Department of Product Design News

College of Design Launch Party

College of Design launches with celebratory party October 6

Help celebrate the new College of Design and kick off the academic year at a launch party in the Lawrence Hall Courtyard and the Hayden and Krause galleries on October 6, 1-3 p.m. Refreshments will be provided and free College of Design T-shirts will be available to the first 100 students.

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UO buys downtown building for Art + Design faculty studios

In 2018, Art and Product Design faculty are getting new research studios—in downtown Eugene. The move will create “a kind of think tank for art and design,” said Laura Vandenburgh, head of the School of Art + Design.

Ceramic cups

Custom cups help new students build camaraderie

Incoming College of Design students will each receive an individually designed drinking vessel made by fellow students and presented at orientation.

Pop-up store in PODS container

Pop-up retail shops feature UO product design student creations

Two temporary pop-up retail shops in downtown Eugene are showcasing designs by UO Department of Product Design students. "People will see what the students have been working on and the kinds of ideas that we work with," instructor Tom Bonamici told KVAL news.

Wonhee and John Arndt

Two UO design teams named among Top Ten at New York design show

Two designs by UO teams were among the Top Ten products and installations at WantedDesign 2017 in New York as selected by Dezeen.

Baseball uniforms: new-school design challenges old-school tradition

UO Sports Product Design Program student Irving Perez has one of the best ideas since night baseball: new unif

Product Design department to host regional design conference in Portland

The UO Department of Product Design will host the 2017 Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) West District Design Conference April 23-24.

Student-run HOPES conference to bring ecological designers, scholars, writers

The Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability (HOPES) conference, an annual gathering hosted each spring term by the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts, is one of the only student-run sustainability conferences in the United States.

NEA awards $20,000 grant to UO for product design workshops

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded an Art Works grant of $20,000 to the UO’s Department of Product Design for “Unparalleled Oregon Product Design,” a week-long series of free educational workshops, lectures, and exhibitions in uniquely Oregonian design.

Collaborative research on Shaker design lands invitation to Stockholm fair

Some 40,000 people from 60 countries will see designs by two UO faculty members exhibiting at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair in February. Because 80 percent of exhibitors at the fair come from Scandinavia, the invitation to the Americans is a coup.

Sports branding must convey partnership of athlete, company, item

Putting a brand on a sports product or an athlete is big business and requires careful consideration, Associate Professor Susan Sokolowski noted recently in an article on the Adobe Creative Cloud website.

UO researchers design solutions for transit riders with disabilities

Product design students at UO have developed innovations to improve the mass transit experience for people with disabilities, especially those who use walkers or wheelchairs.

UO Product Design professors win 2017 American Design Honors

John Arndt and Wonhee Jeong-Arndt, both of whom teach in the UO Department of Product Design and operate Studio Gorm in Eugene, have received the 2017 American Design Honors.

UO duo’s design makes final round of Department of Defense research competition

A team from the University of Oregon Department of Product Design has taken on the challenge of protecting military service members during chemical or biological attacks.

New sports product design students already creating, fabricating, winning

Drawn by the opportunity to work with industry innovators and creative faculty, students in the UO’s new sports product design master’s program are also finding their fellow students’ varied backgrounds ideal for collaboration.

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