So don't miss this Thursday's "METAMORPHOSIS," when the talented artist/designers from the California College of the Arts transform the Academy (and possibly you) into something unexpected. Explore a multitude of industrial, interaction, illustration, fashion, furniture and graphic designers from CCA as they showcase an amazing, cutting-edge array of work, highlighting new technologies and innovative ideas that explore the concept of metamorphosis.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Allison Byers
Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 by Chris Bliss
New Tenure-Track Faculty
Joining the Visual Studies Program is Makeda Best, who comes to CCA from the University of Vermont. Her research focuses on the history of photography, with an emphasis on the nineteenth century.
Neeraj Bhatia is teaching in the Architecture Program. His work looks at the intersection of politics, infrastructure, and urbanism, and he has previously taught at Rice University, Cornell University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Waterloo.
The Interaction Design Program welcomes Haakon Faste, who has worked for 15 years in the fields of visual art, interaction design, and virtual reality. Most recently he was on the faculty of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
Chris Treggiari is this year’s scholar in residence at the Center for Art and Public Life. Much of his work involves collaborations, often with local nonprofits, often with mobile stages that he brings to public events.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 by Allison Byers
Students at work during the Bosch-sponsored IxD studio course Time Studio 2: Behavior Craft. [Photo: Andrew Haskin]
In fall 2012, Bosch, a multinational engineering and electronics company, sponsored the final project in CCA’s Interaction Design undergraduate Time Studio 2: Behavior Craft course. The assignment: design a domestic robot.
Students Bring Interaction Experience to Life
Specifically, students were asked to create an interaction experience for a robot who can clean, organize, or secure the home. The frilly aproned “Rosie the Robot” from the The Jetsons may come to mind, but the robots conceived by CCA students were so much more.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by Allison Byers
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 by Jim Norrena
CCA's booth at Maker Faire received two Make magazine editor's choice awards
Ever since the college was founded in 1907, making art has defined what we do at California College of the Arts -- both what we create and how we create it.
Today we have a new challenge to how we create art. The Bay Area has become a vast melting pot of innovation driven by the demands of technology-reliant and design-savvy enthusiasts.
We live in the innovation corridor -- a unique stomping grounds where the doers and makers are integrating time-honored principles of craft into the ever-changing technological landscape.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013 by Allison Byers
“At a broad level, Apple has been pretty outstanding because they led by design,” says Kristian Simsarian, chair of California College of the Arts’ undergraduate interaction design program and an IDEO fellow. “That’s really been a great credit to Steve Jobs, because he was one of the few business leaders that would actually make bold decisions, that didn’t necessarily have the quantitative backup which most business leaders want.”Read the rest
Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook
Success by Design: The Essential Business Reference for Designers
HOW books, 2012
Paperback, 297 pages, $29.99
David Sherwin (Interaction Design faculty), the author of this book, is currently a Principal Designer at frog, a global innovation firm, where he helps to guide the research, strategy and design of novel products and services for some of today's leading companies and nonprofit organizations.
He says: "Fellow designers: In your career you may have been like me: Trying to keep projects on the rails and clients happy. Digging through blogs for useful advice. Wondering if there was a better way to handle all of the demands of being a design professional and running a creative business. The wisdom contained in this book will help you become a stronger businessperson and better plan your career path as a design leader.
"This book was born from in-depth interviews with a slew of successful designers, studio directors, project managers, and client service professionals across a wide range of creative industries. It contains the business secrets I needed most when I started as a designer 16 years ago."
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Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook
Collective Action Toolkit
frog design, 2012
David Sherwin (Interaction Design faculty) is a principal designer at frog design. He and Erin Sanders (also Interaction Design faculty) are the primary creators of frog’s new Collective Action Toolkit (CAT), a package of resources and activities that enable groups of people anywhere to organize, build trust, and collaboratively create solutions for problems impacting their community. The toolkit provides a dynamic framework that integrates knowledge and action to solve challenges. Designed to harness the benefits of group action and the power of open sharing, the activities draw on each participant’s strengths and perspectives as the group works to accomplish a common goal.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Jim Norrena
To say CCA alumnus Kaii Tu (BFA Individualized Major 2012) is on the right path toward career success is probably the understatement of the year. That's because Tu, who graduated with high distinction, was recently awarded a 2012 Windgate Fellowship by UNC Asheville’s Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (CCCD).
The $15,000 fellowship, for which more than 120 universities across the United States nominate two graduating seniors with exemplary skill in craft, is one of the largest awards in art and design in the nation.
Tu graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies, but he's also one of the youngest persons to reach the level of brand manager at Procter & Gamble, his employer from 2005 to 2009 in Cincinnati, where he worked in product design, brand architecture, and business management.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 by Mitchell Schwarzer
Mitchell Schwarzer gives his introduction at the CCA faculty retreat
On February 4, 2012, the faculty at California College of the Arts gathered at the college's San Francisco campus for a retreat focused on the state of the arts across our many disciplines. In the morning, 25 short presentations offered insights into challenges and opportunities faced by practitioners and thinkers in recent times. The word aired most frequently was crisis: the crisis of the Great Recession; the crisis of Global Climate Change; the crisis of understanding and working within a discipline in our digital age.
The economic downturn has produced an economic squeeze within most of our disciplines. Art directors, as Alexis Mahrus remarks, have diminished roles in shaping an illustration. Smaller profit margins reduce the flexibility and time given over to experimentation. Branding and celebrity worship take up a larger slice of the creative pie. Some presenters, like Sue Redding of Industrial Design, see no problem in this conflation of art and business and, furthermore, dispute the notion of a crisis. Yet many presenters feel that the economic crisis is not only real but wielding dangerously asymmetrical impacts. Demand remains strong for high-end craft goods and blue-chip fine art. Some small nonprofits are struggling to survive. To Ignacio Valero of Critical Studies, the priority given over to luxury items can be attributed to the ongoing influence of classical economic policies that privilege individual decision making over collective social and natural needs. Likewise, Sandra Vivanco of Diversity Studies notes that economic inequalities have greatly worsened over the past few years, especially in the developing world. Contemporary society is forging a timeless, spaceless way of conducting business, a race for lucrative and short-term gains that concentrates investment more than ever in the hands of a few.Read the rest
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