About Stamps

Creative Research

Our students have always thrived in a vibrant university community that transcends traditional art and design boundaries. As a creative community connected to a campus of diverse people and ideas, our work reflects a deep commitment to intellectual research and collaboration.

At Stamps, we have the great privilege of working with scientists, doctors, information architects, climatologists and others, to generate new knowledge and solve big problems. Now more than ever, our skills in observation, visual thinking and critical inquiry are in demand as society recognizes the role of creativity in solving global issues, from health management to environmental sustainability.

Stamps is continually working to expand our research initiatives, collaborating with partners in a wide range of fields, from nanotechnology to business, on projects that create new avenues to understanding.

Faculty Research Projects

A sampling of recent projects is presented below; to learn more about our faculty's creative work and research, visit our faculty directory.

Professor Jim Cogswell works with a multi-disciplinary team lead by U-M astrophysicist Gregory Tarle to give a physical presence to a little understood phenomenon: dark energy. “There is a magnificence, a grandeur, that is never seen by the average person. We want to share that experience,” says the team.

Re:Tool-Kit for Detroit, a new publication and online resource created by Stamps faculty John Marshall and Seth Ellis, with faculty from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, sets out to map Detroit’s Post-Industrial manufacturing landscape and answer the question: “Can you really get anything made in Detroit?”

Anne Mondro received a University of Michigan grant to pursue interdisciplinary research studying creativity’s effects on caregivers and care recipients.

Joe Trumpey researches solar energy, sustainable communities, and the construction methods and architectural design of straw bale building.

Marianetta Porter’s scholarly investigations of African American history, culture and representation, ranges from ethnography and folklore to visual culture, language and religious traditions, with particular focus on the ways these complex relationships are woven into the fabric of everyday life.

Elona Van Gent examines the intersection of art, science and technology. Her current research involves the use of rapid prototyping technologies in the art process, with special focus on 3D modeling and animation technologies typically used in film and special effects.