Tag Archives: design

Judd Fellow Explores Different Ways to Improve Wood Durability

Pratihba Chauhan

Due to the decrease in availability of conventionally used construction wood, stricter government regulations, and increased demand for sustainable building materials, there has been a recent surge of interest in finding alternative ways of using low durability wood species for construction. For 2017 Judd Fellow Pratibha Chauhan (Architecture), this begged the question, what can be done to enhance the durability of wood and preserve the architectural wisdom embedded within this traditional building material?

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Design U Designs For You

Roohi Katarya and Maia Peterson

On Friday, December 8th, interdisciplinary student group Design U will host an end of the semester showcase of the work they’ve completed so far this year. Founded in 2015 by Ryan Hedblom, Design U works with local companies to create design solutions for everything from prototyping to the design of web or mobile applications. Design U’s executive directors Roohi Katarya (Product Design) and Maia Peterson (Architecture) discuss the group’s work and what they’ve accomplished so far in this interview.

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Mother-Daughter Teams Co-Design Culturally Appropriate Activewear

Mother-Daughter pairs examine potential design options for active wear.

Two years ago Professor Elizabeth Bye (Apparel Design) received an Extension Block Grant to research the physical activity of mother-daughter pairs in East African communities. “The project grew out of research I did with the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sports a few years ago. We had created culturally appropriate activewear for girls in the Twin Cities’ East African community and we received a lot of feedback from the mothers whose daughters participated in the project that they wanted similar athletic wear for themselves.”

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Design Students Get a Sneak Peek at Pixar’s Latest Film

Promotional poster for Pixar's CoCo

Students in the College of Design got a sneak peek at Disney Pixar’s latest release, “Coco” more than a week before its Thanksgiving release. As part of Disney’s Artist Tour, Sets Supervisor Chris Bernardi visited McNeal Hall to share clips from the movie and describe the process behind the design and development of the film.

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Retail Connect 2017 Tackles the Risks and Rewards of Entrepreneurship

This Thursday, students and industry professionals will gather for the College of Design’s annual event, Retail Connect. Presented by the College of Design’s Retail Merchandising Program, the Retail Merchandising Design Advisory Board, and the college’s Alumni Relations team, this year’s event will focus specifically on entrepreneurship and the role entrepreneurs play in our global economy.

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Transformative $3 Million Gift To Impact Generations of Future Design Students

Landscape Architecture class at Pine Lake

An alumnus of the College of Design’s Landscape Architecture program, and spouse, have committed $3 million to the University of Minnesota’s College of Design (CDes)—the largest gift ever received by this nationally renowned, comprehensive school for design thinkers and practitioners.

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Meet the Dean: Q&A with Carol Strohecker

Carol Strohecker

In addition to welcoming our new students this fall, the College of Design (CDes) is pleased to welcome our new dean, Carol Strohecker. In this interview, she talks about her passion for the design fields and her experiences across the design disciplines and gives some advice to our incoming students.

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Fall Semester

Fall at the University of Minnesota

Before you dive in to fall semester, take a look at our top five tips for starting your school year off right.

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Stepping Up with Apparel Design

Step Up students work on their garments.

Founded in 2004 by the City of Minneapolis and AchieveMpls, the Step-Up Achieve and Step-Up Discover program places Minneapolis teenagers and young adults in paid internships across the metro area. This summer, the Apparel Design Program played host to interns and taught them the ins and outs of apparel design. In this interview Lucy Dunne, director of the apparel design program, talks about how the partnership developed and how the program has been doing so far.

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Building a Strong Foundation: Q&A with Valerie Quarles

Valerie Quarles

Since kindergarten, Valerie Quarles has been surrounded by the remodeling and redesign of her family’s 1910 historic home. Once she was old enough she went from watching the remodel to helping design it.

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