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Katia Vega, assistant professor of design, is part of the team whose project, The Dermal Abyss: When Tattoos meet Biotechnology, is among the finalists for an Interactive Innovation Award. Nominated in the Scifi No Longer category, Vega collaborated with team members from MIT Media Lab and Harvard Medical School.
The winner will be announced at the SXSW Conference in Austin, TX, on March 13.
A UC Davis design student team was selected as one of six national finalists in the SOFA Chicago CONNECT Competition in November 2017. UC Davis was the only California school among the prestigious design program finalists.
The UC Davis design team consisted of Victoria Chau, Sierra Kennedy, Jessica Jade Lam and Sandra Bae.
Susan Taber Avila, professor of design, has made invaluable contributions to a new book series on fiber art. “Artistry in Fiber” by Anna Lee and E. Ashley Rooney is a three-book series which includes a volume titled “Wearable Art” featuring a foreward by Avila. In addition, examples of Avila’s work appear in all three books.
Brett Snyder, associate professor of design, and Beth Ferguson, assistant professor of design, are part of a group selected for a year-long project bringing together local residents, public officials and experts to develop projects to strengthen resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes.
A fascinating exploration of the creative relationship between people and insects, “It’s Bugged: Insects’ Role in Design” is a vibrant art and design installation which opens at the UC Davis Design Museum on Jan. 8. The exhibition runs through April 22.
While at UC Davis, Christina Johnson learned the university’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. As a proud Aggie, Johnson has developed a business Upcycle It Now, which has encompasses that theory.
While majoring in Design it was at UC Davis that Christina took her first class in sustainability with Ann Savageau. From then on she knew sustainable design was her calling, so she is proud to circle back and be able to upcycle a piece of her campus she holds in such high regard.
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