BOZEMAN— A Montana State University interdisciplinary course that challenges undergraduate and graduate students to solve real-world problems for Montana’s specialty crop farmers has won a national design award.
MSU’s Farm to Market course has won Core77’s Design Education Initiative Award. The award recognizes a business-education or nonprofit-education partnership initiative that furthers the practice of design or promotes design education. A team of highly regarded designers and educators chose the award winners, which this year included an overall category winner, two runners-up and two notable submissions.
Farm to Market is also eligible for the Core77 Community Choice Prize that gives the public the opportunity to vote for a favorite project among those honored. To vote for Farm to Market, go to http://designawards.core77.com/Design-Education-Initiative/63853/From-Farm-to-Market. Voting is open through June 30.
The Farm to Market course is part of MSU’s Design Sandbox for Engaged Learning. DSEL, pronounced “diesel,” is an interdisciplinary collaboration space launched in 2015 as part of the College of Arts and Architecture where faculty, students and industry professionals use design thinking to solve myriad challenges. Open to any student, in the lab business, graphic design, engineering and other students come together to tackle unusual and challenging design questions and gain experience working as a member of a team.
The cross-listed course is backed by the professional experiences and backgrounds of three professors from three colleges and the enthusiasm and talents of its undergraduate and graduate students.
Teaching the course are: Graham Austin, associate professor of marketing in MSU’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship; Meta Newhouse, associate professor of graphic design in MSU’s College of Arts and Architecture; and Mary Stein, health and human development instructor in MSU’s College of Education, Health and Human Development and the program leader for the MSU sustainable food and bioenergy systems program.
In evaluating the entries, judges noted the complexity of the Farm to Market course and how it provides a unique, hands-on experience for students.
“The students were only able to bring in one ingredient to class and in short order they formed teams, designed around the ingredients that they had brought, and went through a whole design process without much guidance on day one,” said Roshi Givechi, partner and executive design director at the New York-based IDEO global design and innovation company.
Jeremy Mende of MendeDesign, who also teaches at California College of the Arts, added, “It made you think about an upcycling methodology of design, not just in the abstract, but in real examples.”
Founded in 2011, the Core77 Design Awards champions the principles of inclusivity, innovation and excellence. Recognizing the broad spectrum nature of the design field, the awards program offers 14 distinct categories for entry, each further broken into dedicated sections for professionals and students. The Design Education Initiative is only open to professionals.
Past winners of the Design Education Initiative have included Stanford’s dSchool and IDEO.
For more information about the award or the course, contact Meta Newhouse, founding director of DSEL, at 406-600-6532 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Graham Austin, (406) 994-6193, email@example.com; Meta Newhouse, (406) 994-2201, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Mary Stein, (406) 994-4142, email@example.com