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Bringing Universal Design to the Self-Checkout Counter

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The self-checkout counter. It’s a common sight in grocery stores across the nation. But what impact does it have on the design of a store and on the people who use it? Teaming up with retail merchandising faculty Hye-Young Kim, architecture student Ryan Hansen seeks to answer this question in his honors thesis research.

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Rebranding the Bat /|\^·,·^/|\

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North American bats are in serious trouble. Since 2007 more than five million of them have been killed by a disease called white-nose syndrome. Caused by the white fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans, white-nose syndrome infects the skin of a bat’s muzzle, tail, ears, and wings while they are hibernating. Infected bats wake up prematurely and burn through their fat stores too […]

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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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