Dragons Provide Creative Solutions
Students of Graphic Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead spend the 2017 fall semester honing their skills in various multimedia design and have chosen World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park as the subject for their projects.
The students are tasked with designing interactive digital experiences enhancing the features of World Garden Commons. They are never short of ideas and embrace the exciting learning opportunities to harness the latest technologies to help the community understand the depths of what’s going on at the site.
Graphic Communications Assistant Professor, Alex Fogarty says, “There are so many things to learn about between The Fargo Project approach and the World Garden Commons site, from process and project management, to environment, community, construction, animals, water, and food – the educational possibilities are endless.”
Previous student multimedia projects include creating the website, a stormwater basin design app and an interactive feature mapping the ecological benefits of the site conditions. In their projects students get the real opportunity to apply creativity, problem-solving, research and project development directly associated with their creative solutions.
Like other creative placemaking efforts around the country, The Fargo Project is a massive collaborative undertaking, relying on a wide array of support, input, voices and partners to make World Garden Commons (the pilot site) come to life.
“This atmosphere of collaboration provides a valuable non-traditional client-partner relationship for students as they engage with the project,” Fogarty continues, “It’s an honor to be a part of this process for such a good community and ecological mission. Our students are a now a part of a different type of creativity – the re-envisioning of community spaces and utility – that may have a lasting impact on our community for hundreds of years.”
Alex Fogarty AR Augmented Reality Dragons Graphic Communications Studio Jayce Branden Katie Koenig MaKayla Mclain-Graning Minnesota State University Moorhead MSUM school of media arts and design Sean Hoffert