Dirty Laundry

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

DIRTY LAUNDRY delivers the dirt on design. Listen in as design professionals reveal their best and worst experiences working in the world of design and share career tales with a humorous spin. Prepare yourself for one juicy night of design gossip!

Dirty Laundry: Derailed Edition

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

6:30 PM doors open | 7:00 PM program
Northrop Auditorium - Best Buy Theater (4th Floor)

Listen in as design professionals reveal their unconventional career paths into the world of retail and design, and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. Both of our speakers began their respective careers in completely different professions, and through surprising twists, turns, starts and stops, have arrived at careers they didn’t envision for themselves, but have landed exactly where they were meant to be.


Eric Dayton, Co-Founder & CEO of Askov Finlayson

Eric is an English major turned arctic expedition dogsledder, MBA grad, and entrepreneur. Together with his brother Andrew, he co-founded the outdoor clothing company Askov Finlayson, inspired by year-round exploration and a mission to "Keep the North Cold." They also own North First Hospitality, which includes the acclaimed restaurant, The Bachelor Farmer and Marvel Bar.

Siri Knutson, Interior Designer + Art Director at Siri Knutson Design Studio

Siri is a classically trained fine artist and designer with a background in K-12 arts education, horticulture, and a belief in the transformative power of a fully considered space. Her company, Siri Knutson Design Studio is a full-service interior and architectural design studio specializing in residential and commercial interiors.

Tickets are free but seats are limited. Please register.


Past Dirty Laundry Events

Visit the Dirty Laundry event archive for a list of our previous speakers and to watch their presentations.

Ideas for speakers?

If you have suggestions for speakers for future events, please submit them to Lori Mollberg, Director of Alumni Relations.

Speakers can be from any of the disciplines in the college; we usually have 2-3 speakers.

This annual event is held each fall semester. Event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Design Student and Alumni Board (DSAB).

Dirty Laundry is the recipient of the 2009 UMAA Program Extraordinaire Award.

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