Design in 7: 7 Stories, 7 Minutes

Event Details

What can be shared in just seven minutes? Listen in as seven professionals from the fields of apparel design, architecture, graphic design, interior design, landscape architecture, product design, and retail share thought-provoking, inspiring, and often humorous tales from the design trenches.


Next Event: Wednesday, April 6, 2022

6:30 PM Open, 7:00 PM Program

UMN Coffman Memorial Union Theater

Registration opens in January 2022

April 2021 Event 

Didn't get the chance to attend Design in 7 this year? Watch videos from the event, including Q&A sessions, and read more about each of the speakers.

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2021 Speakers

Design in 7 Speaker illustration cards

Emcee: Tane Danger, Co-founder, Theater of Public Policy; Adjunct Faculty, UMN College of Design

Presented by the Design Student and Alumni Board with support from our College to Career Program Sponsors (below) and presentation coaching and consulting provided by Mary Milla. 2021 Trading Card Student Illustrator: Isabel Atkinson (apparel design).

Design in 7 is a UMAA Program Extraordinaire Award Winner.

Previous Speakers

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2020 Design in 7 Speakers

2020 event canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic. 

2019 Design in 7 Speakers

Illustrations by John Barlow.

  • Luis Soto, Industrial and UX Designer, Associate Designer for Home Product Design, Target
  • Adam Regn Arvidson, Landscape Architect, Writer, Minneapolis Park & Rec Board
  • Michele Espeland, Certified Interior Designer (CID), Principal, Cuningham Group
  • Joy McBrien, Founder and CEO, Fair Anita
  • Raymond Dehn, Politician and Community Organizer, MN House of Representatives
  • Marion Parke, Podiatric surgeon and luxury footwear designer, Marion Parke
  • Meg Lewis, Designer, Educator, Commercial Artist, Ghostly Ferns, Fool Proof

2018 Design in 7 Speakers

Illustrations by Tessa Portuese.

2017 Design in 7 Speakers

Illustrations by Justy Nusbaum.

2016 Design in 7 Speakers

Illustrations by Lizzie Goncharova.​​​​​​

  • Brent Webb, Business Development Associate, Sherman Associates
  • Susan Weyandt, Area Healthcare Manager, Steelcase
  • Jennifer Yoos FAIA, Principal/CEO, VJAA (video not available)
  • Sharon Werner, Founder/Creative Director, Werner Design Werks (video not available)
  • Wesley Uthus, Owner, Primp cheap-chic boutique
  • Anna Claussen, Director of Rural Strategies, Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy
  • Brad Holschuh, Wearable Technology Designer and Faculty, UMN College of Design

2015 Design in 7 Speakers

Illustrations by Dan Forke.

2014 Design in 7 Speakers

Illustrations by Max Lindorfer.

2013 Design in 7 Speakers

Illustrations by Aimee Bouchard.

2012 Design in 7 Speakers

Illustrations by Henry Nahurski.

2011 Design in 7 Speakers

Illustrations by Dan Henderson.

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