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Design Thinking Unleashes Creative Potential … With a New Website

The emerging field of Design Thinking has a growing presence (and website) at the College of Design. Spearheaded by Adjunct Assistant Professor Virajita Singh, the project is a unique resource for organizations ranging from local governments to the business sector interested in applying the tools and processes from the design disciplines to complex, system-wide problems. "Our audacious goal," explains Singh, "is to unleash the creative potential of individuals and organizations across all sectors to innovate in fulfilling their mission at the local, regional, national and international level." View photos from recent workshops. Upcoming events include workshops with the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program (ESUP) to identify and rank possible design elements and portal features for the new U of M portal…

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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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Monday Minute, October 1, 2012: Design and Business

Colleagues,I wanted to take the time this week to bring you all up to speed on some of the conversations the College has had regarding the intersection of design and business.As set forth in our vision, we need to ensure our students fully understand the triple-bottom-line (people, planet, profit) aspect of their work.  We do an excellent job with the people and planet side, but the profit part probably needs more work. We have talked about this in our leadership discussions over the last year – specifically our retreat this summer – and I look forward to telling you more about this during the college assembly later this week. Over the last week alone, in conversations I and others…

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Brad Hokanson Receives Grant to Study Creativity in Children

Associate Dean for Research and Outreach Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design) received funding from the Metropolitan Consortium and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs to study creativity as a major component of workforce readiness. Hokanson's research and teaching focuses on the development of creativity skills and their application in problem solving. "Creativity is three times more indicative of future achievement than is intelligence," said Hokanson. "Central to the research is the long term understanding of creativity in the metropolitan area." He cites studies that find creativity has declined among school children since 1991. The grant, "Creativity and achievement: Running backwards," will include testing the creativity of children in a metropolitan school district and correlating the findings with their Minnesota achievement…

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