Category Archives: Product Design

Alumni + Faculty Contribute to Walker's Artist Designed Putt-Putt

When you tee up at the Walker Art Center’s Artist Designed Mini Golf in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden this summer, keep your eyes open for two putt-putt holes designed by faculty and alumni from the University of Minnesota. The 18-hole course includes Putt-Pong, co-designed by assistant professor of product design Barry Kudrowitz and College of Design alumnus Trevor Anderson. Their course mixes the fast pace of ping-pong with the careful strategy of putt-putt (hint: Use the paddles for a bank shot to create hole-in-one winning angles). Adjunct lecturer Robin Schwartzman designed a candy-inspired playing field called Don’t Blow It. The oversized gumball machine is the last chance for a hole-in-one. “The idea is to shoot it up a ramp and over a jump into the…

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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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What Do Gloves That Type and A Noise Cancelling Vest Have in Common?

Apparel design students will present their innovative prototypes at Johnson Space Center during a trip to NASA headquarters April 19-21. The students researched and developed garments for NASA over the semester and now have the opportunity to show their work to the astronauts. Prototypes by the five teams, as pictured, include gloves that type, a space suit outer layer that enhances range of motion, research into placement of devices on the body, a noise cancelling vest, and a radiation resistant cargo bag that transformed into a wearable garment. MORE: Behind the scenes preparing for NASAThis is the third year the class has partnered with NASA and focused on wearable technology. This spring associate professor Lucy Dunne received NASA's Silver Achievement…

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