Category Archives: Graphic Design

Redefining Design, a Post-it Note at a Time

Student questions posed on Post-Its.

Visitors to the second floor of McNeal Hall may notice a unique display taking shape; a plethora of multicolored Post-its adorn the cork-board wall outside the design, housing, and apparel offices. On each one is a question posed by a student ranging from the light-hearted (Is there a song that everyone loves?) to the serious (Why do some people enjoy […]

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Design Students Help Get Out the Vote!

Every four years, students in the graphic design course Color and Form in Surface Design are challenged by their professors to create their own screen printed Get Out the Vote poster for the U.S. General Election. Each poster is the product of a three-layered handmade screen print. With a focus on encouraging their fellow students to vote, rather than trying […]

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From Sneakerhead to adidas Designer

For Charlie Kirihara (B.F.A. ’15 Graphic Design) the love of sneakers started at a young age, “In elementary school I got a subscription to Eastbay and would cut out my favorite models and pin them up in my room hoping that my parents would see them.” Now Kirihara is an assistant color and materials designer for football and lacrosse at adidas, […]

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Fall 2016 Issue of Emerging Now Available

Emerging Fall 2016

Get a look at what College of Design students, faculty, and alumni are up to in the Fall 2016 issue of Emerging magazine. Our latest edition celebrates our 10th anniversary and showcases the amazing creations and innovations that we continue to see within our college. This issue includes stories on: The Wargo Nature Heritage Center student-design build project. Our new Product […]

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Solving Problems, Riding Bikes: Q&A with Ryan Carlson (Graphic Design ‘01)

Ryan Carlson (Graphic Design ‘01) was never formally trained in wicking fabrics, business best practices, or bicycle engineering; but since its launch in 2005, his company Twin Six has expanded from on-trend cycling apparel to a full line of accessories and gear—most recently, a line of bicycles. In this interview, Carlson shares lessons learned from running a business without a business […]

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Local Food, Local Grocers: Posters to Promote Eating Sustainably in Rural Minnesota

For residents of rural Minnesota, eating sustainably year-round can be a challenge. This spring, a graphic design class created posters to promote a key link in the local food chain: small grocery stores. “In some areas of rural Minnesota, just as in some parts of the city, residents—especially those with limited mobility—struggle to find and purchase healthy food ingredients. Farmers […]

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You’re Invited: Final Reviews, Receptions, and Events

Join students, faculty, and staff at the College of Design for final presentations and receptions showcasing design projects and research from our various disciplines. Events will take place on the University of Minnesota East Bank and St. Paul campuses. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for updates, photos, and videos. April 27 – May 3 | Master of Fine […]

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New Woodchuck Journals: Sustainably Sourced, Handcrafted, Student-Designed

UMN design fraternity APX and Woodchuck USA put out a national call for their journal design competition, but they found their winners right in McNeal Hall. Work by graphic design students Rishi Murugesan and Dana Kingery is gracing the covers of this winter’s designer edition journals! Murugesan’s journal was inspired by his favorite places throughout Minnesota. “I divided the state […]

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Advertising Club Explores Chicago’s Ad Industry

Guest post by Sassa Kangas. Students in the Advertising Club had the opportunity to explore the world of advertising in Chicago this winter break. Four of the College of Design’s graphic design students who participated were able to get a first-hand look at the life in an advertisement agency, receiving private tours of Critical Mass, HAVAS, Leo Burnett, and Upshot. […]

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Humor with a Sense of Design

During her sophomore year, Andy Erikson (Graphic Design ‘09) skipped typography class to audition for Last Comic Standing, but didn’t even make it through the door. “I waited all morning, but there were people lined up all the way around the block. I didn’t even make it into the building to audition,” she remembered. The next time her typography class […]

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