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Shaun the rock star

Feb 29, 2016

Storytelling with Historical Influence

Shaun Kurian is a masters candidate at the College of Design working towards a degree in Art + Design with a concentration in Animation. He is focusing in on the evolution of VR technology.

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Feb 22, 2016

Achieving the Dream

Robbie Fuller, and Industrial Design alumni and Lead Design Director at ANTA, reflects on the valuable lessons he learned during his time at NC State Design, and tools for students to hone their expertise in specific skills.


Feb 18, 2016

Expanding Designlife Horizons

NC State Design recently held their 5th Annual Career Expo with local design organizations in attendance. Students from all design disciplines prepare for the event by researching firms, updating their resumes and portfolios, and exploring other interview best practices.

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Feb 16, 2016

Exchange of Ideas

Tereza Faltysova, an exchange student from Prague, has been fascinated by the interdisciplinary aspect of learning provided by the College of Design.

Derek Ham

Feb 15, 2016

Design with a Capital “D”

NC State Design welcomes a new faculty member Dr. Derek Ham, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, to the Wolfpack family.

Mark Evans

Feb 4, 2016

Telling a Story: The Experience of Design

Mark Evans is always seeking out opportunities to learn and explore his passions. With years of professional experience behind him, he has returned to academia to pursue his Masters in Art+Design.

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Feb 3, 2016

College of Design Students Honored at Disney Imagineering

Four students from NC State took third place in the Walt Disney Imagineering’s 25th Imaginations design competition. Their design utilized interactive media and real world character greeting experiences in a expandable, portable concept that allows guests to step into their favorite worlds.


Feb 2, 2016

Repeat Pattern

Art+ Design Alumna Chrissie Van Hoever wanted to share real stories and be a part of an experience that allows people to learn, which led her to work in the development of interactive designs for exhibit spaces and museums.

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Jan 27, 2016

An Interruption with Purpose

Graphic Design Alumna Katelyn Applegate has shifted her perspective to view graphic design through a new scope, using her talents to look at the world and solve existing problems.

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Jan 25, 2016

Volunteers Needed for PhD in Design Research

NC State Design needs your help! Graduate students are in need of participants for a design inspired research study. The results may enable designers to create urban parks that are not only supportive of physical activity but also promote mental well-being.


Jan 22, 2016

Making the Future Brighter!

Giving back to the Pack has led to new opportunities for a brighter future. Rodney Swink and Juanita Shearer-Swink have created an endowment to provide unrestricted funding for under-represented students pursuing a master’s level degree or higher in Landscape Architecture.

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Jan 22, 2016

Chuck and Marjorie Flink: Influence for the Future of Landscape Architecture

One thing about Chuck Flink’s contributions to his profession in landscape architecture is certain: the path to the future looks bright. 

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Jan 14, 2016

Summer in London at the Royal School of Needlework

Spend the summer in London with NC State Design! Students will study at the Royal School of Needlework, where they will learn traditional embroidery techniques and the history of stitching.

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Jan 14, 2016

‘Kung-Fu’ Designer

Lauren Vance, an Industrial Design undergraduate student, has found unique ways to tie her personal passions into her creative designs. From Cheerleading to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, her time with NC State Design has provided many learning opportunities to challenge her personal growth.

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Jan 13, 2016

Byungsoo Wins GM Interactive Design Competition

Masters in Industrial Design student Byungsoo Kim has won the 2016 GM Interactive Design Competition for his entry in the product design category.


Jan 4, 2016

A Master Plan

After working in the design field for several years, Byungsoo Kim’s decision to continue his education opened the door to new opportunities for him at NC State Design.

Emma Eble_Prague

Dec 21, 2015

“E” for Experience

Graphic Design major and University Honors student Emma Eble takes all of life's challenges in stride with optimism, confidence, and a passionate spirit.

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Dec 14, 2015

Why Should Designers Care About Empathy?

Empathy is instrumental in achieving our goal as designers, which is to improve people’s quality of life. This is achieved through responding to their situation by creating solutions that resonate with their unique realities.


Dec 8, 2015

GD Professor Helen Armstrong speaks at AIGA

NC State Design welcomes Associate Professor of Graphic Design Helen Armstrong to its faculty. Helen brings with her an interest in design education and participatory design systems.


Dec 2, 2015

Taking a Chance

Taking a Chance - a blessing for Macklin Frazier (College of Design senior) and opened the door to many opportunities, now a UX Designer at SAS


Nov 20, 2015

Press for Change

Allison Press, a junior in Graphic Design, has a clear plan for her future. Her drive to make a difference is evident in many of her endeavors.

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Nov 17, 2015

A Passion for Dance, A Passion for Design

Emily Sikkel is a freshman design student at NC State College of Design; a member of the Panoramic Dance Project; Passionate about design and dance.

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Oct 29, 2015

A Sketch-Monkey

Industrial Design alumni David McCall advises current students that experience is key to being a successful designer. “Whether it’s an internship, freelance, doing something for free -- it will always make a difference”.


Jul 21, 2015

A Designer Caught

Graphic Design student Allison Press has been working on a project devoted to challenging the fundamentals of her profession. Her blog "A Designer Caught" is a visual call-to-action for fellow designers to think and solve the world’s most challenging problems. 

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Jan 18, 2015

MAKE, BELIEVE: The Work of Alexander Isley

Alexander Isley, a former student in the College of Design, was invited back to NC State to speak on behalf of the Amazing Alumni series and the Designlife series. His presentation “Make, Believe: The Work of Alexander Isley,” kicked off the inaugural Designlife Alumni Lecture Series.

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Dec 15, 2014

Power to the Storytellers

A multidisciplinary team, including faculty from NC State Design, co-created with South Park East Raleigh Neighborhood Association diverse strategies for documenting and sharing community history in effort to inform how Raleigh interprets its past and shapes its future.


Dec 15, 2014

A Chat with Valen Lin

Valen Lin describes the culture of design at NC State as "research and investigation oriented design practice", which is part of why he chose to attend NC State Design


Aug 28, 2014

The Natural Learning Initiative Celebrates 15-Years of Action Research

Designing life into the spaces used by children and families is the goal of the Natural Learning Initiative, which is celebrating its 15th year of action research.


Aug 20, 2014

Art: At the Speed of Change

North Carolina Museum of Art recently ventured into new territory with the Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed show. Intended to attract new audiences its their first large-scale exhibition focused solely on automotive design.

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Aug 20, 2014

Barry Williams, Building Characters: One Pixel [and Person] at a Time

Industrial Design and Art+Design double major Barry Williams reflects on discovering who he is as a designer, and how to be versatile with his talents.


Aug 19, 2014


Global design consultancy firm IDEO utilizes three lenses of design thinking: business viability, technical feasibility and, of course, what’s desirable from a human centered perspective.


Aug 18, 2014

Mia Blume Gets Everyone On Board

An interdisciplinary approach to design allowed Mia Blume, an NC State Design alumna, to fuse her passions for art and technology together into a career.


Aug 17, 2014

Frank Harmon: Architecture As a Way of Life

Architecture Professor of practice Frank Harmon cares deeply about how his buildings enhance the lives of those who use them, how they are crafted and detailed, and the contribution his buildings make to the architectural legacy of North Carolina.

chris downey

Aug 16, 2014

A Man with a Vision

NC State College of Design alumnus Chris Downey has reinvented himself as a unique type of architect. The loss of his vision makes him one of the few visually impaired architects across the globe. Learn about his journey and passion for the practice of architecture.


Aug 15, 2014

Design on Demand

Aly Khalifa points out how his time at the College of Design still broadly influences his work as a product designer, due mostly to his the interdisciplinary path as a student.


Aug 14, 2014

A New Social App That Takes the Cake

Two NC State Design alumni have reinvented the Wedding industry by bringing social media elements into the wedding experience.


Jul 23, 2014

Justin LaRosa Designs for a Competitive Edge

Can the graphics on players’ uniforms make them feel stronger? Justin LaRosa, a Graphic Design alumni and apparel designer for Nike, thinks so. 


Jul 22, 2014

A Star by DESIGN

After her band broke up, graphic designer and NCSU alumna Kat Robichaud was asked to audition for NBC’s hit reality show, The Voice.


Jul 21, 2014

Art2Wear: Hypernatural

Art2Wear 2013 focused on amplifying and manipulating elements of nature in conceiving their collections. The results included collections based on celestial objects, camouflage and concealment, fractals and naturally occurring patterns, and even materials found in dumpsters.

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Jul 21, 2014

Meet Christian Hölljes

Christian Hölljes joins the College of Design to help achieve multidisciplinary goals in effort to link students to business and real-world applications, and to identify joint endeavors combining innovation, design, thinking, and sustainable business management practices.


Jul 21, 2014

Blazing NEW Trails

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Kofi Boone helps Raleigh-Durham residents reclaim the American Tobacco Trail as a safe and beautiful retreat. Using public interest design and sustainable practices, Boone is looking at ways to improve the life qualities of the area and beyond. NC State College of Design