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.
To coincide with the Davis Centennial Celebrations, students from
the DES 187 Narrative Environments course taught by Professor Tim
McNeil and teaching assistant Jennifer Cadieux in the
UC Davis Department of Design have created eight projected
media interventions for downtown Davis locations.
The interventions respond to an historical site and its
architectural characteristics, or aspect of the Davis community.
Each of the two-‐minute media projections will engage the
general public in stories connected to 100 years of the city of
Recently, more than 200 UC Davis scientists and supporters
gathered at the OneClimate event to showcase the university’s
collective strength in climate science research in the areas of
science, engineering, and a team from the Department of Design,
led by Thomas Maiorana, an assistant professor.
The John Natsoulas Gallery is pleased to present a group pop-up
show featuring works by UC Davis design students. “Mind Grown—UCD
DES 225: Studio Practices in Design: A Culminating Pop-up
Exhibition” is a single night event and reception on Wednesday
December 7th from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Pete Scully, urban sketcher, views the world through his sketch
books which are the subject of the Design Museum’s exhibition,
“Conversations with the City.” Here are some select photos
highlighting the exhibition.
Art by Pete Scully, all photos by Barbara Molloy, copyright UC
Professors Glenda Drew and Jiayi Young, and design undergraduate
student Michelle Lee and 2016 graduate Darin E. Reyes have
recently received the Crocker Art Museum ArtSpots commission
totaling $31,800 to create two artwork installations specifically
for children five and under in the museum’s public spaces. The
project is a part of a larger project being funded by the
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The estimated
opening date for the installations is October 2017.
Pete Scully has lived in Davis since late 2005,
working at the Statistics Department of UC Davis since 2006 as
graduate coordinator. Pete is an avid urban sketcher who draws
the everyday world around him – streets, people, fire hydrants,
all urban details – in ink line and watercolor wash, using his
sketchbook to have a conversation with his environment. He draws
to remember, in case he forgets.
Design student Timothy Kai Stapleton received a certificate of
Honorable Mention for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in
Undergraduate Research and received the Provost’s Undergraduate
Fellowship Award (PUF) for his project titled “Biomotion
Visibility Aids: 3D Eye Tracking Analysis of Bicyclist Clothing
Congratulations to Darin Reyes for
winning this year’s AIGA Enrichment Scholarship! Darin impressed
the judges with his “expansive use of media,” “clean, smart
design solutions with well-researched foundations,” and “ability
to transform personal stories into useful tools.”
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