Redefining Design, a Post-It Note at a Time

Student questions posed on Post-Its.

Visitors to the third floor of McNeal Hall may notice a unique display taking shape; a plethora of multi-colored Post-its adorn the cork-board wall outside of the Design, Housing, and Apparel offices. On each one is a question posed by a student ranging from the light-hearted (Is there a song that everyone loves?) to the serious (Why do some people […]

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Paving the Way for a More Diverse Industry


For architecture students, the road to become licensed is a long one. Between school, internships, and preparing for the licensure exam, the mean time from high school graduation to becoming licensed is 13.3 years.¹ For many students, the current model puts an architecture license out of reach, this is especially true for minority groups and women. Reducing the time it […]

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Interior Design Students Get Groovy with Light Design


This fall, Interior Design juniors in Professor Abimbola Asojo’s IDES 3612 Lighting Design class were given the chance to shine in the Groovystuff Ambient Lighting Challenge. Based in Texas, Groovystuff is a wholesale manufacturer and supplier of traditional rustic home décor that focuses on utilizing reclaimed materials in all aspects of their production and design. Through their design challenge, Groovystuff partners […]

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Design Students Help Get Out the Vote!

Get out the Vote!

Every four years, students in the graphic design course Color and Form in Surface Design are challenged by their professors to create their own screen printed Get Out the Vote poster for the U.S. General Election.   Each poster is the product of a three-layered handmade screen print. With a focus on encouraging their fellow students to vote, rather than […]

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From Sneakerhead to adidas Designer

adidas "Money Bag Gang" created for Von Miller

For Charlie Kirihara (BFA ‘15 Graphic Design) the love of sneakers started at a young age, “In elementary school I got a subscription to Eastbay and would cut out my favorite models and pin them up in my room–hoping that my parents would see them.” Now an Assistant Color and Materials Designer for Football and Lacrosse at adidas, and one […]

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Fall 2016 Issue of Emerging Now Available

Emerging Fall 2016

Get a look at what College of Design students, faculty, and alumni are up to in the Fall 2016 issue of Emerging magazine. Our latest edition celebrates our 10th anniversary and showcases the amazing creations and innovations that we continue to see within our College. This issue includes stories on: The Wargo Nature Heritage Center student-design build project (pg. 8). Our […]

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General Services Administration Awards Research Grant to Renée Cheng


Congratulations to Associate Dean for Research Renée Cheng (Architecture) for receiving a research grant from the General Services Administration (GSA). With this grant Cheng, along with University of Washington Professor Carrie Dossick (Construction Management) and Research Scientist Laura Osburn, will identify guidelines for using collaborative practices on high performance buildings for the federal government. In this Q&A, Cheng discusses her […]

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Interior Design and Architecture Programs Earn Top Marks in DesignIntelligence Survey


DesignIntelligence (DI) magazine’s 2016-17 report on the best architecture and design schools in America ranks the College of Design’s undergraduate Interior Design program among the top 20 in the nation. The program was also selected by hiring professionals as one that best prepares students for a future in their professions. In addition, the College’s graduate Interior Design program was named […]

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Goldstein Museum of Design Celebrates 40 Years


This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD). In celebration of this landmark event, the museum is displaying Seeing 40/40: Forty Years of Collecting at GMD, now through January 8th. This unique exhibit showcases 40 of the over 34,000 pieces in the museum’s collection. In this interview, Lin Nelson-Mayson, director of GMD, and Jean McElvain, […]

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Driving Change with Landscape Architecture


Longtime professor, mentor, and leader in the Twin Cities design community Joe Favour (B.L.A. ’92) began his appointment as head of the Department of Landscape Architecture this June. In this interview, he shares his thoughts on balancing teaching with practice, making design relevant to a broader audience, and identifying the most meaningful opportunities for the Department of Landscape Architecture.   […]

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