Category Archives: Product Design

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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Food + Design: Coming to a Kitchen Near You

Last semester, students in PDES 3701 were asked to reinvent the cookie using applied creative thinking. They were encouraged to experiment with non-obvious flavor combinations, preparation methods, form, cooking methods, ingredients, texture, and presentation. In his class notes, instructor Barry Kudrowitz offered this advice: "Keep in mind: creative is perhaps more than just originality…Creativity must also have value or in this case, people would actually want to eat the cookies." Here are three (of our many) favorites . . .Norwegian Coconut Chai Mocha Banana Lid CookieDough 1/2 C. sugar1/2 C. shortening1 egg2 tbsp. skim milk2 tsp. chai tea concentrate1 tsp. ground cardamom spice2 tbsp. + 1 tsp. espresso2 oz. melted unsweetened chocolate1/2 of a small banana2 C. flour1/4 tsp. saltGlaze…

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Bruce Vento Elementary Partners with the College of Design

Terry Wiley's fifth-grade students received a unique design education opportunity this year. As part of an initiative to keep creativity vibrant in children, the College of Design adopted Bruce Vento Elementary in St. Paul to bring design learning into the classroom.On May 3, students spent a day on the Minneapolis campus where they engaged in a design exercise with Abi Asojo (Interior Design) by creating a 3D room on the computer; spoke with Tex Ostvig, the coordinator for Kids on Campus, about the importance of college and their role as citizens and problem-solvers of the future; watched the Daily Planet's video episode about the Toy Product Design course and imagined themselves as toy designers of the future; and took front…

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Photos + Video from 2012 College of Design Commencement

"Public interest design starts with a belief in the power of design to transform lives. It's a belief that everyone deserves good design and, in fact, it's a belief that every human being needs good design in order to live their best lives." John Cary (BA Arch '99), 2012 College of Design commencement address Congratulations to our Apparel Design, Architecture, Graphic Design, Housing Studies, Interior Design, Landscape Design and Planning, and Retail Merchandising undergraduate students, along with our Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Design graduate students who received their degrees during commencement on May 12, 2012. 2012 College of Design Commencement College of Design Dean Tom Fisher with commencement speaker John Cary (BA Arch '99)Kate Maple, Assistant Dean of Student Services;…

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Photos + Video from PLAYsentations

How do you design for play?    On May 2, Barry Kudrowitz’s Toy Product Design class entertained an audience of children, designers, and curious community members with their original toy designs during PLAYsentations, a theatrical show at the Bell Museum of Natural History. If you missed the toys in action, we’ve posted more photos from PLAYsentations on Facebook. Thanks to everyone who attended – we’ll see you again (with more toys) next year!Don’t miss these slideshows: Student Tribute, Staff Tribute, Bad Ideas, and ProcessPhotos from the event on our Facebook pageVIDEO: PLAYsentations on This Week @Minnesota More information about the Product Design minor…

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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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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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Monday Minute, March 26, 2012: Flurry of Activity

Dear Colleagues, With spring break behind us, and as we dash toward May, I wanted to take a moment today to just remind everyone of the programs and offerings we have on the agenda in the coming weeks. From our annual Design Intersections event – this years title: Tweak or Leap? – coming up on Thursday, to our award winning Design in 7 program coming the first week of April, to two separate symposiums, Digital Provocations and Fashion & Health – details of those and other offerings, like product design’s PLAYsentations, are available on the events section of our website. Another item added just recently is a lecture and reception the College is sponsoring with the Institute on the Environment…

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Jill Fuerstenberg (BS '97 Costume Design) joins Taymark, Inc.

Jill Fuerstenberg (BS '97 Costume Design) announced that she will join the product development team at Taymark, Inc. The letterpress and imprinting company provides youth-oriented promotional and recognition products. Fuerstenberg previously worked in product and apparel design for Wilsons Leather and Northern Cap and Glove.For more information about our product design, retail merchandising, or apparel design programs, visit the College of Design academic programs page….

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