Industrial Design News

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, Richardson illustrates how to envision and realize successful new business ventures, products, and services.

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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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