New program at the U offers Toy-Product design course

Sarah Nienaber

The University of Minnesota is no longer toying with the idea of a product design program.

Barry Kudrowitz hasn’t finished unpacking his office on the St. Paul campus, but a report by the Pioneer Press says the shelves of his office are lined with toys ranging from musical instruments to a farting car.

Kudrowitz comes from MIT to teach his first class at the University, Toy Product Design. He has taught the class as a graduate student there for the past six years.

In the Pioneer Press report, the dean of the University’s College of Design has said the product design program for which Kudrowitz is the first full-time faculty member is “long overdue.”

The toy product design course is only the first Kudrowitz will teach. Next he will be instucting courses on creativity, idea generation and innovation. Another will be on concept sketching and rendering.