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Student Awards

January 29, 2020

competitive scholarship, national-level IIDA, Interior Design

One of our interior design seniors received a competitive scholarship for the national-level IIDA IA Interior Architects Diversity in Design Scholarship and a group of seniors were awarded for their work submitted to the IIDA Indiana Interior Design Student Competition (3rd place).




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2020 Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges in the U.S.

December 6, 2019

We are awarded the top-ranked Design and Applied Arts Colleges in the U.S

Department of Art and Design #16 - 2020 Best Design and Applied Arts Colleges in the U.S. 
Visual Communication Design #7 - Top 20 Best Visual Communications Degree Programs 2019 in the nation. 
Industrial Design #9 - Top 50 Best Value Bachelor’s in Industrial Design Degrees.


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McMullen_Winkler exhibit at National Museum in Beijing (China)

October 27, 2019

Algorithmic Gardening, Dr. Shannon McMullen  and Fabian Winkler, exhibit at National Museum in Beijing

Associate Professors Dr. Shannon McMullen (Art and Design and American Studies) and Fabian Winkler (Art and Design) exhibit their installation Algorithmic Gardening at the 5th International Art and Science Exhibition in the National Museum in Beijing, China from Nov. 2 -30, 2019. The installation combines plant/robot hybrids and artistic speculation on farm futures driven by AI algorithms and dexterous robots. A video of a previous installation of Algorithmic Gardening can be seen here:


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Faculty and Students Design for Conference of the Future

August 6, 2019

Laura Bittner, David Deal, and students collaborate for national symposium

 An upcoming national symposium, “Purdue 2050: Conference of the Future” as part of Purdue University’s 150th anniversary on September 26-27, 2019, will give participants an immersive experience in futuristic technology—as if they were attending a conference in 2050. The Department of Art and Design collaborated on the event with Interior Design senior continuing lecturer Laura Bittner designing the conference room of the future at Honors Hall. Visual Communication Design continuing lecturer David Deal and two of his students,Yansi Wu and Lillian Mitchell, designed the logo, branding, and promotional materials for the symposium. An exhibition of work by Visual Communication Design, Purdue Polytechnic, and Computer Science students will be located in the Honors Hall. 

Registration is required; the cost is $40 for Purdue students, $100 for Purdue faculty and staff, and $200 for others. Please register, no later than August 30th. Seating is limited. More information may be found on the flyer and at


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Senior named IIDA's Student of the Year

May 23, 2019

Sydney Gunty was just named IIDA’s Student of the Year!!!

IIDA (International Interior Design Association) selected her as top interior design student in the nation and we couldn’t be more excited. Gunty is a 2019 graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior design and minors in construction management and building information modeling. 

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Professor designs to disrupt status quo in neonatal care

April 23, 2019

Steve Visser: furniture to solve problem of functional fit

Born out of research and experience from the Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program, a now 19-year old newborn health project at Save the Children, and with seed funding from the Save the Children Innovations Council as well as Purdue University’s I2D Lab, a team of experts in health, industrial engineering, and design led by Professors Yuehwern Yih and Steve Visser, is working to create a set of space-saving furniture with accompanying layout design to allow for greater family-centered care and meet the needs of patients, families, and healthcare workers at Ntcheu district hospital in Malawi. The set includes a stacked neonatal crib, lounge chair for mothers and babies to be in skin-to-skin contact together and a mobile nurse’s station. 


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Designer awarded silver in Graphis Poster Annual 2020

April 1, 2019

David Deal: Awards and Publication in Graphis Poster Annual 2020

Continuing Lecturer David Deal has been recognized with two silver awards and publication in the Graphis Poster Annual 2020, an international poster design competition sponsored by Graphis, a major publisher in the graphic design industry since 1944. David received the awards for the 2018 Spring Dance Works and the 2018 Winter Dance Works posters for Purdue Contemporary Dance Company. Also receiving recognition is Mark Simons, Senior Photographer with Purdue Marketing and Media, whose imagery is an important aspect of the designs.


Students Place 1st and 2nd in National Design Competition

March, 2019

Seniors design to enable others to live more independently

Interior Design seniors, Amanda Wegener and Cassandra Crawford were awarded 1st place and Laura Blythe and Laine Hertel were awarded 2nd place in IDEC’s 2018-2019 national student design competition. A total of 43 universities submitted 119 entries in the competition. The project objective was to design a vocational school for adults with autism spectrum disorder and like cognitive disabilities so that they may live more independent lives. Specific challenges included understanding how the built environment affects those with sensory processing issues, making the design universally accessible to an array of abilities while preserving dignity, and empowering all those who come to use and learn in this space.

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Art, Engineering, and Science merge in “Return to Entry” Exhibition

March 11, 2019

Jennifer Scheuer prints shown in Ringel Gallery

Visiting lecturer Jennifer Scheuer is a featured artist in “Return to Entry,” an exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, in the Ringel Gallery, Purdue University. Scheuer, along with Frances Gallardo, and Michael Oatman were invited to work in response to Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong’s personal library and papers of other astronauts and engineers housed at Purdue University Library’ Archives and Special Collections. The exhibition will open March 25 and runs through May 11. More of Jennifer’s work can be found at

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Professor Aims to Transform Lean Manufacturing with ‘Smart’ Furniture

January 8th, 2019

TJ Kim: Lean/Minimal Chair

TJ Kim has designed what he calls a “minimal chair” that can be shipped in a thin flat box, taking only seconds to assemble without tools, as part of an effort to create furniture design processes that could significantly change lean manufacturing across the world. Tong Kim, an associate professor of industrial design in Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts, says his chair reduces waste and is easy to ship. A video demonstration of the chair is available here.

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International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

November 20th, 2018

Shannon McMullen, Fabian WINkler: Algorithmic Gardening

Dr. Shannon McMullen and Fabian Winkler’s suite of works, titled Algorithmic Gardening wins laurels at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) in November 2018. Their installation, featured in the IDFA DocLab Spotlight program, combines Soybots, farm futures and soy-based culinary experiences on custom-made dinnerware.

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Design Good Now 2018

November 2nd, 2018

Medical Design Hackathon Sponsored by Dawn or Doom 2018

Design Good Now is a medical design hackathon where Purdue University students from industrial design, biomedical engineering, marketing, and business backgrounds to work collaboratively over a weekend designing assistive/adaptive devices for people with disabilities and contributing to work from 40+ universities worldwide.

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Indy Airport Unveils Artistic Journey Across Time, Place

July 16th, 2018

Petrônio Bendito: Global Citizen

The Indianapolis Airport Authority and the Arts Council of Indianapolis have selected John Puffer, Barbara Stahl, Petronio Bendito as featured artists to exhibit their recent work from July 16 through November 11, 2018. Purdue University art professor Petrônio Bendito combines visual experimentation in color and pattern with photographs taken from his worldwide travels, including his native country of Brazil, in an installation that reminds us that we live in a globalized society. 

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