Design in 7

What can be shared in just seven minutes?

Listen in as 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.

Design in 7 is a two-time UMAA Program Extraordinaire Award Winner.


Wednesday, April 3, 2024

5:30–6:30 PM — Pre-Event Networking Reception for Students and Professionals  
6:30 PM — Doors Open  
7:00 PM — Program Begins

Coffman Memorial Union Theater and Lounge

This year we’ll be adding a lightly facilitated pre-event networking opportunity from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Join us for appetizers, drinks, and time to meet, talk, and make connections with other students and professionals in design. A reception with cash bar and light appetizers will also be available starting at 6:30 PM and after the event for those attending the program.


General Public — $10
Design Faculty, Staff & Alumni — $8
Students and 2023–24 Design Mentors & Mentees — FREE  

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2024 Event

2024 Speakers

Illustrations of Design in 7 speakers on trading cards arranged in a line.

Illustrations by Owen Brummel.

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2023 Design in 7 Speakers

Seven playing cards with illustrations of the 2023 Design in 7 speakers

Illustrations by Mortimer Ackerman.

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2022 Design in 7 Speakers

2022 Design in 7 Speakers

Illustrations by Gretchen Pickering.

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

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2021 Design in 7 Speakers

2021 Design in 7 card illustrations.

Illustrations by Isabel Atkinson.

  • Debra W. Barnes, CID, Vice President, General Manager, Henricksen
  • Reginaldo Reyes, VP Brand Experience and Environmental Design, KNOCK, inc.
  • Maura Rockcastle, Principal & Co-founder, TEN x TEN
  • Beau Sinchai, Product Insights Researcher, Target; Founder/Designer, Koonyai Studio
  • Kathryn Sterner, Founder and Creative Director, Winsome Goods
  • Emily Hunt Turner, Founder & CEO, All Square, Attorney
  • Le'Spencer Walker, Owned Brand Manager / Strategy and Operations Manager, Target

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2020 Design in 7 Speakers

2020 event canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic. 

2019 Design in 7 Speakers

2019 Design in 7 card illustrations.

Illustrations by John Barlow.

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2018 Design in 7 Speakers

2017 Design in 7 Speakers

2017  Design in 7 card illustrations.

Illustrations by Justy Nusbaum.

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2016 Design in 7 Speakers

2016 Design in 7 card illustrations.

Illustrations by Lizzie Goncharova.​​​​​​

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2015 Design in 7 Speakers

2014 Design in 7 card illustrations.

Illustrations by Dan Forke.

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2014 Design in 7 Speakers

2014 Design in 7 card illustrations.

Illustrations by Max Lindorfer.

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2013 Design in 7 Speakers

2013 Design in 7 card illustrations.

Illustrations by Aimee Bouchard.

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2012 Design in 7 Speakers

Design in 7 2012 cards

Illustrations by Henry Nahurski.

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2011 Design in 7 Speakers

2011 Design in 7 card illustrations.

Illustrations by Dan Henderson.

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2010 Design in 7 Speakers

2023–24 College to Career Program Sponsors

Cum Laude

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A portion of Honors level sponsorship and half of all sponsorship after program expenses goes to support Design Justice fellowships and initiatives.

HGA Architects logo
Studio BV logo
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Dean's List

Damon Farber logo
DLR Group logo
iSpace logo
Rehkamp Larson logo
Ryan Companies logo