Tag Archives: industrial

Drawing Machine Exhibition / CCA Hubble Street Gallery

The Exhibition Drawing Machines, is a result of a course taught by Colin Owen and Martin Venezky and features the work of MFA Design Students: Ashley Adams, Sophie Feller, Yisha Dai, Buge Jiang, Kate Moore, Bo Peng, Rob   Exhibition Synopsis   This exhibition investigates assistive and autonomous tools for art making. These “drawing machines,” created by MFA […]

Course: Drawing Machines / Year One Topic Studio

In this course students will create, analyze, and deploy assistive and autonomous tools for art making. Discourse will focus on the collaborative, augmentative, and translational nature of the tool/hand relationship. Built processes will veer between disciplined refinement and wild chaos. Bashing, hacking, disrupting, and refining will push both discourse and content into elegant working objects […]

Course: Wild Hybrids / Year One Topic Studio

Breathing Project Inspired by Scuba diving devices, I designed a set of three objects which will serve human to live better in an air polluted environment, such as China.Nevertheless, the weirdness of the object behaviors will trigger the awareness that human should breath fresh air freely and healthily.   1. THE 3RD LUNG MASK-Evolution of outside lung […]

Course: Wild Hybrids / Year One Topic Studio

This project began by choosing a specific “explorer” and deeply understanding one daily routine in the explorer’s life. The final project was to design a tool that related to a routine of that explorer. I picked Onnagata as my explorer and tried to understand their makeup. The Onnagata is a special Kabuki actor that only […]

Tim Parsons Speculative Design Workshop

Workshop description: How design can help communicate issues of climate change? Students will learn about the emerging approaches of critical and speculative design and understand how object design, storytelling and scenario-building contribute to the creation of compelling design fictions that help the public re-think important issues of our time. Building on the recent Future Climate […]

CCA MFA Design Presents Tim Parsons (Parsons & Charlesworth)

Tim Parsons is a designer, design writer and Associate Professor in Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A graduate of the Masters program in Design Products at London’s Royal College of Art, he has gone on to teach product design for fifteen years at universities in Britain and America. Tim […]

Course: ID Studio / Year Zero

Structured Ashtray For this project, I was assigned a word and an object, with the task of designing the object based on a language derived from the word. My word and object was “Structured Ashtray.” I chose to define “structured” in reference to the highly organized, efficient, and logical organization of time and movement. With this […]

Course: Light Studio / Year One Topic Studio

Light Studio will center on the ethereal and physical character of light, as a source of inspiration and provocation. Light(ing) is one of the basic constituents of our built environment. The last fifteen years has witnessed a radical shift in how we consider light, primarily because of new technologies for the creation and simulation of “pervasive […]

Course: Year One / Form Studio

Form Studio offers students a strong foundation in the making, assessing, and critiquing of visual materials and begins a discussion that will reverberate through the rest of their studies. Students learn the use and structure of materials and media, and the development of a rigorous and disciplined process through which they can create and analyze […]

MFA Design Lecture: Monica Martinez

Biography: Monica Martinez is an artist, educator and entrepreneur whose creative work explores ideas about food production and economics. In 2011 she launched Don Bugito, the first startup food business in the country with a full menu based on edible insects, and placing her at the forefront of the sustainable foods movement. Monica is a […]

Course: Year One Topic Studio

Visual Braille Type – Senses, Sound Experience When individuals lose their sight, they unconsciously develop their touch and hearing senses in order to replace the missed abilities. However, for one who has five sense completeness, how does audition and touch differ from vision? The “Visual Braille” is designed by combining two senses, sight and touch. All […]

Rapid Craft #2: Making A Chair Really Fast, or . . .

Results from CCA Grad Design’s RAPID CRAFT #2 (AKA Skillshare Fridays) on February 20th, organized by Rafi Ajl. Titled: Making A Chair Really Fast, or an exercise in quick decision making and following an idea through to the end The program will provide each participant with three (3) 8′ foot 2″x4″ pieces of standard construction […]

Mission

MFA Design is an open site for the investigation of contemporary design practice. Built on a firm foundation of technical skills, pushing the limits of cutting-edge tools and technologies alongside traditional craft-based techniques, MFA Design students work to reimagine the methods, modes, and meanings of design in contemporary culture. Whether intended to be commercial, civically […]

Current Students

Year Two Ashley Adams Rasha Alamoudi Emil Alex Xuefei Bai William Bottini Dashiell Corvin-Brittin Yisha Dai Tian Fei Sophie Feller Peixin Fu Sanchit Gupta Nicholas Hansen Hongru Hou Shuo-Ling Huang Jitpanan Jaturuntawanichya Hee Min Jee Buge Jiang Kyu Hee Keogh Lingjiang Lai Aaron Levine Li Lin Katelyn Moore Bo Peng Veena Ramachandran Hanzi Shao Robert Sieg […]

Faculty

Ryan Alexiev JD Beltran Philip Benn Matthew Boyko Mark Brest Van Kempen Sarah Brooks Sara Dean Gustavo Fricke Guillermo Galindo Shiraz Gallab Maria Giudice Lynda Grose Christopher Hamamoto Sasha Harris-Cronin Christopher Ireland Corey Jones Wendy Ju Christopher Kallmyer Geoff Kaplan David Kasprzak Barry Katz Stuart Kendall Francis Li Megan Lynch Brett MacFadden Emily McVarish Mary […]

A Range of Indeterminate Results: MFA Thesis Show 2015

The Graduate Program in Design is proud to present the 2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition: A Range of Indeterminate Results. The exhibition will feature individual and collaborative works of graphic, interaction, and industrial design from more than 40 degree candidates who have completed CCA’s prestigious transdisciplinary graduate curriculum. Curatorial StatementWe are shaped by the spaces and […]

Endless Constructions / MFA Thesis 2015

Rules, habits and definitions arise from agreements that humans have made to construct a reality that we can all understand. These parameters create order within ourselves and our environment, allowing this world to function. However, I wonder whether an excess of automated behavior restricts our ability to experiment with new ways of making and delight […]

Ecological Imagination / MFA Thesis, 2015

Cristina Gaitán’s thesis focuses on enabling a sense of ecological imagination in the urban population of San Francisco. She examines water systems as a typology of natural systems, seeking to make massive scales and systems legible at human scale. The body of work is a collection of discrete performative objects, deployed as interventions into public […]

Understanding Our Relationship With Water / MFA Thesis 2015

  With California facing a severe drought, the way we consume and waste our water is becoming an increasingly important issue that must be addressed both individually and collectively. Yet, information regarding such environmental concerns tends to be presented in forms that are abstract, overwhelming, and easily dismissed as ‘someone else’s problem.’ The goal for […]

Hear Here / MFA Design Thesis 2015

Hear Here is about the use of sound as an effective medium of communication to improve intimacy and longevity of long-distance relationships.Initial field research determined that the use of environmental sound as an alternative means of communicating, in real time, what is occurring in the respective lives of each person in a relationship enables a […]

Instruments of Harmony / MFA Thesis, 2015

The Instruments of Harmony are digital instruments, constrained by specific parameters and a specific intent. The parameters: (1)The instrument should be for two or more people to play together. (2)The instrument should be controlled by gesture only, without traditional digital music controls like knobs and buttons. (3)The instrument should play digital sounds. The intent: To […]

MFA Design Lecture: materious / Bruce Tharp

Lecture Synopsis: Bruce will be discussing the topic of discursive design—when designers use the product-form as a means to communicate substantive ideas in hopes of inspiring reflection and debate, allowing design to participate more broadly in culture. While this mode of design has historically been located outside of industry and commerce, it is now being […]

Satellites / MFA Thesis, 2014

Processes, Recipes, Laws, Operations, Techniques, Titles, Teachings, Prescriptions, Modus operandi, Equations, Programs, Haiku, Philosophy, Paradoxes, Requests, Puzzles, Principles, Proposals for actions, Methods, Invitations to participate, Restrictions, Poetry, Proverbs, Pure concepts, Training, Coaching, Lessons, Constraints, Restrictions, Abstractions, Rituals, Mechanisms, Conditions, Protocols Instructions, Scores, Algorithms etc. explores using process-based systems, algorithms, and instructions to generate discursive images […]

Notable Alumni

Nazgol Ansarinia (2003) Edward Blake (2013) Maggie Fost (2004) Zach Gibson (2011) Matt Johnson & Chris Yamane (2014) Wioleta Kaminska (2014) Kristin Neidlinger (2010) Melissa Martin (2009) Heidi Meredith & Renee Walker (2011) Nazanin Oveisi (2011) Jennifer Sonderby (2002) Joel Stillman (2009) Rosanna Yau (2010)