About Stamps

Research & Leadership

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At the University of Michigan, Stamps faculty and students have the great privilege of working with a campus full of diverse disciplines and ideas 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.

Leading the Creative Conversation

Stamps faculty lead critical conversations in the realms of art, design, and creative futures. Dean’s Office initiatives — such as the annual interdisciplinary design salon, “D++” — regularly bring Stamps faculty together with outside industry experts and academic thought-leaders for in-depth creative inquiry.

Efforts like D++ ensure that Stamps faculty continuously diversifies their perspectives, continues to think in new ways, and sparks fresh conversations, collaborations, and initiatives. Our commitment to creative incubation has a direct impact on our students, our curriculum, and our scholarly pursuits.

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Recent Projects

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

Designing Decisions: 2019 MDes Public Talks

May 15, 2019

2019 Stamps MDes candidates present their research addressing appropriate care in healthcare settings in public talks. Read More >

Designing for Equity in Public Education

May 9, 2019

Stamps MDes students work with U-M partners and area schools to address equity and access in public education. Read More >

Taylor Houlihan Recreates 3.2 Million-Year-Old Skeleton

May 6, 2019

Taylor Houlihan (BFA '18) on the process of recreating fossils for the U-M Museum of Natural History. Read More >

Guna Nadarajan at National Academies’ Convocation

May 3, 2019

Guna Nadarajan led a panel that explored the benefits of integrating arts and design in STEM education. Read More >

Bruce and Stephanie Tharp Book Launch

May 3, 2019

Bruce and Stephanie Tharp recently discussed discursive design in a launch for their new book, out now from MIT Press. Read More >