Colleagues,Welcome back! It’s great to see everyone back on campus, and students in the classroom and halls. I’m looking forward to another exciting and successful year.While I usually try to welcome everyone back on the first Monday of the semester, last week I had the opportunity to spend a couple days down in Rochester at Mayo’s Transform Symposium. The annual conference brings together design and health professionals from across the globe, and this year I highlighted the ever-expanding health-related work many of you are addressing here at the College.You can see highlights on D@MN here, and the presentation itself was just made available at Mayo and can be viewed here. But one of the things that struck me during my…Read more
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College of Design faculty Elizabeth Bye (Apparel Design), Kim Johnson (Retail Merchandising), and Karen LaBat (Apparel Design) joined apparel marketing and design professionals from nine countries at the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT) and International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Joint Symposium March 25th-30th. Johnson was on the planning board for this first collaborative event between the two organizations. She also presented research findings. “The new, oral format of the symposium allowed design researchers to discuss research that is inherent in the piece,” explained Bye, who presented Visual Interruption (pictured right), using original surface design to guide the form of the dress and exhibited the design (pictured above). Bye also presented a paper co-authored with Marilyn DeLong, Gozde Goncu-Burk,…Read more
Last week, over forty students from eight different colleges shared their sustainability research at the Student Sustainability Symposium sponsored by Institute on the Environment (IonE). Alice Yonke, a junior architecture major and sustainability studies minor at the University of Minnesota's College of Design, took top honors with her research on food sustainability on campus, titled: Envisioning our Food System. According to MN Daily: Yonke surveyed students to find where they got their food and which part of the food system was most important to them. She found that students were concerned with the environmental impact of their food system and wanted to know what caused the impact. "A lot of students addressed that availability of sustainable foods on campus…Read more
Steven McCarthy (Graphic Design) will present a paper at Type Writing, an international symposium in Birmingham, England on March 16, 2011. He will have seven students in the audience, as they will be spending Spring Break between London and Birmingham visiting graphic design and typography firms, museums, and collections.Read more
The second annual Design Intersections symposium, Vital Signs: Design Thinking for Healthcare Innovation, will explore the role of design in healthcare innovation, including how design can be used to improve — and, in some cases, reinvent — healthcare systems, delivery, environments, experiences and outcomes. The event is open to the public and sponsored by the College of Design in partnership with Larsen, a Minneapolis-based national design, branding and interactive agency.
Design Intersections takes place 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the U of M’s Coffman Memorial Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. The closing “Ellerbe Becket/AECOM Lecture on Healthcare Innovation and Design,” presented by the Center for Spirituality & Healing and free to the public, takes place 4:30-6 p.m. at Coffman Memorial Union’s Campus Club.
Inaugurated in 2010, Design Intersections is an exploratory series of themed, interactive dialogs among designers and representatives from various disciplines discussing the consequences and potential of design-induced change.
For more information — including speakers’ bios, a complete schedule and to register — visit http://intersections.design.umn.edu. The early-bird discount ends Feb. 28, with registration closing on March 24.
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Laura Musacchio‘s (Landscape Architecture) symposium proposal entitled “Key Concepts and Research Priorities for Landscape Sustainability” has been accepted by the scientific committee of the 8th Annual World Congress of Landscape Ecology. The symposium will be held in Beijing, China in August 2011. In addition, Musacchio will be the guest editor of a special issue of Landscape Ecology with the same title.Read more
The college’s product design symposium, “Making, Selling, Buying, Using: Emerging Issues in Product Design,” is featured in an article by Camille LeFevre for the line. “In the 1990s American affluence, branding/marketing/advertising, and ‘designer’ products reached a point of maximum synergy,” LeFevre writes in her lede, referring to Michael Graves’s housewares at Target, Martha Stewart product lines at K-Mart, multicolored iMacs, and the reinvented VW Beetle. She goes on to write about elegantly designed products that don’t carry celebrity names and the College of Design’s launch of the new interdisciplinary Product Design graduate minor.
With regard to the Product Design graduate minor, LeFevre quotes Steven McCarthy (Graphic Design) who also co-chaired the product design symposium: “Our intent was really to bring numerous, diverse disciplines together in the design minor.”
LeFevre also covers symposium presentations by McCarthy, Barry Kudrowitz (Product Design), Daniel Jasper (Graphic Design), Marc Swackhamer (Architecture), as well as other members of the Twin Cities design community.Read more
Blaine Brownell (Architecture) will deliver the lunch keynote at the Architect magazine’s R&D symposium on September 23, 2010, 1-2 p.m., at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago. Brownell will discuss the cutting edge of building materials science, from innovative products like blast-resistant fabric and soy-based polyurethane forms to the leading trends in the materials industry.Read more