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Design Studies Department, SoHE, UW-Madison

The students, faculty, staff, and researchers in the Design Studies department at UW–Madison study the production, process, and impact of design. Through scholarship, analysis, curriculum, and outreach, we advocate design as an encompassing discipline central to every aspect of life. We emphasize and promote a multi-disciplinary, global approach to design, and we value connections, nationally and internationally, with other campus, community, and professional programs.
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Chipstone-CDMC Undergraduate Research Fellowship Symposium

Virtual Event

The 1st Chipstone-CDMC Undergraduate Research Fellowship Symposium featured presentations by the inaugural cohort of fellows. Their presentations focused on 1 of the 3 CDMC pillars: design thinking, material culture, and textiles.

Cynthia Leibrock: Residential Design for Health and Longevity

Virtual Event

Cynthia Leibrock is an author, lecturer, and designer focused on health and longevity in residential design. Leibrock gave a virtual tour of her carefully designed home and highlighted universal design elements that encourage healthy living.

Textiles from Home: Local Crafts, Global Conversations

Virtual Event

A week-long international conference and event series exploring the connections between textile making, domestic space, and local environments, both historically and today. Events accommodated multiple time zones and making communities.

Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture 2021: A Conversation with Bisa Butler

Virtual Event

Interdisciplinary textile artist Bisa Butler, whose quilted works feature African-American subjects, gave the annual Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture with the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. Butler introduced her work and conversed with Gianofer Fields.

Design 2021: Call for Entries

Virtual Event

This spring, the CDMC and the Design Studies Dept. present "Design 2021," a virtual edition of SoHE’s annual juried student exhibition. UW–Madison students of all majors are invited to submit their best design work generated through Design Studies courses over the past 4 semesters.

Feeling Fragmentary: Call for Proposals

Virtual Event

The UW–Madison Material Culture Focus Group invites graduate students to apply for a symposium taking place on May 14th, 2021. This is an event by and for graduate students with the goal of connecting individuals with mutual interest(s) in Material Culture.

The Portal: Call for Entries

Virtual Event

"The Portal" is a juried online exhibition featuring student-designed historic interiors. The virtual exhibition will showcase selected period rooms designed by students of the course "DS 422: History of Architecture (18th Century to Present)" in the Fall 2020 semester.

CDMC Conversation Series: Amanda Thatch and Zoe Cohen

Virtual Event

Conversation between MFA candidate in Textiles/Design Studies Amanda Thatch and Zoe Cohen, PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies. Cohen will also read "Thrum," the lyric essay she composed in response to Thatch’s work, and the two will discuss their book.

Chipstone-CDMC Undergraduate Research Fellowship Symposium

Virtual Event

The 2nd annual Chipstone-CDMC Undergraduate Research Fellowship Symposium will feature presentations by the 2021 cohort of summer fellows. Their presentations will focus the 3 CDMC pillars: design thinking, material culture, and textiles.

Visible/Invisible: Designing Afro-Futures

Center for Design & Material Culture 1300 Linden Drive, Madison, WI

Denenge Duyst-Akpem presents on her multi-hyphenate practice as an award-winning, self-described “space sculptor”, designer, writer, performance artist, and educator whose practice and scholarship bridge disciplines of design, ritual and ecology.

Wearable Tech Showcase 2021

Center for Design & Material Culture 1300 Linden Drive, Madison, WI

Please join us for a showcase event featuring student projects from the 2021 Wearable Technology class!  (DS518)  In Wearable Technology, students create innovative and experimental designs that integrate textiles, technology and the body. Students in the class explore new ways …

Free