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Thursday, November 29, 2012

It Was A Chair. Is It a CHAIR?

Hello again,

It's crazy to think that the end of this semester is less than a month away. On that note, I think it would be a good idea to show you one of the project I recently completed for a class. I talked about a furniture design class I am taking and how we are going to "pimp my ride" dumpster chairs in my past blog. Well, the wait is over. I have the re-designed chair(?) prototype right here for you.

As I mentioned in previous blog, I don't use a chair, I don't own a chair, and I am not planning on getting one anytime soon. So, the dumpster chair I found has to evolve into something else that would enhance my experience of working on the floor. Below is my 3-minute proposal and result sketch presentation. I discovered that the backrest piece has a unique curvature that allow my body to shift at different angle when resting on top of it. After several trials and errors, I came up with a system of multipurpose angled wood piece as you see in the image below.

The Sketch Presentation

This image was taken after the class was over. The professor left his camera unattended for a short period of time, so we decided to have a little fun with it. *Photo by Tom Oliphant

Your health is the most important thing around this time of year. So, use all the resources you need to help you end your semester well. Visit the Writing Center, SMART Tutoring, Counseling and Consulting services, Recreational Center, and whatever else you need. The U of M got it all for you.

Good luck with classes and see you next blog!
-Beau S.
Architecture B.D.A.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Helpful Technologies

Hello again everyone, hopefully you all had a terrific Thanksgiving! As winter break looms, its getting to be that time of the semester where group projects are taking over and we are beginning to apply our skills we've learned so far this semester. Balancing three group projects at a time can be trying at times, but a few key pieces of technology provided to my by the U of M has been making my academic life a bit more manageable. First and foremost on my list of helpful technologies came about just a few years ago when our student email server "GopherMail" was integrated with Gmail from Google. If you aren't familiar with Gmail, Google Drive/Docs, and Google's other programs - I can assure you that it makes life as a college student a lot easier. It can be used as a regular email inbox, a much more secure substitute for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel - and most of all, it provides us students with file sharing capabilities (below) so group projects can be worked on by everyone involved live from our own computers. That way, all group members can be connected and conversing without having to butcher our schedules by all having to meet in one place (often a hassle for many of us College of Design students who are always back and forth between Minneapolis and St. Paul).


Another technical tool that has come in handy is the Excel-based GREET Life Cycle Analysis modeling and calculation program one of my professors recently provided us with. I know, boring, I would have agreed just a few weeks ago - but, it has proven to save our group a lot of time when it came time to conduct our own LCA, so it is much appreciated. Another technology I've been revising recently from last year's map design course is ArcGIS, which is essentially geographic information software which turns data and metadata into maps. It's a good skill to have learned because sometimes certain projects or findings could be better explained visually as a map, and ArcGIS allows me to make my own maps to convey the data that I choose. So yay for technology! It is making my week go by a whole lot smoother.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Keeping Focus

The holidays are among us, making it very difficult for us students to focus on school! Luckily, I have a lot of interesting classes that make these last few weeks of the semester go by a little faster. One of these classes is my Fashion, Design, and Global Industries class (ADES 4218). I think I've probably talked about this class a little bit in previous posts, but I think I'll go a little bit more in depth about what it's all about in this post.

This class is an online course where the students, within the class, are split into different discussion groups. Each week we make posts in these discussion sections; the posts pertain to the topics we're learning and readings about in that particular week. These discussion groups exist so that we as students can learn from and with our peers even though we are not in a physical classroom setting. The topics of posts vary and can be anything from 'What makes a specific city (e.g. London, Paris, Tokyo) a Fashion Capitol' to this week's discussion topic of "Qipao" influences in Western design.

Quizzes are also a weekly occurrence in the class; but, unlike previous quizzes that I've taken for online classes, the quizzes in Fashion, Design, and Global Industries are essay/short answer and not timed. We actually have a full week, from Thursday to Thursday, to work on them. I find this really nice, because we get time to think and process through the answers, rather than just rushing to get them all done and answered. Of course, in addition to the discussions and quizzes, we occasionally also have group projects or video reports to work on; these assignments are pretty rare though, I believe maybe only one group project and two reports all semester.

The collage below is one I made for a discussion post earlier in the semester; discussion topic was about the different shopping centers found in the LA area and how they appeal to different target markets.


Sasenka- Retail Merchandising

Senior Line: Final Garments!

The time is finally upon me, final garments time! This means that I am through with the initial phases of patterning, test garments and pattern corrections and am ready to move on to creating the real garments out of their fashion fabrics. (Fashion fabrics is a fancy way to say the actual fabric the garment will be made out of. Muslin is the inexpensive cotton fabric used to make most test garments.) This also means that my garments are starting to look real, and I love it! It is really hard to tell how a design will look in the end when it is in the wrong fabric, so moving on to this step is very encouraging.

When you start creating garments in the final fabrics, you also start making design decisions based on how they look in reality, not just in sketch or in test garment fabric. For example, one of my designs was a jumper with sleeves. In final fabric, the sleeves were too much of a good thing (over designing is a difficult thing to overcome, and something important to watch as a new designer) and I completely changed the silhouette to be sleeveless. I think it is much more chic now, and fits with the rest of my line better. Take a look below!


These are not in any way finished garments, but they're getting close! I have final fittings this week and will continue to finish the pieces over the next two weeks! Wish me luck!

Lucie, Apparel Design

Next semester already!?

With such a busy schedule, this semester has seemed to go faster than ever before. I can't believe there are only 3 weeks of regular class left (including this one)! I registered a week or two ago for my second to last semester of my college career. That's right, I'm graduating in Fall 2013! This is pretty exciting for me because until recently, I didn't think I would be able to graduate until Spring 2014. Here is a look at the classes I am taking in Spring and what I expect from them!

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GDes 3352 - Identity and Symbol
This class concentrates a lot on branding. From what I have heard from friends, projects may include creating a brand and identity for a fictional company of your choice, or even redesigning the identity of an existing company.

GDes 3353 - Packaging and Display
Surprise, surprise - this class is all about branding and packaging design. It will be fun to have a somewhat hands-on class again next semester. This semester has been pretty computer heavy!

GDes 5341 Interactive Design
This course seems to change frequently over the years, but I have heard it will probably involve some web and mobile app design, as well as a few other projects. I will give an update after the course starts!

Jour 3006 - Visual Communication
This is the last course I will be taking for my mass communication minor. I don't know exactly what it is all about, but it is called visual communication... here's to hoping it is fun!

PUBH 1005 - Sleep, Eat, Exercise
This will be interesting... I needed one more credit to be full time and all of the cool gym classes I wanted to take were full. In all seriousness though, there are a number of 1 credit Public Health online classes that are supposedly pretty easy and fun. Check them out if are curious or need to pick up an extra credit!

P.S. Try using UofM's new Schedule Builder to help you plan out next semester!

Sean Mateer
Graphic Design

The Benefits of Networking

If you've never heard of networking, then listen to me closely when I tell you IT'S IMPORTANT. In a nutshell, networking is connecting with others. Specifically, I'm talking about the importance of networking with people, professionals, students, etc. in the design world and within your chosen discipline. There's probably a million and one reasons why networking is crucial these days, but for our purposes now, I'll just break down a one or two below...

Picture3.jpeg+ Would you like to increase job guarantee after graduation? I'm assuming your answer is yes, right? Well then hop to it and get out there meeting people. The more connections you make during your time in college, the easier it will be to utilize those connections when you are job (and even internship) searching. Like the old saying goes, "it's all about who you know..."

+ Would you like to learn how to be professional? Again, I bet you do. (And if you already think you're a pro, then practice never hurts.) Networking with others gives you the opportunity to conduct yourself as the young professional that you are because you are interacting with professionals who have made it in the industry. By getting direct face time, you can really learn a lot about what to do and what not to do in regards to professionalism. And if you're worried, you can always prepare for your first few networking opportunities by checking out the Career & Internship Services office. It's an awesome resource right in McNeal Hall, and they can help you get ready to shine.

Now that you know WHY networking is so important, the next thing you're probably wondering is HOW. And let me tell you, it's a lot easier than you think. First off, there's lots of events the the College of Design's College to Career Program hosts that bring professionals right to campus and other events that bus students out to design firms (FOR FREE). When you meet a professional that strikes you as interesting and you'd like to form a connection, it's usually as easy as introducing yourself, asking for a business card, and following up via email. Just like that, you've made a professional connection. And it's always good to stay up on things like linkedin where you can easily maintain these connections. (Check out the blog post about it!)

I know that may be a lot of info up there, but if you have questions, don't hesitate to lave questions in the comments!

Until the next one,

Interior Design

Monday, November 26, 2012

Giving You The Low Down

Hello everyone!

Welcome back from break, hope you enjoyed every moment of chill time. I did. I just want to bring up some cool stuff going on that might peak your interests, and that easily gets you involved.
urban air image.jpgFundraising made viral....Join artist Stephen Glassman in his project URBAN AIR. His goal is to beautify Los Angeles roadways. His idea is to use money from the Kickstarter money raiser to fund this awesome re-appropriation of the Billboards of Los Angeles. They have so much potential to heal and clean with Stephen Glassman's sweet bamboo designs, gotta check it out.

I also recommend checking out the international student blog pages and specifically my friend Zhou Cheng's writings. He does a great job talking about resources in the U of M area and whats going on!

My good friend Constance is throwing a wonderful fundraiser for Fazenda Boa Terra urban farm in Minneapolis. I encourage all of you to attend and help out if you can...Here is the **** event information if you are interested in attending. This farm is run by just a few dedicated farmers who believe organic nutritious food should be accessible to everyone. fundraiser event map.png
They have a donation CSA program for families who cannot afford to purchase organic food. They want to continue this program but need help from people like you and me and your parents and teachers. So spread the word! Also if you are interested in organic or local food movements, politics, or just want to know more you should come by one of the BEST student food group ever...****U Students Like Good Food. This group is awesome, I go to meetings when I got the time and we have guest speakers from campus, local businesses, farms, we have potlucks we participate in Project Cook, lots of fun things!!!!

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Until Next Week,

Sarah S.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving and Thanks for a Break

Hey guys,

I am sure you are all aware that it is Thanksgiving week.
Thumbnail image for Wild-Turkey.jpgThis means we get a break from classes on Thursday and Friday, and some awesome teachers even cancelled Wednesday classes. But this is NOT a good time to completely turn on your studies and projects; those long term projects, those pieces you mean to work on a little everyday, or even just getting organized can go unattended during the semester. Don't forget to think about that stuff while you got a few extra minutes this weekend. Here is a great example of some stuff I'll be doing this weekend:

cleaning my room: it has been too long.
A design treatise projectt: have about 1/4 of the elements I need and its due date is sneaking up on me!
doctors appointments: they will be made and even marked on my calender! my trip to Rome and Istanbul is coming up.
None of these things are hard to do or even time consuming, but when you are in college they can slip through your head easily.
Also to update my status of the structural model I am working is what I got so far, now I just have to scrounge up some card board (the workshop is sold out!! oh no) and get it done.

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So remember to eat lots of food, see your friends and enjoy your family if you can.
Have a good week and ill talk to you again soon.

Sarah S.
Landscape Planning : BED 2014

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wrappin' Things Up!

Hey guys,

The weather gets colder and time is flying by, I cannot believe how much I have had to do and get done this week! It is a hard semester that is close to being finished. Most of us have registered for next semester, which i always think is fun. But this time around I am not registering. Instead I am going to be in Rome and Istanbul for a study abroad semester led by Ozayr Saloojee focusing on Architecture. Yay, I'm thrilled to be leaving MN for the chilly months.
Rome has a temperate Mediterranean climate and Istanbul has a warm but wet climate. I love learning about new places. Inspired by my upcoming travels, I have decided to create a Roman inspired structure for a model i have been working on. Here is the preliminary design. I want it to be a little modern yet clearly taking elements from roman temples, like the arches and arcaded walk. this is done in Google SketchUp...I think one of the more intuitive programs to use for 3d diagraming.
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I also had a huge group project and presentation. I can't be the only one who feels a little bead of sweat roll down their brow at the idea of a long term group project. We all have our own priorities, majors, and work out side of school. However, some groups work better than others. I have been thinking about why lately. One of my group projects went so well....everyone put in work where and when they could, we got it done before the deadline and were flexible with one another. Another group I am in, that presented yesterday, (and now we are done!! sweeeeeet)....anyways this group had constant scheduling issues, confusion of the assignment and not a lot of cohesion between diagrams. Everyone worked hard, we all had ideas and inspiration, but the final group pieces were ok at best. So I think I learned the communication, giving one another examples of your work before hand, and a couple rounds of practice (all together or not) before a presentation are very helpful. Use other groups as inspiration too! Don't be shy about making sure your group is on the right track by comparing work to others. Make it original but its a good way to ease any worry. Have a good week and a great Thanksgiving Day off!!

Hope this is helpful,

Sarah S.

My Final Round of Courses

Tomorrow marks the day of my final round of course registration before graduation! It feels like just yesterday that I registered for the very first time at freshman orientation, and here I am today planning out my final semester as an undergraduate. While I have usually felt overwhelmed with tons course options during registration season, I'm now left with a fairly structured list of classes to take to complete my degree. Together, they fulfill the remainder of my housing technology concentration and architecture minor, plus intro to public speaking, which is one of those courses I've been putting off for a while. Here is the tentative list of course I plan to register for:

- COMM 1101: Introduction to Public Speaking
- HSG 5484: Rural Housing Issues
- ARCH 3412: Architectural History since 1750
- ARCH 4150-005: Multifamily Net-Zero Seminar
- ARCH 5550-002: Multifamily Net-Zero Studio Module

I'm most excited for the Multifamily Net-Zero Seminar & Studio Module. Together, they are a special pair of courses for upper-level students and will essentially be the capstone courses of my academic career - combining the most important elements my degree - housing, residential technology, architecture, and sustainability.

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The 2011 Princeton Net-Zero project and the 2012 Northside Net-Zero project (above) are some of the past studios that have come from this course. It will be quite a bit of work, but it will ensure that I get the very most out of the little time that I have left in the College of Design. Saving the best for last.

Jesse - Housing Studies, B.S.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Be My Guest!

Hello again!

I wrote about the progress of rebuilding the BDA studio in the last blog, so this blog is dedicated to our dearest friend, BS studio. B.S. stands for Bachelor of Sciences in Architecture which is the other program option beside Bachelor of Design in Architecture (B.D.A.)

I visited the senior BS studio last night to see what projects the BS students are working on. They are currently redesign the Weisman Art Museum plaza and the Washington Avenue Bridge, both located on campus. The intent of the redesign was to create a space that would bring people in and connect the space to the river. Right now, the Washington Avenue Bridge is just a bridge without any significant use. BS students want to connect the bridge to its surrounding, the river, the daylight, and create more uses for the University students. What a great idea!

Nathan S. is working on his model of a pavilion space on the bridge with the program of a space for studying and gathering with the view of the river.

(left) BS students are staying late after hours to work on their projects, (middle) wall of process works and ideas over the semester, (right) Ze C.'s work of a gallery that will be on the bridge to draw the connection to the museum exhibit

I also visited an architecture elective class which opens to all upperclassmen BDA, BS, and graduate students. The class is ARCH 4150: From Trait to Form Performance: Study of Masonry Structure. The students researched several precedent works to study stereotomy with the focus on the underlying geometry and construction of vaults. Nou H., my friend in this class said that they are creating a vault from the Municipal building in New York by Guastavino. They created several models of different vaults, then they chose a vault to build at ¼ scale you see below. I witnessed the construction and I was amazed by how strong the vault is when considering the amount of material and the thickness of material used. Simply mind-blowing.

(left) students are working on the vault, (right) constructed vault is being tested *Photo by Sara Marquardt

I hope these works get you excited about architecture program. We would love to have you as part of our family. Remember that the deadline for Fall 2013 admission is December 15th!

See you next blog,
Beau S.
Architecture B.D.A.

A Look into My Classes

Today was the first day of registration for spring semester classes and might I say that I am already looking foreword to the classes I will be taking! It looks like I have a pretty nice mix; I've got quite the variety lined up for my last semester of school. I am taking four classes, equivalent to fifteen credits; three of the classes are requirements for my major and one is an elective for my minor in design. The three major related classes I am taking are Marketing Research, Computer Literacy, and International Retail Markets; the design minor elective is Color and Form in Surface Design.

In Marketing Research (RM 4217), I will be learning how to collect, analyze, and display data for marketing projects; for example, projects that involve research and statistics to find and determine the target market for a specific product.
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For International Retail Markets (MKTG 3010), I will be getting the opportunity to learn how the retail, and business world in general, functions outside the US. Discussion and lessons will take place on how and in what way social cultures, conflict between countries, and trade impact the retailing world.

Computer Literacy (PSTL 1571) is a class that I have unintentionally put off until this year and is the class, out of this list, that you will likely take within your first or second year of college. In this class you learn about using Microsoft processes, such as XL and PowerPoint, successfully.

Lastly, my design minor elective, Color and Form in Surface Design (GDES 3312), I will be doing a lot more hand on, design work in this class. I will be learning how to screen print designs on paper, fabrics, and other mediums.

All of my classes are look super interesting and fun! And it's making me get a little ahead of and has me already so excited for the coming semester!

Until Next Time!
Sasenka- Retail Merchandising

Post Experience MN

This weekend and the Experience MN event was a great success! It was a fun time to meet such a large group of possible new freshman and some of their families! Here is a recap of the day's events!

All of the University of Minnesota College of Design bloggers, plus a few other students, presented a slide about their major, minor, blogging, and projects as well as other things they had been involved in while at the University. I spoke about apparel design, my minor in retail merchandising, my project with NASA as well as my blogging duties. The three projects I presented were my dress I designed for portfolio review freshman year, my NASA project, and my tailored jacket. (you can see photos of these projects if you look back into my older blog entires)

Here is a picture from the presentation:


If there are any readers who were at the presentation and have any questions, feel free to leave them below!

Lucie, Apparel Design

Ready, Set, Go!

As I've transitioned into the second half of the semester, I have found myself at the starting line of final projects and the race to the end is about to begin. I've got plenty to keep me busy from now until the end of the semester, but the thing I must remember is not to burn out. When this part of the semester comes up, some people start to panic, but it is really important to take a step back and be mindful of endurance and pacing yourself if you want to succeed. I mean, when you think about it, it's a lot like running a race. You have an end goal (the finish line) in mind, and you need to get there quickly and efficiently without getting overwhelmed with the distance you will travel.

.jpgRight now, the biggest thing on my plate is my final project for my Interior Design Studio. We are designing a retail space from the ground up. Everything from the concept of the space to the client, floor plan and finishes (as well as many other things) will be completely up to us as individual designers. It's so exciting because we each have total control over what our store will become. It will be a lot of work, but I cannot wait to see the end result. Imagining that is what will keep me going through the duration of this project!

In my other classes, I also have some pretty big assignments. To be honest, I view these assignments as hurdles in the race (and I don't mean that in a bad way). My final studio project is the race that will consume the majority of my focus, but if I want to come out on top, I can't lose sight of the hurdles along the way.

I've included a picture of my most recent to-do list. This is the way I stay on top of things as I make my way through this metaphoric race to the end of the semester. I find that keeping track of everything I have on my plate in an organized way is the greatest tool I can utilize as I plow through my workload.

Until next time!

Ashley O.
Interior Design

Don't Miss Out! Upcoming Events and Networking Opportunities

If there is one thing I wish I would have learned earlier in the Graphic Design program, it would be the importance of networking and going to networking events. If your portfolio is the most important tool for landing you a job after school, the people you know through your professional network is definitely a close second. Business like hiring people who they already know or are recommended by a current employee. In addition, there are often job or internship openings that you may only find out about when someone who works at the business tells you. There's always a lot of fun and exciting design events going on in the Twin Cities area, and many of them are free! Let's take a look at some upcoming design events that will help with developing your professional network. Before we jump in, check out my post from summer that gives more specific networking tips if you haven't already.

Fall MIMA Student Event
Friday November 16th (P.S. That is this Friday!) - FREE

For this student event, MIMA Higher Ed. is assembling a panel of real-life agency employees to explain what job titles like Account Executive, Digital Strategist or Creative Director actually mean when it comes to the daily work of an agency -- and what it takes to earn one. There is also free pizza and networking opportunities!

Dirty Laundry
Thursday November 29th (Make sure to register!) - FREE

Dirty Laundry delivers the dirt on design. Listen in as design professionals reveal their best and worst experiences working in the world of design, and share career tales with a humorous spin. Prepare yourself for one juicy night of design gossip! Free refreshments and networking opportunities!


See Change: The Power of Visual Communication
May 21st - 22nd (Something to keep your eye on!) - DISCOUNTED for students

See Change 2013 will consist of an evening keynote address on Tuesday, May 21 followed by an entire day of presentations from national and local speakers on Wednesday, May 22. Keynote speakers last year included George Lois, the famous Ad man who is characterized in the TV show Mad Men; Joe Duffy, and many more. Again, a ton of great networking opportunities and you get a discount as student (free food throughout the conference)!

These are a look at just a few events coming up that I am excited for. I'll make sure to mention any more in future blog posts, but I wanted to make sure everyone is aware of the awesome event and networking opportunities I wish I had paid attention to early in my college career.

Sean M.
Graphic Design

Friday, November 9, 2012

On Equal Terms


Last night was a big night for the housing studies program! Our annual Housing Alumni Gathering served as a social hour before a the feature event - "On Equal Terms" which was a lecture by author, electrician, artist and poet Susan Eisenberg followed by a Q&A Panel with four women in the construction trade. For many years, Ms. Eisenberg was one of the only women in the construction industry and therefore faced many challenges along the way. Although gender discrimination had long been banned prior to her time of employment, the construction trade was (and largely still is) dominated by males. It was really interesting to hear Ms. Eisenberg's personal accounts accompanied by poetry and an enlightening ladder demonstration.

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The Housing Alumni Gathering/social hour beforehand was also a great time! It was great to meet a few new faces as well as catch up with old housing friends and professors. The event was also catered by Kafé 421, so good food was plentiful (and free!). All in all, a good night.

Have a great weekend!

- Jesse LaMaack - Housing Studies, B.S.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rules #1 Don't Talk About the BDA

Hello again!

Nothing can start off this week blog better than this picture:


This is the entrance of the BDA (Bachelor of Design in Architecture) Studio which references an all-time great movie, Fight Club. In my first blog, I talked about the work I did in one of my BDA classes where we re-designed and prototyped the entire work space of the BDA program for all BDA students. Design-build like this is a rare opportunity for design students worldwide. We have the opportunity to do that right here at the University of Minnesota - College of Design.

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BDA studio, just look at the amazing amount of space students get to work with

I was part of the first "Re-build the BDA" workshop and now it is in its fifth generation. There have been great ideas and works produced by the students in each generation. So, I went to the 5th generation class to talk to students about the progress, their experience, and here is what I got for you.

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Students are constructing their design out of wood. The products will be used by students in the BDA program.

The class are currently working on building multiple prototypes variation of the shelving units along the wall, and the multipurpose dividing panels for classrooms. They are using wood instead of cardboard which was the material used in the first generation class. This gives students an opportunity to be hands on and learn how to turn their design ideas into a well-constructed object.

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(Left) 1st generation of the class- Spring 2012, (right) 5th generation of the class - Fall 2012

There are many things that were produced in the 2nd -4th generation classes and I want to give all the credit to everyone who is involved with the project. It's hard to believe that students are the ones who design and build all these, but they did. Remember that this could be you one day. If you have a chance to visit the U, I highly recommend stopping by the BDA studio to see what is going on. Be sure to ask a lot of questions when you are visiting!

See you next blog,
Beau S.
Architecture B.D.A.

Approaching Registration

Class registrations are coming up, which means that I am about to register for my last semester of classes! Scary! But very exciting at the same time! When it comes to registering, there are a few ways of approach; each person approaches it a little differently, some plan a month or more ahead of time and others figure it out the day of. You will eventually be in this position; so, I thought I'd share my approach with you and hopefully show you some tricks that make it a lot easier and manageable.

The first thing I do, when I know that registration is coming up, is look at my APAS report; this report shows me what courses and requirements I have completed and which ones I have left to do. After analyzing my APAS, I go to the class search in OneStop and look up the specific times that my classes of interest are offered. Then, after I have made a list of possible class selections, I go on This site is really amazing and allows you to input your possible class choices; it then compiles a variety of different schedules for you to choose from. It is so helpful! You then have the option of selection the schedule that best suits you and your time. Now, once I have solidified my idea of set classes, I take note of the five-digit class number, which is displayed on the left-hand side of the class during the class search; this number is important to note because it spears you the time needed to search for particular classes during your actual time of registration.

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Something else that I have done in the past, in preparation for registering, is talk with my academic advisor. I did this to make sure that I was on track and to double check if I had anything missing that may be vital to both my major and semester; This meeting proved to be very helpful, so I highly recommend talking with your advisor about what within your schedule, because he or she will be very helpful and get you on track!

Next week I'll let you all know what my next semester classes are looking like, but until then! Have a good week!

Sasenka- Retail Merchandising

Experience MN

This Saturday I have the pleasure of being involved in the College of Design's event for prospective students: Experience MN. Experience MN is an event that the College puts on ever year showing prospective students and their families' what the College of Design has to offer in the variety of design majors and minors available. The College currently has majors in Apparel, Graphic, and Interior Design, Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Housing Design and Retail Merchandising. Many of these departments also offer minors, for example I am pursuing a degree in apparel design, but am getting a minor in Retail Merchandising. You also can get a general design minor, which covers much of the fundamental design work and principles.

I remember attending the Experience MN event when I was a senior in high school and loved it. It really opens your eyes and shows students what the University and College have to offer. I will be presenting some of my best work I have done throughout my college career thus far, and talk about what is next for me: my senior line, the senior show and career options after graduation.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the event on Saturday! Feel free to ask any questions here or in person and I will do my best to answer them!


Lucie, Apparel Design

54 Straight Hours of Design

I spent the entirety of this past weekend at Twin Cities Startup Weekend 4. Startup weekend is a 54 hour event which brings together entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and more to launch a tech startup business in one weekend. Startup Weekends are held in different cities almost every weekend of the year throughout the world. There just so happened to be 8 different startup weekends occurring throughout the US, the UK, Egypt, and more this past weekend. After working through the entire weekend with little sleep, I'm still exhausted, but I learned more about starting a business, working side by side with developers, and working together with people of all different disciplines in one weekend than I have combined in the rest of my life - all while designing anything and everything needed by our 8 person team.


The event starts on Friday with 60-second pitches by anyone who has an idea for a startup. After hearing about 50 pitches and voting on the best, about 18 teams organically formed from the 160 participants and got to work. I had my eye set on a few different ideas, but ultimately decided to join a team of developers and business folk looking to change the way deals from services like Groupon and Livingsocial are targeted at consumers. The mobile application, Petri, allows merchants to target consumers in real time and push conditional deals to them based on their location data. If that doesn't make sense, how about an example: Say that 100 people check into the Gopher football game at TCF stadium- using Petri, the Buffalo Wild Wings manager across the street could directly target consumers checked in at the game and push a deal for 1/2 price appetizers at their restaurant good for after the game.

Of course, there can only be one winner at the end of Startup Weekend, voted on by a panel of professional judges and investors, and ultimately Nifty Gifter won the hearts of the panel. However, that didn't stop Petri from getting an honorable mention for best overall design. Our final presentation included a real working prototype of the application that our team hopes to continue to work on and eventually launch!

I could write so much more about Startup Weekend, so feel free to ask me any questions and be sure to check out Startup Weekend next year!

P.S. Here is a list of all of the startups that presented this weekend.

Sean M.
Graphic Design

What Do You Stand For?

Hey guys,

As most of you are getting a good amount of water in your shoes the last few days as you traverse campus you may have seen some volunteer students helping get out the word to vote. The Presidential election came with a lot of other important topics this year too. So I hope you all went out and exercised your right to vote.
No matter what or who you vote for it is an important part of your life as a citizen of the United States. It is just the same being a college student. There are some really engaging groups and leadership opportunities available on campus and you get to choose which you want to be a part of! You decide what is most important and how you can get involved. My experience, as some of you know, involves local food politics and university dining services (UDS). The group is called U Students Like Good Food, found at Amundson Hall every other Thursday at 5:30 room 162.
At the U there are hundreds of clubs and student organizations to get involved in, its a great way to meet people who have similar interests and also different perspectives and knowledge on something your interested in.
Landscape Design and Planning also has a professional student chapter: Minnesota Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects or MASLASC. These clubs are great, they keep you involved and motivated, but they are also a SUPURB way to network. blog 16.JPG
Getting to know other designers and people in your industry is probably the best way to know the ins and outs of your area of study. getting internships or a job or a mentor is critical to your future and knowing people gives you a great one up over the competition. On the right is the College of Design's own Dean Thomas Fisher in my Arch: 3711w class today. He is a dynamic speaker and has some really cool ideas about the future of design professions. He talked about the history and future of designing with responsibility. Architects and Landscape Designers are in a new age of designing more than the built environment. It was so fun to listen to him talk and diagram. I hope you get a chance to hear him talk soon! its well worth your time!

Til next week,

Sarah S.
Landscape Planning BED track

Monday, November 5, 2012


This November I'm making some major changes, and I really really mean it this time. As the school year began and progressed from month to month, a slippery slope of spending threatened my wallet and my bank account. I was buying too many snacks, taking too many trips to the vending machine, shopping way too much, and finding myself going through drive thru after drive thru. Needless to say, this has been incredibly detrimental from a financial standpoint. With the holidays around the corner, I cannot afford to be broke. I want to buy presents for my loved ones and I'm planning a trip to Chicago; these things won't pay for themselves!

no-money-300x300.jpegThe rules of No Spend November are pretty simple. I'm only allowed to spend money on the two G's, gas and groceries. Outside of that, I honestly do not foresee a valid "need" to spend money on anything else. Of course there could be emergencies or things like that, and of course that's allowed, but I'm gunna try my absolute best to stick to the two G's and make things go according to plan.

Another thing I plan on checking out is the financial advising offered my the folks over at Live Like a Student (Now So You Don't Have to Later). In addition to financial advising, they offer a monthly newsletter with money tips and a website with more helpful resources.

Some friends of mine have joined me in No Spend November, will you?

Ashley O.
Interior Design

P.S. Tomorrow is election day, so you better be voting! If you need to find your polling place, click here.