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Retail Connect: Succeeding in an unpredictable marketplace

The College of Design convenes a forum, “Retail Connect: Succeeding in an unpredictable marketplace,” where retail and consumer trend experts share their insights, foresights, and strategies.

“The Midwest and the Twin Cities are home to some of the world’s leading retailers, including Target, Best Buy, and Christopher and Banks, and we want to provide an opportunity to share and learn from each other innovative ideas concerning how to successfully navigate the current challenges facing the industry,” said Kim Johnson (Retail Merchandising).

The forum takes place on Thursday, October 21, 2010, 6:30-9:00 p.m., in University Hall of the McNamara Alumni Center and features Mike Dervos, senior vice president and regional director of stores, Macy’s North Region; Roberta Bonoff, chief executive and president, Creative Kidstuff; and Vickie Abrahamson, Panoramix Global. The event is open to the public but space is limited. The cost of attendance is $20 ($5 for students) and registration is required.

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Cultivating the creative

The first batch of the University’s “Because” marketing campaign has been released, and among the initial elements in the campaign is one from and about the College of Design.

Cultivating the creative” is a UMNews feature story that is currently running on the University’s website home page. Rick Moore, author of the article, cites Richard Florida’s 2002 The Rise of the Creative Class, finding that creativity is a key component of modern jobs.

Because creative imperative marketing campaign element
Because creative imperative marketing campaign element.

“The American economy is increasingly ideas- and software-driven, and most manufacturing, for better or worse, has been shipped overseas, Dean Tom Fisher (Architecture), tells Moore. “We are even more dependent on creativity. A lot of corporations in our area realize that unless they continue to be innovative, they will fall behind in terms of global competition.”

The creative imperative is the creativity element in the University’s “Because” marketing campaign. Both a 20 x 12 print ad (.pdf; 4MB) and an 8 x 5.25 half-page print ad (.pdf; 1.9MB) for the “Because creativity fuels the new economy” campaign are available.

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College of Design co-sponsors Next Generation of Parks Fall 2010 lecture series

The College of Design and its Department of Landscape Architecture and Metropolitan Design Center are co-sponsors of the Next Generation of Parks lecture series. The lecture series began Tuesday, September 28, 2010, with an address by Peter Harnik, director, Center for City Parks Excellence, The Trust for Public Land.

On Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 7 p.m., at the McPhail Center for Music, Ed Uhlir will present “The Making of Millennium Park.” Uhlir is executive director of Chicago’s Millennium Park.

On Thursday, December 2, 2010, 7 p.m., at the Walker Art Center’s Cinema, Walter Hood will lecture on the reconstruction of urban landscapes. Hood is the founder of Oakland, California-based Hood Design.

The College of Design is also a cosponsor of the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition, addressing the upper riverfront of Minneapolis from the Stone Arch Bridge to the city limits to the north. The project builds on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) 2000 master plan for a 21st century park system.

Joe Kimball, writing for MinnPost.com, reports 12 jurors — including Dean Tom Fisher (Architecture) — have been selected for the competition. The jurors will meet October 29, 2010 to select four design teams for the competition. The jurors will select the winning design in January 2011.

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College of Design Mentor Program Fall 2010

The College of Design’s Mentor Program is currently accepting student applications for 2010. All junior and senior undergraduates and all graduate students are eligible. Freshmen and sophomore undergraduates are encouraged to attend other College to Career events including local organization tours and panel discussions.

Are you or your colleagues interested in helping future professionals in your field? If so, we invite you to become a mentor in the College of Design Mentor Program during the 2010-11 academic year.

Mentors are matched with students, one-to-one, as a way to assist students with career exploration, networking, project critiques, and skill building based on student needs and interests. This is an excellent opportunity to work with students while sharing advice and professional experience, which is especially valued in today’s job market.

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College of Design announces renovated McNeal Hall computer classrooms

Newly renovated computer classrooms in McNeal Hall are open for student and faculty use as of September 7, 2010. Computer classroom/lab hours will be:

Mon.-Thu. 8 a.m.-12 a.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.

Late last spring the college’s long-term classroom management partnership with OIT ended unexpectedly. As a result, college IT staff and DHA faculty and administrative staff had to very quickly determine what was needed to assume full responsibility for these important classrooms. As part of the planning, funding was identified to make it possible for the classrooms to be given a much needed “makeover,” including new carpeting in 305, 308, 310, and 316. The computer desks were re-organized based on faculty input to provide more open space for group work and critiques. New projectors and screens were installed and large, wall-mounted LCD displays were added to facilitate better student viewing. All of the PC and Mac computers were replaced with new equipment and the latest operating systems and application software versions installed. Three new flatbed scanners were installed that are capable of 32-bit color images up to 2400×4800 PPI in resolution.

A “sneak preview” open house was held Monday, August 30, 2010 and the response from faculty was very positive.

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Images from 2010 Welcome Week yarn event

Associate Dean Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design) has collected images from the Welcome Week yarn event in the Rapson Hall courtyard. More than 200 first-year College of Design students participated in the community- and creativity-building events on Thursday, September 2, 2010. At 2:30 p.m., students gathered in the courtyard for discussions about the academic experience that are “drawn” with yarn, a technique that balances the conversation visually. The students then fill the entire courtyard with yarn. About about 4 p.m., the students gathered in the Rapson Hall auditorium to create the sounds of rain and a thunderstorm using only their hands. “These activities help demonstrate to students the connections that a university experience provides, and, more importantly, that even an impossible task can be accomplished with some creativity and your peers,” said Hokanson.

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College of Design co-sponsors Sustainable Communities Interdisciplinary Lecture featuring Joachim Eble

The College of Design is co-sponsoring a Sustainable Communities Interdisciplinary Lecture on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 featuring Germany’s “grandfather of green building,” Joachim Eble of Joachim Eble-Architektur. The lecture highlights Eble’s experience in sustainable, “healthy” design and eco-city projects throughout Europe and Asia. The event will open with a brief summary of the the vision for a sustainable, University-founded community at UMore Park. Following Eble’s lecture, a reactor panel, including Dean Tom Fisher (Architecture), will share their expertise and perspectives on economic, environmental and social sustainability.

The lecture will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the 3M Auditorium in the Carlson School of Management. A light reception will follow the lecture in the Carlson School of Management Atrium.

More information and registration is available on the UMore Park website.

Additionally, Eble will participate in a sustainable community and eco-city design seminar on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., in 225 Rapson Hall. For information about the seminar, contact John Carmody, carmo001@umn.edu.

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Second 2010 Design Lab teaches design thinking skills to K-6 teachers and students

The College of Design’s Design Lab (DLab) workshop this week helps K-6 teachers and their students build critical design thinking skills. DLab takes place Tuesday through Friday, July 6-9, 2010, at the Baker Community Center, 209 West Page Street, Saint Paul.

The first DLab workshop took place June 15-18, 2010, at Highlands Elementary School, Edina.

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