IU class talks about importance of design in the global community

When IU lecturer Jon Racek sent me a note and said one of his classes had created a piece of playground equipment it subsequently donated to St. Charles Catholic School, I was intrigued. Then, I clicked on the photograph he’d attached to the email, and fell in love. Multiple sets of tiny legs and hands […]

Freshman design student wins retail federation’s holiday card contest

IU Bloomington freshman Hannah Tillou is one of three students recently named a winner in the National Retail Federation‘s holiday card design contest. Her winning card design, featuring brightly lit holiday bulbs and the message: “In the bright string of retailers, we couldn’t shine without you,” means she’ll receive a $1,000 cash prize and a […]

Buy holiday gifts, support fair trade

It’s nearly time for the annual Fair Trade Holiday Sale, one of my favorite events on campus both for the unique gifts I find there as well as the excellent initiative it supports. The sale brings artisan-crafted items from more than 40 countries to Bloomington, and supports Fair Tuesday, the ethical shopping initiative recently launched […]

IU professor’s ‘folded light art’ to be on exhibit

Jiangmei Wu can still recall an assignment in a beginning architecture studio class she took while seeking her undergraduate design degree: fold a piece of paper into a three-dimensional object without cutting it. “I’m from China and went to architecture school in Shanghai, so because of that background, paper folding has always fascinated me very […]

IUCA+D professor’s project helping relaunch Iowa’s Westbrook Artists’ Site

Indiana University professor Kevin Lair‘s work was on display earlier this month at the Iowa State University College of Design downtown gallery. Lair and Elizabeth Walden’s collaborative work, titled “Horror Vacui (Nature abhors a vacuum. What do we make of its plenitude?): Work in Progress for Westbrook Artists’ Site (WAS),” is an ongoing project that […]

Big names in retail coming to IUB campus

Representatives from various distributing and retail firms as well as the National Retail Federation will speak on the IU Bloomington campus on Oct. 15. The Retail and Design Forum is from 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union. Sponsored by IU’s Retail Studies Organization, it is free and open […]

IUCA+D exhibit features Evansville native’s evolving work of art

Artist Mark Cooper, an Evansville native, has created a collaborative work of art at the invitation of the Columbus Museum of Art and Design and the IU Center for Art + Design. Currently on display at IUCA+D’s gallery at 310 Jackson St. in downtown Columbus, the exhibition is titled “YuYu Columbus,” a reference to the […]

BFA textile artist finds inspiration for her creations in science and science fiction

Indiana University BFA student Larrea Young isn’t your everyday textile artist. Her coats are highlighted with twisting stitched patterns reminiscent of veins, or malevolent fingers scrabbling for the soul of a victim. Another is seamed so it appears a face is emerging from the dark gray wool, like something out of an eerie “Twilight Zone” […]

Exhibit suits IUCA+D to a T

If you’re like me, you’ve got entire drawers full of T-shirts. But somehow, those shirts are much more than just an item of clothing. In a way, they represent my personal history — the theme for my high school marching band’s senior show, the Greek letters adopted by my floor at a private Midwestern university, […]

Design and retail students join forces on real-world projects

A new studio course offered this past semester through the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design mixed design and retail students, helping both hone practical skills and abilities by working with each other on real-world projects. But it’s not just students who used the new model. IU professor Mary Embry, who teaches in the […]