2022–2023 Imagine Faculty Research Grants Awarded

June 6, 2022

From tackling the user experience design of the Metaverse to developing customized pediatric respiratory masks, our faculty are conducting research across the design fields and beyond. This spring, 12 faculty members received grants from the University’s Imagine Fund, which supports innovative research in the arts, humanities, and design fields.

Demystifying Congenital Heart Disease through Product Design

March 24, 2022

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a physical heart defect that begins in the womb, impacting around 40,000 children born in the U.S. each year. Seeking to improve education for diagnosed children and their families, Drs. Amr El-Bokl and Gurumurthy Hiremath (Department of Pediatrics, UMN medical school), partnered with the Product Design program, where they collaborated with undergraduate student Levi Skelton (Product Design) and Dr. Carlye Lauff (Assistant Professor, Product Design) to create a product for teaching children about CHD and easing parental stress.

Helping Hennepin County Residents and Retailers Choose to Reuse

February 8, 2022

Keeping goods in a circle of reuse is one of the easiest ways consumers can help reduce waste and save money. But understanding product life cycles and the positive impact of reuse can be daunting for consumers who want to get started. Retail merchandising students in RM 3124: Consumers of Design joined forces with the Hennepin County Choose to Reuse team to research solutions for helping consumers prioritize reuse over purchasing new.

Undergraduate Designers Help Bring Clarity to Scientific Research

September 29, 2021

The concept that science can and should be accessible to all is the grounding principle behind the Science Communication Lab at the University of Minnesota. Founded to provide interdisciplinary internship opportunities, the lab has consistently attracted College of Design undergraduate students interested in creating stories or media that make complex research and scientific topics accessible to the general public.