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A project years in the making, eFargo is an interactive game that teaches users about carbon emissions and helps them reduce energy use in the real world. Developed by a team of faculty and students from the College of Design and North Dakota State University (NDSU), the project was initially created and has subsequently been led by Associate Professor Malini Srivastava (Architecture). The project has won numerous awards, including the highly competitive 2022 R+D Award from Architect Magazine.

An illustration of the inside of a school building

February is career month at the University of Minnesota! Open to current students and recent alumni the month is chock-full of job fairs, networking events, webinars, and workshops.


In the fight against cancer, even the smallest things can make a world of difference. Cancer Care Foundation MN and Professor Lucy Dunne’s technical design studio class collaborated to create a comfortable garment for infants undergoing cancer treatment at Children’s Minnesota. The outcome? A onesie with pre-designed pockets for easy access to treatment ports.

​Sara Lopez (​BS ’12, Apparel Design) ​wants you to stop and think about your clothing. Profiled in outlets like Vogue, Elle, and W Magazine, Lopez's work considers clothing's purpose in society and what its modern use says about our world. Her label, A--Company, deconstructs one piece of clothing at a time through the lens of critical theory and queer studies to create something entirely new. In this interview, Lopez talks about the experiences that shaped her work, her design approach, and shares advice for current design students.

Investing in North Minneapolis is a collaborative architecture and urban design effort organized by the School of Architecture that reimagines the Northside neighborhood. Over the fall, community youth in the Northside Safety NET program, architecture students and professionals, and Northside residents worked together to infuse the community's values and experiences into thoughtful architecture and urban design.

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EXHIBITION | Low-Fidelity Design

Exhibition Dates: January 28–May 13

Location: Goldstein Gallery, McNeal Hall


Low-Fidelity Design: Making Techniques from the Minnesota Underground Music Scene showcases affordable, accessible, and mostly off-screen design techniques through objects from the Minnesota Underground Music Archive. This exhibition highlights the intersection between anti-mainstream musicians and how they depict their music through promotional graphics—uniting sound with visual expression. Production methods, such as Risograph, screen print, Xerox, pen illustration, and collage are explored in detail, analyzing the aesthetic nuances that these techniques offer.


Guest Curator: Calee Cecconi, DIY Academic, Designer & Artist

Low-Fidelity Design

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