Digital Design Center

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The Digital Design Center (DDC) is a powerful example of the University of Minnesota's pursuit of bringing to life some of its best design and technology ideas, theories, and research in ways that have tangible impacts on the world.

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Welcome to the DDC

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In 2002, University of Minnesota alumni Linda and Ted Johnson provided a generous gift dedicated to establishing interdisciplinary collaborations between our programs in computer science and design. Their vision was to provide the resources necessary for leading minds to explore and understand the intersections between the creative processes that underlay science and design.

That vision has led to a tremendously successful collaboration between the University’s Colleges of Science and Engineering and Design. Originally known as the Digital Design Consortium, and now called the Digital Design Center (DDC), that collaboration has produced a state-of-the-art program in virtual reality.

Funding Opportunities

Deadline March 17, 2023
The Digital Design Center is offering two funding opportunities in 2023. Awarded funds of up to $23,000 will support collaborative projects that contribute to advancing interdisciplinary understanding of the intertwining of virtual and physical space. Project teams must include representation from within both the College of Design and the College of Science and Engineering. Responses must be received by March 17, 2023 to be considered. Please reach out to Mike Christenson ([email protected]), Director of the Digital Design Center, for any clarifications.
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Building Connections, Building the Future