Summer Design Intensive at CCA

Bob Aufuldish is running his legendary Summer Design Intensive again this summer — three weeks of all day, every day design with no tests, no homework and no distractions. What’s more, you get to work in small workshop environment with some of the leading makers of our day — Martin Venezky, Paul Sahre and Jason Munn. All this, and you get three credits too!

More info below (and official link here). This open to all CCA design students who have completed Level 3 or higher. Alums and designers unaffiliated with CCA are also welcome.


Instructors: Jason Munn, Paul Sahre, Martin Venezky
Prerequisite: Graphic Design 3, Design Studio 3, Type 3
June 3–21, Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Summer Design Intensive offers the unique opportunity to study with visiting graphic designers in an intense, three–week workshop. This course is open to advanced graphic design students and design professionals (on a space available basis).

June 3–7 / Jason Munn
Not So Obvious
This week centers around creating a poster by exploring various approaches during the first half of the week. These approaches and exercises focus on narrowing in on a concept and then realizing that concept by the end of the week.

Jason Munn is originally from Wisconsin, but now calls Oakland, CA home. He began making posters ten years ago for local venues and independent musicians, designing under the pseudonym The Small Stakes. Now, working under his name, Jason continues to focus on posters, as well as design and illustration commissions. Jason’s work has appeared in numerous exhibits and publications. A selection of his posters are part of the permanent collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Denver Art Museum. In 2010, Chronicle Books published “The Small Stakes” which focuses on Jason’s posters created from 2002-2009.

June 10–14 / Paul Sahre
Liar! addresses lying/truth telling as it relates to the practice of graphic design.

Graphic designer, illustrator, lecturer, educator and author Paul Sahre established his New York studio in 1997. While consciously maintaining a small office, Sahre has nevertheless built a large presence in American graphic design. The balance he strikes between commercial and personal projects is evident in the physical layout of his workspace: part design studio, part silkscreen lab, part classroom. In one room he designs and prints posters (some of which are in the permanent collection at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum) for various off-off Broadway theaters, while in the other room he is busy designing book covers for authors such as Rick Moody, Chuck Klosterman, Ben Marcus and Ernest Hemingway. Sahre is also a frequent visual contributor to The New York Times. He is the author of Leisurama Now: The Beach House for Everyone, 1964-_______, a loving look at a short-lived product of early ‘60s consumer optimism: affordable middle-class summer homes. Sahre received his BFA and MFA from Kent State and teaches graphic design at the School of Visual Arts. He lectures extensively all over the world. He is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale.

June 17–21 / Martin Venezky
The Typographic Dream State
Students uncover unexpected typographic form by crossing into and out of a variety of media and processes. Methods may include drawing, building, storytelling, staging, filming, destroying, and experimenting.

San Francisco designer Martin Venezky first gained renown for his design of Speak Magazine. With his firm Appetite Engineers, Venezky continues his dedication to craft, process and detail. Venezky’s work for clients like the New York Times, SFMOMA, Abrams, Reebok, Sundance, and Chronicle Books has been widely published, and in 1997, he was among I.D. magazine’s “ID40” list of influential designers. In 2001 the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art honored Venezky with a solo exhibition, and in 2005, his monograph, It Is Beautiful…Then Gone, was published by Princeton Architectural Press. In 2012, the American Association of Museums awarded Venezky its Smyth-Ravenal Prize for Excellence in Publication Design for the International Center of Photography’s Mexican Suitcase catalog. Martin has taught graphic design at both the graduate and undergraduate level since 1993 at CCA, RISD, CalArts and ArtCenter, and maintains an ongoing schedule of lectures and workshops.

This course satisfies an Investigative studio or Graphic Design studio elective.

  • I didn’t know it was open to alumni too! I am so keeping that in mind for next summer.