Department of Product Design News

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Nike Product Design Star Wilson Smith Receives College of Design’s Highest Honor, the Lawrence Medal

Wilson W. Smith III is being recognized with the Lawrence Medal and will be the speaker at the college’s commencement ceremony in June.

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College of Design Faculty Members Receive Promotions, Tenure

The University of Oregon has promoted six College of Design faculty members for 2017–18. The promotion and tenure process involves rigorous review, so receiving them reflects significant achievements.

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UO Product Design Team Brings Home Award for Achievements in Sustainability Education

Kiersten Muenchinger, associate professor and head of the Department of Product Design in the School of Art + Design, and her cross-campus UO team have been awarded VentureWell’s 2018 Sustainable Practice Impact Award for achievements in sustainability education.

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Seventeen Seniors Take Salone by Storm

This week, 17 seniors in the School of Art + Design’s Product Design program are displaying their work at Salone del Mobile Milano in Italy.

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UO Portland Celebrates 10 Years in the White Stag Block

Come join the party to recognize this milestone and experience first-hand what UO students in Portland are working on.

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Unparalleled Design Opportunities in Portland in April

NEA Awards Product Design Workshops Funding for Second Year in a Row

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Department of Product Design Contributes to Exhibition on Prosthetic Design

Students from the Department of Product Design’s bachelor of fine arts program and graduate program in Sports Product Design are among the contributors for Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics. Product Design students at the UO in Portland worked with athletes to design adaptive products, which are some of the pieces featured in the show.

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UO Department of Product Design to host Industrial Designers Society of America’s West District conference in Portland

The University of Oregon’s Product Design department is set to host the Industrial Designers Society of America’s West District conference for the second year in a row.

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Outfitting the World's Best Athletes for the Winter Olympics

Much more goes into designing sports apparel than these streamlined skins reveal at first glance. Sports Product Design program head Susan Sokolowski describes the design process and the research in areas such as materials science, aerodynamics, biomechanics, and physiology that go into developing a medal-winning outfit.
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Sports Product Design Lands in Munich

Two Sports Product Design students were chosen to attend a prestigious masterclass in Germany.

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Sports Product Design Student Soars at UO’s Wings

Kodi Whitfield, a graduate student in the School of Art + Design’s Sports Product Design program, was one of five student, faculty, and alumni presenters at the University of Oregon’s inaugural “Wings Presidential Speaker Series” at the University of Oregon in Portland.

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This Is the Place to Be

Former Stanford football player Kodi Whitfield now tackles innovation in the School of Art + Design's sports product design program.

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Students Learn about the TriMet Rider Experience

Product Design students work with TriMet’s lead architect, project planners, and marketing department to make traveling along the Southwest Corridor in Portland more user-friendly.

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Inaugural Art + Design Symposium Pairs Professionals with Students

College of Design students joined professionals from a wide range of creative practices to learn about careers in design and how to navigate from academics to professional practice.

Metal sculptor Jud Turner, BA fine arts, ’95, mentors middle school student Taja Kester

Young designers get career boost in free apprenticeship program

UO product design professors and alumni are mentoring middle- and high-school students in a hands-on after school design program at the UO’s Innovation Hub in downtown Eugene.

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