Department of Product Design News

students ride on TriMet light rail

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.

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.

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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.

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