Monday Minute (on Tuesday) January 19, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

I hope everyone had a good Martin Luther King holiday and that the first day of spring semester has gone well, without disruption.

Speaking of disruption, I want to draw your attention to the first Design Intersections symposium, coming up on Thursday, March 18: "Disruptive Effects: How Design is Changing your World (and how to profit from it)."

This half-day gathering in the 3M Auditorium at the Carlson School of Management, sponsored by Larsen, the firm headed by college advisory board member Tim Larsen, and hosted by the College of Design, will bring together some of the most stimulating thinkers of our time--Jane McGonigal, Tom Erickson, and Nora Paul-- looking at the impact of digital technology like the Internet and designed products like the iPod or iPhone on industries ranging from journalism to music to mapping.

With this event, we hope to highlight the revolutionary impact that digital tools are having on our lives, the implications that this has for businesses and consumers, and the role that design has played in both facilitating and modifying these disruptive effects. While the business community is the primary audience, we have reserved a limited number of free seats for students and low-priced seats for CDes faculty and staff, on a first-come-first-served basis. You will be receiving a follow-up e-mail tomorrow, but if you want to attend at the free or reduced rate, please contact Laura Walton at lwalton@umn.edu or 6-6385.

Tom

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