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Solving Problems, Riding Bikes: Q&A with Ryan Carlson (Graphic Design ‘01)

Ryan Carlson (Graphic Design ‘01) was never formally trained in wicking fabrics, business best practices, or bicycle engineering; but since its launch in 2005, his company Twin Six has expanded from on-trend cycling apparel to a full line of accessories and gear—most recently, a line of bicycles. In this interview, Carlson shares lessons learned from running a business without a business […]

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Designing for Autism Spectrum Disorder

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 children in the United States has autism spectrum disorder. This spring, Abimbola Asojo and Tina Patel‘s sophomore interior design studio worked with local design firm Perkins + Will and autism service provider Fraser to learn more about designing for those on the autism spectrum. When Perkins + Will […]

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Teams Matter: Q&A with Renée Cheng

In 2009, the General Services Administration (GSA) received the extraordinary charge to stimulate the U.S. economy, put America back to work, and raise the level of building performance for Federal buildings. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), GSA managed a $5 billion investment in over 260 projects across the nation.   GSA then partnered with Renée Cheng and […]

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Tables of the Lakes Spark Conversations About Water

Forget coffee table books. Graduate student Kevin Tousignant (Landscape Architecture) builds tables that are conversation starters in their own right! Tables of the Lakes began as a yearning to see his designs come to life. “An unfortunate part of being a landscape architecture or architecture student is accepting the fact that you’ll be producing an incredible amount of work that […]

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2016 Honors and Awards

We wrapped up the school year with a celebration of the students, faculty, and staff who go above and beyond to foster a culture of excellence within the College of Design. Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees! Outstanding Civil Service and Labor Represented Award: Janaya Martin Outstanding Contributions to Equity and Diversity Award: Greg Donofrio Outstanding E-Teaching Award: Daniela […]

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From Mainframe Computers to Virtual Reality: Q&A with Lee Anderson

In 1980, Lee Anderson (Architecture) was deep into his MArch thesis on fractals and design when he realized that in in order to generate graphics to represent his ideas, he’d need to learn computer programming. Anderson taught himself as much as he could, then reached out University of Minnesota experts in computer science, fine arts, and IT. His resulting thesis was […]

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Tabitha Andelin (Apparel) Designs for the Runway and the Gym

Circle of Design is a Twin Cities original: local apparel designers incorporate music, dance, and fine art into a narrative runway show followed by a pop-up shop. Each year, Circle of Design sponsors an entrepreneurial apparel design student by pairing them with a local designer. During the four months leading up to the show, the established designer mentors the student. […]

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Local Food, Local Grocers: Posters to Promote Eating Sustainably in Rural Minnesota

For residents of rural Minnesota, eating sustainably year-round can be a challenge. This spring, a graphic design class created posters to promote a key link in the local food chain: small grocery stores. “In some areas of rural Minnesota, just as in some parts of the city, residents—especially those with limited mobility—struggle to find and purchase healthy food ingredients. Farmers […]

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You’re Invited: Final Reviews, Receptions, and Events

Join students, faculty, and staff at the College of Design for final presentations and receptions showcasing design projects and research from our various disciplines. Events will take place on the University of Minnesota East Bank and St. Paul campuses. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for updates, photos, and videos. April 27 – May 3 | Master of Fine […]

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Boots on the Ground: Design Community Outreach

Update: April 28, 2016 My experience with the RA in Practice program, watching it energize people and grow to take on a life of its own, has reinforced to me the idea that collaboration inspires, empowers, and facilitates accomplishment. As a current student in the College of Design and former RA in Practice, the experiences I’ve had have been invaluable […]

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