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Stamps of Somalia: Illuminating a Nation

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How do you define a country’s design aesthetic? For recent graphic design graduate Kaamil Haider, it starts with a postage stamp. On display at the 2017 Graphic Design Senior Showcase, Haider’s senior exhibit “Stamps of Somalia: Illuminating a Nation” explored Somalia’s design style through the creation of original postage stamps.   How did you come up with the idea for […]

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2017 Imagine Fund Award Recipients Announced

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Across the College of Design, our faculty’s research is tackling global problems and advancing their fields. This spring, 19 faculty members received grants from the University’s Imagine Fund, which supports innovative research in the arts, humanities, and design fields. Take a look at the research that our faculty members are conducting with their grants: Abimbola Asojo (Interior Design): Creativity, Culture, and Identity in […]

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Dean Abbott Named Pioneer of American Landscape Design

Adjunct Professor Dean Abbott

Adjunct Professor Dean Abbott (Landscape Architecture) was recently named a Pioneer of American Landscape Design by The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). The Pioneers program ” … chronicles the lives and careers of those who have designed our gardens, parks, streets, campuses, cemeteries, suburbs, and the innumerable other environments in which we live” (TCLF), and counts Frank Lloyd Wright and Frederick […]

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Redefining Design, a Post-it Note at a Time

Student questions posed on Post-Its.

Visitors to the second floor of McNeal Hall may notice a unique display taking shape; a plethora of multicolored Post-its adorn the cork-board wall outside the design, housing, and apparel offices. On each one is a question posed by a student ranging from the light-hearted (Is there a song that everyone loves?) to the serious (Why do some people enjoy […]

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Minnesota Monthly Speaks With Barry Kudrowitz About Food & Creativity

Assistant professor Barry Kudrowitz directs the Product Design program at the College of Design where his research assistants dive into topics like: How Play and Humor Fuel Innovation, The Evaluation and Perception of Creativity, and Sketching and Idea Generation. As an undergraduate, Kudrowitz wanted to design theme-park rides for Disney. He was accepted into the Culinary Institute of America, but went to MIT where he studied connections between creativity and humor instead. Last fall he combined his interests in a class called Food and Design, where edible experimentation led students to learn basic design concepts.Minnesota Monthly magazine caught up with Kudrowitz for their March 2014 issue, where he talks with them about about the  Food and Design course, getting kids…

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Nominate a Designer for the $2,000 Margot Siegel Design Award

The Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD) is now accepting nominations for the second annual Margot Siegel Design Award. The Siegel Design Award honors designers who demonstrate design excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. The recipient of the Siegel Design Award will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the Twin Cities to present a public lecture and accept a $2,000 award. Nominations for the 2014 awards will be accepted by email through February 28, 2014. Eligibility and Guidelines:Nominations for the 2014 awards will be accepted by email (gmd@umn.edu) through February 28, 2014. The Siegel Design Award is given for a body of completed work, not for a specific project.Individuals from any design field are eligible. Nominees must have been…

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Alpha Rho Chi, A Butterfly House, and the Power of Design

Last summer, the newly reinstated Alpha Rho Chi (APX) Mnesicles Chapter at the University of Minnesota collaborated with YMCA Camp Streefland in Lakeville, MN to teach children ages 6-14 the value of design education. Their project was twofold: constructing a Butterfly House and instilling campers with design thinking values. "The Butterfly House … became a great opportunity for students to see a project from inception to completion," explained Drew Heller, current president of the APX chapter. "Up until this point, many of our members had limited experience in constructing anything, let alone something of this scale." The group worked with Madi Goodrich, arts and crafts director at Camp Streefland, to decide the needs, layout, and design of the building. It…

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Shopping Center Design Named Best-of-the-Best

A shopping center designed by David Rogers (M.Arch '71) was chosen by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) as a VIVA Best-of-the-Best Award winner in the Design and Development category for 2013. This award honors and recognizes the most outstanding examples of shopping center design and development, sustainability, marketing, and community service worldwide. Santa Monica Place, located in Santa Monica, California, was transformed by Rogers from a traditional enclosed mall into an open-air destination that celebrates the cultural and geographic openness of Santa Monica. "This center is an exceptional representation of the best in the industry for state of the art practices, setting it apart from the rest of the retail real estate industry," said Michael P. Kercheval, president…

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Forest Trails & Forest Tales: Exploring Place, Story, and Climate Change

A project led by a ten member interdisciplinary, advisory group including Jonee Kulman Brigham, research fellow at the Center for Sustainable Building Research, will present a free public event, Forest Trails & Forest Tales: Exploring Place, Story, and Climate Change, at the Cloquet Forestry Center on Saturday, June 22 from 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. This event is part of a project called “Conversation-E: Science + Art in Service to Sustainability” sponsored by the Institute on the Environment in partnership with Green Art Together Evolving (GATE) with support from the Cloquet Forestry Center. Other members of the interdisciplinary University team include Roslye Ultan, Liberal Studies Senior Faculty, Peter Reich, Regents Professor Department of Forest Resources, and Rebecca A. Montgomery, Associate…

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NEA Grant Adds to Growing Partnership with Juxtaposition Arts

The Regents of the University of Minnesota received a grant of $35,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) that will support the development of design curricula and educational programming targeted to high school students. This project is a partnership between the College of Design, the Department of Landscape Architecture, and Juxtaposition Arts, a youth design education organization. It will include as many as five courses taught in an underserved North Minneapolis neighborhood and will introduce approximately 150 youth to new pathways for college and design professions. Congrats to @uofmdesign and Juxtaposition Arts on your @neaarts Design grant.The work you're doing for and with kids is astounding!– Jason Schupbach (@JasonSchupbach) April 24, 2013 "The NEA is proud to support…

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