Category Archives: Presentations

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

You’re invited to join students, faculty, and staff at the College of Design for final presentations and receptions from students across our various disciplines. Events will take place on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter @UofMDesign and Facebook for updates, photos, and videos. May 8 | Apparel + Retail: Designs for TargetMay 8 | Toy Product Design: PlaysentationsMay 12 – 13 | Master of Architecture: Final Project Juries and Exhibitions May 12 – 14 | Master of Landscape Architecture: Final ReviewsMay 16 | B.F.A. Graphic Design Show: The Reveal May 16 | Interior Design: Thesis Reception …

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On Display: Tales of Environmental Turbulence

An exhibition involving 24 artists addressing the intersection of art and science in their work will hold an opening exhibition in the University of Minnesota Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library and at Institute on the Environment on Thursday, October 17, 2013. “Tales of Environmental Turbulence: the Common Trail of Art and Science” aims to bridge multiple disciplines of environment, science, sustainability and the arts to create and inspire conversations and opportunities for participation and interpretation of critical issues in our cultural environment and beyond.   The public is invited to attend the two-part exhibition opening on October 17. The first reception will take place from 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. in the Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library (Rapson Hall, 89 Church…

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[Photos + Video] Design Intersections 2013

At a time when design plays a growing role in business success, there remains a communications gap between design production and design leadership. How do you bridge it? Greg Van Bellinger (B.S. Apparel '88), Hardlines Design Director at Target, spoke at Design Intersections on Thursday, May 2 about what it takes to bring strategic, thoughtful design to the marketplace. Images from the May 2013 eventDesign Intersections is a series of presentations by designers and representatives from other disciplines regarding the consequences and potential for design-induced change. Susan Sokolowski (Ph.D. DHA '99) will speak at Design Intersections in October 2013. Visit the Design Intersections website for more information.More stories from the College of Design:Barry Kudrowitz on Food, Space, and 3D…

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Brad Hokanson Receives Grant to Study Creativity in Children

Associate Dean for Research and Outreach Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design) received funding from the Metropolitan Consortium and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs to study creativity as a major component of workforce readiness. Hokanson's research and teaching focuses on the development of creativity skills and their application in problem solving. "Creativity is three times more indicative of future achievement than is intelligence," said Hokanson. "Central to the research is the long term understanding of creativity in the metropolitan area." He cites studies that find creativity has declined among school children since 1991. The grant, "Creativity and achievement: Running backwards," will include testing the creativity of children in a metropolitan school district and correlating the findings with their Minnesota achievement…

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PLAYsentations at the Bell Museum

Toy Product Design is a hands-on project-based design course that introduces the product design process with a focus on designing for play. There are no pre-requisites and the class is open to students from all backgrounds. Graduate and undergraduate students work together in small teams of 5-6 members to design and prototype their own toy concepts. At the end of the course, students present their toy product prototypes during PLAYsentations, a free event open to the public. This year PLAYsentations will take place on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bell Museum Auditorium. Prototype. Test. Repeat – Toy Product Design featured by UMNews, June 2012Register online for PLAYsentions (free event!)In 2011, Toy Product Design students developed a musical…

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A Collage Machine + A Treasured Object: Two MFA Graphic Designers Share Their Work

Jessica Barness, an MFA Graphic Design candidate, is holding an open house to exhibit her thesis project, A (Dis)Connected Twenty-Six, on Thursday, April 26 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in McNeal 233. Visitors are invited to create and print their own collage designs, which will appear alongside Barness' work on Friday, April 27. "In A (Dis)Connected Twenty-Six, the alphabet, Morse code, and collage are used to explore the role of translation in design," explains Barness. "The open house will feature an interactive 'collage machine' as well as code-glitched videos and images." Barness holds a BA and MA from the University of Northern Iowa, and has exhibited most recently in San Francisco, Phoenix, and São Paulo. MFA Graphic Design candidate…

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Laura Musacchio Presents at Helsinki University Centre for Environment Conference in Finland

Laura Musacchio, an associate professor in the department of Landscape Architecture, recently spoke at the University of Helsinki, Finland during HENVI Science Days 2012, a conference hosted by the Helsinki University Centre for Environment (HENVI). The event aimed to bring up the concept of ecosystem services in the context of urban sustainability, enhance science-policy interface and support dialogue between science and society. Musacchio spoke on the second day of the conference about cultivating our own deep nature and deep care, and the role of knowledge broker in the cultural dimension of ecosystem services. Visit Musacchio's websiteLearn more about our Landscape Architecture program…

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Monday Minute, April 16, 2012: Spatial University

Colleagues, Some of the many events of the past week seem to have had a common theme that bodes well for our college. Jack Dangermond, an alumnus and CEO of the largest Geographical Information Systems company in the world (ESRI), visited the University on Tuesday and told President Kaler at breakfast the next day that we have the potential of becoming the world's leading "Spatial University" because of the breadth of our disciplines and research mission, and the number of faculty involved in geospatial and geodesign activities. I am working with colleagues across the university to develop this idea further for discussion with the president and provost, and it promises to have a key roll for our college, in which…

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