Tag Archives: Karen LaBat

Designing for Every Body

Human Body: A Wearable Product Designers Guide

When Professor Emeritus Karen LaBat met medical doctor Karen Ryan they found that they shared a passion for improving the design of wearable products so that all people can enjoy safe, fully functional, and innovative products. In this interview they discuss their work and the release of their book Human Body: A Wearable Product Designer’s Guide.

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Q & A: Horace T. Morse Award Recipient Karen LaBat

Professor Karen Labat (pictured far right) along with members of the Nike Innovation team and College of Design students and faculty in the Human Dimensioning © Laboratory (HDL). Since 1965, the University has recognized a select group of teachers for their outstanding contribution to undergraduate education with the Horace T. Morse – U of M Alumni Association Award. This year, the honor was given to Professor Karen LaBat (Apparel Design). Labat has spent 30 years teaching in the field of design, including the past 20 years at the University of Minnesota where she has worked with approximately 1,745 students in her Textile Analysis course. She served as the Apparel Design Program Director for 12 years and is currently the director of the…

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