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Caring by Design: Stamps MDes in Integrative Design Thesis Projects

June 27, 2017 • Research & Leadership, Making a Difference, Graduate Student

If you've ever spent time in a hospital, you can probably relate to this scenario: your procedure is done, you're rested, and it's time to go home. Or is it? And what still needs to happen first? Read More >

The 1983 School of Art Protests: How A Visual Community Fights Back

June 5, 2017 • Making a Difference, Alumni, Faculty

“Budget cuts to the arts, protests in the streets.” While this could be a headline ripped from 2017, it also describes a moment in the Stamps School history when the university’s Budget Priorities Committee proposed to cut the school’s budget by 25%. It took… Read More >

Visualizing Science: Pinar Yoldas’ Silent Spring

May 10, 2017 • Research & Leadership, Making a Difference, Faculty

During the March for Science rallies in Washington DC and around the nation in April 2017, conversations swirled around the need for scientists and communicators to align to create accessible stories about scientific progress for the general public. The Stamps… Read More >

Skateboard Building in Brightmoor

February 2, 2017 • Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion, Cool Classes & Assignments, Making a Difference

On a chilly Saturday in December, in the art room at Detroit Community High School (DCH), Jesse Wilson, New York Director of the Chill Foundation, led a free skateboard-building workshop. Read More >

What’s Your SuperYOUpower?

December 2, 2016 • Social Engagement, Cool Classes & Assignments, Making a Difference

How do you get a fourth grade student to engage in conceptual, inquiry-led creative work? Ask them about their “superYOUpowers.” Read More >

Kelsi Franzino (BFA 2017): Creative Lead on New Brightmoor Maker Space Visual Identity

November 14, 2016 • Cool Classes & Assignments, Making a Difference, Student Voices

During the Winter 2016 term, Stamps students in Hannah Smotrich's visual identity design course created multi-faceted visual identity systems, branding concepts, and style guides for the Brightmoor Maker Space. Read More >

Cameron Van Dyke (MFA ‘15): ORBIT at Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

October 14, 2016 • Living a Creative Life: Alumni Stories, Making a Difference, Alumni

The Future People, a design collective composed of Cameron Van Dyke (Stamps MFA '15) and his wife Rachael Van Dyke, have introduced their latest vehicle, ORBIT, at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. Read More >

White House Makerspace Event

October 10, 2016 • Focus on Faculty, Making a Difference, Faculty

In early August, I got an email from the White House - the subject line was in ALL CAPS. Read More >

Discovering the Spark in Creative Relationships

October 10, 2016 • Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion, Advice for Emerging Artists, Making a Difference

Carolyn Rodgers (BFA 2016) describes the creative relationship that resulted from a unique design collaboration with a visually impaired high school student. Read More >

Rx for Reading

October 7, 2016 • Making a Difference, Faculty, Graduate Student

This summer, Stamps Associate Professor Rebekah Modrak worked with the Director of RX for Reading, University of Detroit Mercy Professor Mary Catherine Harrison, to invite a group of local artists/designers to design and paint the roofs of ten little free libraries. Read More >