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2015 MDes Students in the Spotlight

August 1, 2016 • Graduate Student, MDes

While collaboration is at the crux of the Stamps MDes in Integrative Design program experience, there are many opportunities for individual accomplishments and pursuits. Here is a run-down of moments where students from the 2015 MDes cohort claimed the… Read More >

Stamps School and SMTD in Oaxaca

July 8, 2016 • Research & Leadership, Focus on Faculty, Going Global: Stories from Abroad

In June 2016, Stamps School and School of Music, Theatre & Dance professor Holly Hughes traveled to Oaxaca - the heart of Mexico's Día de los Muertos traditions - with SMTD professor Anita Gonzalez and four U-M students: Mona McKinstry (Stamps BFA '16), Carolyn… Read More >

Stamps MDes: First Year in Review

June 7, 2016 • Cool Classes & Assignments, Graduate Student, MDes

Ever had a retinal image taken at the optometrist? As visually interesting as the orange interworkings of your eye can be, it can be hard to tell what you're meant to glean from it. Read More >

Jon Verney (MFA ‘16): Thermophile - A Collaboration with Nature

March 7, 2016 • Going Global: Stories from Abroad, Student Voices, Graduate Student

“It was like painting with the earth.” Stamps MFA candidate Jon Verney welcomes the uncertainty and imperfections that come from a collaboration with nature in Thermophile, his MFA thesis project. Read More >

Alisa Yang (MFA ‘16): Feminist Thought in Japan’s Love Hotels

March 7, 2016 • Student Voices, Graduate Student, MFA

Each year, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) awards U-M graduate students funding to support wide-ranging projects related to women, gender, and sexuality. Recently, Stamps student Alisa Yang (MFA '16) was one of 23 graduate students to… Read More >

Carolyn Gennari: Community Connections Through U-M Collections

February 10, 2016 • Cool Classes & Assignments, Graduate Student, MFA

Sometimes, the most beautiful discoveries contain a breathtaking element of surprise. Such is the case when one cracks open one of the many industrial-sized filing cabinets at the University of Michigan Herbarium. Read More >

MDes Design Charette

February 2, 2016 • Making a Difference, Graduate Student, MDes

In September 2015, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan launched the first year of their new MDes in Integrative Design program. Led by Associate Professor John Marshall, the two-year MDes program pairs a close-knit team of… Read More >

Designing for Diversity: Building Community at Stamps

January 8, 2016 • Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion, Making a Difference, Faculty

The University of Michigan held an open Diversity Summit for the campus community on November 10, 2015. Read More >

Meet the 2015 MDes Cohort

October 23, 2015 • Graduate Student, MDes

All six of our incoming MDes students sat down to answer questions about their backgrounds, their approach to design, and their thoughts on “wicked problems” that need solving. Read More >

Meet the 2015 MFAs

October 23, 2015 • Student Voices, Graduate Student, MFA

Our incoming MFA candidates discuss their backgrounds, influences, and artistic practice. Read More >