Based on a yearlong reporting project by Capital Public Radio and
developed in collaboration with the California Museum in
Sacramento, ”Passion and Perseverance: A Year at Encina”
explores how the school reflects California’s shifting
demographics, education policies, and residential segregation.
Through photographs, videos, Instagram posts, and school
artifacts, the exhibition challenges the narrative of low-income
schools by highlighting the work of tireless teachers and staff
who create a safe and supportive campus culture.
Two graduates of UC Davis Design, Kat Fukuii and Maggie Yee,
visited DES 157-001, Intermediate Interactive, to talk about
their lives and work post college. Kat, a designer at Github in
San Francisco, inspired students with her talk about design
empowerment through code and teamwork. Maggie, a designer at Open
Table in San Francisco, summarized her experiences with
successful job hunting using projects started in DES 157.
Beth Ferguson, assistant professor of design, has won
an Austin Green Award for the creation of a solar charging
station in the city of Austin. Ferguson’s firm Sol Design Lab was the driving
force of the project.
The completed project, Electric
Drive: The Future of Renewable Energy Mobility, is located on
West 2nd Street in Austin.
Design innovation in the Product Design Lab recently found
students re-purposing recycled campus street signs into
furniture. Under the guidance of Beth Ferguson, assistant
professor of design, the students in the new course, DES165
Studio Practices in Industrial Design, created tables, chairs,
lighting fixtures and bike racks out of the discarded
Damon Rich, an urban designer and visual artist, and Rosten
Woo, an artist, designer, and writer, are the featured
speakers in the Alberini Family Speaker Series in Design at
UC Davis on May 30. The pair discuss “Building Power: Designing
for Democracy Involving Communities in Design.”
Presented by the UC Davis College of Letters and Science’s
Department of Design, this second lecture in the annual
series will take place in the Ann E. Pitzer Center. The free talk
will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by a
reception. Please RSVP:
Each February The Red Dress Collection uses fashion to raising
awareness of heart disease as the leading killer of women.
Students from the UC Davis Department of Design are at the
forefront of this awareness campaign.
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
In their new book Metagaming, Stephanie Boluk and
Patrick LeMieux argue that “the greatest trick the videogame
industry ever pulled was convincing the world that videogames
were games rather than a medium for making metagames.” Elegantly
defined as “games about games,” metagames implicate a diverse
range of practices that stray outside the boundaries and bend the
rules: from technical glitches and forbidden strategies to
Renaissance painting, algorithmic trading, professional sports,
and the War on Terror.
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.
Glenda Drew and Jiayi Young’s PL!NK is a sensory-based,
interactive installation, based on light, color, reflection and
participation. Read more information at plink.rocks. PL!NK is on display at
the Crocker Museum in
Sacramento until October 29!
Jiayi Young, assistant professor of Design, has created
installations that used social media data from the 2016
Presidential Campaign as the basis of her art. Her unique and
provocative works have sparked controversy and discussion.
The College of Letters and Science website features an
overview of Young’s recent, current and future projects.
Be a part of “Cycle-delic: Davis Bike Scavenger Hunt,” a public
bike scavenger hunt in the City of Davis that celebrates 50 years
since the installation of the first bike lane in the U.S. in
1967. The hunt was devised by students from the DES 187
Narrative Environments course in the UC Davis Department of
Design under the supervision of Professor Tim McNeil,
Teaching Assistant Jennifer Cadieux and City of Davis
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Jennifer Donofrio.
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