Category Archives: Students

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Fall Semester

Fall at the University of Minnesota

Before you dive in to fall semester, take a look at our top five tips for starting your school year off right.

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Stepping Up with Apparel Design

Step Up students work on their garments.

Founded in 2004 by the City of Minneapolis and AchieveMpls, the Step-Up Achieve and Step-Up Discover program places Minneapolis teenagers and young adults in paid internships across the metro area. This summer, the Apparel Design Program played host to interns and taught them the ins and outs of apparel design. In this interview Lucy Dunne, director of the apparel design program, talks about how the partnership developed and how the program has been doing so far.

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Building a Strong Foundation: Q&A with Valerie Quarles

Valerie Quarles

Since kindergarten, Valerie Quarles has been surrounded by the remodeling and redesign of her family’s 1910 historic home. Once she was old enough she went from watching the remodel to helping design it.

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Introducing the College of Design

Students in DES 1170 on a field trip

For first year College of Design students, navigating the different design fields can be an intimidating prospect. But College of Design leadership hopes to change that with the introduction of the new topics course DES 1170: Introducing the College of Design.

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Interning Abroad: A Guest Post From Landscape Architecture Student Luke Nichols

Luke Nichols, landscape architecture student.

This summer I decided to intern at Ting Song Library in China’s Hebei province. Ting Song Library is a cultural and social community designed and founded by a group of former design school classmates.

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Finding a Way with Interior Design | Q&A with Julie Irish

Julie Irish (Ph.D '17, Interior Design)

When Julie Irish (Ph.D ’17, Interior Design) was asked to design a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) she made the surprising discovery that there was little design research on the topic. This was the motivation she needed to conduct her own research into how to design schools that are not only friendly for children with ASD, but help children […]

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Defining Place in Dinkytown

Color and Form Prints

Located on the north side of the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus, Dinkytown is a neighborhood with close ties to the University community. This spring, students in Associate Professor James Boyd Brent’s Color and Form in Surface Design class were challenged to explore the sense of place in this unique neighborhood by designing a series of handmade screen prints. […]

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Stamps of Somalia: Illuminating a Nation

Stamps of Somalia Image 1

How do you define a country’s design aesthetic? For recent graphic design graduate Kaamil Haider, it starts with a postage stamp. On display at the 2017 Graphic Design Senior Showcase, Haider’s senior exhibit “Stamps of Somalia: Illuminating a Nation” explored Somalia’s design style through the creation of original postage stamps.   How did you come up with the idea for […]

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Building Community with Design

Building Community with Design

As the spring semester comes to an end, we’re looking ahead to fall and getting excited to welcome the next class of undergraduate students. Every year we welcome our incoming undergrads with supplies they’ll need during their first semester: a sketchbook, pen, and class T-shirt. This year we’ve launched the Building Community with Design campaign, which aims to cover the […]

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