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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.

Posted on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 by Chris Bliss

Undergraduate Program in Interation Design chair Dr. Kristian Simsarian (left) cofounded IDEO's Software Experiences Practice

Who will create the future mobile experience, invent the next breakthrough in gaming, change the way we listen to music, and reinvent social networks? A new breed of specialists⎯interaction designers⎯who are taking technology and human interaction to the next level.

Posted on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Alum Rommel Taylor (BArch 1999) and SFNOMA instructor [photo: Jim Norrena]

SFNOMA may sound like the newest fashionable neighborhood in San Francisco, or even a new museum, but it stands for the San Francisco Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, whose first Summer Architecture Workshop 2010, targeting middle-school students, took place on CCA’s San Francisco campus July 15–17.

Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2010 by Samantha Braman

Film festival by film festival, CCA alumnus and filmmaker Etienne Kallos (Film/Video 1997) is gaining renown on the international scene. His short films have screened at numerous festivals, including Cannes (2006), Berlin (2006), Sundance (2007), Telluride (2009), and Venice (2009). He frames much of his work around his unique perspective as a Greek from South Africa, as well as the exploration of sexuality and masculine identity.

Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2010 by Clay Walsh

Break out your digital camera for CCA’s inaugural R.A.W. (Real Artists at Work) Photo competition—the college’s newest juried student competition that awards a $100 cash prize to each winner!

Students enter the competition by submitting their digital photographs online. Each image should offer an artistic, original perspective and follow the designated theme.

This year’s theme: Life within CCA’s residence halls.
That’s right—here’s your chance to show others in the community what CCA’s on-campus residential life looks like, as well as turn fellow hall residents into stars!

Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 by Samantha Braman

You've surely heard the term "sister cities," but what does it actually mean? And here's an even tougher one: Name even one of San Francisco's sisters.

Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 by Clay Walsh

That’s right folks, the rumor’s true: It’s time again to break out your video camera and hit the streets for CCA’s R.A.W. (Real Artists at Work) Video competition.

This year’s theme: Bike Culture at CCA—as you define it!

What’s CCA’s R.A.W. Video competition? It’s the college’s annual student video competition that awards $500 cash to each juried winner of an original artistic point of view submitted in the form of a short video that depicts a designated theme.

Posted on Monday, August 23, 2010 by Jim Norrena

It's refreshing to know design does matter—and that people still matter—to such design leaders as CCA Graphic Design faculty member and alum Michael Vanderbyl (BFA Graphic Design 1968), who has gained international prominence in the design field as a practitioner, educator, critic, and advocate.

Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2010 by Jim Norrena

"Rob and Jeff showed me traditional storyboarding techniques. . . . They really work!"

The Pitch

It's a story about a recent California College of the Arts graduate who scores an internship working with his former instructor, an Academy Award–winning filmmaker. The intern makes such a strong impression he's put to the task of editing extra scenes taken from his instructor's latest feature film for its upcoming DVD release. (It should be noted the film was the opening feature at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.)

Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2010 by Samantha Braman

Sixty participants from 20 countries around the world descended on CCA's San Francisco campus from July 12 through July 21, 2010, for the Biodynamic Structures workshop. A collaboration between CCA's Architecture Program and the London-based Architectural Association (AA) Visiting School, the workshop offered enrollees the opportunity to investigate new tools, modeling techniques, and technologies of architectural design.

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