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The James and Anne Duderstadt Center

Design Labs

The Design Labs are a network of peer-learning environments dedicated to creative and interdisciplinary projects. The Labs support initiatives to bridge disciplines, build networks, and discover new contexts for scholarship.

The most important resource you’ll find here are the content experts: student consultants who lead learning and research activities. Emphasizing conversation over consultation, our staff strives for accessibility and approachability in helping you achieve your learning goals. With a focus on community participation and ownership of our spaces and programs, the Labs evolve with everyone who enters.

Looking for hard-to-find expertise, or a collaborator? Drop in.

Design Lab 1

Design Lab 1 is home to an academic community centered in making, with electronics tools and components, digital video and animation tools, open source software, and flexible work areas. Designers from all disciplines collaborate to explore the practical and expressive potential of new tools, technologies, and aesthetic directions at the convergence of digital and physical space.

Available Tools

whiteboards • movable furniture • electronics and soldering components • media editing stations • animation software and tools • camera + green screen • projector and screen

Design Lab 3

Design Lab 3 is filled with modular furniture, whiteboards, sketchpads, and high-end computer workstations offering data visualization and modeling software. The resources attract entrepreneurs, game designers, architects, and product designers who use the Lab for ideation in connection with other Duderstadt Center resources.

Available Tools

whiteboards • movable furniture • data visualization workstations • prototyping supplies

WorkBench

The WorkBench is a 14' × 14' room that houses components and hand tools for prototyping and fabrication projects. Access is granted to anyone following an orientation, until we have reached capacity per semester. Begin by emailing workbench@umich.edu.

Schedule an Event or Request Access

The Design Labs welcome short- and long-term events and projects that put our special resources to good use and bring related ideas and resources into the mix. We host workshops, course labs, course-based team projects, co-curricular projects, student organization meetings, art exhibitions and installations, music performances, design critiques or reviews, etc. All events are effectively open to the public, at least for observation.

If you would like to hold an event in a Design Lab, please use the event request form to request that it be approved and added to the calendar. Note that your event will not be granted exclusive access to the labs, and that other activities may be taking place during your event. Before your event is approved, you may be asked to meet with Design Lab staff to ensure we can meet your needs.

Individuals and teams working on projects that require 24/7 access to Design Lab 1 may request card access by completing the after-hours access application. To request access to the WorkBench, please email workbench@umich.edu. You will receive an invitation to attend an orientation session.

Questions? Email dmc-designlabs@umich.edu.