Alumna Milan Finnie just completed a mural project
commemorating George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter
movement. Commissioned by the Imperial Beach People’s Alliance,
her creation is a six-wall mural on Palm Avenue that the
Alliance believes will represent anti-racism in Imperial Beach.
Alumnus J.R. Campbell (B.S., environmental design, ‘94; M.F.A,
textile arts and costume design, ‘96) is the executive director
of the Design Innovation Initiative at Kent State University
in Ohio. In his role, Campbell will oversee the online launch of
the university’s new Design Innovation Hub on Nov. 12 at 11 a.m.
Alumna Jenna Nelson (Pyörälä) (MFA, design, ‘19) has created
Luova Flow with a mission to inspire people worldwide with
ornamental prints, beautiful illustrations and quality products.
The brand’s visual style is influenced by delicate natural
elements and colorful urban and rural landscapes.
Recently, more than 200 UC Davis scientists and supporters
gathered at the OneClimate event to showcase the university’s
collective strength in climate science research in the areas of
science, engineering, and a team from the Department of Design,
led by Thomas Maiorana, an assistant professor.
Professors Glenda Drew and Jiayi Young, and design undergraduate
student Michelle Lee and 2016 graduate Darin E. Reyes have
recently received the Crocker Art Museum ArtSpots commission
totaling $31,800 to create two artwork installations specifically
for children five and under in the museum’s public spaces. The
project is a part of a larger project being funded by the
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The estimated
opening date for the installations is October 2017.
Design student Timothy Kai Stapleton received a certificate of
Honorable Mention for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in
Undergraduate Research and received the Provost’s Undergraduate
Fellowship Award (PUF) for his project titled “Biomotion
Visibility Aids: 3D Eye Tracking Analysis of Bicyclist Clothing
Congratulations to Darin Reyes for
winning this year’s AIGA Enrichment Scholarship! Darin impressed
the judges with his “expansive use of media,” “clean, smart
design solutions with well-researched foundations,” and “ability
to transform personal stories into useful tools.”
On April 30, 2016, the Design Department brought together UC
Davis designers of all fields, passions, and classes to host the
2nd Annual Alumni Networking Day. Formerly called the Alumni &
Portfolio Day, the Alumni Networking Day reached nearly 100
participants, including POP UP shop vendors, alumni speakers and
panelists, volunteers, and alumni and students of all majors and
Professors Glenda Drew and Jiayi Young will present a guest
lecture at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University with
undergraduate students, Michelle Lee and Darin Reyes. The
group will give a public talk, tour the multitude of design labs
and meet with the dean, Cees de Bont (who is also the co-Director
of ISEA 2016, a conference the four are presenting at in Hong
The A’ Design Award and Competition has announced that Helen S.
Koo, assistant professor of design, Jason Lin, design student,
and Jasmine Zhou, electrical and computer engineering student,
have won A’Awards for Enfold:
Smart Transformation Transformable fabric. Their creation was
developed in the Fashion Design and Technology Lab (FT
At the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in
Asheville, North Carolina, Jason Lin presented his Honors
Thesis Project on disabilities and illness and its inclusion in
On April 7-9, 4th-year Tim Stapleton represented UC Davis Design
at the 30th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research
(NCUR) in Asheville, North Carolina. His research is on
visibility aid design for biking at night using 3D eye-tracking
technology, under UC Davis Design professor Helen Koo. Tim
presented his research (while wearing his eye-tracking glasses,
as seen in the picture) to numerous other researchers from all
disciplines at the conference and hopes to submit his research
paper to a journal this quarter.
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