Category Archives: Students

Work Hard, Play Hard with Toy Product Design

Toy Product Design PLAYsentations

If there is one thing students in Toy Product Design know, it’s how to play hard and work even harder. All semester long, they’ve been creating the next big thing in toy design and on May 3rd all of that hard work will pay off when they present their final products at PLAYsentations. Open to students from all disciplines, Toy […]

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Interior Design Students Reimagine the Workplace

The guest jurors announce the winners of the competition.

When designing for today’s workplace, interior designers are increasingly called upon to think beyond the traditional cubicle and create a more contemporary space. Interior design students in Abimbola Asojo and Justine Pliska’s IDES 2604 experienced this first-hand when they were asked to design a “third place work cafe” as part of a competition from Haworth. “The parameters were to design […]

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A New Kind of Apparel Project: Designing for Faculty

Abby Gardner's design for Sauman Chu

Apparel design freshmen in ADES 2221 were recently assigned an unusual project: design an outfit for a College of Design faculty member. “This class is an apparel design student’s very first exposure to apparel design research and the design process,” explained Teaching Specialist Lindsey Strange. “I wanted to challenge them to design for someone different from themselves, for someone they […]

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New Graduate Program: Heritage Studies and Public History

Student working at the Minnesota Historical Society

Next fall marks the start of a new program for the College of Design, the masters in heritage studies and public history (HSPH). In partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS), HSPH combines hands-on professional development with rigorous scholarly training. At its core, the HSPH program is built on interdisciplinary work. The faculty who spearheaded the program, Associate […]

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Spring 2017 Issue of Emerging Now Available

The cover for the Spring 2017 issue of Emerging magazine.

The College of Design’s spring 2017 issue of Emerging magazine is now available online. Featuring student, faculty, and alumni news, Emerging is one of the best ways to stay up to date on what’s going on at the college. Our latest issue includes stories on: Apparel design students volunteering with the nonprofit Project Diva. The Goldstein Museum of Design’s 40th anniversary. […]

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Designing Across an Ocean: From Minnesota to Sierra Leone

An image of Tikonko's birth waiting house in January 2016.

With the highest maternal mortality ratio in the world, Sierra Leone is one of the most dangerous countries for women to give birth.¹ Architecture graduate student Gauri Kelkar’s final project is helping to change that. Partnering with Rural Health Care Initiative (RHCI), a Minneapolis-based non-profit founded by Sierra Leone immigrant Alice Karpeh, Kelkar designed a birth waiting house (BWH) in the Sierra Leone village of Tikonko. Once completed, […]

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Rome if You Want to with New Study Abroad Program

The Roman Colosseum

This summer, all College of Design programs lead to Rome with our first open interdisciplinary studio Italian Design Studio: Blending Tradition and Innovation. Starting the week of May 24th, this six week 3-credit design studio is open to students from across the College of Design, including the retail merchandising, apparel design, graphic design, interior design, architecture, and landscape architecture programs. Students from […]

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Apparel Design Students Discuss 49th Annual Fashion Show

Instinct Fashion Show Poster

Seniors in the undergraduate apparel design program show off their work this Saturday, February 4th at 5:30 and 8 pm during the 49th annual apparel design fashion show, Instinct. A rite-of-passage for seniors, the fashion show challenges students to create their own collections and plan an entire runway show. Before the big event, the designers took a moment to share […]

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Keshika De Saram (B.D.A. ’14, M.Arch ’17) Elected President of AIAS

Keshika De Saram 61st AIAS President

At the American Institute of Architecture Students’ (AIAS) annual FORUM conference, the Council of Presidents elected the 2017-18 board of directors. Among those elected was College of Design graduate student Keshika De Saram (B.D.A. ’14, M.Arch ’17) who will now serve a one-year term on the AIAS board of directors as the organization’s 61st president. As president, De Saram will relocate […]

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Beyond the Classroom with Project DIVA

Participants with Project DIVA.

The life of a student is hectic. With class projects, lectures, and homework it can be a struggle to find time for anything outside of school. But students Megan Quist (Retail Merchandising) and Quinessa Stibbins (Apparel Design) haven’t let that stop them from stepping beyond the classroom and putting what they’ve learned into practice. Both students act as mentors with Project […]

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