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University of Minnesota to Host Public Interest Design Week

Registration now open for March 19-24 events featuring film screenings, keynotes, panel discussions, workshops

January 24, 2013

Registration is now open for the first-ever Public Interest Design Week – March 19-24, 2013 – set to take place on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus. The University’s College of Design, in conjunction with Design Corps and, announced last month what will be one of the nation's largest gatherings of public interest design advocates. For more information on PID Week and how to register, please visit

In addition to keynotes by thought-leaders such as New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman; D-Rev: Design Revolution CEO Krista Donaldson; and Liz Ogbu of California College of the Arts’ Center for Art & Public Life, among others, the inaugural Public Interest Design Week will feature a variety of events, including:

Structures for Inclusion (SFI) conference, the week’s headline event, now in its 13th year, which will feature presentations and discussions about products, places, and processes designed or redesigned for the public good;

Shelter: connect workshop, led by filmmakers Richard Neill and Lee Schneider, which builds participants’ storytelling skills–historically underemphasized within the field and design education generally;

Public Interest Design Institute (PIDI), led by Bryan Bell of Design Corps, which employs the Harvard Case Method to showcase projects that exemplify the Social/Economic/Environmental Design (SEED) principles;

Iconothon, a design hackathon of sorts, led by Sofya Polyakov and Edward Boatman of The Noun Project, will add to the public domain symbols that are frequently needed in public interest design.

More information as well as a working agenda for PID Week are online at To stay up-to-date on everything related to Public Interest Design Week, follow the College of Design and online. The College can be found on Twitter at @UofMDesign, and on Facebook at is on Twitter at @PubIntDesign, and on Facebook at

About the University of Minnesota College of Design:
The College of Design is a national leader in the area of public interest design. Its students and faculty have worked in places such as the post-Katrina Gulf Coast, in countries such as India and Malawi, with Habitat for Humanity and most recently with studios in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. At the same time, the College has convened conversations about this topic, including a recent symposium in partnership with and Tandus Flooring, and has funded a report on the state of public interest design resulting in infographics on the fieldchronology of its history and the first-ever Public Interest Design 100 to honor the many diverse and passionate people that are re-imagining the world. More information is online at

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