Category Archives: The Media

[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…

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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…

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In Memoriam: Mike "Sammy" Samuelson (B.S. Housing '94)

Mike "Sammy" Samuelson (B.S. Housing '94) died this week after battling leukemia and other physical ailments for a number of years. In a recent article Star Tribune columnist Jon Tevlin recalled how Samuelson dedicated his work to making life better for, "the poorest areas of the Twin Cities, from Elliot Park to Powderhorn to Frogtown," doing the kind of work, "where you are appreciated for a short time, then you're gone. Nobody puts up a plaque for you." A legendary Twins fan, Samuelson received a lifetime achievement award during an annual baseball banquet put on by a number of his friends last Friday."Michael was 'the' engaged student, always present and participating and he continued to stay connected after graduation," recalled…

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Architecture Students Envision Dream Cabins for National Competition

The October 2012 issue of Cabin Life  magazine features work by students from the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota and North Carolina State University. They were challenged to meet with “clients” and create livable floor plans, sample renderings, and models that transformed an existing property into a cabin oasis.  Over 5,000 people voted on the ten finalists selected by architecture professor Dale Mulfinger from the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, and architecture professor Georgia Bizios from the North Carolina State University School of Architecture Holly Engle (B.S. Arch ’12) took second place in the competition with 24% of the votes. Her model, The Crow’s Nest (pictured below), was designed to embrace the changing of the seasons…

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Can the Power of Design Help Unite Citizens?

Politicians, journalists and pundits use language. Graphic designers use visual language. Drawing on two realms, designers unite visual and verbal content in compelling communication. In a divisive era, when words alone have not been enough, can the power of design help unite citizens on the issues? Join us for “Design and Political Communication,” a panel discussion and reception Wednesday, October 24 at 6:00pm, 22 McNeal Hall. Panelists will include: David Brauer, MinnPost local media reporterDaniel Jasper, College of Design associate professor of graphic designSteven McCarthy, College of Design professor of graphic design The panel will be moderated by Trevor Miller, College of Design director of external relations and former senior aide and political & communications director for the re-election campaign…

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The Gift of Shelter: North Side Net-Zero Design Project

[Update] November 26th through December 7th, 2012, we’re raising $10,000 to support our students involved in this project. Donate today: http://z.umn.edu/shelterhhon.In December 2011, we launched a campaign to raise money for the College of Design’s efforts related to housing projects and work our students are doing with Habitat for Humanity. Because of your generosity, we surpassed our $10,000 goal for the the Gift of Shelter campaign.Thanks to your support, a portion of the funds raised are supporting the North Side Net-Zero design project, a collaboration between the College of Design’s Center for Sustainable Research, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, and Project for Pride in Living.Students in Arch 4150 and Arch 5550 are working closely with community members and program partners to…

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Students for Cinque Terre Featured on KSTP-TV

Graphic design student Yana Pietras launched Students for Cinque Terre (S5T) this spring after her semester abroad in Italy. Vernazza and Monterosso, two of the five villages in the Cinque Terre region, were devastated by flooding. In October 2011, Vernazza and Monterosso were buried under mudslides and suffered massive infrastructure damage. "I wanted to do something to help the towns, the people and the territory of this place I had grown to love so much," said Pietras in a recent interview. S5T is a student support organization, founded with help from the non-profit Save Vernazza, that wants to help rebuild, restore, and preserve the territory for future generations. The group is selling buttons with the number "5" to represent the…

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Looking for a New iPhone Case? Ask Ben VandenWymelenberg

This spring senior Ben VandenWymelenberg, an Architecture major with a minor in Landscape Architecture, developed a new, natural concept for iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks: wood cases. VandenWymelenberg and his business partner Kevin Groenjes, a senior Kinesiology major, are working with a Minneapolis manufacturing company to produce unique, wooden cases for iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. They’ve launched a company, WOODCHUCKcase, and are working with a few national retailers and larger websites to get their products out the door.WOODCHUCKcase was recently featured on KSTP-TV (below). “We’re all about putting nature back into peoples lives,” says VandenWymelenberg. “This is the company’s first project and we will continue to find new and innovative ways to develop and sell our product.”  You can currently purchase…

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Apparel Design Students Take Wearable Technology to NASA Headquarters

As NASA’s Discovery space shuttle makes it’s final flight over D.C., 16 students in Lucy Dunne’s Studio IV apparel design course are on their own mission: completing work on their wearable technology designs before presenting them at NASA headquarters on Friday, April 27. KSTP-TV interviewed Dunne and her students as they make final preparations for the trip.What does wearable technology look like? Here’s are two examples. A hands-free garment for computing systems that holds your electronics and feels comfortable. And a garment with a built-in warning systems to alert wearers to possible dangers with tactile and visual senors. Pictured below is the garment Jessica Loomis, Mai Yang, and Grace Loring produced for consumer use, compatible with the technology that someday might…

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Toy Product Design Featured on Discovery Channel Canada

Product Design Assistant Professor Barry Kudrowitz developed his course on Toy Product Design to show graduate and undergraduate students how to take their product ideas from concept to functional prototype. Last spring, Jesse Purvey, Annice Larkin, Colin Nelson, and James Cosper developed a toy that will be part of a permanent exhibit at the Works Museum in Bloomington, MN. The musical toy (above) was featured on the Canadian Discovery Channel’s show Daily Planet this spring. You can watch the Daily Planet clip here. Throughout the hands-on course, offered in the Spring semester, students in PDES 3711 bring their projects to Play Testing events at the Minnesota Children’s Museum and involve kids in the design process.  At the end of the…

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