Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design) has been named director of the Design Institute (DI) effective December 1, 2009. Hokanson's objectives for the Design Institute are to:
- Build and rebuild active relationships with the faculty of the college and the design community.
- Establish a sustainable financial capacity through fundraising, earned monies, and direct support from the university.
- Develop a series of initiatives that advance understanding of the cause of design at the university, including an ongoing electronic presence using static and dynamic Internet tools, social networking software and print-on-demand publishing.
"My view of design is broad, encompassing the field from graphic design to urban design," Hokanson said. "This position in the College of Design gives me the chance to connect and create in a wide range of venues and to advance design at the University and in the state of Minnesota."