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Product Design Program


UO’s Product Design Program to join RAIN innovation hub opening May 10 in downtown Eugene

Product design, sustainability, and entrepreneurship come together permanently under one roof May 10 when the Downtown Innovation Launch Lab opens in Eugene. The UO’s Product Design Program at the Lab will feature a 3-D print shop and at least one studio each term.



UO Product Design Program students target design for adaptive athletes

Students in the adaptive design studio had a specific vision and goal: to enable the USA wheelchair rugby team to compete at its highest potential using innovative products designed just for them. Refining and redesigning athletic wear for adaptive athletes is becoming a noted specialty at the UO in Portland thanks to the unique curriculum launched four years ago in the Product Design Program. The studio—Adaptive Products: Enabling Athletes with Disabilities—was first offered to fifth-year bachelor of fine arts product design students in winter 2012.

Groulx works with student Jinlong “Jason” Yuan


Sports Product Design master’s program at UO in Portland clears hurdles toward final approval

The UO Senate and Board of Trustees have advanced the proposed Portland-based master’s program in Sports Product Design. Pending final approval by state education offices, classes will begin fall term 2016. Prospective students can register their interest online.

Kate Wagle leads a group


Professors’ project in designboom Top 10

A ceramic product line designed by Product Design Program Assistant Professor Trygve Faste and Department of Art Instructor Jessica Swanson is featured in designboom’s Top 10 Reader Submissions of 2015 in the product design category. Their project, Intertidal Deployment Object Series 2, is a collection of ceramic products adorned with barnacles.

ceramic object


Electric car design launches career

As a freshman at UO, Collin Lafayette lost interest in his stated major, business, fairly quickly. Instead, he found himself regularly helping out his roommate with his Product Design Program homework. Lafayette taught his roommate about line weight—for example, how a thicker line could distinguish a border—and how subtle use of shading can offer 2D drawings depth and realistic detail.

Arcimoto Gen 8 SRK prototype


Search for new A&AA dean under way

Nominations and applications are being sought for dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, with the goal of recruiting a new leader by fall 2016. Professor Scott Pratt, dean of the Graduate School, is leading the search, assisted by executive search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates.

Dean Search


UO grad’s design wins IDEA Silver Award

Competing against more than 1,700 entries from around the world, an Intel design from a Product Design Program graduate won the silver award for computer equipment in the 2015 International Design Excellence Award competition. “I was at a loss for words when it happened,” says Aleks Magi.

Aleks Magi


A&AA welcomes new faculty members

The 2015-16 academic year introduces new faculty members to several A&AA departments and programs. The new professors bring a wide spectrum of expertise and creativity to Lawrence Hall, including in Architecture, the History of Art and Architecture, Arts and Administration, and Product Design.



Sport Product Design featured in FabricLink article

The new Master's Program in Sports Product Design was featured in the latest FabricLink article highlighting some of the goals, ideas, and upcoming aspects of the brand new program here at the UO Product Design department.   Read the full article on the FabricLink site, or download a PDF copy.

FabricLink Article screenshot


Trygve Faste named Young Educator of the Year in product design

Trygve Faste, assistant professor in the UO Product Design Program, is the Industrial Designers Society of America’s 2015 Young Educator of the Year. He has designed products for companies including John Deere, Hasbro, Scandinavian Airlines, Eli Lilly, MGM, and many more. His furniture and painting work have been exhibited internationally and his designs have been featured in a wide variety of publications. He joined the UO faculty in 2010. 



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