Category Archives: The Media

Hank Butitta (M.Arch '13) Bought a Bus … And It Went Viral

Most architecture projects don't start with rusted floors and four wheels. But when Hank Butitta (M.Arch '13) found a bus on Craigslist for $3,000, he saw beyond the disrepair. He converted it into a tiny home space for his final masters project and gave it the ultimate test: a cross-country road trip from Minneapolis to Seattle, down to San Francisco, with pit stops in Las Vegas and Kansas City, and then back to Minnesota.You can follow the story on his blog.In The Media:Minnesota Public RadioNew York Daily NewsGizmodoGristDesign BoomTiny House DesignThe Coolistand more …More stories about architecture:Dean Fisher Shares Southdale's Story in the "10 Buildings that Changed America"[Video] Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry, Meet 3D TechnologyRoald Gundersen (B.Arch, BED '89) Receives Margot…

Read more

Barry Kudrowitz on WCCO-AM: Food, Space, and 3D Printing

Listen to the interview here. This week NASA announced plans to construct a 3D food printer that will eventually provide food for astronauts in space. The obvious prototype of choice? Pizza. Assistant professor Barry Kudrowitz, director of our Product Design program, will speak with WCCO's John Hines on Thursday, May 23 at 10:10 a.m. about how 3D printing is changing the way we think about everything from food to design and beyond. Hint: NASA isn't the first to try 3D food. A former roommate of Kudrowitz at MIT, Marcelo Coelho, created the prototype and concept designs for a food 3D printer called the Cornucopia four years ago.More stories from the College of Design:Cities On Water: Landscape Architecure AbroadMinnesota Vikings…

Read more

Minnesota Vikings Stadium Design Revealed

Hundreds of people were at the Guthrie Theater on Monday night when officials unveiled the proposed design for the $975 million Vikings stadium. Dean Fisher, co-chair of the new Minnesota Viking stadium’s Design Implementation Committee, spoke with Twin Cities Business, Minnesota Public Radio, MinnPost, Finance and Commerce, and the Star Tribune about the space, which will span 1.6 million square feet and seat over 65,000 people for NFL games and 73,00 for special events. According to the ESPN, it will have the largest transparent roof in the world.  Tonight on #tptalmanac:Tom Fisher @mndesigndean talks about dramatic new @vikings stadium design 7pm @tpt#vikings– tpt Almanac (@tptAlmanac) May 17, 2013 More stories from the College of Design: ASLA-MN’s Top Award Goes to…

Read more

Alumni + ArtCrank 2013: Adam Turman and Ryan Carlson

Artcrank, the annual bicycle-poster hybrid show with its roots in Minneapolis returned to the city last weekend with affordable, original works of art by local artists – including illustrator and designer Adam Turman (B.S. Design Communication '99) and Twin Six co-owner Ryan Carlson (B.S. Graphic Design '01). Turman is known for his iconic vintage-style posters featuring iconic Twin City landmarks. This year his poster, "Always Take the High Road," features a cyclist crossing a bridge between the two cities. In an interview with Minnesota Public Radio, he explained that bikes are, "really complicated to draw … But that's sort of the challenge of it; that's the fun of it." Listen to Turman's MPR interview. Carlson, co-owner of the alternative cycling…

Read more

[Photos] Public Interest Design Week

Design professionals from around the country met at the College of Design for Public Interest Design Week March 19-24. In classrooms, workshops, and keynote lectures, the discussion was about the intersection of design and the future. "We see this field representing a new kind of partnership between research universities and practitioners in the field," explained Dean Fisher (pictured right), "and a new kind of career path in which those who pursue it can make a good living doing good."View more photos on our Facebook page.Workshops considered the environmental, social and economical factors of urban design. Meanwhile, public interest design forums revealed how diversity, of people and thoughts, becomes a tool to serve the unique needs of communities. The headline event…

Read more

[Video] KSTP-TV Goes 3D (With a Little Help From Us)

There’s an action figure for every Disney character and blockbuster movie, but what if you could create an action figure that looked a lot like … you? The combined technology of the Human Dimensioning Lab and DigiFabLab at the College of Design made it possible for Channel 5 reporter Chris Egert to have his body digitally scanned and then printed as a 3D object. Printing a scanned replica of yourself is just one of the growing number of possibilities – from Urbee the car to this glamorous dress – made possible by this emerging technology. Students across design disciplines are using it to test prototypes and build their models. What would you create?  More stories from the College of Design:Design…

Read more

[Video] Barry Kudrowitz Unveils Oreo Separator Machine

Earlier this week, Oreo launched its Cookies vs. Cream video series with David Neevel, a self-proclaimed physicist and copywriter, showing off a contraption that takes apart an Oreo Rube Goldberg style – complete with mini hatchet. Today, Oreo launched another video in the series featuring Assistant Professor Barry Kudrowitz (Product Design) with his own Oreo-separating machine. The commercial was filmed in Rapson Hall. @UofMDesign Chatter:This isn't the first unique invention developed by Kudrowitz. In 2005 he developed the Catsup Crapper (now Automato), a remote controlled robot that "roller skates" to your plate and dispenses ketchup (it was featured on The Martha Stewart Show and Conan). Kudrowitz teaches courses about Creativity, Idea Generation, Innovation and Toy Design. To learn more,…

Read more

[Photos] 45th Annual Senior Fashion Show: Flux

The 45th Annual Senior Fashion Show: Flux featured collections developed, constructed, and put on the runway by 17 apparel design seniors from the College of Design. The student-produced fashion show was a capstone experience, with collections ranging from unconventional to ready to wear to costumes for kids.  “We’re set free and can create basically anything that we want, which is really exciting and freeing,” said senior Lucie Mulligan in an interview with Citypages. “It’s also terrifying because it’s the first time that the fashion industry and people other than your close friends and family are going to see your designs.”See the results and view more photos from the runway our Facebook page.Word on the Street:”There were beats bumpin’, lists…

Read more

Earn Your Degree in 3 Years? Let's Try It

President Eric Kaler announced Friday that the College of Design will pilot a year-round plan for undergraduate students in the graphic design and retail merchandising programs.  The proposed plan will give students in those programs enrolling in the fall of 2014 an option to compete their studies in three years, instead of four years, by taking full credit loads during the summer.”I have long felt that we have, frankly, all this capacity in the summer that’s under-utilized,” Dean Fisher said in an interview with the Star Tribune. “We’ll see where the student demand goes. Some want to get through in three years, while others like the idea of staggered terms.” On Monday, WCCO-TV interviewed students in a graphic design…

Read more

[Video] In the News: Cabin Designs and Fire Fighting Gloves

Two College of Design programs were highlighted in the news this week. KMSP-TV visited the School of Architecture Monday morning to meet with the students in a cabin design class taught by Professor in Practice Dale Mulfinger (Architecture). Mulfinger, who founded SALA Architects, has written a number of books about cabins, including Cabinology: A Handbook to Your Private Hideaway. Professor Lucy Dunne (Apparel Design) was interviewed by KSTP-TV about her prototype for a fire fighting glove that allows the user to see and feel a room without actually looking at it or touching it. Dunne is working on the project with MFA graphic design student Anthony Carton, who was awarded "Most Innovative Concept" for his context-aware signal glove during the…

Read more
1 2 3 4 5 31