Interaction Design News

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

CCA recently launched its latest issue of Glance, our bi-annual magazine showcasing the incredible work being done at our college and by our community. This fall, the issue focused on our planned unification and expansion in San Francisco. 

Read an excerpt below. The magazine can also be found online here.

Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 by Laura Braun

A team of students from UC Berkeley and the California College of the Arts have come up with an app that'll do just that. They call it The Hub.

While they haven't rolled it out yet, they've just been named finalist in the Next Generation Mobility Challenge by Toyota and Net Impact.

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Posted on Monday, March 6, 2017 by Jim Norrena

Did you know CCA students have access to more than 600 internship and externship opportunities each year?

For some, it's a curricular requirement (e.g., Graphic Design students must complete an internship prior to graduation), while for others it's an inspired career move.

And a good one!

Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017 by Laura Kenney

February is Black History Month; to mark the occasion CCA is highlighting a few of the compelling projects created by members of our vibrant community.

From our Diversity Studies program (formerly Black Studies), founded in 1970, to our various coalitions and organizations celebrating our diverse community to our Oakland mural championing cultural change and social justice, we are immensely proud of CCA’s unique and welcoming population of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Here are just a few CCA-related artists whose work explores black history, culture, and identity.

Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Benjamin Austin

Graham PlumbView slideshow 

Interaction Design assistant professor Graham Plumb stays busy. He's been an artist, interaction designer, and creative director, producing over 250 interactive exhibits in 100 different venues.

His work has been featured in museums, children's hospitals, retail spaces, and entertainment locales, and he has been commissioned by a diverse list of clients—from Beck to Google to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Plumb has built interactive tables, digital games that play with perception, and illusionistic interfaces that combine water with light. Recently, he's been getting into projects that use nano-scaled materials to produce immersive displays, transforming magnetic oil into three-dimensional typography.

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 by Benjamin Carlson

Over the summer, CCA's Interaction Design Program hosted an intense eight-week fellowship coordinated by IDEO Futures, a branch of the global design agency that helps create new business ventures. 

CCA's renowned Hybrid Lab, a shared interdisciplinary space for making with technology, was a key to the success of this "coLAB," where participants brainstormed and developed ventures using rapid prototyping.

"When everyone walked into the space, they wanted to just start building whatever popped into their heads," says CCA Interaction Design alum Adam Lukasik (BFA 2016), one of the lucky fellows chosen from among 300 candidates, about the kids-in-a-candy-store appeal the Hybrid Lab has for makers.

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 by Laura Braun

We are sailing into new and uncharted waters, and our analog past would seem to offer little guidance to our digital future. But still, it will not go away, that “empty jingle,” that mesmerizing mantra of modernism: form follows function. What it invites — what it demands — is a renewed introspection into the relationships between ourselves and our things.

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Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016 by Jim Norrena

On Thursday, April 7, Center for Art and Public Life (CAPL) at California College of the Arts presented the spring 2016 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards, at which three juried interdisciplinary teams each were awarded a $10,000 grant to create innovative and creative solutions to social problems by collaborating with community experts and partners.

Through such grants, the awards program enables a new generation of creative innovators to develop meaningful social change. Students are challenged to apply their critical and creative problem-solving skills to make a difference locally, nationally, and internationally by developing proposals and facilitating actionable next steps.

In the spring CAPL received an unprecedented amount of grant proposals from undergraduate and graduate students across 15 different disciplines with project sites in San Francisco, Utah, India, Pakistan, China, and Columbia.


Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by Jim Norrena

CCA each year provides its undergraduate and graduate students with more than 600 internship/externship opportunities in architecture, design, fine arts, and writing.

Because the college is located among the most well-known, respected, and innovative companies and design firms, we are uniquely positioned to provide students with access to real-world industry leaders and help them build relationships as interns and develop professionally toward life-long careers.

Location = Access = Career Success

“Perhaps CCA’s most enduring contribution to our students’ professional lives as designers and artists,” explains Dean of Design Leslie Roberts, “is our deep roots into tech, design, and fine arts in the Bay Area." Roberts goes on to cite such heavyweights as Uber, Huge, Facebook, Arup, Autodesk, Google, and frog as being among the many noteworthy companies where current design students and alumni are building their careers.

Why CCA’s Bay Area location matters »

“Our industry ties allow CCA students unique access to internships coveted by peers around the world. Are other colleges and students envious of this opportunity? Of course they are!”

Roberts shared a recent email she received from a former student who had interned while in the MFA in Design program: "I've actually been thinking about CCA lately ... probably the best career move I've ever made. More than doubling my salary and moving from regular designer to lead in less than two years!"

See where CCA students have interned »

Posted on Friday, March 11, 2016 by Laura Braun

Barry Katz knows a lot about what makes a tech community thrive. Katz is a design thought leader, consulting professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, professor of Industrial and Interaction Design at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Fellow at IDEO, Inc.