Category Archives: Students

Mother-Daughter Teams Co-Design Culturally Appropriate Activewear

Mother-Daughter pairs examine potential design options for active wear.

Two years ago Professor Elizabeth Bye (Apparel Design) received an Extension Block Grant to research the physical activity of mother-daughter pairs in East African communities. “The project grew out of research I did with the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sports a few years ago. We had created culturally appropriate activewear for girls in the Twin Cities’ East African community and we received a lot of feedback from the mothers whose daughters participated in the project that they wanted similar athletic wear for themselves.”

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Retail Assistance Program Connects Students with Rural Retailers

Opening weekend at Berg's Country Barn

This November, Retail Merchandising researchers launched the Joint Retail Assistance Program and invited Amanda Phillips (Retail Merchandising) to act as the lead design student for the first trial run of the program: helping small-business owner Anita Berg create Berg’s Country Barn, a holiday pop-up store.

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Design Students Get a Sneak Peek at Pixar’s Latest Film

Promotional poster for Pixar's CoCo

Students in the College of Design got a sneak peek at Disney Pixar’s latest release, “Coco” more than a week before its Thanksgiving release. As part of Disney’s Artist Tour, Sets Supervisor Chris Bernardi visited McNeal Hall to share clips from the movie and describe the process behind the design and development of the film.

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New Student Group Introduced in School of Architecture

Students from the School of Architecture at the National NOMA conference.

Founded in 1971, the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) was created to empower, mentor, and support minority architects. Starting this semester, students in the School of Architecture can get more involved in NOMA’s work thanks to the creation of a new student chapter, NOMAS.

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New Graduate Assistant for International Student Initiatives Joins College

A new collaborative project between the College of Design (CDes) and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources (CFANS) and funded through the International Student Academic Services Fee shines a spotlight on supporting international students. Starting this semester, Veronica Quillien will act as the new graduate assistant for international student initiatives across both colleges.

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#UMNFirst: A Guest Post by Aalayha Robb

Today marks the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration day. To celebrate, the University of Minnesota and colleges around the nation are sharing the experiences of first-generation college students, staff, and faculty. In recognition of this day, Aalayha Robb (Architecture) shares her own journey to becoming a first-generation college student here at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design.

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Student Collaboration Turns into Small Business


What started as a collaboration between two apparel design students has turned into a small business for College of Design alumni Heidi Woelfle (B.S. ‘16, Apparel Design), Regena Yu (B.S. ‘16, Apparel Design) and Abby Zamis (B.F.A. ‘16, Graphic Design). Launched last April, WAY the label is a new clothing line that focuses on creating classic, minimalist clothing for women without sacrificing sustainability.

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Landscape Architecture Alumna Wins ASLA Award of Excellence

Though easily forgotten and often misunderstood, the infrastructures of wastewater treatment are closely tied to our everyday lives. Bridget Ayers Looby (M.L.A. ’16) explores this relationship in her capstone project Invisible Works: A public introduction to the dynamic life of wastewater treatment for which she was awarded the American Society of Landscape Architects’ (ASLA) highly coveted Student Award of Excellence in the category of general design.

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Retail Connect 2017 Tackles the Risks and Rewards of Entrepreneurship

This Thursday, students and industry professionals will gather for the College of Design’s annual event, Retail Connect. Presented by the College of Design’s Retail Merchandising Program, the Retail Merchandising Design Advisory Board, and the college’s Alumni Relations team, this year’s event will focus specifically on entrepreneurship and the role entrepreneurs play in our global economy.

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Behind the Scenes at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

Beneath Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most recognized American architects of the twentieth-century. From the Guggenheim Museum in New York City to his Taliesin estates in Spring Green, Wisconsin and Scottsdale, Arizona, Wright’s buildings resonate across the world of architecture. For many architecture students, working directly with Wright’s legacy is just a dream, but for Catherine Deacon (Architecture) this dream turned into a reality.

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