Design education is changing > The world of identified design disciplines and analog workflows has broken apart and shifted. A new digital language defines how we see while user experience has evolved from static behavior to the complete immersion of physical space, haptic interaction, and time. Boundaries have blurred.
There is a gap in the education of designers as process managers, leaders, and collaborators across design disciplines. New leaders acting as boundary spanners are needed.
DESIGN/ at the University of Utah is a unified front of academics, professionals and students redefining the design language as it evolves beneath and beyond us. Students in the program move through a series of experiences exposing them to high craft, grounded research, ethics, leadership/collaboration skills and new technologies in the digital and physical realm. The challenges are significant and the bar is high for outcomes with impact. Connecting our students to the needs of global culture beyond academics is paramount.
UTAH is our laboratory and it’s landscape defines us. Omnipresent pristine wilderness reminds us that no product can leave this place or our planet undisturbed. We begin with questions, careful interventions and the option to solve problems with “No”.
We are creatives designing products and the relationships around them.
Bogart McAvoy joined the Multidisciplinary Design program in the fall of 2017 as an adjunct professor....View profile
Aku Varamäki is a workday designer from Finland. Aku holds an M.A. in organisational communications...View profile
Taylor Dickinson is a Research Fellow and Adjunct Faculty with the Multidisciplinary Design Program. He...View profile
Cameron is a recent graduate of the Multi-Disciplinary Design Program and is continuing involvement as...View profile
Director of Student Success and Diversity
Amaris Leiataua joined the College of Architecture + Planning in August 2017. She oversees advising...View profile
Grant Allen joined the College of Architecture + Planning in 2016. He oversees advising for...View profile
Director, Multi-disciplinary Design
Cord Bowen joined the University of Utah in the summer of 2016 as the new...View profile
Jim Agutter is an Associate Professor in the College of Architecture + Planning, the Director…View profile
Visiting Assistant Professor
Jonathan Mills is a visiting assistant professor teaching introductory rapid visualization skills as well as...View profile
Elpitha Tsoutsounakis is an assistant professor, lecturer teaching design studios, design history and Introduction to…View profile
Michael has a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Utah, and an MFA...View profile
John Langell M.D. M.P.H, UofU Hospital Surgery
Carol Sogard M.F.A, UofU Graphic Design
Robert Hitchcock Ph.D., UofU Bio-Engineering
Abbie Griffin Ph.D., UofU Business
Mark Minor Ph.D., UofU Mechanical Engineering
Frank Drews Ph.D., UofU Psychology
Ann Darling Ph.D., UofU UGS, Communication
Miriah Meyer Ph.D., UofU School of Computing
Theodore Espiritu Espiritu Design
Molly Mazzolini Infinite Scale Design
Randall Smith Modern8 Design
Brian Rivette Focal Concept, Inc.
About SLC and UofU
The University of Utah is a Research I university and new member of the PAC 12. It is ideally located within walking distance of downtown Salt Lake City along the foothills of the greater Rocky Mountains, offering world-class skiing and hiking.
Salt Lake City is consistently ranked among the nation’s most livable cities and best college towns. It was just recently ranked 2nd for mass transit by US News & World Report (behind Portland) and awarded Silver Level Status by the League of American Bicyclists. Salt Lake City is home to an impressively cosmopolitan and diverse population and was ranked seventh most “bohemian” metro area in the United States and Canada in 2010 by the Creative Class Group, based on U.S. Census and Labor Statistics data showing it has 40 percent more artists and entertainers than cities of comparable size. Along with its magnificent landscape and multiple recreational opportunities, Salt Lake City enjoys a vibrant city center, distinctive neighborhoods, and reasonable cost of living. The University of Utah ranks among the world’s top 100 universities and among the top 25 public universities in the US.