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Introducing the College of Design

Students in DES 1170 on a field trip

For first year College of Design students, navigating the different design fields can be an intimidating prospect. But College of Design leadership hopes to change that with the introduction of the new topics course DES 1170: Introducing the College of Design.

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Finding a Way with Interior Design | Q&A with Julie Irish

Julie Irish (Ph.D '17, Interior Design)

When Julie Irish (Ph.D ’17, Interior Design) was asked to design a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) she made the surprising discovery that there was little design research on the topic. This was the motivation she needed to conduct her own research into how to design schools that are not only friendly for children with ASD, but help children […]

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Defining Place in Dinkytown

Color and Form Prints

Located on the north side of the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus, Dinkytown is a neighborhood with close ties to the University community. This spring, students in Associate Professor James Boyd Brent’s Color and Form in Surface Design class were challenged to explore the sense of place in this unique neighborhood by designing a series of handmade screen prints. […]

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Stamps of Somalia: Illuminating a Nation

Stamps of Somalia Image 1

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

Columns in front of Northrop

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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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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