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5th Graders Take Their First Design Course

On December 5th, Terry Wiley's fifth grade class at Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul took their first college course in design. As part of a new initiative at the college to empower youth, the Student Services staff in partnership with the John Comazzi, Brad Hokanson, and Director of the U of M Kids on Campus program, Tex Ostvig, "adopted" the entire class. This week's gathering was the second year of the "adoption" program, whose goal is to help elementary school students learn first-hand about college and how thinking like designers can help them with problem-solving. The first exercise of the morning was orchestrated by Tex Ostvig, coordinator of Kids on Campus. Ostvig jumped in with the kids and…

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Vampires, Werewolves, and Costume Designers

Styling trendy vampires and werewolves isn’t easy. Luckily the new Twilight movie promises a healthy dose of teen angst, a few cheesy effects, and the beyond-the-scenes talent of costume designer Michael Wilkinson. In an interview with InStyle, Wilkinson explains how he evoked costumes ranging from the 17th century to the timeless to a look inspired by different southern Amazonian tribes. How did he prepare for the final between scene? “I wanted them to have an imposing sense of authority,” says Wilkinson. “I studied the professional clothing of the European courts over the last few centuries, and incorporated some of the silhouettes and details that seemed appropriate.”If choosing a vampire’s wardrobe is your dream job too, you’re not alone. Our apparel design…

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