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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Lauren Luna Wins 2014 Margot Siegel Design Award

Lauren Luna is the recipient of the Goldstein Museum of Design's 2014 Margot Siegel Award. Luna combines professional training as a painter with an innovative approach to the sculptural qualities of shoes to develop unique footwear. Her designs range from custom-painted sneakers to dramatic stilettos. Lauren received a BFA in painting in 2000 from Kent State University, an MS in art education in 2004 from Manhattan College, and an MFA in painting in 2012 from Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She began painting custom high-top sneakers in 2008, drawing on art historical references such as Japanese woodblock prints and Van Gogh paintings as well as popular culture imagery. Her shoes quickly became and remain popular with musicians, actors,…

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A Design Twist on the Local Foodie Movement

In a classroom on the first floor of McNeal Hall, students wait patiently with plastic spoons.They are inaugural participants in the first Food and Design class, a hands-on, edible experimentation course that teaches basic design principles through food. Today their assignment was to develop an innovative flavor and texture pairing in one spoon-sized bite. The bite-sized hors d'oeuvres on display, which needed to highlight a seasonal fruit or vegetable, range from caramelized sweet potatoes with crispy bacon to green tea Jell-O with maple cranberry apple sauce."I have always been interested in looking at food as a designed project," says instructor Barry Kudrowitz, assistant professor and the director of the product design program. "If you view food as something that you…

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The Best of Sketch Off: Tooth Brushes, Refrigerators, Funny Hats and More …

If you liked Sketch Off, another event presented by the Product Design program, Eat Deaign: An Edible Design Tasting Experience, will take place on December 11. The even is $15 and open to the public. Register here.Students from any discipline at the University of Minnesota can register for Product Design: Concept Sketching and Rendering to become better at visualizing their ideas. This class concludes with the annual Sketch Off, Improv Concept Sketching Battle, where students and industry designers rapidly visualize wild product ideas with suggestions from the audience. This year participating professionals included Liz Apple, Associate Designer at Target; Kirk Morris, Associate Designer at Target; and Scott Melanson, Industrial Designer at Sportech. Here are some of our favorites from #SketchOff13:1. Bad…

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Product Design Students Put Toys On The Market

There's a new toy on the market-and it started in Rapson Hall. Adam Poetter (B.D.A. '11) was a teaching assistant for the inaugural Toy Product Design course taught by assistant professor Barry Kudrowitz in spring 2011. "I think all of the TAs felt like we were getting into something bigger than ourselves," said Poetter, who also received a B.S. in bioproducts and biosystems engineering. "[It was] a new way of doing things and a new way to approach engineering and design." The class introduces the product design process with a focus on designing for play, from initial brainstorms to testing to a final event for the public every spring called PLAYsentations. At the end of the semester Manhattan Toy sponsored…

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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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Barry Kudrowitz on WCCO-AM: Food, Space, and 3D Printing

Listen to the interview here. This week NASA announced plans to construct a 3D food printer that will eventually provide food for astronauts in space. The obvious prototype of choice? Pizza. Assistant professor Barry Kudrowitz, director of our Product Design program, will speak with WCCO's John Hines on Thursday, May 23 at 10:10 a.m. about how 3D printing is changing the way we think about everything from food to design and beyond. Hint: NASA isn't the first to try 3D food. A former roommate of Kudrowitz at MIT, Marcelo Coelho, created the prototype and concept designs for a food 3D printer called the Cornucopia four years ago.More stories from the College of Design:Cities On Water: Landscape Architecure AbroadMinnesota Vikings…

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2013 Imagine Fund Faculty Awards

The Annual Imagine Fund Faculty Awards at the University of Minnesota support innovative research in the arts, design, and humanities. For the 2013-2014 academic year, the following College of Design faculty were awarded up to $5,000 for their project proposals.Assistant Professor Blaine Brownell (Architecture) – Architectural Frontiers in ChinaAssociate Professor Arthur Chen (Architecture) – Typological Study of Swahili Public SquaresProfessor Renee Cheng (Architecture, Head) – Architecture in Modern China: Lost Art or Strong Tradition?Assistant Professor Greg Donofrio (Architecture) – Market Forces: The History Behind the Infrastructure of What We Eat Associate Professor Tasoulla Hadjiyanni (Interior) – When Places Speak – A Photography exhibit Professor Brad Hokanson (Graphic, Associate Dean for Research and Outreach) – Xul Solar and Joaquin Torres-Garcia: Pioneers in design…

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