Category Archives: The Media

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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[VIDEO] Apparel Design Students Prepare to Fly with NASA

This spring semester, five apparel design seniors are not only preparing to launch their careers, they are also launching into space. Karen Fiegen joined by Kira Erickson, Mary Ellen Berglund, Jordyn Reich, and Crystal Compton, are 11 weeks away from taking their materials research into zero gravity for testing at NASA headquarters in Houston, TX at the end of May. PHOTOS: Apparel Students Heading to Microgravity UNEWS: Design Students Reach for the Stars (Minnesota Daily)NEWS: Apparel Team Tackles Moisture Management Challenge (NASA)Selected as 1 of 18 projects to participate in NASA’s highly competitive Microgravity U, the University of Minnesota team is the first all-female, apparel team to participate in the program. Microgravity U is an academic opportunity for undergraduate teams…

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Echo Spot Hosts #AskAway Interview With Dean Fisher

UPCOMING EVENT: The Echo Spot will hold a live #AskAway interview with Dean Tom Fisher on Tuesday, May 6 from 2:45 – 4:15 PM. During the interview anything with an x500 can ask a question or vote for a question they want to see answered. Dean Fisher will answer questions in real-time.The Echo Spot offers a platform for students, faculty, and staff to exchange ideas and develop solutions for issues around campus. The concept was developed and designed entirely by students and alumni at the University of Minnesota, including former Design Student Alumni Board president Coleman Iverson (B.S. Graphic Design '11). Since the beginning of April, The Echo Spot has received over 18,000 page views and dozens of posts ranging…

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On Display: I-35W and the Future of Minneapolis?

Nearly sixty years ago the United States funded the construction of the interstate highway system, influenced by Germany's autobahns. But unlike the European model, our highways didn't just run the edges of cities. They ran through them and around their downtown districts. NEWS: Stitching Minneapolis Together Again (MinnPost)PHOTOS: I-35W and the future of Minneapolis?"The process demolished hundreds of blocks of real estate, divided neighborhoods and degraded the quality of life for thousands of urban residents, creating enormous amounts of noise and air pollution," explains Mic Johnson, interim director of the Metropolitan Design Center. "The time has come to repair these self-inflicted wounds and stitch our cities back together if we hope to thrive – socially, environmentally, and economically – in…

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Aaron Shekey (B.S. Graphic Design '08) Builds a Better Songwriting App

A new app launched by Aaron Shekey (B.S. Graphic Design '08) is giving the napkin a run for its money. Frustrated by capturing song ideas using voice memos on his phone and storing lyrics in the same place as his shopping list, Shekey wanted a better tool for songwriting (i.e. napkins are out, for now). He teamed up with former colleague Joseph Kuefler to design a solution."We interviewed our songwriter friends about their process and found it was incredibly similar to what we had going on," writes Shekey in a recent blog post. "We'd stumble across a riff or progression that we'd want to remember or build on … The problem is once ideas are in a voice memo, they're…

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40,000 Students Sign Up for New Creativity MOOC

The educational platform Coursera partners with universities and organizations worldwide to offer free MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) for anyone to take online. Starting today, Associate Dean of Research and Development Brad Hokanson will host a 7-week MOOC on Coursera called Creative Problem Solving.  READ: Drive a Different Way and Count Past Ten More than 40,000 people from around the world have signed up to participate in Hokanson’s class. Assignments will include creativity building exercises, short lectures, and readings to help students develop an understanding of creativity and increase their own ability. MORE: Sign up for Creative Problem SolvingFOLLOW: @bhokanson on Twitter In addition to offering the MOOC this spring, Hokanson will offer a variant course called SMOOCH (Semi-Massive Open…

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Minnesota Monthly Speaks With Barry Kudrowitz About Food & Creativity

Assistant professor Barry Kudrowitz directs the Product Design program at the College of Design where his research assistants dive into topics like: How Play and Humor Fuel Innovation, The Evaluation and Perception of Creativity, and Sketching and Idea Generation. As an undergraduate, Kudrowitz wanted to design theme-park rides for Disney. He was accepted into the Culinary Institute of America, but went to MIT where he studied connections between creativity and humor instead. Last fall he combined his interests in a class called Food and Design, where edible experimentation led students to learn basic design concepts.Minnesota Monthly magazine caught up with Kudrowitz for their March 2014 issue, where he talks with them about about the  Food and Design course, getting kids…

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Tune In: Dean Fisher + James Corner on the Nicollet Mall Redesign

Dean Tom Fisher is scheduled to be a guest on Minnesota Public Radio’s The Daily Circuit on Wednesday, February 2014 from 10:15-11:00 a.m. TUNE IN: Nicollet Mall Redesign Firm Asking for Public InputHe will be joined by architect James Corner in a conversation about the Nicollet Mall redesign. In September 2013, Corner’s New York firm, James Corner Field Operation, was selected to carry out the $40 million redesign project. The city hopes to begin construction in 2015. More stories from the College of Design:Two U of M Monuments Men: Walter Huchthausen and Ralph Hammett Vote Today for the 2014 Creative City Challenge Jessica Harjo (M.A. Design ’13) Creates Typeface For Osage Language…

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2014 Fashion Show: What We Saw "Align" on the Runway

As dozens of models stepped onto the runway last Saturday night, the audience witnessed more than just a fresh debut of student work.They saw everything from bridal wear to kids fashion to ready-to-wear lines. They leaned in to see what was coming up next.NEWS: Designers 'Align' at U of M fashion show (Vita.mn)BLOG: Align Fashion Show (Jaimee Morse)But they also saw the culminating transition of 19 senior apparel design students leaving the classroom behind for the studios, galleries, and design firms these soon-to-be graduates will go on to join. When the last model left the stage and the lights went up, the audience saw 19 designers emerge onto take the first of many bows. PHOTOS: 46th Annual Fashion ShowThank…

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Two U of M Monuments Men: Walter Huchthausen and Ralph Hammett

KMSP-TV Based on a true story, the new movie The Monuments Men, starring George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bill Murray, tells the story of a WWII platoon tasked with rescuing art masterpieces from being destroyed by the Nazis. WATCH: 2 'Monuments Men' have Minnesota tiesWhile preparing for the School of Architecture centennial celebration in October 2013, staff members at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture uncovered original drawings in the archives by two monuments men: Captain Walter "Hutch" Huchthausen (1904-1945; BArch '28) joined the University of Minnesota architecture faculty in 1939, where he taught until he enlisted in 1943. He died in April 1945 when he was caught in gunfire while trying to salvage an altar in a German…

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