When COVID precautions limited in-person gatherings and closed campus galleries, the CDMC quickly adapted. Exhibitions were put online. Social media channels were revamped. And before the end of the summer, the center had launched a new website (cdmc.wisc.edu) as well as CDMC Conversations: live, online discussions between artists, designers, industry professionals, staff, and students.
Three undergraduate students recently presented the results of their Chipstone Foundation-supported summer research fellowships with the UW Center for Design and Material Culture at SoHE, showcasing projects in textile studies, material culture, and design thinking.
Image: Hello! Loom example weaving, multi-color, in process. Marianne Fairbanks is a textile artist and assistant professor of Design Studies in the School of Human Ecology at UW–Madison, which offers undergraduate degrees in Textiles and Fashion Design and Interior Architecture, as well as MFA, MS, and PhD graduate programs. Professor Fairbanks, who recently earned tenure, […]
Mat depicting the seal of the United States President, Needle lace in cotton or linen, 1950-1990, United States, 7” diameter. By Nora Renick Rinehart, a first year MFA student in Design Studies. While doing research for an upcoming project on textiles and American politics, this exquisite example of needle lace immediately caught my attention. Created […]
The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s new degree option responds to student interest, faculty expertise, and employer needs.
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The School of Human Ecology recently welcomed Dr. Lesley-Ann Noel, a Teaching Fellow from the Stanford d.School, to talk about her work with emancipatory research and design thinking. Dr. Noel’s PhD in Design, Master’s degree in Business Management, and Stanford Fellowship are just a few of many admirable accomplishments under her belt. She now uses […]
Congratulations to Kristy Burkholder, PhD, HDFS Faculty Associate, who was inducted into the UW-Madison Teaching Academy as a Teaching Fellow. The Inductee Ceremony was held on April 8, 2019. “It’s been an honor and a professional pleasure to have learned from and taught with Kristy over these recent several years,” states her nominator, Michael Maguire, […]
VR 101 with Kevin Ponto | Raison Sauna Article Kid asks the popular question, How Does Virtual Reality Work? DS Associate Professor Kevin Ponto was asked by an eight-year-old, “how does virtual reality work?” as part of a Blue Sky Science video by the Morgridge Institute and Wisconsin State Journal. And people want to know […]
every body, every shape, every skin color…everyone is beautiful! August, a streetwear shop located in downtown Madison’s State Street, partnered up with SoHE students to host “Every Body,” a styling and photography event that took place on November 17. The intent of the “Every Body” concept was created to break conventional beauty standards. Students in […]
A student blog story SoHE Design studies students have been challenged to create one-color screen-printed shirts for August, a popular street wear boutique located on State Street in Madison. The project is a partnership between Rob Bowhan, owner of August, and students in Professor Jennifer Angus’ Printing and Dyeing I and II courses. These students incorporated […]
Be a part of this year’s Community Alter Project: Remembrance and Celebration. Create your own commemorative alter shadow box for a project being led by SoHE DS Professor Carolyn Kallenborn. Completed alters will be on display in the main entry in Nancy Nicholas Hall. In its second year, Remembrance and Celebration is inspired by the […]
When Molly Reddy ’10 started her academic studies at UW-Madison, she did not know how much her life path would be impacted by design thinking and the School of Human Ecology (SoHE). In fact, design thinking had not yet been established at the UW-Madison. As a freshman, Reddy started as a College of Letters and […]
A four-week summer course provided students with an inside-look at solving real problems using the Design Thinking’s “innovate-prototype-test” process. Design Studies and Engineer majors enrolled in DS 341: Design Thinking for Transformation focused on how to improve the farmer’s market experience for consumers. How might we…? Class was held in the recently opened UW MakerSpace. […]
During the 2016-2017 academic year, 4,908 out of 43,820 UW Madison students sought help from University Health Services for mental illness, which led to a 2.2 increase of client visits. The growing number of students struggling with mental health inspired The Translation Project, a visual campaign focusing on creating a dialogue about mental illness and […]
SoHE’s Design Thinking initiative is evolving our school’s culture and curriculum. Through it, we are equipping UW-Madison students with the skills and tools to solve both simple and complex problems in a way that improves people’s lives and well-being. In other words, teaching them how to find answers the human ecology way. This five-step process […]
Excellence in Civic Engagement Undergraduate Award winner | Locals team up to help Kenyan girls SoHE student wins Excellence in Civic Engagement Undergrad Award Taylor Gilbertson is the recipient of this year’s Morgridge Center for Public Service Excellence in Civic Engagement Undergraduate Award that recognizes students who have made the community a priority during their […]
Bailey Schuldt is a Senior, Communication Arts 2018, Certificates in Digital Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies Several weeks ago, Kenyan women’s rights campaigner Dr. Josephine Kulea visited SoHE as part of a partnership initiated by Design Studies instructor Lesley Sager. In 2012, Kulea founded the Samburu Girls Foundation, an organization dedicated to rescuing young girls from […]
SoHE’s Majid Sarmadi is one of twelve faculty members chosen to receive a 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award. This award recognizes the high quality teaching of some of the university’s most exceptional educators. Design Studies professor Majid Sarmadi is the recipient of this year’s Van Hise Outreach Teaching Award. This award was created to recognize excellence […]
For the past several years, the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology (SoHE) has been campus’ active driver of design thinking, a problem-solving and idea generating process used by organizations and corporations worldwide to solve complex problems. SoHE’s Design Thinking Initiative has delivered the process to UW-Madison through coursework, collaborations, and, now, the university’s first group […]
Photo: SoHE student Emma Wiessner working in Kenya Blog by UW-Madison student Danielle Syse Sustainable Design Thinking Team Journeys to Kenya Over the past few years, University of Wisconsin-Madison students have been experiencing meaningful, real-world innovative projects through the student-run organization Insight Wisconsin. In an effort to unearth meaningful solutions, Insight Wisconsin encourages collaborations using the […]
SoHE made the news this week! Click to read the stories. Extreme Makeover: SoHE Edition Thanks to the hard work of a few SoHE students, the Office of the Registrar will be getting a much needed upgrade. This past summer, students enrolled in Design Studies 501 were put to the test when asked to create a design that used the area more effectively. […]
Design thinking is process for achieving creative, human-centered, interdisciplinary solutions to real problems, big or small. For an engineering student, design thinking allows them to shift from a solution in search of a problem to a recognition of needs and how their capabilities and creatively can address them. With this idea in mind, the UW-Madison […]
Another week in the Design Thinking class means people are getting more passionate about the cause and the projects! One of the students, Erin, decided she would take her commitment outside of the classroom and talk to her employer, SERRV, about hosting a fundraiser. Best part? They said yes! SERRV is a fair-trade clothing and […]