Heidi Meredith

Striking Gold

Starting my own business was always one of those things I knew I would do. I’d worked for enough self-starters (as well as being raised by one) to know what I wanted, but after grad school it seemed like the practical thing would be to get a job, work off some debt, and then—someday—start...

Typeface Heralds Hope for Genocide Survivors

Foundation Rwanda, a charity dedicating to providing secondary education for the 20,000 children born of rape during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, recently teamed up with members from the creative agency LBi Syrup, to bring awareness to the cause through a new fundraising initiative called “Color Rwanda with Hope.” The campaign uses mixed media elements,...

The Gold Country of Osborn and Woods

David Osborn and Charles Woods lived in Nevada City, CA for over 50 years. Drawn to the town in the late 50s after seeing some of Harold Berliner’s work (he ran a greeting card company in Nevada City) they moved up to the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas to the old historic gold mining...

Pictures of Matchbook Men

My family recently inherited a collection of old matchbooks. There are probably about 200 or so matchbooks in the box they came in, all of them from the US, and most of them from California, specifically San Francisco. Being a resident of San Francisco I’d  heard about the famous “The Old Poodle Dog” (second...

California College of the Arts Design MFA show

The same class that curated all the Wider White Space exhibitions (APFEL, Walker Art Institute, Project Projects, and Experimental Jetset) also curated the first official graduate design MFA show. Since the MFA design program at CCA is transdisciplinary it includes interactive design, industrial design, and graphic design, it was quite an undertaking. The eight...

Wider White Space, Part 4 (with Experimental Jetset)

The final installment of the CCA student-curated exhibition class was design studio Experimental Jetset, the Amsterdam studio that is made up of partners Marieke Stolk, Danny van den Dungen and Erwin Brinkers. In their own words the students describe the idea behind the curation: “Experimental Jetset is Marieke, Danny and Erwin, but it is...

Wider White Space, Part 3 (with Project Projects)

The third student curated graphic design exhibition from California College of the Arts is Project Projects, a New York-based design studio. We’ve already seen exhibitions from APFEL and The Walker Art Institute. The exhibition, titled “Meta Data,” attempted to show the graphic design work—as well as process—of Project Projects [incidentally Project Projects was the...

Wider White Space, Walker Without Walker (Part 2)

Next stop on the student-curated exhibition class at California College of the Arts is The Walker Art Institute. Just to refresh your memory, students in this class—a combination of undergraduate graphic design and graduate design students—collaborate in small groups to create a series of exhibitions. The goal of which is to explore the dual...

Wider White Space, APFEL (Part 1)

On the California College of the Arts campus earlier this year there was an exhibition at the Wattis Institute called The Way Beyond Art: Wide White Space, which investigated how graphic design is represented in an art gallery format. The exhibition highlighted work from participants APFEL, Irma Boom, Laurenz Brunner and Julia Born, Sara...

Thesis Making

How do you start “making” for your graduate thesis in design? It was actually a somewhat difficult task. Sure, you may find that thing that interests you (for me it’s lost historical places in San Francisco) but then how do you start to make? It can be a bit paralyzing, especially if you get...