Category Archives: The Media

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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