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Retail Merchandising Students in front of the Brooklyn Bridge

Home to some of the largest and most important clothing designers and retailers in the world, New York City looms large in the imagination of any design student. This year, 17 retail merchandising and apparel design students had the chance to spend their spring break in the city that never sleeps and get a behind the scenes look at some of the biggest retailers in the world.

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U of M Team Competes in Walt Disney ImagiNations Competition

The 2013 ImagiNations Competition finalist team from the University with their project “Cores Brasileiras.” (Left to Right)  Isaiah Bergstrom, Made Arya Adiartha, Lucas Kaeding, James Cosper. © Disney. Photographer: Gary Krueger.Disney Opens Doors For Theme Park Designers of Tomorrow Six college teams travel to Imagineering in Glendale, CA, to participate as finalists in ImagiNations Design Competition January 28-February 1, 2013 Walt Disney Imagineering has selected the top six finalist teams of its 22nd ImagiNations competition. ImagiNations is a design competition created and sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering to promote diversity and enable participants to showcase their talents and gain practical knowledge in design. At the same time, it allows Imagineers to look for the next generation of creative and innovative…

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Meet Our Rising Stars and Distinguished Scholars

At the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Conference last month, College of Design faculty and students took home many of the top awards. ITAA is a professional, educational association composed of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education. Apparel Assistant Professor Lucy Dunne was awarded the ITAA Rising Star award for her demonstrated excellence in teaching and research in the area of textiles and apparel. Dunne, who is the director of the apparel design program at the College, is internationally renowned for her work in the field of wearable technology. Dunne also directs the Wearable Technology Lab where the research focuses on translating the theoretical potential of smart clothing and wearable technology…

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Turkey, Scotland, London, Japan, Iceland, and More …

Study abroad opportunities for design students range from volunteering with Architecture for Humanity in Port-au-Prince, spending spring break in England and Scotland, or maybe traveling around Japan in a mobile design studio during May Term. Here are a few design-related programs happening spring and summer 2013. Istanbul: Tradition in TransformationWhen: Spring 2013 | 16 Credits | RegisterWhat + Where: This spring semester 2013 program will explore the city of Istanbul as a city constantly engaged in the dialogue of modernity and tradition, and of the role that architecture, landscape, and the designed environment plays in this discourse.  The city is a living laboratory, rich in history, curious in juxtaposition, and constantly captivated in the relationship of past, present and future.DES…

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Apparel and Graphic Design Students Attend International Symposium on Wearable Computing

Apparel and graphic design students from the College of Design, along with assistant professor Lucy Dunne (Apparel Design), attended the 2012 International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC) in Newcastle, UK, June 18-22. Tony Carton (MFA Graphic Design) was awarded "Most Innovative Concept" for his context-aware signal glove. Using LED signals, the glove allows the bicyclist or motorcyclist to focus on riding, while the glove responds to and extends the visibility of the rider's hand gestures. "For bicycle and motorcycle riders, visibility is a constant concern for safe riding," explains Carton. "This illuminated riding glove uses off the shelf sensors to recognize common hand gestures used by riders and actuates appropriate LED patterns to enhance the visibility of the gesture."…

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Sandra Arciniega to Attend Community Development Conference in Ohio

Sandra Arciniega (Housing Studies) received a travel scholarship from the Community Development Society (CDS) to attend their Annual International Conference July 21-25, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The goal of CDS is to provide leadership to professionals and citizens across the spectrum of community development. The conference brings together members to discuss best practices and current research in their field. "I want to be a part of creating working, livable, and viable communities," said Arciniega, who also has a concentration in Community Development and Policy. "Attending this conference will give me the opportunity to be surrounded by individuals who have extensive knowledge and experience." She plans to pursue a career developing sustainable, affordable housing. "Affordable housing plays a vital role in…

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Keep Your Eye on the Time … and 'Eight Hour Day' in 2012

Graphic Design USA magazine put Katie Kirk (BS Design Communication '01) and Nathan Strandberg (BS Design Communication '99) on its People to Watch list in 2012. The Minneapolis-based couple runs Eight Hour Day, a design boutique with a wide range of clients including Target, The New York Times, Wired, Moët Hennessy, and the Walker Art Center.The vision of Eight Hour Day is to create work that is honest; solutions that are exploratory, educational and inspirational; and creative that is conceptually interesting and visually stunning. Their typical day working together – when they aren't traveling the country – starts with coffee, blogs, and emails. The heavy design lifting happens after lunch and a short walk. During their time at the…

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