Tag Archives: product design

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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That’s a Wrap: Students Showcase Their Work in Final Reviews

Students review the work of Graphic Design seniors.

The 2016-2017 school year is drawing to a close and with it comes final reviews, presentations, and events! Join students, faculty, and staff at the College of Design for final presentations and receptions showcasing design projects and research from across the design disciplines. Events will take place on the University of Minnesota East Bank and St. Paul campuses. Follow us […]

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Work Hard, Play Hard with Toy Product Design

Toy Product Design PLAYsentations

If there is one thing students in Toy Product Design know, it’s how to play hard and work even harder. All semester long, they’ve been creating the next big thing in toy design and on May 3rd all of that hard work will pay off when they present their final products at PLAYsentations. Open to students from all disciplines, Toy […]

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Food + Design: Coming to a Kitchen Near You

Last semester, students in PDES 3701 were asked to reinvent the cookie using applied creative thinking. They were encouraged to experiment with non-obvious flavor combinations, preparation methods, form, cooking methods, ingredients, texture, and presentation. In his class notes, instructor Barry Kudrowitz offered this advice: "Keep in mind: creative is perhaps more than just originality…Creativity must also have value or in this case, people would actually want to eat the cookies." Here are three (of our many) favorites . . .Norwegian Coconut Chai Mocha Banana Lid CookieDough 1/2 C. sugar1/2 C. shortening1 egg2 tbsp. skim milk2 tsp. chai tea concentrate1 tsp. ground cardamom spice2 tbsp. + 1 tsp. espresso2 oz. melted unsweetened chocolate1/2 of a small banana2 C. flour1/4 tsp. saltGlaze…

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Monday Minute, May 7, 2012: Ending the Academic Year on a High Note

Colleagues, I know that everyone is wrapping up classes this week, but I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate you on another excellent academic year. Over the last week, I've had the opportunity to review in person and online much of the work our students in Rapson and McNeal have produced. I am continually amazed at the high-level, quality work on display. Thank you for your continued efforts to get the very best out of each of our students. As the year wraps up, I wanted to let you know about the investments the University has decided to make in our college through the compact process. I learned last week that three of our requests were given the green…

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DigiFabLab Sparks Excitement and Widespread Interest

Since the DigiFabLab officially opened in Rapson last month, it has continued to receive headlines for the cutting-edge resources it provides to College of Design students. From the November 4 issue of Finance & Commerce (Subscription Only): Fast, and as accurate as the computer-aided designs (CAD) they process, these [3D] printers cut the time between concept and finished product from weeks to hours. They also put University of Minnesota architecture students at the forefront of an industry that is doing more automated construction. Just out today, a story on the new facility in the line begins: Students at the University of Minnesota's College of Design will now have even more prototyping power, thanks to the debut of a new…

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U of M College of Design's DigiFabLab Officially Opens

Tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 14, marks the official grand opening of the College of Design's Digital Fabrication Lab, or DigiFabLab – a state-of-the-art digital prototyping and fabrication facility. The DigiFabLab allows students to explore additive and subtractive prototyping and manufacturing technologies, and includes 3D printers, laser cutting systems and CNC milling equipment. It is located in Rapson Hall, on the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus. The Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Stratasys corporation – the inventor and world's largest manufacturer of fused deposition modeling (FDM) equipment – has generously donated over $50,000 in 3D printing equipment, including a Dimension SST 1200 printer and associated materials, for the DigiFabLab. "I'm grateful our commitment to creativity and advancing technologies is shared with terrific community…

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CDes events this week — September 13, 2010


Time Frames and Other Stories opening reception
Thursday, September 16, 2010, 6 p.m., Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library
Architectural plans create the pragmatic framework for a complex narrative of built space in the exhibition of work by Tom Rose. A professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, Rose links his interest in the phenomenology of place with imagery based on real places and actual photographed fragments of structures.

Making, Selling, Buying, Using: Emerging Issues in Product Design
Friday, September 17, 2010, 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., 402 Walter Library and Campus Club
A one-day symposium bringing together faculty, researchers, practitioners and leaders for a lively event devoted to product design. The day will feature fast-paced presentations from a variety of perspectives, keynotes by Andrew Blauvelt (Chief of Communications and Audience Engagement, Walker Art Center), Maggie Breslin (design researcher at Mayo Clinic’s SPARC Program) and Barry Kudrowitz (incoming U of M product design faculty), plus networking and discussion. Registration required.

Special Housing Forum: Roberta Goodman & the film “Empress Hotel”
Friday, September 17, 2010, 11:15 a.m., Honeywell Auditorium, CSOM
A social activist for nearly 40 years, Goodman’s work has spanned a wide spectrum from community activism to international human rights. In 2004, Goodman managed the Empress Hotel, a Direct Access to Housing site for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The innovative project transitions people from homelessness to subsidized permanent supportive housing. Co-sponsored by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). Registration required.


Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library

Time Frames and Other Stories
Through October 16, 2010
Architectural plans create the pragmatic framework for a complex narrative of built space in the exhibition of work by Tom Rose (Art).

Goldstein Museum of Design

Odegard Award for Excellence in Rug Design
September 12 – September 19, 2010, GMD foyer
The Odegard Award for Excellence in Rug Design acknowledges the outstanding achievement in the field of original student rug design. The competition was created to show student designers how combining modern designs with traditional hand knotting techniques can increase awareness and respect for the legacy of textile and carpet weaving.

HGA Gallery

Andrea Cochran: Landscapes
Through October 24, 2010
Cochran’s work draws boundaries with a controlled palette of materials, creating permeable edges that blur the line between the natural and built environment.

Questions? Contact Laura Walton at 612-626-6385 or lwalton@umn.edu.

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