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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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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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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Mayor 101: Is Crowd Surfing on the Final?

KMSP-TV Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is back – back in school and back in the news – after suffering a major heart attack last month. This spring he’s teaching a joint course on Monday nights called Mayor 101, while he serves as a distinguished visiting member of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the College of Design. MORE: Is Crowd Surfing on the Final?Yesterday was the first official class, but Rybak joined a handful of students for an impromptu discuss at the Kitty Cat Klub last Monday (the original first day of class) when the University closed campus due to the extreme cold.  Why I love RT Rybak! “@R_T_Rybak: Cold didn’t stop office hours at Kitty Cat Klub for @RT_Mayor101…

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Vote Today for the 2014 Creative City Challenge

The Creative City Challenge is a competition for Minnesota-resident architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds to create and install at the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) Plaza a temporary, destination artwork. The artwork acts as a sociable and participatory platform for summer-long onsite programming, and encourages a sense of connectedness to the city as a whole and its rich cultural and natural offerings. Public voting for the 2014 Creative City Challenge will take place Monday, February 3 through Friday, February 28. The winning project will be announced in late March and will receive a $75,000 commission to create the project and debut at the MCC Plaza on June 14, 2014 as part…

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