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What’s on Your Plate? The 2021 MDes Thesis Talks

April 6, 2021 • Research & Leadership, Graduate Student, MDes

On the surface, there may not be a more universally relatable subject than food. After all, everyone eats. But the most basic questions about where our food comes from, how it gets to our dinner tables, and who makes decisions about that process quickly reveals… Read More >

Don’t be Dubed: Najwat Rehman on Designing a Better World

March 22, 2021 • Student Voices, Graduate Student, MDes

What has been the role of design in shaping the world as we know it? For Stamps Master of Design in Integrative Design candidate Najwat Rehman (MDes '21), this is a question that he's been deeply considering for several years now. Read More >

A Living Learning Lab For Equity: Keesa V. Johnson (MDes ‘21) and the Campus Farm

July 13, 2020 • Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion, Student Voices, Graduate Student

“’Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.’ Those are the words of Frantz Fanon," says Keesa V. Johnson (MDes '21). "And I'm not going to betray anything.” Read More >

Class of 2020 Spotlight: Ashley Moon (MDes ‘20)

March 15, 2020 • Research & Leadership, Social Engagement, Graduate Student

In order to have a government that one day works for everyone, Ashley Moon (MDes '20) believes more people have to see the value in getting involved in it. For her thesis project, Moon (MDes '20), set out to use design principles to promote civic engagement… Read More >

Class of 2020 Spotlight: Jennifer Low (MDes ‘20)

March 15, 2020 • Research & Leadership, Social Engagement, Graduate Student

When we think about gentrification and the issues that surround it, Jennifer Low (MDes '20) says we often assume they are inevitable, uncontrollable forces. But this is rarely the case. Read More >

Class of 2020 Spotlight: Colleen Clark (MDes ‘20)

March 15, 2020 • Research & Leadership, Social Engagement, Graduate Student

Nearly half of all new K-12 teachers leave the profession within the first five years, and Colleen Clark (MDes '20) says it's not always for the obvious reason. Read More >

Class of 2020 Spotlight: Gowri Balasubramaniam (MDes ‘20)

March 15, 2020 • Research & Leadership, Social Engagement, Graduate Student

For her thesis research, Gowri Balasubramaniam worked with the Equitable Futures project to teach critical and speculative design methods to Detroit-area high school freshmen as a way to help connect their history lessons to the present and imagine their own futures. Read More >

Designing Decisions: 2019 MDes Public Talks

May 15, 2019 • Research & Leadership, Graduate Student, MDes

Care providers, patients, and policymakers face a near-infinite number of big choices when it comes to managing healthcare. Read More >

Designing for Equity in Public Education

May 9, 2019 • Research & Leadership, Social Engagement, Graduate Student

During the winter 2019 semester, graduate students from the Stamps School of Art & Design’s Masters in Integrative Design (MDes) worked with the University of Michigan School of Education’s Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research (CEDER) to… Read More >

Caring for the Caregivers: 2018 MDes Thesis Talks

April 25, 2018 • Research & Leadership, Social Engagement, Graduate Student

How can doctors, nurses, and medical staff improve communication with and support of patient family members — and how does this impact patient outcomes? What guiding principles should inform design when it's for something as significant as end of life care? Read More >