Design Institute selects two projects

The Design Institute has selected two proposals for support from its recent request for projects that demonstrate innovative processes and design thinking. Each of the projects involved engagement with larger audiences and showed the potential for sustainability and the development of additional support.

John Comazzi's (Architecture) project entitled Design Lab: Teaching through Design brings design to elementary school teachers and students at the Jane Addams School for Democracy in Saint Paul and the Highlands and Countryside Elementary Schools in Edina. Design Lab will reach 120 elementary-aged students and 40 teachers and pre-service teachers through two summer workshops (four days each).

Comazzi is also the recipient of a grant for the project from the National Endowment for the Arts, a highly competitive funding source. The project builds on previous efforts of the Design Institute to encourage and develop design education in K-12 education. The project involves teaching assistants from the College of Design, program coaches from the Perpich Center for Arts Education, and area design professionals.

Steven McCarthy (Graphic Design) and Lucy Dunne (Apparel Design) will develop and present a symposium entitled Making, Selling, Buying and Using: Emerging Issues in Product Design which brings together key players from the University community as well as local industry and academic partners to address a selection of key emerging topics in product design.

The symposium provides a forum for discussion of issues and topics relevant to both the re-establishment of the Design Institute and the development of the college's Product Design program. It employs the "Pecha Kucha" method, a means of presenting a series of rapid and creative presentations in a short period of time. The symposium will occur during Spring semester.

These grants were funded through the college's Salovich Endowment. Evaluation and selection was by Design Institute Director Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design) in concert with the deans of the college.