The Zoo Labs in the San Francisco Chronicle

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What if bands could grow with the same tools and tricks as tech companies? 
That's the idea behind Zoo Labs Music Residency, co-founded by DMBA Cohort 1 alumni Anna Acquistapace and Vinitha Watson that was on the cover of the business session in the San Francisco Chronicle last week.  

The initiative uses the start up spirit on an incubator for musicians providing an entrepreneurial atmosphere for artists. According to Watson "Musicians are entrepreneurs, and the more we can bring tools from the tech entrepreneur world to them, the more they can do." 

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Next Wednesday May 5th is the Senior Show for Industrial Design and it will be held at Chronicle Books from 5:30 to 8:30. The projects are focused on contemporary health issues: come see the work and meet the designers in a social, celebratory setting!

Sunny Memories at CCA's Wattis Institute

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CCA is the most recent host of "Sunny Memories", an exhibition of student work from four schools (ECAL in Switzerland, ENSCI in France, RCA in London, and CCA in the US) that take on a new flexible, dye-based solar cell. The show presents this solar technology in fresh and inventive contexts, since it is a thin material that can produced in a range of colors.

Listen to two CCA students, Daniel Castro and Diana Chen, speak about their projects in the exhibition:
 

And here are some photos from the opening last Thursday:

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Read more at Core 77.
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Post - IDSA Student Mixer

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The IDSA Student Mixer was a success! Students, teachers, and professionals from Bay Area design programs and companies came together over food, drink, and student portfolios. It was a great chance to see what everyone is producing, and to think beyond school (while still at school!).

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CCA's nave, complete with students, reviewers, and a display of student work.

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Ritual Coffee was present, serving individually brewed cups of coffee!

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Salima (CCA) and Allan (IDSA)

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Portfolio reviews in session.

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CCA students Haley and Ryan.

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CCA students Janet and Brendan inspecting the student exhibition.

We look forward to next year's mixer!

(photos: Maria Pitallano)
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Tonight's the night: IDSA Student Mixer

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Come to CCA tonight to eat, drink, show your work, and meet other students and professionals (and compare shoes)! Designed to bring together and showcase the student work from the entire Bay Area, there will be an joint exhibition, portfolio review sessions, and time for mingling. Ritual Roasters will be serving up coffee, and then we will have Dim Sum.

Stop by and see what the young ones are up to!


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Reflections on the EG: Sam Freeman

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The Entertainment Gathering is a small annual conference in Monterey that brings together interesting people from a broad range of fields to speak about/perform/present "current and future ideas about entertainment". Astronauts, photographers, designers, magicians, musicians, scientists, poets, pokerplayers, YouTube stars, and more come together and find the connections between their respective concerns. This January, a small group of CCA students and teachers were given the opportunity to participate in this exciting event. Below, CCA-ID student and EG attendee Sam Freeman offers some insights on the experience.


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If you go to EG, I highly recommend wearing goggles.  Not so much because of the risk of splash on the first two rows (there isn't any), but because they make an excellent conversation piece.  And the whole point of going isn't just so that you can hear amazing people talk about their amazing adventures and amazing stuff they've done, which is nice, but the beautiful thing is that you get to have lunch with all these people in between speeches.


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It'd be enough to see photos from the white house during the last several administrations stream out of a projector while the photographer has a casual interview on stage.  David Hume Kennerly won a Pulitzer at 25, he really hasn't stopped making excellent work, so he managed to be pretty inspiring.

Afterward he was talking to a few jugglers.  Hearing him chat about taking photos during their act and that "only an idiot could've missed the shot," you can't help but think he might have been understating things a bit.  But when someone who's shot so much is casually speaking about his work to performers who put on an amazing show and recognized the obscure musician you mentioned earlier, then an astronaut comes up and complements your goggles, you know you're somewhere special, and that you just might've worn the right thing.



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Reflections on the EG: Rosalie Wild

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The Entertainment Gathering is a small annual conference in Monterey that brings together interesting people from a broad range of fields to speak about/perform/present "current and future ideas about entertainment". Astronauts, photographers, designers, magicians, musicians, scientists, poets, pokerplayers, YouTube stars, and more come together and find the connections between their respective concerns. This January, a small group of CCA students and teachers were given the opportunity to participate in this exciting event. Below, CCA-ID student and EG attendee Rosalie Wild offers some insights on the experience.

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I am still amazed by the EG. How special to gather all these people (even if most of them already know each other) in such an enlightening and inspiring way? It was a who's who of NEW (and OLD)...that is (sort of) open to the world, but without losing a feeling of intimacy. There was a great sense of "play" to the whole weekend in terms of joke-telling, activities, entertainment, magic, and goofiness -  sense of even-if-I'm-extremely-high-profile, I'll-embarass-myself-willingly. The EG has a lovely inclusive feel, and is generous about inviting students as well as inviting each speaker to bring companions. I think the "family" vibe is at the core of this conference's success.


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One of my favorite presenters was Garrett Brown, who invented the Steadicam (along with many other camera-related devices). He had the most simple, "19th century mechanical" solutions to camera motion issues, and seeing the results and their deceivingly high-tech look was surprising. I hadn't really considered the importance of the moving camera in terms of filmmaking. It's like a model versus a drawing (in terms of a designer's toolbox): seeing (and feeling) multiples sides makes the idea or image more convincing to us all. Garrett Brown showed how "explaining dimensionality" gives us an "opportunity to see beauty in common events".


Check out this interview with Garrett Brown to hear more about his work.


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CCA ID student Ryan Francis attended and presented his award-winning Swivel Gardening Cart at the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago this March. Check out his project and account of the experience below.


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So my trip out to Chicago to show my Swivel Gardening Cart and accept my design award was pretty nice indeed.  The IHA flew me out to Chicago and put me up in a hotel for the duration of the International Housewares Association Exhibition.  The exhibition was at the McCormick Convention Center which is a huge venue for conferences in Chicago.  It was estimated that over 60,000 people attended the exhibition, which meant that my verbal presentation was dialed in after the first several hours of the show.  I had the opportunity to show and describe my Swivel Gardening Cart to all sorts of folks in the industry.  I was super excited about building a scaled-down works-like and looks-like model that went over extremely well.  A lot of people asked how much it cost to 3D print the model and were blown away when I informed them that my model was hand-crafted.  Many days of sanding led to the final form of the scale model.  Over all, this project was really great to see through and to work through the process. 

 

One of the best parts about this competition was meeting the other student design winners and talking to them about their own design work and their current projects.  I had the opportunity to meet some really talented folks.  Placing in this contest was really exciting and the amount that I learned from the exhibition alone was a worthwhile venture.


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Reflections on the EG: Nuri Kim

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The Entertainment Gathering is a small annual conference in Monterey that brings together interesting people from a broad range of fields to speak about/perform/present "current and future ideas about entertainment". Astronauts, photographers, designers, magicians, musicians, scientists, poets, pokerplayers, YouTube stars, and more come together and find the connections between their respective concerns. This January, a small group of CCA students and teachers were given the opportunity to participate in this exciting event. Below, CCA-ID student and EG attendee Nuri Kim offers some insights on the experience.

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How Nicholas Negroponte finds.

was in the audience, so was Nicholas Negroponte. He is widely known as the founder of MIT's Media Lab, and also known as the founder of the One Laptop per Child Association, a U.S. non-profit organization set up to oversee the creation of an affordable educational device for use in the developing world.

Using some spare time between speakers, Nicholas came up to the stage and gave us a brief notice about how the laptop OX can help Haiti. The laptop OX was made for little kids in wild environment, which means it hardly breaks. So the durability of this laptop works in a wild place like Haiti, too. This reminded me of 'universal design' in terms of material. Materials that work for people with more limitations can benefit people in special settings as well as people in normal settings, in the end helping a diverse range of people. Also, it was very interesting to see how he could find a solution for a need with his existing product. I thought that was a great example of finding a niche market with an existing product.

 

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Briefly about how I got on stage.


I was amazed by the new definition of entertainment at this conference, which I concluded as exploring and learning new parts of the world. On the last day of the conference, I decided to be more energetic to enjoy the conference, so I chose to sit in the first row. Fortunately, a magician asked me to help him out on stage. Being a non-native, I was a little worried that he would say something that I didn't understand. Obviously, there was no reason to fear an entertainment, and now I have this splendid picture.

by Charlie Sheldon

For the last 2 years I've chaired the Industrial Designers Society of America's Bay Area Chapter. We have been focused on pushing the design community towards sustainable practices and after a number of educational events, we decided to put together a competition. We partnered with the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) and the Interaction Designers Association (IxDA) to create 'Digging Deeper, Building Blocks for Sustainable Design - A multi-disciplinary design competition addressing real urban needs around health, food and urban agriculture. We had another key partner who grounded those needs in facts and deep understanding - the Greening Director for the Mayor's Office of San Francisco. It was a great success thanks to many IDSA, AIGA and IxDA volunteers. 

The first pay off is some good press for the design community in partnership with the City - see links below - and the second was and is the potential for some of these solutions to become widespread reality.

Please go on to the 
Digging Deeper website and vote in the peoples choice award. There are 21 finalists and we want to hear from the public. 
The voting will stay open until April 7 2010 and look out for a great celebration with a great sampling of City politicians, community organizers and designers for the awards ceremony at Temple SF  - you heard it here first on the CCA ID blog. 

Here is some footage from yesterday when the Mayor thanked the design community for bringing creative solutions to the City and breaks ground on a new urban farm plot near civic center. (Don't miss minute 14 where things get interesting!!!)

Below is more on yesterdays Mayoral announcement - A big splash for non-traditional partnerships and creative thinking about City health.