Category Archives: Retail Merchandising

Weisman Art Museum Window Display Honors Campus Leaders

In Dooyoung Choi's Visual Merchandising class (RM 3243) this semester, students learn about conceptualizing and designing store interiors, layouts, fixtures, lighting, signs, and merchandising planograms. They also competed to design a new Weisman Art Museum (WAM) shop window display. The winning team includes Kimberly Jurichko, Amanda Lai, Thanh Nguyen, and Alanna Norton. The goal of the project, explains Choi, is for students to, "conceptually create a window display for the WAM shop reflecting pieces currently on view in the museum and showcasing WAM shop's merchandise."View images of the new display, a behind the scenes photo shoot, and the story behind the WAM merchandise.The winning design drew its inspiration from Mohamud Mumin's The Youth/Dhallinyarada, a photo exhibition highlighting 13 Somali-American men…

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Students, Faculty, and Staff Honored For Contributions to the College

The following students, faculty, and staff were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the College of Design during the 2012-2013 school year at the annual Honors and Awards ceremony on May 3, 2013.Student Design and Scholarship Awards ArchitectureTheodore Wright – Architecture Undergraduate Individual Aaron Rickard – Architecture Undergraduate TeamDaniel Scott – Architecture Undergraduate TeamRhythm Unnown – Architecture Undergraduate TeamTheodore Wright – Architecture Undergraduate Team Kai Salmela – Architecture Graduate IndividualDavid Johansson – Architecture Graduate TeamJenna Johansson – Architecture Graduate Team Joey Larson – Presidential Management Fellowship Program Erin Lilli – King Medal for Architecture Student ResearchAbby Merlis – Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Architecture Learn more about the School of ArchitectureLandscape Architecture Daniel Rude – Landscape Architecture Undergraduate Individual Emily Furlich…

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Earn Your Degree in 3 Years? Let's Try It

President Eric Kaler announced Friday that the College of Design will pilot a year-round plan for undergraduate students in the graphic design and retail merchandising programs.  The proposed plan will give students in those programs enrolling in the fall of 2014 an option to compete their studies in three years, instead of four years, by taking full credit loads during the summer.”I have long felt that we have, frankly, all this capacity in the summer that’s under-utilized,” Dean Fisher said in an interview with the Star Tribune. “We’ll see where the student demand goes. Some want to get through in three years, while others like the idea of staggered terms.” On Monday, WCCO-TV interviewed students in a graphic design…

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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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Meet Our Rising Stars and Distinguished Scholars

At the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Conference last month, College of Design faculty and students took home many of the top awards. ITAA is a professional, educational association composed of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education. Apparel Assistant Professor Lucy Dunne was awarded the ITAA Rising Star award for her demonstrated excellence in teaching and research in the area of textiles and apparel. Dunne, who is the director of the apparel design program at the College, is internationally renowned for her work in the field of wearable technology. Dunne also directs the Wearable Technology Lab where the research focuses on translating the theoretical potential of smart clothing and wearable technology…

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Windows On Display at the Guthrie and Weisman

This semester students in Juanjuan Wu’s visual merchandising class worked with the Guthrie Theater and Weisman Art Museum (WAM) to create window displays for their shop windows. “I was impressed with this group’s sensitivity to the Guthrie architecture,” said Kay McGuire, Guthrie Theater shop Director of Retail and Merchandising. “Their design seeks to compliment the colors and shapes of the building and play off the winter season.” The winning display for the Guthrie, Modern Holiday, was designed by Elizabeth Huber, Carissa Prieve, Lindsey DeWitt, Crystal Compton, and Kora Gleason (pictured right). Students working with WAM were asked to use Files, the current WAM exhibit about the history of the museum and its collection, to influence their work. The winning design, Exhibition,…

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Andrzej Piotrowski, Sauman Chu, and Juanjuan Wu Receive Grant-in-Aid Funding

Three faculty members from the College of Design received Grant-in-Aid (GIA) funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research. GIA funds are awarded in the belief that the quality of faculty research or artistic endeavors is a major determinant of the overall vitality of University. In most cases grants act as seed money for developing projects to the point of attracting more complete, external funding. Professor Andrzej Piotrowski (Architecture) will study how architecture has recorded religious and cultural exchanges along the western part of the Silk Road (pictured above); Associate Professor Sauman Chu (Graphic Design) will evaluate the rhetorical appeals of visual information to improve healthy nutrition in individuals with obesity or pre-diabetes condition; and Assistant Professor Juanjuan…

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Retail Merchandising Students Develop 3D Virtual Stores

Working with Target Corporation’s Merchandise Presentation Department, eighty-one students competed in a visual merchandising innovation challenge this spring.  Students were given challenges in three different departments: Boys, Men’s, and Ready to Wear and worked in teams to develop strategies addressing those challenges and implementing their solutions in a 3D virtual store.  First prize was awarded to Sarah Lundberg and Natasha Bursch; second prize to Sasenka Curic and Joe LeGarde II; and third prize to Katy Anderson and Liz Schenkat. The following teams received honorable mentions: Jennifer Silbernagel and Michelle Kisrow; Rebecca Doepke and Erika O’Brien; Kaitlyn Grabinski, Michelle Conklin, and Jessica Chiu; and Landon Hersch and Elizabeth Wilson.(Back row, left to right) Sara Lundberg, Natasha Bursch, Celeste Bosn, David Sommer, Amy…

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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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Students, Faculty, and Staff Honored for their Contributions to the College

The following students, faculty, and staff were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the College of Design during our annual Honors and Awards event on Friday, May 4, 2012. Student Design and Scholarship Excellence Ben Vandenwymelenberg – Architecture Undergraduate IndividualJeremy Bernardy – Architecture Undergraduate TeamSosethika Chhuth – Architecture Undergraduate Team Michael Jamison – Architecture Undergraduate TeamKaty Kenyon – Architecture Undergraduate TeamNicholas Kramer – Architecture Undergraduate TeamJessica McSherry – Architecture Undergraduate TeamJoshua Miller – Architecture Undergraduate TeamCho Park – Architecture Undergraduate TeamStefanie Perez – Architecture Undergraduate TeamLane Pralle – Architecture Undergraduate TeamRyan Radzak – Architecture Undergraduate TeamDevon Regan – Architecture Undergraduate TeamEmily Richardson – Architecture Undergraduate TeamLindsey Richter – Architecture Undergraduate TeamSamuel Schroeder – Architecture Undergraduate Team Benjawan Sinchai – Architecture Undergraduate TeamJeff…

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