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Apparel Design Alumna Shines On at Shinesty

Anna Peshock models a Shinesty blazer

In her senior year of college, Anna Peshock (B.S. ’15, Apparel Design) took an internship at a small start-up called Shinesty. Three years later and not only is Peshock a senior technical designer, but celebs like Stephen Colbert are wearing Shinesty’s out of the box designs.

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Design Alumnae Serve on UMAA Collegiate Council

Three College of Design alumnae—Janice Linster (BS ’83 Interior Design), Maureen Kostial (BS ’71 Costume Design), and Betsy Vohs (M.Arch ’04)—have been appointed to the University of Minnesota Alumni Association Collegiate Alumni Council. Members of the collegiate council advise the UMAA board on alumni engagement and advocate for the needs of the alumni societies they represent. Thanks to our alumnae […]

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Solving Problems, Riding Bikes: Q&A with Ryan Carlson (Graphic Design ‘01)

Ryan Carlson (Graphic Design ‘01) was never formally trained in wicking fabrics, business best practices, or bicycle engineering; but since its launch in 2005, his company Twin Six has expanded from on-trend cycling apparel to a full line of accessories and gear—most recently, a line of bicycles. In this interview, Carlson shares lessons learned from running a business without a business […]

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From Mainframe Computers to Virtual Reality: Q&A with Lee Anderson

In 1980, Lee Anderson (Architecture) was deep into his MArch thesis on fractals and design when he realized that in in order to generate graphics to represent his ideas, he’d need to learn computer programming. Anderson taught himself as much as he could, then reached out University of Minnesota experts in computer science, fine arts, and IT. His resulting thesis was […]

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Tabitha Andelin (Apparel) Designs for the Runway and the Gym

Circle of Design is a Twin Cities original: local apparel designers incorporate music, dance, and fine art into a narrative runway show followed by a pop-up shop. Each year, Circle of Design sponsors an entrepreneurial apparel design student by pairing them with a local designer. During the four months leading up to the show, the established designer mentors the student. […]

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Haworth Challenges Interior Studios to Imagine the Future of the Workplace

Haworth guest critic Lindsey Rain (Interior Design ‘92) gave Tina Patel and Abi Asojo’s Interior Design studios a very contemporary challenge: design a flexible work café that can accommodate a range of work styles and functions. The assignment was an preview of the type of commercial projects interior students can expect to tackle after graduation. As Rain explained, “more and more […]

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Kathryn Sterner Sieve (Apparel Design ‘11) is Taking her Studio on the Road

Kathryn Sterner Sieve (Apparel Design ‘11) founded Wisome Goods with an emphasis on sustainability, craftsmanship, and connecting people to story behind their clothes. Now she’s taking her studio on the road. With the support of hundreds of Kickstarter backers, she’s transforming an Airstream trailer into the Winsome Mobile Studio to bring her design process and limited-run collections across the continent. […]

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A Pathway to the National Park Service

As an undergraduate, Shannon Sawyer (MLA ‘15, BED ’13) loved to study design history and cultural landscapes, but didn’t make a connection to a career with the National Park Service (NPS) until she began her graduate studies. “The summer after my second year of the MLA program, I interned at Mount Rainier National Park. That solidified it: I was hooked. […]

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Advertising Club Explores Chicago’s Ad Industry

Guest post by Sassa Kangas. Students in the Advertising Club had the opportunity to explore the world of advertising in Chicago this winter break. Four of the College of Design’s graphic design students who participated were able to get a first-hand look at the life in an advertisement agency, receiving private tours of Critical Mass, HAVAS, Leo Burnett, and Upshot. […]

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Humor with a Sense of Design

During her sophomore year, Andy Erikson (Graphic Design ‘09) skipped typography class to audition for Last Comic Standing, but didn’t even make it through the door. “I waited all morning, but there were people lined up all the way around the block. I didn’t even make it into the building to audition,” she remembered. The next time her typography class […]

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