Design Forward

Presented by the Design Student & Alumni Board (DSAB).

Design Forward

DESIGN FORWARD engages College of Design community members in service projects that help improve the quality of life for members of our communities.

Bring your family and friends and join members of the College of Design community for a day of service in the Twin Cities area during Homecoming week in the fall and National Volunteer Month each April.

Design Forward Volunteers

Spring 2018 Project

Design Forward: Service by Design

Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 1–3 PM


Project Partner:

The Cookie Cart, 1119 West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55411

What we'll be doing:

We'll be working side-by-side with youth employees to scoop fresh dough, hand decorate cookies, and assemble bakery boxes. Assisting with cookie production gives you the opportunity to talk with teens, hear about their experience at Cookie Cart, and share your story on how you found your career path.

Participants will receive a Design Forward t-shirt. Please indicate your preferred size or "no t-shirt" when registering for the event.

Attire: Volunteers are asked to dress for comfort since they will be on their feet while working in the bakery. The Cookie Cart will provide aprons, hairnets, and rubber gloves. The College of Design will provide t-shirts to those who request one when registering. Open-toed shoes are not allowed. Large pieces of jewelry may need to be removed. There is storage on site where volunteers can lock up belongings; cell phones should not be brought into the kitchen.

Directions/Parking: Cookie Cart is located between Fremont and Emerson on West Broadway Avenue at 1119 West Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis. Free parking is available in a lot directly behind the building, and also on Emerson and Fremont. If parked in the back, volunteers can enter the building through the Cookie Cart's back door by ringing a buzzer.

Arrival: Upon arrival, volunteers will check in at Cookie Cart's lobby where they will sign in, get a nametag, hairnet, and apron, and then meet youth staff who will take them on a brief tour before they get started in the bakery.

Questions? Contact Lori Mollberg, Director of Alumni Relations, 612-625-8796.


Fall 2018 Project

U of M Day of Service: Design Forward

Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 9–11:30 AM

Wear your maroon and gold and join fellow Gophers from coast to coast for an Alumni Day of Service, and make a difference in your community. College of Design alumni and friends are invited to convene at the college-hosted Twin Cities project site or dozens of other sites in Minnesota and across the country, at a location that fits your interest and availability.


Alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends and family.


FREE but registration is required to help with planning


Contact Lori Mollberg, Director of Alumni Relations, 612-625-8796

College of Design-hosted project:

Watch for details coming Fall 2018.

Past Design Forward Projects and Partners

2015 Design Forward Volunteers

2017–18 Sponsors

Gold Sponsors
Gardner Builders
Wold Architects
Silver Sponsors
Haworth Made for Retail
Bronze Sponsors

Become a sponsor.