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
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.
Do you like sketching? Join us for a Let’s Draw Davis sketchcrawl
on the UC Davis campus! Free and open to everyone of all
ages/skill levels, it’s just an afternoon of sketching on
location around campus with other people who like to draw.
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.
The hot weather has its benefits. It’s good for ink not freezing
in pens and watercolors drying quickly – which is ideal for
participants of “Let’s Draw Davis,” the unique sketchcrawl series
that explores the city.
On Saturday July 15th, a sketchcrawl will explore the hidden
courtyards and alleys of downtown Davis (more shade!), starting
at Orange Court (off of E Street, between 1st and 2nd), and
finishing at the little courtyard behind the Pence Gallery (D