, ICFF is one of the world's most prestigious design events and the premier showcase for contemporary design in North America.

Each year ICFF invites the world's leading design schools to participate in an industry leader–juried competition. This year's other selected design schools were Savannah College of Art and Design, the School of Visual Arts, and Yale University.

Nick DeMarco's XS Chair received special attention in the New York Times (also pictured in several links below).

The New York Times, I.D. magazine, Inhabitat, treehugger.com, and Home Furnishing News magazine, and other established media sources covered the 2008 ICFF.

Both the Furniture and Industrial Design programs were presented at the CCA booth. The Furniture project represented the outcomes of the Bevara Design House / Walmart.com–sponsored studio that was run by faculty member Oblio Jenkins in the fall 2007 semester. That interdisciplinary furniture studio addressed the theme "sustainable design for mass production."

After researching the complex issues associated with sustainability and the wide range of locally available production technologies, students worked with Bevara Design House and Wal-Mart to develop relevant designs with market potential.

CCA's Industrial Design Program coordinated two projects, which also were featured at the booth: Glass+, a collaboration with the Glass Program, and the Kitchen Sink, a joint effort with the Ceramics Program.

The students worked individually and in teams to design and develop a wide range of products for the home, from cocktail sets to kitchen sinks, using such real-world production techniques as blow-molded glass and slip-cast ceramics.

For more information, visit ICFF online.

Related links:

The New York Times
I.D. magazine
Inhabitat
Treehugger.com
Home Furnishing News magazine

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Posted on Friday, August 8, 2008 by Sarah Owens

Industrial Design student Gabriel Lam received the ISDA Western District Student Merit Award for his Miranda project, which protects officers, as well as protesters, during volatile demonstrations.

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) partnered with BusinessWeek to copresent the 2008 International Design in Excellence Awards (IDEAs), the most distinguished award in the field, at which CCA's Industrial Design Program emerged an industrial-sized winner.

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