As we searched for the right image to feature on this month’s cover—something timely, and unusually provocative, smart, and beautiful—we realized that all our descriptors still apply, but that “beauty” has become an elusive ideal. Design’s expressions—product design in this case, but we may as well be talking about design at every scale—have become more complex than the foreground objects we celebrated in the last century.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by Jim Norrena
Posted at Core77.com February 14, 2012: "We like San Francisco-based furniture designer Andrew Perkins's take on sustainability: 'Sustainable design is foremost about the quality and emotional longevity of the object,' he writes. '[I know] that if the idea isn't present then the object will not persist.'"
Who Is Furniture Alumnus Andrew Perkins?Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 by Allison Byers
On a tiny, windswept island off the San Mateo County coast, a team of scientists and art designers has engineered a creative solution to give mating seabirds a boost: ceramic "love shacks."
These handcrafted underground nests are one piece of the Año Nuevo Island Restoration Project, a unique collaboration between scientists and artists that hopes to reverse some of the human damage done to the island since the 1800s.
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012 by Jim Norrena
Sustainable materials and design processes are weaved into the Fashion Design curriculum. [photo: Jim Norrena]
Source4Style, an online marketplace for trendsetting designers who seek cutting-edge materials for their design needs, called out CCA's Fashion Design Program as an innovative leader in the sustainability movement, ranking the college's design program fourth in its "Top 10 Sustainable Design Universities" December post!Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 by Allison Byers
CAREERS AND EDUCATION: Innovative degree programs for Bay Area changemakers
According to the Princeton Review, that bicep-straining tome of college rankings responsible for many a young adult's breakdown, most of the perennially popular majors (psychology, economics, communications, political science) are still alive and kicking. But plenty of alternative, even radical fields of study are blossoming that meld academic inquiry with tangible work towards change.
Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 by Jim Norrena
In the landmark exhibition Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices, and Architectural Interventions new work by Architecture associate professor David Gissen and Architecture visiting faculty members Mason White and Lola Sheppard (333: Architecture Summer Studio) is currently on display through February 18 at the Center for Art and Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Architecture student Vonnie Bower [photo: Brant Ward, The Chronicle]
Architecture student Vonnie Bower was recently featured in a San Francisco Chronicle article (“Welder gets her chance of a lifetime on Bay Bridge,” by Edward Guthman) that highlighted the experienced welder and pile driver for her work in the rebuilding of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge, a dream-come-true opportunity for countless persons -- male and female alike – in and out of the construction industry.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2011 by Samantha Braman
Delphi Digital Optics, designed by Lucas Ainsworth
What do Delphi Optics (special wilderness goggles that use satellite info to provide specific information about your surroundings), Jungle Walkers (100 percent sustainable cardboard puzzle animals), and the Snowkite (a kite that pulls you across snowy slopes) all have in common? They're all the brainchildren of alumnus Lucas Ainsworth (Industrial Design 2010), and they're all in one way or another expressions of Ainsworth's passion for the outdoors.
Before he came to CCA's Industrial Design Program, Ainsworth studied environmental science at UC Davis. "I always intrinsically loved design, but I was never exposed to it growing up. I thought products were designed by mechanical engineers. Then, during my time at UC Davis I was a whitewater guide in their outdoor program on weekends. The guy who runs the program was a designer at Black Diamond, and he used to tell stories about designing and testing outdoor gear. After graduating and working for a few years, I called him up and asked what it takes to be a designer at Black Diamond. He introduced me to the field of industrial design and said, basically, 'Your only chance is to get into a top-notch design school and rock it.'"
While at CCA, Ainsworth developed and marketed all kinds of products, from toys to high-end electronic devices. It was in Jay Baldwin's Industrial Design 1 class that he conceived the Jungle Walker, an environmentally conscious toy elephant made of cardboard that, when assembled, walks and moves its head with surprising realism.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, December 5, 2011 by Allison Byers
Yves Béhar founded and manages the California-based design firm fuseproject. The company, which has a team of around forty people, received the INDEX award for their innovative approach to socially-responsible design in "See Better to Learn Better," an initiative that provides free customizable eyeglasses to needy students in Mexico.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, December 2, 2011 by Allison Byers