Design Show, New Menu, Internships, and more at the KDI Lab!

April is going to an exciting month for the Kohl’s Design It! Lab.  Firstly, we have organized a design exhibition, “Who Are the Innovators?” to showcase the talent of the designers and artists who are involved in our lab.  The opening reception will take place on Friday, April 25 from 6-8pm and will also take place on Saturday from 10am-5pm.  Participants consist of our design futurists...
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Meet Our Designers: Ben Tyjeski

Every month we invite you to become better acquainted with the designers in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab (KDI! Lab). This month, get to know designer Ben Tyjeski. From his favorite artists to his favorite food, see what inspires Ben to create different projects for the design lab!   Spotlight: Ben Tyjeski Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids Degree/Schooling: Art Education and Ceramics What do you...
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Weekend Recap 11/2 – 11/3

Last weekend in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab was full of terrariums and helmets! Check out some photographs of what happened in the lab.
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Meet a Designer: Jake Pettry

Every month we invite you to become better acquainted with the designers in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab (KDI! Lab). This month, get to know designer Mike Chambasian. From his favorite artists to his favorite food, see what inspires Mike to create different projects for the design lab!   Spotlight: Jake Pettry Hometown: Lafayette, Indiana Degree/Schooling: Industrial Design at Milwaukee...
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Tuesday Creatives: Carrie Hill-Schueller

On October 5, Kohl’s Design It! Member Carrie Hill-Schueller participated in a Big Head Workshop with her son.  While assembling the bobble head, she presented a photograph to us of a design project she did for her nine year old son.  We were stunned!  Carrie altered a simple child’s squirt gun into a steampunk Starwars design for a Boba Fett costume. While she loved the shape and...
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Weekend Recap: Kohl’s Design It! Lab

Kohl’s Design It! Lab was animated this weekend with everyone on their toes and saving the day.   On Saturday for the Workshop, jelly enthusiast Julie Polan instructed a class on creating molds and casting for edible yummies.  Projects included creating a tray for casting jelly or ice in the shapes of beatles and insects and designing food safe molds of bones for casting chocolate or...
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Weekend Preview at Kohl’s Design It! Lab

What is happening in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab this weekend? Costume experts, it’s your time to shine!!  Whether you are preparing for Halloween or just want to dress up, the Kohl’s Design It! Lab Quickshop has materials for you to design your own superhero costume.  This saturday the Kohl’s Design It! staff will be dressed up as superheroes with capes, masks and cuffs....
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Tech Thursdays: Product of the Week

VACUUM FORMERS A vacuum former is a tool with a heating element and vacuum pump.  It creates single sheet, flat surface molds with polystyrene.  In manufacturing this process is known as thermoforming.  Originally, the formers in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab were used for creating dentures, plates and trays for dentistry purposes.  In the Kohl’s Design It! Lab, the vacuum formers are used to...
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Tuesday Creatives: Shane Powers

In the Kohl’s Design It! Quickshop for the October menu, we are designing terrariums with a vacuum former and polystyrene.  Some of the designers this last weekend created terrariums that would not only rest on a desk, but hang from the ceiling as well.  For more design inspiration, we thought we would highlight Shane Powers.  He is a a multi-disciplinary designer and style director...
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Komen Race For The Cure

The Kohl’s Design It! Mobile Lab participated in a great cause last month during the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Nearly 3,500 projects were created by participants who packed the Kohl’s Design It! Mobile Lab to make bow ties, butterfly wings, armbands, shoe inserts, warrior hats and more. Any racers that forgot to wear pink were sure to create their very own outfit with the...
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Why is inspiration so important?

Inspiration can be found in everything and everyone. Inspiration has the inherent ability to dynamically adhere to the thought process of an individuals mind. It attaches to the mind much like glue sticks to paper or how a child’s eyes are locked onto a candy bar sitting just outside of their reach or Santiago Calatrava deriving his designs for awe-inspiring buildings through inspirational...
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Monthly Download: Robot Pencil Top

Kick off the 2013-2014 school year with this free printable project from the Kohl’s Design It! Lab. Using a pair of scissors and some glue, create yourself an awesome Robot Pencil Topper and be the envy of all your...
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Wisconsin State Fair

The Kohl’s Design It! Lab will be at the Wisconsin State Fair and we want you to join us! Located between the Swine Barn and World Café Stage, we invite you to stop on down and design your very own projects to take home. The projects include Cow Horn Caps, Wisconsin Silhouette Hats, and Bernie Brewers...
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Summerfest 2013

Make sure to stop by the Kohl’s Design It! Lab during the last few days of Summerfest!  We are located within the Kohl’s Captivation Station and have foam fish hats and mustaches for the entire family to make and take...
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Fashion Forward 2013

Thanks to everyone who came out for Friday night’s Fashion Forward event! The event was filled with makers and local fashion designers.  Special thanks to Timothy Westbrook Studio, Pius XI Fine Art Department, Mount Mary College Fashion Department, Milwaukee School of Flower Design, the Video Villains,  and Milwaukee Home!
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Meet Peter Graven

“The Kohl’s Design It! Lab has provided myself as an educator access to equipment that I wouldn’t normally have access to.  I had a need and knew of the type of equipment the Kohl’s Design It! Lab had; I just didn’t know if like other areas of Discovery World – public access was available.  The Kohl’s Design It! Lab staff was quick and eager to help me...
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FREE Downloadable Project

Download this FREE project featured on the February Menu designed by Ryan Kennedy, MIAD Illustration...
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Love is in the Lab

Vacuum form chocolate molds, lovers’ eyes, and custom cameos.  Love is in the lab at Discovery World this February.       These cameos were made using SHRINKY DINKS- yes, shrinky dinks my friends.  Even with fancy technology around like laser-cutters and 3D printers, sometimes the “oldies but goodies” are the best way to go.  The detail in a silhouette is made...
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Lovers’ Eyes

If you’ve been to the Design It! Lab, you know about the laser-cut portraits that are so near and dear to our hearts.  For Valentine’s Day, we’ve put a completely different spin on one of our favorite projects.  Intrigued by Lovers’ Eyes, our Design Team set out to design the modern version of this late 1700′s fad. Trying to win over the affection of a special...
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Fox 6 Laura Langemo’s Visit

Last Friday, Laura Langemo from Fox 6 stopped by the Kohl’s Design It! Lab to preview our unique holiday projects! We had a great time making a laser-cut wreath, custom cookie cutters, and a reindeer gift tag with her on air.  Even her cameraman go in on the cookie cutter action. If you’re looking for something fun for you and your family to do over the holiday break, stop by the...
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