Industrial Design News

Posted on Monday, April 14, 2008 by Sarah Owens

CCA alumni Christine Miller Kelly's Flux breast pump

California College of the Arts alumna Christine Miller Kelly took second place in the 2008 Dyson-IDSA Eye for Why design and engineering competition, a joint effort between Dyson, Inc. and the Industrial Designers Society of America.

The competition's goal is to challenge industrial design students to create a problem-solving domestic product that upholds Dyson's stated commitment to "intelligent, function-first design."

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Posted on Friday, March 7, 2008 by Kim Lessard

The Industrial Design Program at California College of the Arts (CCA) will host a free panel discussion on April 9, 2008, as part of the West Coast tour of Design Green Now. Design Green Now is a series of free panel discussions exploring the integration of innovative tools into the "greening" of consumer products.

According to EcoSystems, the Brooklyn-based design consultancy that organizes Design Green Now, the purpose of the series is to inspire and empower emerging designers to begin building a sustainable future. CCA was invited to participate along with the other hosting institutions because of its long-standing commitment to sustainable design education.

The panelists will include Yves Béhar (principal, fuseproject, and chair, CCA Industrial Design Program), Valerie Casey (founder, the Designers Accord), Peter Kallen (men's products design director, Nau), Sarah Louise Todd (senior design analyst, frog design), Sophia Wang Traweek (cofounder, o2-Cascadia), and Richard Whitehall (director of industrial design, Smart Design). They will share their current green projects, the challenges they face, and the tools they use to create successful, sustainable designs., one of the world's most respected and popular design communities, is on board as a media partner. Allan Chochinov, editor in chief, comments: "Core77 is thrilled to sponsor Design Green Now, which occupies a sweet spot at the intersection of education, sustainability, and innovation. The initiative will bring together professionals, students, fans, and enthusiasts, all engaged in sessions that will inspire creativity and promote positive social change."

About EcoSystems

EcoSystems' mission is to create products, systems, and services for a healthy planet. It uses innovative frameworks that engage and educate communities in collaborative developments.

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts is the largest regionally accredited, independent, nonprofit school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 20 undergraduate and eight graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts, master of fine arts, and master of business administration degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls more than 1,600 full-time students.

Design Green Now 2008 West Coast Tour Schedule

April 1 Western Washington University, Bellingham
April 4 The Art Institute, Portland, Oregon
April 9 California College of the Arts, San Francisco
April 10 TBA
April 11 California State University, Long Beach

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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

CCA is one of just four design schools that have been selected to exhibit student work at the 2008 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York in May. ICFF is one of the most prestigious design events in the world and the premier showcase for contemporary design in North America. Each year ICFF invites the world's leading design schools to participate in a competition juried by industry leaders. This year's other winners are Savannah College of Art and Design, the School of Visual Arts, and Yale University.

Both the Furniture and Industrial Design programs will be represented at the booth. The Furniture project represents the outcomes of the Bevara Design House / sponsored studio that was run by faculty member Oblio Jenkins in the fall 2007 semester. That interdisciplinary furniture studio addressed a "sustainable design for mass production" theme. 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 those designs with market potential.

CCA's Industrial Design Program coordinated two projects which will also be 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 real-world production techniques such as blow-molded glass and slip-cast ceramics.

For more information please visit ICFF's website at

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Posted on Friday, February 29, 2008 by Sarah Owens

Technology never tasted so good

Industrial Design Program senior Noah Balmer tied for second place in the 2008 International Housewares Association student design competition. Noah will receive a $1,800 cash prize, as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to Chicago, where he will present his winning design, KitchenSync, at the 2008 International Home and Housewares Show.

The show is expected to attract 60,000 visitors from more than 100 countries all focused on buying and selling the latest products at the world's largest home-goods marketplace.

KitchenSync is a durable, hand-washable, portable wi-fi device that allows the user to look up recipes via a touch screen, thereby eliminating the risk of having a computer in the kitchen, as well as preventing the loss of smudged recipes printed in water-soluble ink. Slim and easy to use, the waterproof, book-shaped device ships with a stationary dock that it magnetically attaches to and through which it charges via induction. KitchenSync can remain in its dock or placed on a counter or even kept in one's hand.

Noah attended Lewis and Clark College, then transferred to California College of the Arts to pursue his design career. Regarding his choice to attend CCA, he explains it was because of its "great teachers, future thinking, and emphasis on sustainability."

In 2006 Noah also won an International Housewares award for his design of a kitchen scale manufactured with zinc. Studying industrial design is a natural progression for Noah, who has sculpted and created objects since childhood. He believes industrial design is "psychology of form," or the study of how "a person chooses a simple, sleek object over a complex mechanical one."

Noah will further advance his design career as an intern with designer Karim Rashid in the spring.

Additional press coverage available at the International Housewares Association website.

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Posted on Friday, February 29, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

Ryan Duke of CCA's Industrial Design Program presents to Gucci

PPR French worldwide group is sponsoring a series of design studios at California College of the Arts (CCA) during the 2007–8 academic year. Students in CCA's Architecture, Industrial Design, and Graduate Design programs are examining a variety of design issues while working with representatives from three PPR brands: Gucci, Puma, and Redcats.

"We are delighted to be working with PPR," stated Stephen Beal, provost of CCA. "This partnership enriches our design curriculum considerably and provides our students with unique opportunities to interact with top international professionals."

Sponsored studio courses at CCA give students the prospect of conceptualizing design within the context of a particular brand. They also give the retail, manufacturing, and design industries access to the fresh perspectives of next-generation designers. Other recent sponsored studio collaborations at CCA have included a sustainability studio with the international design firm IDEO and a pet product studio with the Turkish design firm Gaia&Gino.

About PPR
PPR develops a portfolio of high-growth global brands. Through its general consumer brands and luxury brands, PPR generated sales of EUR 19.8 billion in 2007. The group is present in 90 countries with approximately 93,000 employees. PPR brands include Fnac, Redcats Group (La Redoute, Vertbaudet, Somewhere, Cyrillus, Daxon, Ellos, The Sportsman's Guide, The Golf Warehouse and brands of the plus-size division), Conforama, CFAO, Puma, and the luxury brands of Gucci Group (Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Yves Saint Laurent, YSL Beauté, Balenciaga, Boucheron, Sergio Rossi, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney). Explore the universe of PPR brands at

Founded in 1907, CCA offers studies in 20 undergraduate and eight graduate majors in the areas of architecture, business, curatorial practice, design, film, fine arts, and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts, master of business administration, and master of fine arts degrees.

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Posted on Friday, February 22, 2008 by Jim Norrena

On Wednesday, February 20, Bay Area news broadcaster ABC-7 (KGO) featured California College of the Arts as a contributing influence to a growing trend among local artists—creating art that reflects ecologically responsible, sustainable practices.

The broadcast segment, "The Bay Area Gives Birth to New Renaissance," is posted on its website at Local artists and professionals who embrace eco-friendly awareness discuss why this issue is relevant to today's art buyers.

According to Kim Anno, a featured CCA faculty member: "They want to see how art and design can give a glimpse of what's happening and straddle contradictions in a way that science couldn't. They want to be part of, I think, a movement of change, that provides a kind of tipping point for our culture."

Sustainability awareness is a critical component of a well-rounded curriculum for preparing students as innovators of the future. CCA offers such a focus on sustainability throughout its various design programs (industrial design, architecture, fashion, and others).

The Summer Institute in Sustainable Design (June 15–27), a two-week, hands-on opportunity that includes fieldwork and in-class lectures with instructors and innovators in sustainable design, illustrates CCA's applaudable commitment to incorporate green into its curricula.

To learn more about the Summer Institute in Sustainable Design, visit the newly launched website at

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Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007 by Kim Lessard

Flirt Phone by Seth Murray

This past fall, California College of the Arts Industrial Design students partnered with the South Korean cell phone manufacturer Pantech for a sponsored, senior studio course in which they took on the future of mobile communications. Addressing the idea of emotional networking, CCA Industrial Design Program chair Yves Béhar and instructor Noah Reinhertz worked with CCA students and their counterparts in South Korea.

The results included such designs as the Inhealth phone, which encourages exercise and uses NASA's ENose technology to track dietary needs, and the Nike+ phone, which uses social-networking technology to allow users to compete with each other during a run in real time.

At the end of the course, four students selected for their outstanding effort and designs—Gregory Davis, Kristina Lee, Seth Murray, and Cecilia Nguyen—flew to Pantech's headquarters in Seoul to present the cell phone designs on behalf of the entire class. The other students in the class included Edward Allen, Chip Beal, Cubby Golden, Tirshathah Hunter, Kenneth Ng, Nick Shen, and Henry Smith.

"This collaborative class pushed the threshold of what students at CCA can accomplish in terms of the physical realization of designs. The students reached further than the limitations of their own handcrafting skills and broke new ground in the sculptural representation of social and technological interactions," says Reinhertz.

Sponsored studio courses at CCA give students the opportunity to conceptualize product design within the context of a particular brand. They also give product manufacturers access to the fresh perspectives of next-generation designers. Recent sponsored studio collaborations have included a sustainability studio with the international design firm IDEO and a pet product studio with the Turkish design firm Gaia & Gino.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 by Hannah Eldredge

Matthew Gale, Excubo, 2006

Matthew Gale, who graduated from the Industrial Design Program in 2006, is the winner of the third annual Eye for Why student design competition, sponsored by Dyson and the Industrial Designers Society of America.

Gale won for his design of the Excubo jacket, which helps commuters comfortably sleep on various forms of public transportation. The jacket is designed with a system of cords and polystyrene foam padding that, when tightened, cause the jacket to transform into a sleeping cocoon. The collar becomes a sleeping mask, the lapels become pillows, the sides tighten around the torso to support upright posture, and the cuffs unwrap to become mittens. The Excubo (Latin for "I sleep outside") provides effective support for the body to sleep while traveling on planes, buses, subways, and other forms of transportation.

Gale was awarded $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York, where he was honored at a reception hosted by James Dyson, founder of Dyson. Gale is also now eligible to compete for the James Dyson Award, an international competition between the winners from all the national Dyson award programs, which are held in 13 countries.

Gale designed the Excubo as part of the Industrial Design 6 course, instructed by Bill Wurz and Joanne Oliver. The course is one of the final Industrial Design courses to fulfill the undergraduate program and is tied to the final presentation and Senior Show, which is open to the design community.

For more information on the CCA Industrial Design Program, see Industrial Design. For more information on Dyson, visit Dyson.

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Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

CCA student Tony Meredith was named the U.S. winner of the Translations in Tupperware global design contest, with a beautifully lit and shot photograph entitled "Tupper Rose Window," which uses multicolored and multitextured, vintage and contemporary Tupperware bowls, coasters, and tumblers to replicate a stained-glass window. He is a student in the college's Industrial Design Program.

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