Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 by Simon Hodgson
Trevor Mantkus in his studio
When he's not at work at General Motors as an automotive sculptor, he spends his spare time drawing, making paintings on commission, designing tattoos, and customizing a 1978 Corvette Stingray. He also customizes superfast motorbikes -- a YouTube video shows him pulling a (don't try this at home) freeway wheelie on a retooled Suzuki streetfighter with an estimated top speed north of 180 mph. His motorcycle designs have been featured in Hot Bike and Sport Bike magazines.
Shortly after being hired at GM he rushed to sign up for classes in digital modeling. "I wanted to be a candidate to do whatever the company needed. Now I move back and forth between digital and clay. There's benefits to both media. Although, obviously, I was a ceramics major, so I like working with my hands, getting dirty, and seeing something come to life in three dimensions."
The seeds of Mantkus's success were sown at CCA. "I've always been into cars, and in the Ceramics Program, I made a motorcycle. In 2007 my professors Nathan Lynch and Arthur Gonzalez came to me with the application for a summer internship at General Motors. They saw this as a good path for me even before I realized it. I knew cars were sculpted out of clay, but I had no idea what was really involved. Thousands of art students from across the country, mostly industrial and automotive design students, applied for 18 internships, and I got in. It was an amazing opportunity to work, to learn, and also to make contacts. One of the guys I met there had an automotive design degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, another was a digital designer from Howard University. It was one of these contacts I made back in 2007 who tipped me off about GM hiring in 2010. I got this job because of that internship."Read the rest
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook
The MIT Press, 2010
Hardcover / iPad app, 207 pages, $29.95/$24.99
What happens when we think beyond the object, beyond the business plan, beyond what we think we know about design? In this book that is also an iPad app, coauthors Barry Katz (Industrial Design faculty) and Branko Lukic take us on a tour of the charged spaces between people and the objects they use, the mysteries of this immaterial reality. View a series of explorations of objects from the future, derived from as-yet-undiscovered materials, imagined manufacturing processes, and invented rules. Product design meets philosophy, poetry, and the theater of the imagination.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by Jim Norrena
The 2011 Annual Fashion Show has come and gone. Get all the highlights, plus an interview with Fashion Design chair Amy Williams
The Annual Fashion Show 2011 at California College of the Arts, the capstone experience for Fashion Design seniors, unfolded Friday, May 13, with all the characteristic grandstand presentation the college and its community have come to expect. And once again, with 800 persons in attendance, the shindig was completely sold out!
Watch the slideshow » (Select "show info" in the upper right-hand corner to see the name of the designer.)Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 by Marion Anthonisen
Those of you with the cold-weather tolerance for snow sports have a couple options when headed to well-maintained slopes: You can choose equipment that’s easy to use; or go with gear that requires training.
Both options boast equal safety levels. The bummer is for boarders who want to explore untended backcountry powder, but don’t want to invest time and money in complicated training-required gear. There’s no option that’s both easy and safe.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Happy Earth Day, CCA!
California College of the Arts is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review, an education service that helps students select and apply to colleges.
CCA's inclusion in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition reinforces the college's reputation as an exemplary institution of higher education committed to sustainability.
The Guide to 311 Green Colleges, the first and only free comprehensive college guidebook to focus solely on high-ranking U.S. colleges and universities, showcases outstanding commitments to environmental sustainability in and out of the classroom (e.g., environmentally related practices, policies, and academic offerings). The 220-page guide contains profiles of 308 institutions of higher education in the United States and three in Canada, all of which demonstrate a significant commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, April 11, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Industry guest Christine Marcellino (Alite Designs) reviews prototypes and form studies by student Haley Toelle
Ask not what your function can do for your fashion, but rather what can your fashion can do for your function. — Anonymous
Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Best of Both Worlds
“Form over function” has taken on a whole new meaning for the students who completed last fall’s undergraduate “Fashioning Functional Gear” course. The interdisciplinary studio united the Fashion Design and Industrial Design programs in eco-conscious investigation and technological innovation.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Note: This page showcases the wide selection of end-of-year events CCA hosted in 2011. Events listed here are for illustrative purposes only; all events have passed.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 by Samantha Braman
Community Partner Organization: Bethany Center Senior Housing, San Francisco
CCA Faculty Leaders: Rachel Robinette and Charlie Sheldon, Design
Goal: Define pragmatic, cost-effective design solutions that benefit elder residents and administrators at Bethany Center
Bethany Center is a progressive, publicly subsidized, low-income, 133-unit elder living facility in San Francisco's Mission District. Its population is incredibly diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, language, and the residents' personal histories. It also has a specific policy of encouraging and welcoming the arts, which made it an obvious ENGAGE match for faculty leaders Rachel Robinette and Charlie Sheldon.
"The Bethany Center was really excited to get a fresh take on its problems -- which are mostly centered on communications, residential life, and community engagement -- from a design perspective," says Sheldon.Read the rest
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!Read the rest