Tag Archives: Design

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SoHE News and Events: March 29- April 4

Flanagan’s Expertise on Youth and Politics | Feng Shui = Harmony notes Wei Dong  Connie Flanagan, associate dean of SoHE, was quoted in a Wisconsin Watch article about young voters and politics. Flanagan touches some of the reason why young voter turn out rates are much lower compared to other age groups. When young voters […]

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Textile Tuesday: Chrysanthemum Print

Futon Cover Fragment, Japan, 1868-1912, 14×13 in  By Sophie Downs, a fourth year student in SoHE, studying Textiles and Fashion Design.  This floral piece of cloth is a futon cover fragment from Japan from the turn of the twentieth century. A futon (pronounced fu-tone not fu-tan) is a Japanese style of bed that is essentially […]

Design Thinking

Students Discuss Living the Good Life With Design Thinking

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 […]

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SoHE Faculty Rock the Campus Fall Research Competition

Research and graduate education is core to the mission of the School of Human Ecology, so it’s with great pride that we congratulate our faculty members receiving awards from the VCGRE Fall Research Competition – for projects in 2018-19:   Assistant Professor Fenaba Addo “(Re)creating Inequality: Student Loan Debt and Young Adult Well Being”     […]

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SoHE News and Stories: August 28 – September 3

Check out what’s going on in SoHE this week! HDFS Professor Raison Interviewed on MDMA as PTSD Treatment SoHE Professor Dr. Charles Raison was interviewed by Channel 3 news on his research regarding MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, as a possible treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Food and Drug Administration has referred […]

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Christensen Wins Design Challenge

SoHE Interior Architecture student Courtney Christensen was recently announced as one of the first place winners of the Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge 2017. Christensen won the commercial design category with her re-imagining of the UW Credit Union. In regards to the project, Christensen said: “For the UW Credit Union E-Commerce Center project my classmates and […]

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HDFS Student Julia Presten Soars High

When NYC native Julia Presten was in high school she founded ANGELIC NYC, a clothing company with a positive message and that donates to nonprofits. Today, Julia’s company is continuing to grow and she is looking forward to her junior year at UW-Madison this fall. With ANGELIC top of mind, Julia started off at SoHE […]

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Center for Design & Material Culture

Located in SoHE, the Center for Design and Material Culture (CDMC) is a space for students, scholars, and the public to study, practice, and experience material culture and design as complex relationships between humans and the material world, today and in the past. CDMC works in partnership with SoHE’s Design Studies Department and is home […]

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Design Studies

The students, faculty, staff, and researchers in the Design Studies department at UW–Madison study the production, process, and impact of design. Through scholarship, analysis, curriculum, and outreach, we advocate design as an encompassing discipline central to every aspect of life. We emphasize and promote a multi-disciplinary, global approach to design, and we value connections, nationally […]

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Design Thinking Courses

SoHE Classes in Design Thinking SoHE offers a series of courses that teach students about design thinking models, qualitative research methods, problem finding and framing, analysis and synthesis of research, reflective thinking, ideation and creativity techniques, experimentation and rapid prototyping, collaborative skills and techniques, the value of iterative design, and identifying unique points of view. […]

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Design Thinking

THINK BIGGER, SOLVE BETTER Design Thinking: a process for the curious—an asset on your resume The chaos of invention? The realms of boundless creativity? They’re not just for the mad-scientist tinkerer or artistic types. They’re for you. What the world needs—and today’s job market demands—is inquisitive outside-the-box problem solvers and people who flow with possibilities. […]

Stitching History Exhibition Ties Together History and Humanity

Blog by student Meg McMahon, x’17 In 1997, letters posted 1939 Prague were discovered in Milwaukee. They were written by a young Jewish couple hoping to escape German occupation with the help of an American relative living in Wisconsin. Included in the letters were fashion sketches and an appeal to employ seamstress Hedwig “Hedy” Strnad. Hedy did […]

And the EcoWell Idea to Action Fellowship goes to….

Maria Amalia Wood!! Congratulations to Maria, a design graduate student in SoHE, who has been awarded the first ever EcoWell Idea to Action Fellowship.  The EcoWell Idea to Action Fellowship received applications from both undergraduate and graduate students from all four departments. Each idea that was submitted was innovative and was focused on creating a […]

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SoHE Stories: December 1-7 2016

 WI Public Television comes to SoHE Assistant Professor Marianne Fairbanks is a feature story for Wisconsin Life program which airs Thursday nights at 7:30p statewide on Wisconsin Public Television. The stories in production now will air sometime next fall – most likely starting in September. The focus of the show is people and their passions.   De-stress […]

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Grad Student Huntington: Design and the American Dream

Joy Huntington, PhD Student Design Studies Researching the Rise of Single Women Homeowners When Joy Huntington designed homes for her clients in Pittsburgh she was often intrigued by how differently men and women would react to certain design ideas. “Our firm did everything – from picking out towels and flatware to designing the home. I […]

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Student Blog: The Process

While I was working one quiet Friday morning in the T3 offices, Professor Wei Dong came running in excitedly. He went right into Linda Zwicker’s office to tell her something important, I didn’t think anything of it, many professors come into our offices to chat with Linda. Minutes later, an excited Linda and Wei come […]

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SoHE News & Stories: March 20-26

Read up on the latest SoHE news and events happening in and around the School. And, be sure to check the Events section of the website. CommNS Brown Bag with Alfonso Morales Monday, March 28, 12-1:15pm, room 2211, NNH The Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies presents the brown bag topic On Community Studies with […]

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SoHE Stories: March 11-17

Before you leave for Spring break, don’t forget to stop by this week’s Science Café on Friday, March 18th. Design Studies Professor, Mark Nelson, will leading a fascinating workshop on Socially Conscious Design. For more details, click here!       Assistant Professor Fenaba Addo (co-author of study), interviewed  in this story on NBC News, the story noting “African-American […]

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Professor Angus wins major campus award

Professor Jennifer Angus, faculty member in Design Studies at the School of Human Ecology, has received a Kellett Mid-Career Faculty Researcher Award. Given by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, the award recognizes Angus’ academic success, extraordinary achievements as an artist, and enviable record of service to the local and global community. […]

Jennifer Angus, In the Midnight Garden, 2015, Part of WONDER at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Insects Make Pattern & Become Beautiful

Insects. Bugs. Pests. It depends on perspective. For professor and artist Jennifer Angus, insects are the medium through which she expresses a rich curiosity and life-long interest in pattern. Not unlike a sculptor using clay, or a painter choosing watercolor, Angus sees beyond material – in this case insects – and creates an experience that […]

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Wearable Technology: Where Design & Function Connect

Launched in Fall 2013 by Assistant Professor Kevin Ponto, the Wearable Technology course is the nexus of design, innovation, imagination and function. Dr. Ponto has a joint appointment with the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and his research objectives aim to “develop techniques to better the experience of virtual reality through new devices, interfaces, and techniques.” Dr. Ponto recently sat down with […]

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Professor Hark receives campus Vilas Associates Award

 Art and Life Bound Seamlessly Together~ The Adinkra Cloth-makers of Ntonso,Ghana “…shining a light on the seamless integration of daily life with this artistic activity by the makers, as well as the ability of the Adinkra symbol language to respond to current events.” Associate Professor Mary Hark Starting in 2006 when she was awarded a Senior Fulbright […]

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MFA Design Studies

Program Overview The focus of the MFA degree is on creative performance in design. Its goals are to promote strong and creative conceptual thinking, exploration, interpretation, innovation, and overall excellence in design execution. Students generally focus their work in one of two general areas: Textile and Fashion Design, or Interior Architecture. Students focusing in Interior […]