Category Archives: Product Design

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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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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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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