Department of Product Design News

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.

Revolutionary research aims to create garments without waste

Beth Esponnette envisions a world in which clothing is made to order on a 3-D printer that builds each item with no waste in a process that could include scanning a person’s body measurements.

Feast invites diners to take home place setting, chair

It’s not unheard of for a restaurant patron to sneak out with a spoon. But with a chair?  And at the request of the host?

UO product design teams take top prizes at QuackCon

UO product design students captured the top two spots at QuackCon, the country’s first collegiate sports and technology hackathon competition that synthesized engineering, programming, and athletics to create innovative sports product design

'Kansei' research aims to link emotions to product design

Most Americans haven’t heard of Kansei design, which studies how emotion drives consumer choices. For example, designers of the Mazda Miata sports car used Kansei engineering in developing the car’s gear shift.

Paralympics athletes get a boost in Rio from UO product design students’ concepts for wheelchair rugby gear

Wheelchair rugby athletes at the Rio 2016 Paralympics this month are getting an edge from gear designed in part by students in a University of Oregon product design studio.

A&AA students dominate national awards for zinc-based designs

UO Department of Product Design undergraduates won two of three possible $3,000 awards in the 2015-2016 INTERZINC Challenge, a theme-based competition which this year asked engineering and design students nationwid

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