Seventeen SJSUA/I students journeyed to Canada for a week in September to attend the 2014 Ottawa Animation Festival. There, they screened the latest animated short films from around the world and explored Canada’s capital city.
"It was so inspiring to see a variety of creative and experimental films, and it was great to be able to meet and chat with many of the filmmakers in a casual setting. There were many panels where the directors described how the films were made from start to finish,” A/I student Maaike Scherff said. “Also, the shawarma there is phenomenal.”
Photo by Olivia Asis
Nickelodeon paid a visit to the A/I program this September. Former Shrukenheadman Jeffry Mazon, now a painter at Nickelodeon, joined other Nickelodeon employees Jermaine Jose (painter), Mayumi Nose (character design), and Jonathan Soto (rigger) to give a presentation on how a CG animated TV show is run. The crew discussed the pipeline process for bringing their show "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" from concept to screen. They also shared their individual stories of how they got into the TV animation industry and advised students on how to work well in a professional environment.
"The Nickelodeon lecture was just good old-fashioned honesty!” A/I student Frank Sean Davis said. “The Nick artists had a fresh perspective on their experience working in the industry and how they broke their way in. It was incredibly helpful since they all were fairly recently employed as professionals.”
16th Annual Animation Show of Shows
Photo by Rachel Roubicek
SJSUA/I was once again proud to host Ron Diamond and his Annual Animation Show of
Shows this month. The Acme Filmworks founder presented his selection of the year’s
best animated short films from around the world. There were eleven short films, including
Disney's new short "Feast," Pixar's "Lava," and "Me and My Moulton," by Academy Award
winner Torill Kove.
"Each film from the show pushes the boundaries of all that is conventional; whether it be the constraints of digital technology, traditional media, ethics, or storytelling modes,” A/I student Bess Eng said. “There is always a film that makes me wonder ‘how’d they do that?’ Show of Shows is an event I look forward to every year.”
Putting the Art in STEM Education: Green Ninja Receives 2014 STEM Innovator Award
Photo courtesy of Green Ninja project
Congratulations to A/I Program Coordinator David Chai and the Green Ninja team for receiving the 2014 STEM Innovator Award! The national award, given by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, recognizes pioneering programs that have demonstrated innovative methods in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. The Green Ninja is one of four projects to receive the award.
A collaborative effort among SJSU faculty, staff, and students, the Green Ninja project uses a collection of humorous live-action and animated films to raise awareness of the earth’s changing climate and inspire personal action to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The $5,000 prize from the Innovator award will go toward funding the show’s second season.
SJSU faculty and staff involved with the project include Eugene Cordero ( Department of Meteorology and Climate Science), David Chai (Animation/Illustration), Babak Sarrafan (Department of Television, Radio, Film, and Theatre), and Barnaby Dallas and Nick Martinez (Spartan Film Studios). Most of the webisodes and content were created by SJSU students with input and guidance from the faculty.
“I love working on the Green Ninja Show. Being able to use my skills in animation and filmmaking to help educate, as well as to entertain, is a great feeling,” Chai said. “I know I’ve learned a lot about protecting the environment while having a good time, and I wasn’t even trying. I guess it really works!”
Thus far the project has worked with more than 100 teachers and 2,000 students. Green Ninja Show episodes have had more than a million views on YouTube and TeacherTube.
To learn more about the Green Ninja, visit https://www.facebook.com/ourgreenninja
August 22, 2014
Industrial Design student wins Student Thermoforming Competition
Jerrold Ancheta of San Jose State University took first place in Freetech Plastics Inc.'s annual Student Thermoformed Part Competition for his child-sized prosthetic arm. Read more.
June 19: 7:00–9:00 PM
SF Design Week Silicon Valley Night
Works, 265 S Market St, San José
Open to public, free admission
Seventeen SJSU advanced graphic design students developed 5 dramatic rebrand concepts for public transportation in Silicon Valley. See the design process through to comple and detailed proposals of these renamed and reimagined systems. This exhibition is presented as part of SF Design Week in collaboration with AIGA SF, the professional organization for design.
Design in Transit designers are Kendra Biggs, Brandon Boswell, Jordan Brady, Glenn Cardenas, Hoyin Chan, Kayla Clarot, Maya Ealey, Cindy Fu, Stefanie Galvan, Donghoh Han, Jonathan Heath, Michael Mirchandani, Tommy Pham, Rachel Poage, Kelsey Sutherland, Eloisa Tan, and Marya Yama.
June 14, 2014
Industrial Design student wins prestigious internship
Steffany Tran, a first year Industrial Design student, just won a prestigious internship at FluidSolids through the Material Matters: Design Lab held on June 14, 2014 during SF Design Week. Steffany competed to get accepted into the Lab and then once there, competed against 19 other students and professionals from around the Bay Area and beyond (mostly seniors, graduate students and young professionals). Her concept for an office accessory product that could be manufactured using FluidSolids materials won her the $3000 travel grant and a 5 week internship at the FluidSolids headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland in winter 2014/15.
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AIGA Enrichment Scholarship 2014 Awards
Our BFA Graphic Design student Kristina Le is awarded the AIGA Enrichment Scholarship 2014 Awards. You can see her work at www.kristinale.com.
May 23: 11:00-1:00 PM
Design Department Graduation Ceremony
Please mark your calendars! The Design Department Graduation Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 23, 2014 from 11:00-1:00 PM in Morris Daily Auditorium. Students who graduated in Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, and Spring 2014 are invited to participate. You must RSVP on the sign-up sheet in ART 120 by May 9th. This will give us ample time to include your name in the program. There is no fee to attend, but there will be a limited number of tickets per graduate. The ticket limit is yet to be determined.
The graduates should wear full regalia (cap, gown, hood, and tassel). You may rent the regalia at the Campus Bookstore. Please contact the Campus Bookstore directly to make an appointment to place your order.
Connect with us!
San José State University, Industrial Design
You are hereby invited to the San José State University, Industrial Design Junior Senior Show 2014. Come and see our work, and connect with students and faculty. Drinks and food will be served.
RSVP here and please feel free to pass this invite on to colleagues and industry professionals as you see fit.
Please also follow our updates on Twitter @SJSU_ID. The hashtag for the show is #SJSUIDxLUNAR.
April 25–May 6
DsGN 197 Senior Show
April 16: 6:00–7:30PM
Design Lecture: Boris Kochan, CEO of Kochan & Partner
Open to public, free admission
Design and Identity: The Different Faces of Type
Boris Kochan’s branding agency KOCHAN & PARTNER is engaged in many fields of typography. Amongst others KOCHAN & PARTNER founded the Munich Typoday and exhibits the TDC-Show in their venues annually since 2004. Boris Kochan himself is founder and CEO of the agency, president of the Typographic Society Munich (tgm) and board member of the German Liaison Committee of the TDC.
April 11, 2014
Dreamworks Visits SJSUAI
Photo by Olivia Asis
On Friday, April 11, DreamWorks University Relations Manager Tiffany Feeney spent the day at SJSU, reviewing portfolios, interviewing students, and giving a great presentation detailing the DreamWorks production process.
Dreamworks, the studio behind films such as How to Train your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, and most recently Mr. Peabody and Sherman, has worked with the SJSU Animation/Illustration program over the years to provide learning opportunities for A/I students. In addition to sending recruiters, Dreamworks has provided guest lecturers and helped set up Dreamcrits, distance learning sessions where A/I students have the chance to have their work reviewed by professionals.
Congratulations to SJSU's Interior Design Students who won 5 awards at the 2014 Northern California International Interior Design Association's Annual Honor Awards Ceremony.
The Winners are:
FIRST PLACE - Marissa Everling, San Jose State University
SECOND PLACE - Victoria Nazloo & Larisa Yadegari San Jose State University
THIRD PLACE - Katie Chan, San Jose State University
Honorable Mention/Merit Award - Yuen Man Szto, San Jose State University
Honorable Mention/Merit Award - Lara Martinez & Daniela Amelunge, Academy of Art University
Honorable Mention/Merit Award- Liane Chan & Kohei Nonaka, San Jose State University
This year's jury included:
Antonio Caliz with Gensler
Edwin Walters with Weske Karr Design Group
Kaz Baba with NBBJ
Who Am I?
Call to Artists
Who: Any artist or designer who has taken at least one art class at SJSU.
What: Museum and Gallery Operations Class Exhibit.
When: Submit work Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 11:00-12:00pm.
Where: Art Building 141.
Why: To express your concept of identity and personal roles in a curated exhibiton.
Details: Work of all media accepted; must be ready-to-display. No larger than 8X8X8”, 25 pounds. No more than 3 submissions per person. Artist must bring a resume and statement indicating how work addresses the theme.
Jurying will take place 4/8 from 12:00-2:30pm. Artists will need to retrieve their works between 2:45 and 3:15pm that same day. Accepted artists will bring work back on 4/24 for installation in Art 116. Exhibition dates are 4/28-5/2; opening reception is 4/29 6-7:30pm.
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April 8: 5–6pm
Design Lecture: Ash Huang, designer at Pinterest
Ash Huang is a designer at Pinterest, and is formerly of Twitter, Code and Theory, and Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design. In this evening’s presentation, Huang will weave a tale of expectations, recession, reading under the covers, and getting roasted by art directors. Come for the stories, she says, and stay for the gifs.
Unfold: The BFA Experience
DsGD 120 Exhibition Design (part 3)
The Bachelor of Fine Arts Graphic Design program is a challenging yet rewarding experience
that not many people are aware of or fully comprehend. This exhibition is meant to
help highlight the unfolding of our ups and downs of survival through the semesters
of the program. Learn and see how the BFA has helped us progress and grow over time.
Come take a look into how our story is unfolding.
Design is _________.
Reflections on design from nine BFA Graphic Design students
DsGD 120 Exhibition Design (part 2)
This exhibition seeks to highlight the diversity of SJSU’s BFA Graphic Design program while reflecting on the personal struggles and successes of individual students. The variety of different mediums offers unique perspectives on what design can be, allowing viewers the opportunity to connect with the design process and engage with pieces from new perspectives.
Insight: 9 Designers, 9 Processes
DsGD 120 Exhibition Design (part 1)
This exhibition is a chance to look inside the minds of 9 graphic design students at San José State University. Learn how we move through the process of making a design, and the designs evolve even after leaving our control. We all approach the process in a similar way, but it is our personal quirks that allow our creative minds to make it real.
Although the creative process has potential to be a rough one, it is important for people to see what is happening in our minds, because in that moment when you finish something that you love, it becomes magic.
And that's something people can relate to.
Professor Virginia San Fratello and her partner Ronald Rael, of Rael San Fratello,
have been awarded the 2014 Emerging Voices award by The Architecture League of New
Each year the League selects eight emerging practitioners through a juried, invited portfolio competition. The Emerging Voices award spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism. Being named an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League is one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture, and the program is notable for its thirty-year history of identifying and nurturing firms that go on to have influential practices.
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BFA Graphic Design Class of 2013 Thesis Presentations & Senior Portfolio Show
The event will be showcasing student work from a variety of disciplines, which include user experience, print, motion graphics, typeface, exhibition, and identity design.
Please visit sjsugd2013.com for more information.
SJSU Interior Design Students Win First Place in the NEXT NEST Design Competition
Evangeline Diao and Jennifer del Rosario, Interior Design students at SJSU, are the First Place Winners in the Design Lab Santa Fe Next Nest Student Design Competition sponsored by SITE Santa Fe and the American Association of Interior Designers (ASID). The Student's design called "The Lettuce Wrap" is for a curtain that is based on the geometries and layers found in plants such as lettuce. Their design is 3D printed and engineered to mask the hot summer sun but permit the low summer sun to enter the interior of a building. The juror's for the award were Susan Szenacy from Metropolis Magazine, Matilda McQuaid, Deputy Curatorial Director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and Jason Pilarski, Professor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Congratulations to Evangeline and Jenn!
Jennifer del Rosario and Evangeline Diao
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA
1,000.00 Award by: Sandy Zane, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
AIGA Enrichment Scholarship 2013 Awards
Our BFA Graphic Design student Yvonne Ko is awarded the AIGA Enrichment Scholarship 2013 Awards. You can see her works at www.yvonneko.com
IIDA Northern California Awards
SJSU Interior Design Students win awards at the 9th annual IIDA Northern California Awards Ceremony held at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA.
2013 EPA Awards
SJSU Interior Design students win over $100,000 in research funds from the EPA. San José State University Interior Design students are applying 3D printer technology to make sustainable building materials. Using saw dust instead of plastic, the team is making inexpensive window coverings and screens that can be tailored easily to local climates.
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P3: People Prosperity and the Planet Design Expo
SJSU Interior Design Students to participate in the P3: People Prosperity and the Planet Design Expo to be held on the National Mall in Washington DC on April 25-27. The students are researching sustainable, inexpensive, recyclable building components for use on facades and as interior elements in windows using design methods appropriate for 3D printing technology.