Tag Archives: student work

Faculty Display Research at Annual Poster Session

Aerial view of East Bank

From redesigning patient hospital gowns to creating a better deep winter greenhouse, College of Design faculty and graduate students work on the forefront of design research. Find out more about our faculty’s recent work.

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Apparel Design Celebrates 50th Annual Fashion Show

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the College of Design’s annual Apparel Design Fashion Show. Planned by the senior class, the show is a rite of passage for its participants and gives seniors the opportunity to create a fashion show from the ground up. The planning for this year’s event, entitled This is Now, has been even more elaborate than in the past with lots of additions made to honor the anniversary.

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Bringing Universal Design to the Self-Checkout Counter

Universal Design Icons

The self-checkout counter. It’s a common sight in grocery stores across the nation. But what impact does it have on the design of a store and on the people who use it? Teaming up with retail merchandising faculty Hye-Young Kim, architecture student Ryan Hansen seeks to answer this question in his honors thesis research.

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Student Work Heats Up Art Shanty Projects On-Ice Program

The Welcome Shanty being installed on Lake Harriet.

Since 2005 Art Shanty Projects has transformed frozen lakes into vibrant, artist-driven communities. This year not only will Art Shanty Projects take place on Lake Harriet for the first time, it will also feature a new Welcome Shanty designed and constructed entirely by School of Architecture students.

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Innovation Fellows Become University Change Agents

Maia Peterson and Roohi Katarya

Stanford’s University Innovation Fellows program empowers students from around the world to become agents of change in higher education. The University of Minnesota has five fellows, including two College of Design students, Maia Peterson (Architecture) and Roohi Katarya (Product Design), who talk more about the program in this interview.

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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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Retail Assistance Program Connects Students with Rural Retailers

Opening weekend at Berg's Country Barn

This November, Retail Merchandising researchers launched the Joint Retail Assistance Program and invited Amanda Phillips (Retail Merchandising) to act as the lead design student for the first trial run of the program: helping small-business owner Anita Berg create Berg’s Country Barn, a holiday pop-up store.

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Student Collaboration Turns into Small Business


What started as a collaboration between two apparel design students has turned into a small business for College of Design alumni Heidi Woelfle (B.S. ‘16, Apparel Design), Regena Yu (B.S. ‘16, Apparel Design) and Abby Zamis (B.F.A. ‘16, Graphic Design). Launched last April, WAY the label is a new clothing line that focuses on creating classic, minimalist clothing for women without sacrificing sustainability.

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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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