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Minnesota Monthly Speaks With Barry Kudrowitz About Food & Creativity

Assistant professor Barry Kudrowitz directs the Product Design program at the College of Design where his research assistants dive into topics like: How Play and Humor Fuel Innovation, The Evaluation and Perception of Creativity, and Sketching and Idea Generation. As an undergraduate, Kudrowitz wanted to design theme-park rides for Disney. He was accepted into the Culinary Institute of America, but went to MIT where he studied connections between creativity and humor instead. Last fall he combined his interests in a class called Food and Design, where edible experimentation led students to learn basic design concepts.Minnesota Monthly magazine caught up with Kudrowitz for their March 2014 issue, where he talks with them about about the  Food and Design course, getting kids…

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A Design Twist on the Local Foodie Movement

In a classroom on the first floor of McNeal Hall, students wait patiently with plastic spoons.They are inaugural participants in the first Food and Design class, a hands-on, edible experimentation course that teaches basic design principles through food. Today their assignment was to develop an innovative flavor and texture pairing in one spoon-sized bite. The bite-sized hors d'oeuvres on display, which needed to highlight a seasonal fruit or vegetable, range from caramelized sweet potatoes with crispy bacon to green tea Jell-O with maple cranberry apple sauce."I have always been interested in looking at food as a designed project," says instructor Barry Kudrowitz, assistant professor and the director of the product design program. "If you view food as something that you…

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The Best of Sketch Off: Tooth Brushes, Refrigerators, Funny Hats and More …

If you liked Sketch Off, another event presented by the Product Design program, Eat Deaign: An Edible Design Tasting Experience, will take place on December 11. The even is $15 and open to the public. Register here.Students from any discipline at the University of Minnesota can register for Product Design: Concept Sketching and Rendering to become better at visualizing their ideas. This class concludes with the annual Sketch Off, Improv Concept Sketching Battle, where students and industry designers rapidly visualize wild product ideas with suggestions from the audience. This year participating professionals included Liz Apple, Associate Designer at Target; Kirk Morris, Associate Designer at Target; and Scott Melanson, Industrial Designer at Sportech. Here are some of our favorites from #SketchOff13:1. Bad…

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Product Design Students Put Toys On The Market

There's a new toy on the market-and it started in Rapson Hall. Adam Poetter (B.D.A. '11) was a teaching assistant for the inaugural Toy Product Design course taught by assistant professor Barry Kudrowitz in spring 2011. "I think all of the TAs felt like we were getting into something bigger than ourselves," said Poetter, who also received a B.S. in bioproducts and biosystems engineering. "[It was] a new way of doing things and a new way to approach engineering and design." The class introduces the product design process with a focus on designing for play, from initial brainstorms to testing to a final event for the public every spring called PLAYsentations. At the end of the semester Manhattan Toy sponsored…

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[Video] Barry Kudrowitz Unveils Oreo Separator Machine

Earlier this week, Oreo launched its Cookies vs. Cream video series with David Neevel, a self-proclaimed physicist and copywriter, showing off a contraption that takes apart an Oreo Rube Goldberg style – complete with mini hatchet. Today, Oreo launched another video in the series featuring Assistant Professor Barry Kudrowitz (Product Design) with his own Oreo-separating machine. The commercial was filmed in Rapson Hall. @UofMDesign Chatter:This isn't the first unique invention developed by Kudrowitz. In 2005 he developed the Catsup Crapper (now Automato), a remote controlled robot that "roller skates" to your plate and dispenses ketchup (it was featured on The Martha Stewart Show and Conan). Kudrowitz teaches courses about Creativity, Idea Generation, Innovation and Toy Design. To learn more,…

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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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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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Monday Minute, March 26, 2012: Investments, Excellence, and the 2012 Pulse Survey

Dear Colleagues, Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal for the college-wide research and outreach RFP. With approximately $180,000 budgeted, we had over $660,000 worth of excellent ideas, and we have decided to move forward with the following in no particular order: John Comazzi – Summer Design Lab for Educators Barry Kudrowitz – Design and Food Marilyn Bruin – Understanding Families in Net-Zero Housing Abimbola Asoojo – Diversity and Design William Weber, Rich Strong – Integrating Sustainable Design Research, Outreach and Education David Pitt – Computer Programming Support for Use of GeoDesign Technology in Advancing Multifunctional Landscape Planning John Carmody – Renewing the Center for Sustainable Building Research Marilyn DeLong – Redefining, Redesigning Fashion Speaking of excellence, Interior Design had…

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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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