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Building Community with Design

Building Community with Design

As the spring semester comes to an end, we’re looking ahead to fall and getting excited to welcome the next class of undergraduate students. Every year we welcome our incoming undergrads with supplies they’ll need during their first semester: a sketchbook, pen, and class T-shirt. This year we’ve launched the Building Community with Design campaign, which aims to cover the […]

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Monday Minute, September 17, 2012: Design and Health

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…

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Fall 2010 W.L. Hall Workshop welcome

The W.L. Hall Workshop is an open laboratory for academic work related to CDes coursework. Non-academic use is not allowed.

Tentative Fall 2010 hours

Mon.-Thu. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.


The new CNC router has been installed and workshop staff are in the preliminary stages of learning it’s operation and developing tutorials. If you would like to use the router, please consult with workshop personnel. Don’t expect immediate results; the operation of equipment of this nature has a significant learning curve. The workshop staff asks your indulgence as they explore the intricacies of this new capability and share their findings.

Workshop staff will have a critical roll in the formation and operation of the new Digital Fabrication Laboratory please stay tuned for developments in this exciting new initiative.

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Images from 2010 Welcome Week yarn event

Associate Dean Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design) has collected images from the Welcome Week yarn event in the Rapson Hall courtyard. More than 200 first-year College of Design students participated in the community- and creativity-building events on Thursday, September 2, 2010. At 2:30 p.m., students gathered in the courtyard for discussions about the academic experience that are “drawn” with yarn, a technique that balances the conversation visually. The students then fill the entire courtyard with yarn. About about 4 p.m., the students gathered in the Rapson Hall auditorium to create the sounds of rain and a thunderstorm using only their hands. “These activities help demonstrate to students the connections that a university experience provides, and, more importantly, that even an impossible task can be accomplished with some creativity and your peers,” said Hokanson.

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Monday Minute, August 23, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back to campus and to the first Monday Minute of the new academic year.

I recently had a tour of the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation and found it extremely gratifying to hear how Mayo has embraced design thinking as central to its future and to the future of healthcare delivery. They have a motto — Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast — that has served them well in prototyping everything from new interior environments for staff and patients to new health-related tools and equipment to new procedures in the delivery of services. They want to embed design thinking, creative problem-solving, and entrepreneurial innovation into what every one of their nearly 50,000 employees does everyday.

They also want to find ways to partner with us, so we will schedule time fall semester for members of Mayo’s Center for Innovation to meet with us, see what we are doing, and discuss possible joint efforts in the future. I think this offers a terrific opportunity for us to connect to one of the best-known institutions of its kind in the world and to explore the ways in which our various disciplines relate to human health, so be thinking about how your work might intersect with theirs.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the September 17, 2010 symposium, “Making, Selling, Buying, Using: Emerging Issues in Product Design,” organized by faculty members Lucy Dunne (Apparel Design) and Steven McCarthy (Graphic Design). Maggie Breslin, a design researcher at Mayo Clinic, is one of the keynote speakers. University students, staff, and faculty attend free. Also, watch for an announcement of the next Design Intersections conference this spring, which will focus on design and healthcare. It’s a topic whose time has come.


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