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Good Design is Good (Fun)

danz, medoraBlu Dot is an American design studio that creates home furnishings sold in fine design stores across the U.S. and internationally. It has won many national and international design awards, and its designs are included in the collections of numerous museums. Blu Dot is recognized for its inventive use of materials, playful sensibility and fabrication and assembly strategies determined by an economy of means. This sense of playfulness and irreverence extends to its marketing, too.

Graduate business students and alumni are invited to attend Master’s Pub with presenter Medora Danz, vice president of Blu Dot brand on Friday, February 22. Danz will discuss the company’s mission to bring good design for the masses, and the unique and pragmatic methods used to reach this goal. She will entertain attendees with a history of Blu Dot, its design process and its growth in the modern furniture market.

RSVP to attend »Attendance is free, but advance registration is required. Please register by February 20.

Current Opus College of Business graduate students and alumni attending the event are encouraged to bring colleagues or friends considering a graduate business degree to experience the unique St. Thomas atmosphere and community.

4:30 p.m.: Social time
5:15 p.m.: Presentation
5:45 p.m.: Q&A
6:00 p.m.: Social time

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Four Visions of the Minneapolis Riverfront

Four competing design firms presented their visions in late January for how to improve a large portion of the Mississippi River corridor in Minneapolis north of downtown. The teams were asked to propose how the city can better connect neighborhoods to the river and build on the area’s history, culture, ecology and economic conditions. More details on the process are available from the Star Tribune.

Their visions are available on-line and the winner will be announced tomorrow morning in a press conference at Nicollet Pavilion. This (2-hour) video shows all of the presentations:

From the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition website: Continue Reading